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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Hopkins (Matthew),
of Manningtree, Essex, the witch-finder of the associated counties of Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk, and Huntingdonshire. In one year he hanged sixty reputed witches in Essex alone. Dr. Z. Grey says that between three and four thousand persons suffered death for witchcraft between 1643 and 1661.   1
   Nicholas Hopkins. A Carthusian friar, confessor of the Duke of Buckingham, who prophesied “that neither the king (Henry VIII.) nor his heirs should prosper, but that the Duke of Buckingham should govern England.   2
“1 Gent. That devil-monk
Hopkins that made this mischief.
2 Gent. That was he
That fed him with his prophecies.”
Shakespeare: Henry VIII., ii. 1.

 Hope-on-High Bomby.Hopkins’ians. 


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