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THE SALEM WITCHCRAFT PAPERS



Verbatim Transcripts of the Legal Documents
of the Salem Witchcraft Outbreak of 1692

IN THREE VOLUMES

Compiled and Transcribed in 1938 by the
Works Progress Administration
Under the Supervision of
Archie N. Frost
Clerk of Courts, Essex County, Massachusetts

Edited and with an Introduction and Index by
PAUL BOYER and STEPHEN NISSENBAUM

VOLUME I


Contents

VOLUME I - CASES

Note: In the following list, the accused's place of residence, when known, appears
in parentheses following the name. All towns are in Massachusetts unless
otherwise indicated.

In some instances, no separate documentation exists for an accused witch,
and hence no separate entry for that individual appears in the text. Such
persons are, however, included in the list below, together with a notation as to
the document or documents where they are mentioned.

Some documents deal with more than one accused person; where possible,
such documents have been placed with the case to which they principally relate.
Note, too, that material relating to many of the accused will be found in
the "Additional Documents" section of this work.


Arthur Abbott (Ipswich). See Martha Carrier -- Complaint;
"Additional Documents" section,
Nehemiah Abbott, Jr. (Topsfield)...

John Alden (Boston)...

Daniel Andrew (Salem Village). See George Jacobs,
Jr. -- Complaint, Warrant; Rebecca Jacobs -- Warrant
Abigail Barker (Andover)...

Mary Barker (Andover)...

William Barker, Sr. (Andover)...

William Barker, Jr. (Andover)...

Sarah Bassett (Lynn)...

Sarah Bibber (Wenham)...

Bridget Bishop (Salem Village). executed june 10, 1692...

Edward Bishop (Salem Village). See Sarah Wilds -- War-
rant ; William Hobbs -- Mittimus; George Jacobs,
Sr. -- Mittimus
Sarah Bishop (Salem Village)...

Mary Black (Salem Village)...

Mary Bradbury (Salisbury)...

Mary Bridges, Sr. (Andover)...

Mary Bridges, Jr. (Andover)...

Sarah Bridges (Andover). See "Additional Documents"
section: Superior Court of Judicature -- Cases Heard
(p. 928); "Account of Sarah Preston -- Case of Sarah
Bridges" (p. 981)...

Hannah Bromage (Andover)...

Sarah Buckley (Salem Village)...

George Burroughs (Wells, Maine). executed august 19, 1692...

Candy (Salem Town)...

Andrew Carrier (Andover). See Richard Carrier --
Warrant; Mary Lacey, Jr. -- Examination
Martha Carrier (Andover). executed august 19, 1692...

Richard Carrier (Andover)...

Sarah Carrier (Andover)...

Thomas Carrier, Jr. (Andover)...

Hannah Carroll (Salem Town). See Sarah Cole (of Salem) -- Warrant
Bethia Carter, Sr. (Woburn)...

Bethia Carter, Jr. (Woburn). See Ann Sears -- Warrant;
George Jacobs, Jr. -- Complaint Elizabeth Cary (Salem Town)...

Sarah Churchill (Charlestown)...

Mary Clarke (Haverhill)...

Rachel Clenton (Ipswich)...

Sarah Cloyce (Salem Village)...

Sarah Cole (Lynn)...

Sarah Cole (Salem Town)...

Elizabeth Colson (Reading)...

Mary Colson . See Jane Lilly -- Examination; Lydia
Dustin -- Mittimus; "Additional Documents" section:
Israel Cheever's Account

Giles Corey (Salem Village).
pressed to death, september 16, 1692...

Martha Corey (Salem Village).
executed september 22, 1692...

Deliverance Dane (Andover)...

Sarah Davis (Wenham). See "Additional Documents"
section: William Baker's Account
[] Day . See "Additional Documents" section:
Petition of Ten Prisoners at Ipswich (pp. 880-881)
Mary DeRich (Salem Village)...

Elizabeth Dicer (Piscataqua, Maine). See Margaret
Prince -- Warrant; "Additional Documents" section:
Petition of Ten Prisoners at Ipswich (pp. 880-881)
Rebecca Dike (Gloucester). See Esther Elwell -- Warrant
Ann Dolliver (Gloucester)...

Mehitabel Dowing . See Case of George Burroughs --
Testimony of Abigail Hobbs and Mary Warren;
"Additional Documents" section: Petition of Ten
Prisoners at Ipswich Joseph Draper (Andover).
See Dorothy Faulkner --
Confession
Lydia Dustin (Reading). died in prison, march 10, 1693...

Sarah Dustin (Reading)...

Rebecca Eames (Andover)...

Mary Easty (Salem Village). executed september 22, 1692...

Esther Elwell (Gloucester)...

Martha Emerson (Haverhill)...

Joseph Emons (Manchester)...

Mary English (Salem Town). See Sarah Wilds -- Warrant;
William Hobbs -- Mittimus; George Jacobs Sr. -- Mittimus
Phillip English (Salem Town)...

Thomas Farrer (Lynn)...

Edward Farrington (Andover)...

Abigail Faulkner, Sr. (Andover)
Abigail Faulkner, Jr. (Andover). See Dorothy
Faulkner -- Confession, Recognizance...

Nehemiah Abbott Jr.
( See also: Martha Carrier -- Complaint; Sarah Wilds -- Warrant .)

(Examination of Nehemiah Abbott, Jr.)
The examination of Nehemiah Abbot, at a court at Salem village,
by John Hawthorne and Jonathan Corwin Esqrs. 22nd April 1692 .
What say you, are you guilty of witchcraft, of which you are sus-
pected , or not? No Sir, I say before God, before whom I stand, that
I know nothing of witchcraft. Who is this man? Ann Putman named
him. -- Mary Walcot said she had seen his shape. What do you say to
this? I never did hurt them. Who hurt you Ann Putman? That man.
I never hurt her. Ann Putman said, he is upon the beam. Just such a
discovery of the person carried out, and she confessed; and if you
would find mercy of God, you must confess. -- If I should confess
this, I must confess what is false. Tell how far you have gone, who
hurts you? I do not know, I am absolutely free. As you say, God
knows. If you will confess the truth, we desire nothing else that you
may not hide you guilt, if you are guilty, and therefore confess if so.
I speak before God that I am clear from this accusation. What, in all
respects? Yes in all respects. Doth this man hurt you? Their mouths
were stopped. You hear several accuse you, though one cannot open
her mouth. I am altogether free. Charge him not unless it be he. This
is the man say some, and some say he is very like him. How did you
know his name? He did not tell me himself, but other witches told
me. Ann Putman said, it is the same man, and then she was taken with
a fit. Mary Walcot, is this the man? He is like him, I cannot say it is
he. Mercy Lewis said it is not the man. They all agreed, the man had
a bunch on his eyes. Ann Putman, in a fit, said, be you the man? ay,
do you say you be the man? did you put a mist before my eyes?
Then he was sent forth till several others were examined. When he was
brought in again, by reason of much people, and many in the win-
dows so that the accusers could not have a clear view of him, he was
ordered to be abroad, and the accusers to go forth to him and view
him in the light, which they did, and in the presence of the magis-
trates and many others discoursed quietly with him, one and all
acquitting him, but yet said he was like that man, but he had not the
wen they saw in his apparition, Note, he was a hilly faced man and
stood shaded by reason of his own hair, so that for a time he seemed
to some by-standers and observers, to be considerably like the person
the afflicted did describe.

Mr. Samuel Parris, being desired to take in writing the examina-
tion of Nehemiah Abbot, hath delivered it as aforesaid, and upon
hearing the same did see cause to dismiss him.

John Hawthorne, Jona. Corwin, { Assistants.

(Thomas Hutchinson, The History of the Province of Massachusetts-Bay, From the
Charter of King William and Queen Mary, in 1691, Until the Year 1750 [London, 1768;
reprinted Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press, 1936, 3 vols.], II, 35.
Hereafter cited as Hutchinson, History of Massachusetts-Bay .)

John Alden ( See also: Martha Carrier -- Complaint .)

(Warrant for Arrest of John Alden)

To the Constable of Salem

Essex Ss Whereas Complaint hath been made unto us John Ha-
thorne & Jonathan Corwin Esq'rs by severall persons of Salem Vil-
lage that Cap't John Alden of Boston Marrin'r # [that he] is guilty
of Witchcraft in cruelly tortureing & afflicting several of their Chil-
dren & others these are therefore in their Maj'ties King William
& Queen Maryes name to Authorize & Comand you forwith to Appre-
hend the body of the said John Alden and imediately bring him
before us to answer what shall be objected ag't him in that behalfe
and this shall be yo'r sufficient warrant Given under our hands the
31st day of May 1692 And in the fourth year of the Reigne of our
Sovereigne Lord and Lady William & Mary now King and Queen
over England &c us
* John Hathorne
* Jonathan. Corwin { Assis'ts

persons Complaining viz't
Mary Walcott
Mercy Lewis
Abigail Williams Ann putnam
Elizabeth Booth Mary Warren

(Reverse) In obediance to the within written warant I have Appre-
hended the Body of Cap't John Alden accordeing to the tener of
this warrant

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol 2. p. 52 )

# When this symbol precedes bracketed material in these documents, it
signifies that in the original a line is drawn through the bracketed word or words. (Bracketed words
not preceded by the "#" represent informed guesses by the compilers of the 1938
WPA typescript as to words that in the original are either illegible or, through the
wear and tear of the centuries, obliterated entirely.)

* An asterisk preceding a name in these documents signifies that in the
original it is an autograph signature.

(John Alden's Account of his Examination)
John Aldin Senior, of Boston, in the County of Suffolk, Mar-
iner , on the 28th Day of May, 1692, was sent for by the Magi-
strates of Salem, in the County of Essex, upon the Accusation of a
company of poor distracted, or possessed Creatures or Witches;
and being sent by Mr. Stoughton, arrived there the 31st of May,
and appeared at Salem-Village, before Mr. Gidney, Mr. Hathorn,
and Mr. Curwin.

Those Wenches being present, who plaid their jugling tricks,
falling down, crying out, and staring in Peoples Faces; the Magi-
strates demanded of them several times, who it was of all the People
in the Room that hurt them? one of these Accusers pointed several
times at one Captain Hill, there present, but spake nothing; the
same Accuser had a Man standing at her back to hold her up; he
stooped down to her Ear, then she cried out, Aldin, Aldin afflicted
her; one of the Magistrates asked her if she had ever seen Aldin,
she answered no, he asked her how she knew it was Aldin? She
said, the Man told her so.

Then all were ordered to go down into the Street, where a Ring
was made; and the same Accuser cried out, "there stands Aldin, a
bold fellow with his Hat on before the Judges, he sells Powder and
Shot to the Indians and French, and lies with the Indian Squaes,
and has Indian Papooses." Then was Aldin committed to the Marshal's
Custody, and his Sword taken from him; for they said he afflicted
them with his Sword. After some hours Aldin was sent for to the
Meeting-house in the Village before the Magistrates; who required
Aldin to stand upon a Chair, to the open view of all the People.

The Accusers cried out that Aldin did pinch them, then, when
he stood upon the Chair, in the sight of all the People, a good way
distant from them, one of the Magistrates bid the Marshal to hold
open Aldin's hands, that he might not pinch those Creatures. Aldin
asked them why they should think that he should come to that
Village to afflict those persons that he never knew or saw before?
Mr. Gidney bid Aldin confess, and give glory to God; Aldin said
he hoped he should give glory to God, and hoped he should never
gratifie the Devil; but appealed to all that ever knew him, if they
ever suspected him to be such a person, and challenged any one,
that could bring in any thing upon their own knowledge, that might
give suspicion of his being such an one. Mr. Gidney said he had
known Aldin many Years, and had been at Sea with him, and al-
ways look'd upon him to be an honest Man, but now he did see cause
to alter his judgment: Aldin answered, he was sorry for that, but
he hoped God would clear up his Innocency, that he would recall
that judgment again, and added that he hoped that he should with
Job maintain his Integrity till he died. They bid Aldin look upon
the Accusers, which he did, and then they fell down. Aldin asked
Mr. Gidney, what Reason there could be given, why Aldin's looking
upon him did not strike him down as well; but no reason was given
that I heard. But the Accusers were brought to Aldin to touch them,
and this touch they said made them well. Aldin began to speak of
the Providence of God in suffering these Creatures to accuse Inno-
cent persons. Mr. Noyes asked Aldin why he would offer to speak of
the Providence of God. God by his Providence (said Mr. Noyes)
governs the World, and keeps it in peace; and so went on with Dis-
course, and stopt Aldin's mouth, as to that. Aldin told Mr. Gidney,
that he could assure him that there was a lying Spirit in them, for I
can assure you that there is not a word of truth in all these say of
me. But Aldin was again committed to the Marshal, and his Mittimus
written, which was as follows.

To Mr. John Arnold, Keeper of the Prison in Boston, in the County
of Suffolk.

Whereas Captain John Aldin of Boston, Marriner, and Sarah Rice,
Wife of Nicholas Rice of Reding, Husbandman, have been this day
brought before us, John Hathorn and Jonathan Curwin, Esquires;
being accused and suspected of perpetrating divers acts of Witchcraft,
contrary to the form of the Statute, in that Case made and provided:
These are therefore in Their Majesties, King William and Queen Marys
Names, to Will and require you, to take into your Custody, the
bodies of the said John Aldin, and Sarah Rice, and them safely keep,
until they shall thence be delivered by due course of Law; as you will
answer the contrary at your peril; and this shall be your sufficient
Warrant. Given under our hands at Salem Village, the 31st of May,
in the Fourth Year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord and Lady,
William and Mary, now King and Queen over England, etc., Anno
Dom. 1692.

John Hathorn,
Jonathan Curwin, {
Assistants .

To Boston Aldin was carried by a Constable, no Bail would be
taken for him; but was delivered to the Prison-keeper, where he re-
mained Fifteen Weeks; and then observing the manner of Tryals,
and Evidence then taken, was at length prevailed with to make his
Escape, and being returned, was bound over to Answer at the Supe-
rior Court at Boston, the last Tuesday in April, Anno 1693. And
this there cleared by Proclamation, none appearing against him.

Per John Aldin.

(Robert Calef, More Wonders of The Invisible World [London, 1700], excerpted in
George Lincoln Burr, ed., Narratives of the Witchcraft Cases, 1648-1706 [N.Y., 1914;
reissued, 1968], pp. 353-355.

(Recognizance for John Alden)
Suffolk Ss.
Memorandum, That on the Thirty First day of Decemb'r 1692 .
In the Fourth year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord & Lady
William and Mary by the grace of God of England Scotland France
and Ireland King and Queen &c formally came and appeared Before
me John Richards Esq'r One of their Ma'ties Justices of the Superior
Court of Judicature within the Province of the Massachusetts Bay in
New England, John Alden #[of] Marrin'r Nathanael Williams &

Samuel Checkley, shopkeepers all of Boston within the said County
of Suffolk. -- and acknowledged themselves and each of them to be
indebted unto our said Lord and Lady the King and Queen, and the
Survivor of them, their heires and Successors in the Sum of Two
hundred pounds To be levied on their or either of their Goods,
Chattels, Lands or Tenements for the use of our said Lord & Lady
the King and Queen or the Survivors of them, if default be made
in the performance of the condition underwritten.

The Condition of the above Recogniscance is such that whereas
the above bounded John Alden, being accused and Suspected of per-
petrating divers Acts of Witchcrafts contrary to the forme of the
Statute in that case made and provided, was taken up and committed
for the same unto their Ma'ties Goal in Boston, from whence he
made his Escape -- If Therefore the said John Alden shall personally
appear before their Ma'ties Justices, at the next Superior Court of
Judicature and Court of Assize to be held at Boston within the said
County of Suffolk, to answer what shall be objected against him on
their Maj'ties behalfe referring unto the premises, and shall do and
receive that which by the said court shall then & there be Enjoyned
him, then this abovewritten Recogniseance to be void and of no no
[ sic ] Effect; Or else to abide and remain in full force and virtue.

Recognit die predict.

Cor. me.

*John Richards

( Boston Public Library -- Dept. of Rare Books and Manuscripts [1939
acquisition] )

Abigail Barker
( See also: Mary Osgood -- Petition .)

(Indictment v. Abigail Barker)
Essex in the Province of the Massachusetts bay
In New England Ss// Anno R R's & Reginae Gulielmi
& Mariae Angliae &c Quarto Anoq'e Dom: 1692

The Jurors for o'r Sov'r: lord and Lady the King and Queen present...
That Abigaill Barker Wife of Ebenezer Barker of Andivor In
& upon the Eighth day of September last in the Yeare aforesaid
& divers other days & Times as well before as after Certaine detes-
table arts Called Witchcrafts & Sorcerys Wickedly Mallitously
& felloniously hath used practised & Exersised at & in the Town of
Andivor aforesaid in the County of Essex aforesaid upon & Against
One Rose foster of Andivor by which Said Wicked Arts the Said
Rose foster the day & year s'd & divers others days & times
both before & after, was & is Tortured Afflicted Consumed pined
Wasted and Tormented Against the peace of o'r Sov'r lord & lady
the King & Queen their Crowne & dignity & the laws & Acts in
that Case made & provided
( Mass. Archives Vol. 135 No. 54 )

Mary Barker
( See also: William Barker, Sr. -- Warrant; William Barker, Jr. --
Recognizance .)

(Examination of Mary Barker)
1st Paper
29 August 1692 Before Maj'r Gidney Mr. Hauthorn and Mr. Cor-
win The Examination and Confession of Mary Barker of Andover.
After severall questions propounded and negative answ'rs Returned
she at last acknowledged that Goody Johnson made her a witch, And
sometime last sumer she made a red mark in the devils book with the
fore finger of her Left hand, And the Devil would have her hurt
Martha Sprague, Rose Foster and Abigail martin which she did upon
saturday and sabath Day last, she said she was not above a quarter of
an hour in comeing down from Andover to Salem: to afflict, she
sayes she afflicted the above three persons by squeezing her hands.
She confesses she was at the witch meeting at Salem Village with her
unkle, there was a great many there, and of her company there was
only her unkle, Wm. Barker and Mary Marston. Martha Sprague said
that Mary Barkers apparition told that she was Baptisied at five myle
pond.
said Mary Barker said there was such aload & weight at her stom-
ach that hindered her from speaking. And is afrayd she has given up
herself soul and body to the Devil. she sayes she promised to serve
worship and believe in him and he promesed to perdone her sins,
but finds he has [dowtbed] her, and that she was Lost of God and
all good people, That Goody Johnson and Goody falkner appeared
at the same tyme and threatened to teare her in peeces if she did
not doo what she then did. she further Sayth that she has seen no
appearance since but a fly which did speake to her, and bid her
afflict these poor creatures. which she did by pinching with, and
Clincheing of her hands for which she is sorry And further the Devil
told her it would be very brave and clever for her to come down
here to Salem among these accused persones. And that she should
never be brought out. She promises to confess what more she shall
hereafter remember.

Mary Barker Signed and owned the above said Examination
Confession
THE MARKE of Mary Barker
17 Sep't 1692 before me

*John Higginson, Jus'e peace

(Suffolk Court Records Case No. 2678 Page 9)

(Examination of Mary Barker, Second Version)

29'th August 1692 -- Before Maj'r Gidny Mr Hathorne Mr Cor-
win The Examination And Confession of Mary Barker of And-
ivor -- after Several Questions Propounded & Neagative ans'rs
Returned She at last acknowledged that Goody Johnson made her
a witch & that Some time last Sumer She made a Red Mark in the
Divels book w'th the fore finger of her left hand & the Divel would
have her hurt Martha Sprage Rose foster & Abigall Martin w'ch
She did on Satterday & Sabbath day last She Said She was not above
a Quart'r of an hour a Coming Dwone from Andivor to Salem to
afflict She S'd She afflicted the above S'd 3 persons by Squezing her
hands She Confesses She was at the Witch Metting at Salem Village
w'th her unkle, there was a grate many there & of her Company was
only her unkle W'm Barker & Mary Marston -- Martha Sprage S'd
that Mary Barkers apperition told that She was baptized at 5 Mile
pond -- S'd Mary Barker S'd ther was Such a load & weight at her
Stomack that Hindred her from Speaking & is afrayd She has Given
up her Self Soul & body to the Divel She Says She promised to Serve
worship & beleive in him & he promised to pardon her Sins but finds
he has deceived her & that She was left of god & all good people
& that Goody Johnson & Goody falkner apeared at the Same time
& threatned to tear her in peices if she did not doe what She then did
She further Said that She had Seen no aperance Since but a fly w'ch
did Speak to her & bid her afflict those poor Creaturs w'ch She did
by pinching With Clinching of her hands for w'ch She is Sorry --
&further the Divel told her it would be very brave & Cliver for her to
Come Dwone to Salem among those acused persons & that She
Should Never be brought out She promised to Confese what more
She Shall hearafter Rememb'r

Mary Barker Signed & owned the abovesaid Examination & confession
before me

*Jno Higginson Justice of Peace

17'th Sept. 1692
The Marke of Mary Barker

( Miscellaneous Papers -- Essex Institute, Salem No. 8 )

(Indictment v. Mary Barker) 2nd Paper
Essex in New
England Ss Annoq'e RR's & Reginae Guilielmi & Mariae
&c quarto Anno Domini 1692//

The Jurors for our Sovereigne Lord and Lady the King and Queen
doe present that Mary Barker of Andover in the County of Essex
aforesaid On or about the 29'th Day of August last In the Yeare
1692 and divers other Days and times both before and after. Certaine
detestable arts called Witchcraft & Sorceries Wickedly felloniously
& Mallitiously hath used practised and Exercised in & upon the Body
of Abigaill Martin of Andivor at and within the Township of Andivor
aforesaid And at Divers other Days and times as well as before as after
was and is Tortured aflicted and Tormented consumed pined and
wasted, Against the peace of our Sovraigne Lord and Lady King and
Queen theire Crowne and Dignity and the Statute of the first of
King James the first in that Case made and provided
(Reverse)

Billa vera
*Robert Payne
foreman
ponet se
Not Guilty
( Suffolk Court Files Case No. 2678 Page 9 )

(Indictment v. Mary Barker)
3rd Paper
Essex in the Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England Ss . . . Anno R.R.'s
& Reginae Gulielmi & Mariae Angliae &ca Quarto Annoq'e Domini 1692

The Jurors for our Sov'r Lord and Lady the King & Queen doe sent
that Mary Barker of Andvor

In the County of Essex -- On or about the 29'th day of August
last -- In the yeare aforesaid and Divers other days and times as well
before as after Certaine detestable arts Called Witchcraft and Sorce-
ries Wickedly Mallitiously and felloniously hath used practised and
Exercised At and in the Towne of Andvor in the County of Essex --
aforesaid in upon and against one Rose foster of [ -- -- ] afore-
said -- by which said Wicked Acts the said Rose foster the Day
& Yeare -- aforesaid & Divers other Days and times both before and
after was and is Tortured Aflicted Consumed Pined Wasted and Tor-
mented . Against the Peace of our Sov'r Lord and Lady the King and
Queen theire Crowne and Dignity and the forme of the Stattute In
that case made & Provided.

(Reverse)
Billa Vera
foreman
ponet se
Not Guilty
( Suffolk Court Files Case No. 2678 Page 9 )

William Barker, Sr.

(Indictment v. William Barker, Sr.)
Province of the Massachusetts Bay Essex
In New England Ss Anno R R's & Regina Gulielmi
& Mariae Angliae & Quarto Anoq'e Dom 1692

The Jurors for our Sov'r Lord & Lady the King & Queen
pr'sent that William Barker Senior of Andivor
In the County of Essex afor sd Husbandman About Three Years past
in the Towneship of Andivo'r afores'd Wickedly, Mallitiously & felloniously a
Covenant with the Devill did Make, And did Signe the Devills Booke with Blood,
& gave himselfe Soule & body to the Devill, By Which Wicked & diabol-
licall Covenant with the Devill made in maner & forme Aforesaid The
Said William Barker is become A [A] detestable Witch Against the
peace of o'r Sover' Lord & Lady the King & Queen their Crowne
& dignity & the Laws in that Case made & provided,
(Reverse) William Barker Senior for Covenanting with Devill.
Billa vera
*Robert Payne foreman
( Massachusetts Archives Vol. 135 No. 38 )

(Warrant for Arrest of William Barker, Sr., Mary
Marston and Mary Barker, Aug. 25, 1692)

Essex
To the Constables of Andov'r:

Complaint being made to me this day, by Sam'l Martin of Andover
& Moses Tyler sen'r of Boxford, against Will a Barker sen'r Mary
Marstone the wife of John Marstone jun'r & Mary Barker the Daughter
of Lef't John Barker, all of Andov'r in that the aboves'd William
Barker Mary Marstone & Mary Barker, have woefully afflicted
& Abused, Abigail Martin & Rose foster of Andov'r, & Martha Sprague
of Boxford by witchcraft, Contrary to the peace of O'r Sovereigne
Lord & Lady William & Mary King & Queen of England &c: & to
their Majes'ts Laws in that Case provided:

These therefore require you in their Majes'ts names upon sight
hereof, to apprehend & seize the bodies of William Barker sen'r
Mary Marstone the wife of John Marstone jun'r & Mary Barker the
Daughter of Lef't John Barker all of Andov'r & them safely Convey
to Salem, before their Majes'ts justices of the Peace there, to be ex-
amined & Proceeded with according to law, for which this shall be
the warrant: given und'r my hand & seal this 25'th [25] day of
August Anno Domini 1692: in the fourth year of their Majes'ts
Reigne:/

*Dudley Bradstreet justice of Peace

the S'd Martin & Tyler have given sufficient bond to prosecute s'd
persons to effect, which bond remains with me:

(Reverse) [torn]
persons and have brought them to Salem the 29'th of August 1692
Before their. honours mentined in the Rit:

*Ephriam Foster
Constable of Andover

( Boston Public Library -- Dept. of Rare Books and Manuscripts )

(Indictment v. William Barker, Sr.)

Province of the Massathutetts Bay in New England Essex Anno R R's &
Reginae Gulielmi & Mariae Angliae &c Quarto: Annoq'e Dom: 1692

The Juror for our Sov'r Lord and Lady the King & Queen Presents
That William Barker Seinor of Adivor in the County of Essex afore-
said Husband

Sometime in August last 1692 afors'd -- -- -And Divers other Dayes &
times as well before as after Certaine Detestable Arts called Witchcrafts
& Sorceryes Wickedly Mallishously & felloniously hath Used Practised &
Exercised at and in the Towne of Andivor -- in the County of Essex afores'd
Upon & against one Abagaiele Martin of Andivor SingleWoman By which Wicked
Arts the said Abagaile Martin -- the Day and year afores'd and Divers other Dayes
and Times as well before as after, was and is Tortured Afflicted
Tormented Consumed Pined & wasted ag't the Peace of Sov'r Lord
& Lady the King and Queen their Crowne and Dignity & the Lawes
in that case made & Provided:

Wittnesses: Rose foster -- Matha Tyler

(Reverse) William Barker Senior for afflicting Abigaill Martin Billa Vera

*Robert Payne foreman fled Persons fled

( Massachusetts Archives Vol. 135 No. 37 )

(Examination of William Barker, Sr.) 29. agust. 92.
Coram Maj'r Gidney
Mr. hathorn
Mr. Corwin Capt higginson
William Barker of Andovers examination & confession

He confesses he has been in the snare of the devil three years,
that the devil first appeared to him lyke a black man and perceived
he had a cloven foot, That the devil demanded of him to give
up himself soul & Body unto him, which he promesed to
doe. He said he had a great family, the world went hard with him and
was willing to pay every man his own, And the devil told him he
would pay all his debts and he should live comfortably -- He confesses
he has afflicted Sprague foster and martin, his three accusers. That
he did syne the devils book with blood brought to him in a thing
lyke an Inkhorn that he dip't his fingers there in and made a blott in
the book which was a confirmation of the Covenent with the devil.

He confesses he was at a meeting of witches at Salem Village
where he judges there was about a hundred of them, that the meeting
was upon a green peece of ground neare the ministers house, He said
they mett there to destroy that place by reason of the peoples being
divided & theire differing with their ministers

Satans design was to set up his own worship, abolish all the
churches in the land, to fall next upon Salem and soe goe through
the countrey, He sayth the devil promeised that all his people should
live bravely that all persones should be equall; that their should be no
day of resurection or of judgement, and neither punishment nor
shame for sin -- He sayth there was a Sacrament at that meeting,
there was also bread & wyne Mr. Burse was a ringleader in that meet-
ing and name several persones that were there at the meeting, It was
proposed at the meeting to make as many witches as they could,
and they were all by Mr. Burse and the black man exhorted to pull
down the Kingdome of christ and set up the kingdome of the devil,
He said he knew Mr. Burroughs and Goody How to be such persones,
And that he heard a trumpet sounded at the meeting and thinks it
was Burse that did it, the sound is heard many myles off and then
they all come one after another -- In the spring of the yeare the wit-
ches came from Connecticut to afflict at Salem Village but now
they have left it off And that he has been informed by some of the
grandees that there is about 307 witches in the country, -- He sayth
the witches are much disturbed with the afflicted persones because
they are descovered by them, They curse the judges Because their
Society is brought under, They wold have the afflicted persones count-
ed as witches but he thinks the afflicted persones are Innocent
& that they doe god good service And that he has not known or
heard of one innocent persone taken up & put in prisone -- He saith
he is heartily sorry for what he has done and for hurting the afflicted
persones his accusers, prayes their forgiveness, desyres pray'rs for
himself, promises to renounce the devil and all his works, And then
he could take them all by the hand without any harme by his eye or
any otherwise --
5. 7: 92 the aboveSaid is the Truth as wittnese my hand:

*William Barker

(In left margin) he owned this in the Court of Oyre & Terminer as
on the back Side

(Reverse) At a court of Oyer & Terminer held at Salem Sep'r 16. 92:
Owned in Court at Salem Sept'r 16. 1692

Attest
* St Sewall
*William Barker

( Massachusetts Archives Vol. 135 No. 39 )

(Examination of William Barker, Sr., Second Version)
29 August 1692 . W'm Barker Sen'r of Andivers Examination
& Confession

Before Maj'r Gidney Mr. Hathorne Mr. Corwin Jno Higginson Esq'r --
He Conffesses he has been in the Snare of the Divel [a'bt] Three
Years that the first apeared to Him in the Shape of a black man
& perceived he had a Cloven foott that the Divel deman'd of him to
give up himself Soul & body to him w'ch he promised to doe he
Said he had a greate family the world went hard w'th him & was
willing to pay Every Man his owne & the Divel told him he would
pay all his Debts & he Should live Comfortably -- He Conffesses
he has afflicted Sprauge fostter & Martin his three akusers that he
did Sign the Divel book w'th blood brought to him in a thing like
an Inkhorn that he dipt his finger therein and made a bloot in the
book w'ch was a Confermation of a Covenant made w'th the divel --
He Conffesses he was at a metting of the witches at Salem Village
where he Judges there was about a hundred of them that the meet-
ing was upon a green peice of ground Near the Ministers house he
Says they Meet their to destroy that place by reason of the peoples
being devided & their differing w'th there Ministers -- Satans desire
was to Sett up his own worship, abolish all the Churches in the land
to fall next upon Salem & Soe goe through the Country he Saith
the Divel promised al his people should live Bravely that al persons
Should be Equal that their Should be no day of resurection or
Judgment And Nither Punishment nor Shame for Sin -- he Saith
their was a Sacrement at the Metting there was also bread & wine Mr
Burse was a Ring Leader in that Metting & named several persons
that Ware there at the Metting It was proposed at the Metting to
make as Many witches as they Could & they were al by Mr. Burse
& the black Man Exhorted to pull dwone ye Kingdom of Christ
& Sett Up the Kingdome of the Divel, He S'd he knew Mr. Burroughs
& Goody How to be such persons & that he heard a trumpet Sounded
at the Metting & thinks it was Burse that did it the Sound is heard
Many Miles of and then they all Come one after another -- In the
Spring of the Year the witches Came from Connecticut to afflict at
Salem Village butt now they have left it of, & that he has been In-
formed by Some of the Grandees that there is @ 307 witches in
the Country -- He Saith the witches are much disturbed w'th the
afflicted persons because they are Discovered by th'm, they Curse
the Judges because their Society is brought under they would have
the afflicted persons Counted as witches but he thinks the afflicted
persons are Inocent & that they doe god good Service & that he has
not knowne or heard of one Inocent person taken up And putt in
prison -- he Saith he is hartyly Sorry for W't he has done & for
hurting the afflicted persons his accusers, prays there forgivenes,
desire prayers for him Self promises to Renounce the Divel & al
his works & then he could take them all by the hand w'thout any
harme by his Eye or otherwise -- the above S'd is the truth as witt-
nesse my hand --

*William Barker
(In left margin) 5" 7" 92"
( Miscellaneous Papers -- Essex Institute, Salem No. 9 )

(Confession from Prison of William Barker, Sr.)

God having called me to Confess my sin and Apostasy in that fall
in giving the Devil advantage over me appearing to me like a Black,
in the evening to set my hand to his Book, as I have owned to my
shame. He told me that I should not want so doing. At Salem Village,
there being a little off the Meeting-House, about an hundred five
Blades, some with Rapiers by their side, which was called and might
be more for ought I know by B and Bu[rroughs] and the Trumpet
sounded, and Bread and Wine which they called the Sacrament, but I
had none; being carried all over on a Stick, never being at any other
Meeting. I being at Cart a Saturday last, all the day, of Hay and English
Corn, the Devil brought my Shape to Salem, and did afflict M[artha]
S[prague] and R[ose] F[oster] by clitching my hand; and a Sab-
bath day my Shape afflicted A[bigail] M[artin] and at night afflicted
M[artha] S[prague] and A[bigail] M[artin]. E[lizabeth] J[ohnson]
and A[bigail] F[aulkner] have been my Enticers to this great
abomination, as one have owned and charged her to her Sister with
the same. And the design was to Destroy Salem Village, and to begin
at the Ministers House, and to destroy the Church of God, and to set
up Satans Kingdom, and then all will be well. And now I hope God
in some measure has made me something sensible of my sin and apos-
tasy , begging pardon of God, and of the Honourable Magistrates and
all Gods people, hoping and promising by the help of God, to set to
my heart and hand to do what in me lyeth to destroy such wicked
worship, humbly begging the prayers of all Gods People for me, I
may walk humbly under this great affliction and that I may procure
to my self, the sure mercies of David, and the blessing of Abraham.
(John Hale, A Modest Inquiry into the Nature of Witchcraft [Boston, 1702],
excerpted in George Lincoln Burr, ed., Narratives of the Witchcraft Cases, 1648-1706
[N.Y., 1914; reissued , 1968], pp. 419-420.)

William Barker, Jr.

(Recognizance for William Barker, Jr., and Mary Barker) Memorandum

That on the Thirteenth day of Jan'ry 1692 In the Fourth Year of the
Reigne of our Sovereigne Lord and Lady William and Mary by the
Grace of God of England &c: King & Queen defenders of the faith
&c: Personally appeared before W'm Stoughton Esq'r cheife Justice
of their Maj'ies Province of the Massachusets bay in New England
Jno Barker and Jno Osgood both of the Towne of Andiver in the
County of Essex Husbandmen and acknowledged themselves to be
Joyntly & Severally indebted unto our s'd: Sovereigne Lord & Lady
and the survivor of them their Heires & Successors in the sum of one
Hundred Pounds to be levied on their or either of their lands & Tenni-
ments goods & chattles for the use of our s'd: Sovereigne Lord
& Lady the King & Queen or Survivor of them on Condition that W'm
Barker Jun'r & Mary Barker haveing stood Committed for Suspition
of Witchcraft shall make their personall appearance before the Jus-
tices of our s'd: Lord & Lady the King & Queen at the next Court of
Assizes and Generall Goale Delivery to be holden for the County of
Essex then & their to answer to all such matters and things as shall
in their Maj'ies behalfe be alledged against them and to doe & re-
ceive that which by the s'd: Court shall be then & there Injoyned
them and thence not to departe without licence --

Attest
*Jon 'a Elatson Cler
(Reverse)
Recognizance of Jn'o Barker
Jn'o Osgood{
W'm Barker Jun'r for & Mary Barker
May 10th Apeared
( Mass. Archives Vol. 135 No. 105 )

(Indictment v. William Barker, Jr.) 1st Paper
Case of William Barker Witchcraft-Aug 1692-May 1693)
Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England Essex Ss An'o Rr's &
Reginae Gulielmi & Mariae Angliae &c Quarto Anoq'e Dom: 1692

The Jurors for o'r Sov'r lord and Lady the King & Queen pr'sents
that William Barker Junior of Andver in the County of Essex aforsaid
sometime in the month of August last in the yeare 1692 afors'd
Wickedly Mallitiously & felloniously a Covenant withe the Devill
did make & Signed the Devills Booke and by the Devill was Baptized
& before him Renownced his form'r Baptisme & Promised to be the
Devills for ever and ever By which wicked & Diabollicall Covenant
the Said William Barker is become A Detestable Witch Against the
Peace of o'r So'r lord & Lady the King & Queen their Crowne
& Dignity And the laws in that Case made & provided.
(Reverse)
Billa Vera
*Robert Payne
Foreman
ponet se
Not Guilty
Court of Ispswich
Ipswich 2 Tuesday May 1693
( Suffolk Court Records Case No. 2761 Page 102 )

(Indictment v. William Barker, Jr.) 3rd Paper
Province of the Massathusetts Bay in New England Essex Anno RR's &
Reginae Gulielmi & Mariae Angliae &c Quarto annoq'e Dom: 1692

The Jurors for our Souvereigne Lord and Lady the King & Queen
Presents -- That William Barker Junior of Andiver in the County of Essex
aforesaid -- Sometime in the Moneth of August in the Yeare 1692 aforesaid And
Divers other Dayes & times as well before as after Certaine Detestable
Arts called Witchcrafts & Sorceries: Wickedly Mallishiously & fello-
niously hath used Practised & Exercised at &: in the Towne of
Salem -- in the County of Essex aforesaid upon and against one
Martha Sprague Allias Martha Tyler -- by which wicked artes the
Said Martha Sprague Alli Tyler the Day and Year aforesaid and
Divers -- other dayes & times as well before as after was & is Tour-
tered Afflicted Tormented Pined & Wasted against the Peace of our
Souvereigne Lord & Lady the King & Queen their Crowne & Dignity
and the Lawes in that Case made & Provided./
(Reverse)
Billa Vera
*Robert Payne
foreman
ponet se
Not Guilty
(Suffolk Court Records Case No. 2761 Page 102 )

(Examination of William Barker, Jr.)
1 Sep'r 92 Before Maj'r Gidney Mr Hathorne Mr Corwin Jno Higgin-
son Esq'r

The Exam & Confes'on of Wm Barker Jun'r aged 14 Yeares or
their about He is accused for Exercising acts of Witchcraft Upon
the bodyes of Martha Sprauge Rosse fostter & abigall Martin w'ch
he did not deny but Could Not Rememb'r It -- He Conffesses now
that he hath not been in the Snare of the Divel above Six # [Years]
days, that as he was Goeing into the Woods one Evening to louk
after Cows he Saw the Shape of a black dog w'ch looked Verry
fercly Upon him & he was much disturbed in his Mind about it
& Could not Sleep Well that Night & betimes Next Morning he Mett
w'th a black Man(he Calls him a black man because he had black
Cloaths & thinks he had a black Skin) Who bid him Sett his hand to
his book & Serve him as long as he the s'd Barker lived w'ch he pro-
mised And theirupon Sett His hand to this book by putting his
fing'r Thereon he Saith the black man brought Red Stuf among w'th
him in an Inkorn & he the S'd Barker dipt his finger into it and ther
w'th Made a Red Mark on the paper He Conffesses he was to doe any
Servis the black man appointed him # [to doe] & was to have Suite
of Cloaths for it he S'd further the black man would have him bapt-
ized but he Never was -- he Saith further that goode Parker went
w'th him last Night to Afflict Martha Sprauge & that he afflicts by
Clinching his hands together he Saith he Now is Sorry & hates the
Divel but yett Struck dwon the afflicted w'th his Eyes -- and Martha
Sprauge being Recovered out of a fitt S'd that barkers apperition
& Goode Parker rod upon a pole & was baptized at 5 Mile pond -- He
Now Says there was Such a load Upon his Stomach that he Could
Not Speak a little affter he owned he was baptized by the black man
at 5 Mile pond & Renounced his former baptizime he Knows Goode
parker to be a witch & Says the Divel dipt his head into the Watter
& Spook these words that he the S'd Barker was his for Ever & Ever
He S'd he Could not think of his baptizime before & that the Load
that was Up[on] his Stomach Is not Soe heavy as it was Just now He
Stil afflicted Martha Sprauge & Shut her Mouth but by laying his
hand Theron opened [it] again -- and after wards Confessed that
there ware of his Compa' Goode parker Goode JohnSon Sam'll
Wardwel his wife & two Daughters & then Could take the afflicted
p'rsons by the Hand w'th out doeing them any harm

Wm Barker Jun'r Signed & owned the aboves'd
Exam & Conffession before Me

*John Higginson Just'e peace

The Marke of Wm. Barker Jun
( Miscellaneous Papers -- Essex Institute, Salem No. 3 )

(Examination of William Barker, Jr., Second Version) 2nd Paper
Sept. 12 Before Maj'r Gidney Mr Hawthorn Mr Corwin & Cap't
Higginsone
The Examination and Confession of W'm Barker aged 14 yeares or
thereabout
He is accused for exerciseing acts of witchcraft upon the bodyes
of Martha Sprague Rose foster and Abigail Martin, which he did not
deny but could not remember it.
He confesses now that he hath not been in the snare of the Devil
above six Dayes, That as he was goeing in the woods one evening
to look after cowes he sene the shape of a black Dog which looked
very fiercely upon him And he was much disturbed in his mynd
about it and could not sleep well that night. And betymes next
morneing he mett with a black man (he calls him a black man be-
cause he had black cloaths and thinks he had a black skin) who
bid him set his hand to a book and serve him as long as he the said
Barker Lived, which he promised And thereupon set his hand to the
book by putting his finger thereon, He saith the black man brought
red stuff along with him in an Inkhorn And he the said Barker dipt
his finger into it and therewith made a red mark on the paper He
confesses he was to doe any Service the black man appoynted him
and was to have a sute of cloaths for it, he said further the black
man would have him baptised but he never was.
He saith further that Goody Parker went with him last night to
afflict Martha Sprague, and that he afflicts by clinching his hands to-
gether . He now saith he is sorry & hates the Devill but yet struck
down the afflicted with his eyes, And Martha Sprague being re-
covered out of a fitt said that Barkers apparition and Goody Parker
rid upon a pole and was baptized at five myle pond He now sayes
there was such aload upon his stomach that he could not speak,
a little after he owned he was baptised by the black man at five
myle pond and did also renounce his former baptisme, he knowes
Goody Parker to be a witch and sayes the Devil Dipt his head into
the water and spoke these words that he the said Barker was his
for ever and ever.
He said he could not think of his baptisme before, And that the load
that was upon his stomach is not so heavy as it was but just before
He still afflicted Martha Sprague & Shut her mouth but by layeing
his hand thereon opened it again -- and afterwards confessed that
there were of his Company Goody Parker Goody Johnson Samuel
Wardwell & his wife and two Daughters. And then could take the af-
flicted persons by the hand without Doeing them any harme. --
W'm Barker Jun'r Signed
& owned the abovesaid
Examination & Confession. -- before me

*John Higginson
Just peace:

The Marke of William Barker Jun'r

(Reverse) Confession of William Barker Jun'r
acused Goody Parker
Goody Johnson
Sam'l Wardell his wife & 2 Daughters afflicted
Martha Sprague
( Suffolk Court Records Case No. 2761 Page 102 )

Sarah Bassett
( See also: Sarah Proctor -- Complaint .)


(Indictment v. Sarah Bassett)
Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England Essex Ano
RR & Reginae Gulielmi & Mariae Angliae &c Quarto Anoq'e
Dom.: 1692

The Jurors for o'r Sov'r lord & Lady the King & Queen pr'sent
The Sarah Bassett wife of William Bassett of Lyn in the County
of Essex aforesaid Upon or about the 23'rd day of May last Anno:
1692 aforsaid

And Divers other Days & Times as well before as after Certaine
Detestable Arts Called Witchcraft & Sorceries Wickedly Mallitiously
& felloniously hath used practised & Exercised at & in the Towne
of Salem, in the County of Essex aforesaid Upon & Against One
Mary Walcott of Salem Single Woman By Which Wicked Arts The
Said Mary Walcott is Tortured aflicted Tormented Consumed Wasted
& Pined the Day & yeare aforesaid & Divers other Days & times as
well before as Contrary to the peace of o'r Sov'r lord & lady the King
& Queen their Crowne & Dignity & the Laws in that Case made
& provided

Wittness
An Putnam
Marcy lewis

(Reverse)

Ignoramus
*Robert Payne
foreman
Salem Court
3 January 169⅔

( Suffolk Court Records Case No. 2701 Page 24 )

Sarah Bibber

(John Porter and Lydia Porter v. Sarah Bibber)

The Testimony of John porter: And Lidia porter
The Testimony of John porter, who Testifieth & sayth that
Goodwife Biber sometime living amongst us I did ovserve her to be
a woman of An unruly turbulent spirit; And shee would often fall
into strange fitts; when shee was crost of her humor: Likewise Lidia
porter Testifieth, that Goodwife Bibber And her Husband would
often quarrel & in their quarrels shee would call him, very bad names,
And would have strange fitts when she was crost, and a woman of
an unruly turbulent spirit, And double tongued
(Reverse) Jno Porters Evidence in behalfe of the p'rsones in Invali-
dating -- Sarah vibber #[copy] copied
( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 56 )

(Joseph Fowler v. Sarah Bibber)

The Testimony of Joseph fowler, who Testifieth that Goodman
Bibber & his wife, Lived at my house, and I did observe and take
notice, that Goodwife Bibber was a woman, who was very idle in
her calling And very much given to tatling & tale Bareing makeing
mischeif amongst her neighbors, and very much given to speak bad
words and would call her husband bad names & was a woman of a
very turbulent unruly spirit
(Reverse) Joseph Fowler Against Bibber & Wife
( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2. Page 56 )

(Thomas Jacobs and Mary Jacobs v. Sarah Bibber)

The testymony of Thomas Jacob and mary his wife doth testyfy
and say that good bibbor#[and] now that is now counted aflicted
parson she did for a time [surgin] in our hous and good bibber wood
be very often spekeking against won and nother very obsa[n]ely
and thos things that were very falls. and wichshing very bad wichchis
and very often and she wichs that wen hor chill fell into the rever
that she had never pull#[our] hor chilld out and good bibbor yous
to wich ill wichches to horselfe and hor chilldren and allso to others:
the nayborhud werr she liveued amonkes aftor she bered hor fust
housbon hes tolld us that this John bibbor wife coud fall into fitts
as often as she plesed
(Reverse) Tho. Jacobs goody[b]iver
( Essex County Archieves, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 57 )

(Richard Walker v. Sarah Bibber)

(In left margin) The Testimony of Richard Walker : who Testifieth:
that Goodwife Bibber somtimes Living neare to me, I did observe
her to be a woman of an unruly turbulent spirit, And would often
fall into strange fitts: when anything crost her humor
( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 p. 57 )

(Sarah Nurse v. Sarah Bibber)

The Testimony of Sarah Nurs aged 28 years of th [Torn] a bouts
who testifieth and saith that being in the Coun [Torn] this 29
of June 1692 I sawe goodwife bibber pull [Torn] pins out of her
Close and held them betwene h [Torn] fingers and Claspt her hands
round her knese and then she Cryed out and said goody Nurs prict her this
I can testifie if Calld as witness my mark.

mark
Sarah
Nurs
her

( Massachusetts Historical Society )

Bridget Bishop
Executed, June 10, 1692
( See also: Giles Corey -- Warrant; George Jacobs Sr. -- Mittimus )

(Examination of Bridget Bishop, First Version)

The Examination of Bridget Byshop at Salem Village 19. Apr. 1692
By John Hauthorn & Jonath: Corwin Esq'rs
As soon as she came near all fell into fits
Bridget Byshop, You are now brought before Authority to Give acco.
of what witchcrafts you are conversant in
I take all this people (turning her head & eyes about) to witness
that I am clear.
Hath this woman hurt you speaking to the afflicted.
Eliz: Hubbard Ann Putman, Abigail Williams & Mercy Lewes
affirmed she had hurt them.
You are here accused by 4.or.5. for hurting them, what do you
say to it,
I never saw these persons before, nor I never was in this place
before.
Mary Walcot said that her brother Jonathan stroke her appearance
& she saw that he had tore her coat in striking, & she heard it tare.
Upon some search in the Court, a rent that seems to answere
what was alledged was found.
They say you bewitcht your first husband to death.
If it please your worship I know nothing of it.
She shake her head & the afflicted were tortured.
The like again upon the motion of her head.
Sam: Braybrook affirmed that she told him to day that she had
been accounted a Witch these 10 years, but she was no Witch, the
Devil cannot hurt her.
I am no witch
Why if you have not wrote in the book, yet tell me how far you
have gone? Have you not to do with familiar Spirits?
I have no familiarity with the devil.
How is it then, that your appearance doth hurt these?
I am innocent.
Why you seem to act witchcraft before us, by the motion of your
body, which seems to have influence upon the afflicted.
I know nothing of it. I am innocent to a Witch. I know not what
a Witch is
How do you know then that you are not a witch
I do not know what you say.
How can you know, you are no Witch, & yet not know what a
Witch is.
I am clear: if I were any such person you should know it.
You may threaten, but you can do no more than you are per-
mitted .
I am innocent of a witch.
What do you say of those murders you are charged with?
I hope, I am not guilty of Murder
Then she turned up her eyes, the eyes of the afflicted were
turned up
It may be you do not know, that any have confessed to day, who
have been examined before you, that they are Witches.
No. I know nothing of it.
John Hutchinson & John Lewis in open Court affirmed that they
had told her
Why look you, you are taken now in a flat lye.
I did not hear them.
Note Sam: Gold saith that after this examination he askt s'd
Bridget Byshop if she were not troubled to see the afflicted persons
so tormented, said Byshop answered no, she was not Troubled for
them: Then he ask't her whither she thought they were bewitcht,
she said she could not tell what to think about them. Will Good,
& John Buxton jun'r was by, & he supposeth they heard her also.
Salem Village Aprill the.19'th 1692 mr Sam'l parris being
desired to take into wrighting the Examination of Bridget Bishop,
hath delivered it as aforesaid. And upon hearing the same, and
seeing what wee did then see, togather with the Charge of the afflic-
ted persons then present: Wee Committed said Bridget Olliver --

*John Hathorne.
( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 p. 34 )

(Examination of Bridget Bishop, Second Version)

The examination of Bridget Bishop before the Worshipfull
John Harthon and Jonathan Curren esq'rs
Bridget Bishop being now coming in to be examined relating
to her accusation of Suspicon of sundry acts of witchcrafts the
afflicted persons are now dreadfully afflicted by her as they doe
say.
(Mr Harthon) Bishop what doe you say you here stand charged
with sundry acts of witchcraft by you done or committed upon the
bodyes of mercy Lews and An Putnam and others.
(Bishop) I am innocent I know nothing of it I have done no
witchcraft
(Mr Har) Looke upon this woman and see if this be the woman
that you have seen hurting you. Mercy Lewes and An Putnam and
others doe [doe] now charge her to her face with hurting of them.
Mr Harthon What doe you say now you see they charge you to
your face
(Bish) I never did hurt them in my life I did never see these
persons before I am as innocent as the child unborn
(Mr Harth) is not your coate cut
(Bish) answers no but her garment being Looked upon they find
it cut or toren two wayes Jonathan walcoate saith that the sword
that he strucke at goode Bishup with was not naked but was within
the scabbord so that the rent may very probablie be the very same
that mary walcoate did tell that she had in her coate by Jonathans
stricking at her apperance
The afflicted persons charge her, with having hurt them many
wayes and by tempting them to sine to the devils Booke at which
charge she seemed to be very angrie and shaking her head at them
saying it was false they are all greatly tormented (as I conceive) by
the shaking of her head
(Mr Har) good Bishop what contract have you made with the
devill
(Bish) I have made no contract with the devill I never saw him in
my life. An Putnam sayeth that shee calls the devill her God
(Mr Har) what say you to all this that you are charged with can
you not find in your heart to tell the truth
(Bish) I doe tell the truth I never hurt these persons in my life
I never saw them before.
(Mercy Lewes) oh goode Bishop did you not come to our house
the Last night and did you not tell me that your master made you
tell more than you were willing to tell
(Mr Har) tell us the truth in this matter how comes these persons
to be thus tormented and to charge you with doing
(Bish) I am not come here to say I am a witch to take away my
life
(Mr H) who is it that doth it if you doe not they say it is your
likenes that comes and torments them and tempts them to write in
the booke what Booke is that you tempt them with.
(Bish) I know nothing of it I am innocent.
(Mr Harth) doe you not see how they are tormented you are
acting witchcraft before us what doe you say to this why have you
not an heart to confese the truth
(Bish) I am innocent I know nothing of it I am no witch I know
not what a witch is.
(Mr H) have you not given consent that some evill spirit should
doe this in your likenes.
(B) no I am innocent of being a witch I know no man woman or
child here
(Marshall Herrik) how came you into my bed chamber one
morning then and asked me whether I had any curtains to sell shee
is by some of the afflicted persons charged with murder
(Mr Harth) what doe you say to these murders you are charged
with
(B) I am innocent I know nothing of it
now shee lifts up her eyes and they are greatly tormented again
(Mr Har) what doe you say to these things here horrible acts of
witch craft.
(Bish) I know nothing of it I doe not know whither be any
witches or no
(Mr Har) no have you not heard that some have confessed.
(Bish) no I did not. two men told her to her face that they had
told her here shee is taken in a plain lie now shee is going away they
are dreadfully afflicted 5 afflicted persons doe charge this woman to
be the very woman that hurts them
This is a true account of what I have taken down at her examina-
tion according to best understanding and observation I have also in
her examination taken notice that all her actions have great influence
upon the afflicted persons and that have been tortored by her

*Ezekiel Cheever.

(Reverse) Examination ag't Bishop

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 p. 36 )

(Indictment v. Bridget Bishop, No. 1)
Anno Regni Regis et Reginae W[illm et] Mariae nunc Angliae &c
Quarto: Essex Ss

The Jurors for our Sovereigne Lord & lady the King & Queen
p'esents that Bridgett Bishop als Olliver the wife of Edward Bishop
of Salem in the County of Essex Sawyer the Nyneteenth Day of
April in the fourth Year of the Reigne of our Sovereigne Lord and
Lady William and Mary by the Grace of God of England Scottland
France & Ireland King & Queen Deffenders of the faith &c and
Divers other Dayes & times awell before as after. certaine Detestable
Arts called Witchcraft & Sorceries.wickedly.and felloniously hath
used Practised & Exercised, at and within the Towneship of Salem
in the County of Essex afores'd in upon.and ag't one: Mercy Lewis
of Salem Village in the County afors'd singlewoman by which said
wicked Arts the said Mercy Lewis -- the s'd Nyneteenth Day of April
in the fourth Year aboves'd and divers other Dayes and times as well
before as after, was & is hurt Tortured Afflicted Pined, Consumed,
wasted: & tormented ag't the Peace of our said Sovereigne Lord
And Lady the King & Queen and ag't the forme of the Statute in
that Case made & provided

Wittnesses
Mercy Lewis
Nathan'll Ingersoll
Mr Sam'll paris
Thomas puttnam Jun'r
Mary Walcott
Ann puttnam Jun'r
Elizabeth Hubbard
Abigal Williams

(Reverse) Billa vera

*John Rucke foreman in the name of the Rest of the Grand Jurie

(Reverse) Bills ag't Bishop No (1)

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1. p. 33 )

(Indictment v. Bridget Bishop, No. 2)
Anno Regni Regis et Reginae Willim et Mariae nunc Angliae &c
Quarto Essex Ss

The Jurors for our Sovereigne Lord & Lady the King & Queen
pr'sent that Bridgett Bishop als Olliver the wife of Edward Bishop of
Salem in the County of Essex Sawyer -- the Nyneteenth day of April
in the fourth year of the Reigne of our Sovereigne Lord & Lady
William & Mary by the Grace of God of England Scottland France
& Ireland King & Queen Defend'rs of the faith &c and Divers other
dayes & times as well before as after, certaine Detestable Arts Called
Witchcrafts & Sorceries. wickedly and felloniously hath used Practised
& Exercised at and within the Towneship of Salem in the County of
Essex afores'd in upon and ag't one Abigail Williams of Salem Village
in the County of Essex afores'd singlewoman.. by which said wicked
Arts the said Abigail Williams the Nyneteenth Day of April afores'd
in the fourth Year aboves'd and divers other Dayes and times as well
before as after, was, and is tortured Afflicted Pined Consumed wasted
& tormented ag't the Peace of our Said Sovereigne Lord & Lady the
King & Queen and ag't the forme of the Statute in that Case made
and Provided

Wittnesses
Abigail Williams
Mr Sam'll paris sworne
Nathan'll Ingersoll sworne
Thomas puttnam sworne
Mercy Lewis
Ann Puttnam Jun'r Sworne
Mary Walcott sworne
Elizabeth Hubbard sworne
Jno Bligh & Rebecka
his wife sworn
Samuel Shattock and Sarah his
wife sworne
William Bligh sworne
William Stacey sworne
John Loader sworne

(Reverse) Billa vera *John Ruck foreman in the name of the Rest
(2)

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 p. 33 )

(Indictment v. Bridget Bishop, No. 3)
Anno Regni Regis et Reginae Willim et
Mariae nunc Angliae &c Quarto
Essex Ss
The Jurors for our Sovereigne Lord & Lady the King & Queen
pr'sent that Bridgett Bishop als Olliver the wife of Edward Bishop
of Salem in the County of Essex Sawyer -- the Nyneteenth Day of
April -- in the fourth year of the Reigne of our Sovereigne Lord
& Lady William & Mary by the Grace of God of England Scottland
France & Ireland King and Queen Defend'rs of the faith &c and
Divers other Dayes & times as well before as after, certaine De-
testable Arts, called Witchcraft & Sorceries, Wickedly and felon-
iously hath used Practised & Exercised, at and within the Towneship
of Salem in the County of Essex afores'd in an upon and ag't one
Elizabeth Hubbard of Salem Village in the County afores'd single-
woman -- by which said wicked arts the said Elizabeth Hubbard the
s'd Nyneteenth Day of April -- in the fourth year aboves'd and divers
other dayes, and times as well before as after was & is hurt tortured
Afflicted Pine Consumed, wasted, and tormented ag't the Peace of
our s'd Sovereigne Lord & Lady the King and Queen, and ag't the
forme of the Statute in that Case made and Provided.

Wittnesses
Elizabeth Hubbard
Mercy Lewis
Mr Sam'll paris
Nathan'll Ingersoll
Thomas puttnam
Ann puttnam Jun'r
Mary Walcott
Abigail Williams,

(Reverse) Billa vera *John Rucke formane in the name of the Rest (4)

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 page 33 )

(Indictment v. Bridget Bishop, No. 4)
Anno Regni Regis et Reginae Willim et
Mariae nunc Angliae &c Quarto:
Essex Ss
The Jurors for our Sovereigne Lord & Lady the King & Queen
pr'sent that Bridgett Bishop als Olliver the wife of Edward Bishop
of Salem in the County of Essex Sawyer the Nyneteenth Day of
April -- in the fourth year of the Reigne of our Sovereigne Lord
& Lady William & Mary By the Grace of God of England Scottland
France & Ireland King & Queen Defend'rs of the faith &c and divers
other Dayes & times as well before as after.certaine Detestable Artes
called Witchcraft & Sorceries, Wickedly and felloniously hath used
Practised & Excercised at and within the Towneship of Salem, afores'd
in upon ag't one Ann puttnam of Salem Village in the County afore-
s'd singlewoman by which said wicked arts the said Ann puttnam the
s'd Nyneteenth Day of April in the fourth Year aboves'd and divers
other Dayes & times as well before as after was & is hurt, tortured.
Afflicted Pined Consumed wasted & Tormented ag't the Peace of
our said Sovereigne Lord & Lady the King and Queen and against
the forme of the Statute in that Case made & Provided

Wittnesses
Ann Puttnam Jun'r
Mr Sam'll paris
Nathan'll Ingersoll
Thomas puttnam
Mercy Lewis
Mary Walcott
Abigail Williams
Elizabeth Hubbard
(Reverse)
Billa vera
*John Rucke foreman in the name of the Rest

(Reverse) (5) Bills ag't Brid't Bishop alias Olliver Found by the Grand
Inquest Folio 966

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 Page 33 )

(Deliverance Hobbs v. Bridget Bishop et al.)

Deliverance-Hobbs . Exam'ed May. 3. 1692. Salem prison
Q. w't have you done since whereby there is further trouble in
your appearance?
An. nothing at all.
Q. but have you nott since bin tempted?
An. yes S'r, but I have nott done itt, nor will nott doe itt
Q. here is a great change since we last spake to you, for now you
Afflict & torment againe; now tell us the truth whoe tempted you
to sighne againe?
An. itt was Goody Olliver; shee would have mee to sett my hand
to the book, butt I would nott neither have I. neither did consent
to hurt them againe.
Q. was that true that Goody Wilds appeared to you & tempted you?
An. yes, that was true.
Q. have you been tempted since?
An. yes, about fryday or Saturday night last
Q. did they bid you that you should nott tell?
An. yes they tould me soe.
Q. but how farr did thay draw you or tempt you, & how farr
did you yeild to the temptation? but doe not you acknowledge that
[that] was true that you tould us formerly?
An. Yes.
Q. and you did sighne then att the first, did you Nott?
An. Yes, I did itt is true.
Q. did you promiss then to deny att last what you said before?
An.yes, I did & itt was Goody Oliver Alias Bishop that tempted
me to deny all that I had confessed before.
Q. doe you nott know the man w'th the Wenne?
An.noe I doe nott know whoe itt is; all that I confessed before
is true.
Q. Whoe were they you named formerly?
An.Osburne, Good, Burroughs, Olliver, Wiles, Cory & his Wife,
Nurse, procter & his Wife.
Q. who were w'th you in the chamber? (itt being informed that
some were talking w'th hir there.)
An.Wilds and Bushop or Olliver, Good & Osburne, & they had a
feast both of Roast & Boyled meat & did eat & drink & would
have had me to have eat and drunk w'th them but I would not;
& they would have had me sighned, but I would nott then not when
Goody.Olliver came to me.
Q. Nor did nott you con [torn] children in your likeness?
An.I doe nott know that I did.
Q. What is that you have to tell, w'ch you canott
tell yett you say?
(Reverse) Delive' Hobs her Examination & testimony ag't procter
& wife & others. Bridget Bishop
( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 p. 37 )
(William Stacy v. Bridget Bishop)
William Stacy of the Towne of Salem aged, Thirty Six years or
thereaboutes Deposeth and Saith: /
That about fourteene years agone this Deponant was visited
with the Small Pox, then Bridget Bishop did give him a visitt, and
withall Professed a great Love for this Deponant in his affliction.
more than ordinary, at which this Deponant admired, some time
after this Deponent was well, the said Bishop got him to do some
work for her. for which she gave him three pense, which seemed to
this Depo't as if it had been good money: but he had not gone out
above 3 or 4 Rods before he Looked in his Pockett where he put it,
for it, but could not find any sometime after this deponent met the
said [] Bishop in the Street a goeing to Mill; she askeing this De-
ponant whether his father would grind her grist: he put it to the said
Bishop why she Asked: she answered because folks counted her a
witch this Depo't made answer: he did not Question but that his
father would grind it: but being gone about 6 Rod from her the said
Bishop; with a small Load in his Cart: suddenly the off Wheels Slum-
ped or Sunk downe into a hole upon Plain ground, that this Depon't
was forced to gett one to help him gett the wheele out afterwards
this Depon't went Back to look for said hole where his wheele sunk
in but could not find any hole some time after in the winter about
midnight this Deponent felt something between his lips Pressing hard
ag't his teeth: and withall was very Cold in somuch that it did awake
him so that he gott up and sat upon his beed: he at the same time
seeing the said Bridgett Bishop sitting at the foot of his bed: being to
his seeming, it was then as light as if it had been day: or one in the
said Bishops shape: she having then a black cap & a black hat, and a
Red Coat with two [Eakes] of two Coulers: then she the said Bishop
or her shape clapt her coate close to her Leggs & hopt upon the bed
and about the Roome and then went out: and then it was Dark:
againe: some time after the s'd Bishop went to this Depon't and asked
him whither that which he had reported was true. that he had told
to severall: he answered that was true & that it was she, and bid her
denigh it if she dare, the said Bishop did not denigh it and went away
very angry and said that this Dep't did her more Mischief: than
any other body he asked Why: she answered because folks would
believe him before any body Elce: some time after the said Bishop
thretned this Deponent: and told him he was the occasion of bringing
her out about the brass she stole: Some time after this Dep't in a
dark night was goeing to the Barn who was suddenly taken or hoisted
from the Ground & threw ag't a stone wall after that taken up againe
a throwed Down a bank at the End of his house: some time after
this Deponent mett the said Bishop by Issaac Sternes Brick Kill:
after he had Passed buy her: this Deponents Horse stood still with a
small load goeing up the hill so that the Horse striveing to draw all
his Gears & tackeing flew in Peices and the Cart fell downe.
afterwward this Deponent went to lift a Bagg of Corne of about
2 bushells: but could not budge it with all his might:
This Deponent hath mett with severall other of her Pranks at
severall times: which would take up a great time to tell of
This Deponent doth veryly beleive that the said Bridget Bishop
was Instrumentall to his Daughter Prisillas Death: about two years
agoe, the Child was alikely Thriveing Child. And suddenly Screaked
out and soe continued in an unsuall Manner for about. a fortnight
& soe dyed in that lamentable manner
Sworne Salem May the 30'th 1692
before us.

*(John Hathorne)
Assis'ts
*(Jonathan. Corwin)

Jurat in Curia June. 2'd 1692
(Written on side of paper) William Stacey

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 p. 37 )

(Samuel Gray v. Bridget Bishop)

Samuell Gray of Salem Aged aboute 42 yeares Testifieth and
sayth that about fourteen years agoe he goeing to bed well one Lords
Day at night, and after he had beene asleep some time, he awakened
& looking up, saw the house light as if a candle or candles were lighted
in it and the dore locked & that little fire there, was Raked up he
did then see a woman standing between the Cradle in the Roome and
the Bed side and seemed to look upon him soe he did Rise up in his
bed and it vanished or disappeared then he went to the dore and
found it locked.and unlocking and Opening the dore he went to the
Entry dore and looked out, and then againe did see the same Woman
he had a little before seene in the Rome, and in the same garbe she
was in before, then he said to her in the name of God what doe you
come for.then she vanished away soe he Locked the dore againe
& went to bed and between sleepeing & wakeing he felt some thing
Come to his mouth or lipes cold, & there upon started & looked
up & againe did see the same woman with some thing betweene both
her hands holding before his mouth upon which she moved.and the
Child in the Cradle gave a great screech out as if it was greatly hurt
and she disappeared and takeing the child up could not quiett it
in some howres from which tyme, the child that before was a very
likely thriveing Child did pine away and was never well, althow it
Lived some moneths after, yet in a sad Condition and soe dyed,
some tyme after within a weeke or less he did see the same Woman
in the same Garb and Cloaths, that appeared to him as aforesaid,
and althow he knew not her, nor her name before, Yett both by
her Countenance & garb doth testifie that it was the same Woman
that thay now Call Bridget Bishop Alias Oliver of Salem

Sworne Salem May 30'th 1692 Before me

*Samuell Gray
*John Hathorne Assis't

(Reverse) Sam'll Grays Evedence Bridgett Bishopp

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol 1. p. 38 )

(The Rev. John Hale et al. v. Bridget Bishop)

John Hale of Beverly aged about 56 yeares [torn] & saith that
about 5 or 6 years ago e Christian the wife of John Trask (living in
Salem bounds bordering on the abovesaid Beverly) beeing in full
comunion in o'r Church came to me to [de] sier that Goodwife Bish-
op her Neighb'r wife of Edw: Bishop Jun'r might not be permitted
to receive the Lords Supper in our church till she had given her the
said Trask satisfaction for some offences that were against her.viz be-
cause the said Bishop did entertaine people in her house at unseason-
able houres in the night to keep drinking and playing at shovel-board
whereby discord did arise in other families & young people were in
danger to bee corrupted & that the s'd Trask knew these things
& had once gon into the house & fynding some at shovel-board had
taken the peices thay played with & thrown them into the fyre
& had reprooved the said Bishop for promoting such disorders, But re-
ceived no satisfaction from her about it.
I gave s'd Christian Trask direction how to proceed farther in
this matter if it were clearly prooved And indeed by the information
I have had otherwise I doe fear that if a stop had not been putt to
those disorders s'd Edw. Bishop's house would have been a house of
great prophainness & iniquity.
But as to Christian Trask the next news I heard of her was that
she was distracted & asking her husband Trask when she was so taken
[he told] mee shee was taken distracted that night after shee [came
from] my house when shee complained against Goody Bishop.
She continueing some time Distracted wee sought the Lord by
fasting & prayer & the Lord was pleased to restore the s'd [Trask]
to the use of her reason agen. I was s'th her often in [her] distraction
(& took it then to bee only distraction, yet fearing sometimes
somw't worse) but since I have seen the fitts of those bewitched at
Salem Village I call to mind some of hers to be much like some of
theirs.
The said Trask when recovered as I understood it did manifest
strong suspicion that shee had been bewitched by the s'd Bishop's
wife & showed so much aversness from having any conversation that
I was then troubled at it hopeing better of s'd Goody Bishop at that
time for wee have since [torn] At length s'd Christian Trask [was]
agen in a distracted fit on a Sabboth day in the forenoon at the pub-
l [i]ck meeting to o'r public desturbance & so continued sometimes
better sometimes worse unto her death, manifesting that shee under
temptation to kill her selfe or somebody else.
I enquired of Marg'rt Ring who kept at or nigh the house, what
shee had observed of s'd Trask before this last distraction shee told
[mee.] Goody Trask was much given to reading & search the pro-
phecys of scrip[ture].
The day before shee made that disturbance in the meeting [house
she[e] came home & said shee had been w'th Goody Bishop & that
they two were now friend or to that effect.
I was oft praying w'th & councelling of Goody Trask before her
death and not many days before her end being there shee seemed
more rationall & earnestly desired Edw: Bishop might be sent for
that shee might make friends with him, I asked her if shee had
wronged Edw. Bishop shee said not that shee knew of unless it were
in taking his shovel-board pieces when people were at play w'th them
& throwing them into the fyre & if she did evill in it she was very
sorry for it & desiered he would be friends with her or forgive her.
this was the very day before she dyed, or a few days before.
Her distraction (or bewitching) continued about a month and in
those intervalls wherein shee was better shee earnestly desired prayers
& the Sabboth befere she dyed I received a note for prayers on her
behalf w'ch her husband said was written by her selfe & I judge was
her owne hand writing beeing well acquainted with her hand.
As to the wounds she dyed of I observed 3 deadly ones; apeice
of her wind pipe cutt out. & another wound above that threww the
windpipe & Gullet & the veine they call jugular. So that I then judge
& still doe apprehend it impossible for her w'th so short a pair of
cissars to mangle her selfe so without some extraordinary work of
the devill or witchcraft

signed. 20. may 1692 by
*John Hale.

To severall parts of this testimony can wittness Maj'r Gidney.
Mr Paris Joseph Hirrek Ju'r & his wife Thomas Raiment & his wife
John Traske Marget King, Hanah wife of Cornell Baker, []
Miles & others.

As also about the s'd Goody Bishop Capt W'm Raiment, his son
W'm Raiment about creatures strangely dying. James Kettle, & the
abovs'd Jos: Hirreck & Tho: Raiment about sundry actions that
[have] the apearance of witchcraft.

(Reverse)
Deposition 16 John Hale

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 p. 39 )

(Samuel and Sarah Shattuck v. Bridget Bishop)

Sam'll Shattock aged 41 years testifieth that in the year 1680.
Bridged Oliver formerly wife to old Goodman Oliver: now wife to
Edward Bishop did Come to my hous pretending to buy an old hh'd
wc'h tho I asked verry little for: & for all her pretended want She
went away w'th out it: & Sundry other tymes she came in a Smooth
flattering maner in very Slighty Errants: we have thought Since on
purpos to work mischief: at or very near this tyme o'r Eldest Child
who promised as much health & understanding both by Countenance
and actions as any other Children of his years: was taken in a very
drooping Condition and as She Came oftener to the hous he grew
wors & wors: as he would be standing at the door would fall out
& bruis his face upon a great Step Stone as if he had been thrust out
bye an invisible hand: often tymes falling & hitting his face in a
very miserable maner: after this the abovesaid Oliver brought me
apair of sleeves to dye & after that Sundry peeces of lace Some of
w'ch were Soe Short that I could not judge them fit for any uce: she
p'd me 2 d for dying them w'ch 2 d I gave to Henery Willms w'ch
lived w'th me he told me put it in a purse among som other money
w'ch he locked up in a box & that the purs & money was gon out of
the Box he Could not tell how: & never found it after just after the
dying of these things this child taken in a terrible fit; his mouth
& Eyes drawne aside and gasped in Such a maner as if he was upon the
point of death; after this he grew wors in his fits; and out of them
would be allmost allways crying that for many months he would be
crying till natures strenght was spent & then would fall a sleep and
then awake & fall to crying & moaning: that his very Countenance
did bespeak Compassion; and at length wee p'rceived his understand-
ing decayed Soe that wee feared (as it has Since proved) that he would
be quite bereaft of his witts; for Ever Since he has bin Stupified and
voide of reason his fitts still following of him; after he had bin in this
kind of Sickness Som tyme he has gon into the garden & has got
upon a board of an inch thick w'ch lay flat upon the ground & wee
have Called him; he would Com to the Edge of the board & hold out
his hand & make as if he would Com but Could not till he was helped
of the board; other tymes when he has got upon a board as aforesaide
my wife has Said She has ofered him a Cake & mony to Com to her
and he has held out his hand & reach't after it but Could not Com till
he has bin help't of the board; by w'ch I judge som inchantm't kept
him on about 17 or 18 months after, the first of this Ilnes there
Came a Stranger to my hous & pittyed this Child and Said among
other words wee are all borne Some to one thing & Som to another; I
asked him & w't doe you Say this Child is borne too he replyed he
is born to be bewitched and is bewitched I told him he did not know;
he said he did know & Said to me you have a neighbor that lives not
far of that is a witch: I told him wee had noe neighb'r but w't was
honest folke; he replyed you have a neighb'r that is a witch & She
has had a falling out w'th yo'r wife & Said in her hart your wife is
a proud woman & She would bring downe her pride in this Childe:
I paused in my selfe & did remember that mye [mye] wife had told
me that goodwife Oliver had bin at the hous & spoke to her to beat
Henry Willms, that lived w'th us & that she went away muttering
& She thought threatning: but little before o'r child was taken ill; I
told the aforesaid Stranger that there was Such a woman as spoke of;
he asked where she lived for he would goe & see her if he knew how:
I gave him money & bid him ask her for a pot of Syd'r away he went
& I Sent my boy w'th him who after a short tyme: both returned;
the boys face bleeding & I asked w't the matter they told me the man
knock't at the door & goody Oliver Came to the door & asked the
Stranger w't he would have he told her a pot of Cyd'r she saide he
sheuld have none & bid him get out & took up a Spade & made him
goe out She followed him & when She came w'th out the poarch She
saw mye boy & ran to him & scratched his face & made it bleed:
Saying to him thou roague w't dost thou bring this fellow here to
plague me; now this man did say before he went: 't he would fetch
blood of her And Ever Since this Child hath bin followed w'th
grevious fitts as if he would never recover moor: his hed & Eyes
drawne aside Soe as if they would never Come to rights moor lying
as if he were in a maner dead falling any where Either into fier or
water if he be not Constantly looked too, and generally in Such an
uneasie and restles frame allmost allways runing too & fro acting
soe Strange that I cannot judge otherwise but that he is bewitched
and by these circumstances doe beleive that the aforesaid Bridged
Oliver now Called Bishop is the Caus of it and it has bin the Judgem't
of Docters Such as lived here & forreigners: that he is under an Evill
hand of witchcraft

Sam'll Shattock & Sarah Shattock

affirmeth upon the oath they have taken to the truth of w't is above written
Jurat in Curia June 2'd 92

Attest
*Steph: Sewall Cler

(Reverse)
Eved. Against Bridget Bishop p Sam'l Shadock & wife

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1. p. 40 )

(John Louder v. Bridget Bishop.)

John Louder of Salem Aged aboute thurtey two Yeares Testifieth
and sayth that aboute seaven or Eight years since I then Liveing w'th
Mr John Gedney in Salem and haveing had some Controversy with
Bridgett Bushop the wife of Edw'd Bushop of Salem Sawyer aboate
her fowles that used to Come into our orchard or garden. Some little
tyme after which, I goeing well to bed; aboute the dead of the night
felt a great weight upon my Breast and awakening looked and it
being bright moon; light did clearely see s'd Bridget Bushop -- or her
likeness sitting upon my stomake and puting my Armes of of the
bed to free myselfe from that great oppression she presently layd
hold of my throat and allmost Choked mee and I had noe strenth
or power in my hands to resist or help my selfe; and in this Condition
she held mee to almost day, some tyme after this, my Mistress
Susannah Gedney was in our orchard and I was then with her. and
said Bridget Bushop being then in her Orchard w'ch was next ad-
joyneing to ours my Mistress told s'd Bridget that I said or afirmed
that she came one night & satt upon my brest as afores'd which she
denyed and I afirmed to her face to be true and that I did plainely
see her. upon w'ch discourse with her she Threatened mee. And
some tyme after that I being not very well stayed at home on a Lords
day and on the afternoon of s'd day the dores being shutt I did see a
black pig in the Roome Coming towards mee soe I went towards itt
to kick it and it vanished away
Immediately after I satt down in an Narrow Bar and did see a
black thing Jump into the window and came & stood Just before my
face, upon the bar the body of itt looked like a Munky only the feete
ware like a Cocks feete w'th Claws and the face somewhat more like
a mans than a Munkiey and I being greatly affrighted not being able
to speake or help my selfe by Reason of fear I suppose, soe the thing
spake to mee and said I am a Messenger sent to you for I understand
you are trobled in mind, and if you will be Ruled by mee you shall
want for Nothing in this world upon which I endeavered to clap my
hands upon itt, and sayd You devill I will Kill you. but could feale
noe substance and itt Jumped out of the window againe.and Imediatly
Came in by the porch althow the dores ware shutt. and sayd you
had Better take my Councill, where upon I strook at it with a stick
butt strook the Groundsill and broak the stick, but felt noe substance,
and that arme with which I strook was presently disenabled, then it
vanished away and I opened the back dore and Went out and goeing
towards the house End I Espied s'd Bridget Bushop in her orchard
goeing to wards her house, and seing her had no power to set one
foot forward but returned in againe and goeing to shutt the dore. I
Againe did see that or the like creture that I before did see within
dores, in such a posture as it seemed to be agoeing to fly at mee, up-
on which I cryed.out; the whole armor of god be between mee and
you. soe itt sprang back and flew over the apple tree flinging the
dust w'th its feet against my stomake, upon which I was struck dumb
and soe Continued for aboute three days tyme -- and also shook many
of the apples of, from the tree w'ch it flu over:
(Reverse) John louder apearid before me this 2. dy of June 1692
and one the oath that he had taken did owen this testimony to be the
truth before us the Jarris of Inquest

Jurat in Curia
On her tryall Bridget Bishop alias Oliver denied that she knew this
deponent though the orchard of this depon't & the orchard of said
Bishop Joined & they often had difference for some yeares together

(Reverse) Evidence ag't Br. Bishop. Jno Loader

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 p. 41 )

(John Bly, Sr., and William Bly v. Bridget Bishop.)

June 2'th 1692 Jno Blye Senior aged about 57 years & William
Blye aged about 15 years both of Salem Testifieth and sayth that
being Imployed by Bridgitt Bushup Alies Oliver of Salem to help
take downe the Cellar wall of The owld house she formerly Lived
in wee the s'd Deponants in holes of the s'd owld wall Belonging to
the s'd sellar found Severall popitts made up of Raggs And hoggs
Brusells w'th headles pins in Them. w'th the points out ward & this
was about Seaven years Last past

Jurat Curia
(Reverse) papers ag't B: B: no. 16 John Bly and Wm Bly Court Oy'r
& Term'r held at Salem 2'd June. 92 poppets OLiver

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 p. 42 )

(Richard Coman v. Bridget Bishop.)

Richard Coman aged aboute 32 years Testifieth that sometime
aboute Eight yeares since: I then being in bed with my wife at Salem.
one fift day of the Weeke at night Either in the Latter end of May
the Begining of June. and alight burning in our Roome I being awake,
did then see Bridget Bishop of Salem Alias Olliver come into the
Roome wee lay in and two Women more with her. w'ch two Women
ware Strangers to mee I knew them not.but s'd Bishop came in her
Red paragon Bodys and the rest of her cloathing that she then
usually did ware, and I knowing of her well also the garb she did use
to goe in.did clearely & plainely know her, and testifieth that as
he locked the dore of the house when he went to bed soe he found
it after wards w'n he did Rise; and quickly after they appeared the
light was out, and the Curtaines at the foote of the bed opened
where I did see her and presently came And lay upon my Brest or
body and soe oppressed him that he could not speake nor stur noe
not soe much as to awake his wife althow he Endeavered much soe
to do itt; the next night thay all appeared againe in like manner and
she s'd Bishop Alias Oliver tooke hold of him by the throate and al-
most haled him out of the bed the Satterday night followeing; I
haveing benne that day telling of what I had seene and how I suffered
the two nights before, my Kinsman Wm Coman told mee he would
stay with mee & Lodg with mee and see if thay would come againe
and advised mee to lay my sword on thurt my body.quickly after
Wee Went to bed that s'd night and both well awake and discoursing
togather in came all the three women againe and s'd Bishop was the
first as she had benne the Other two nights, soe I told him; Wm heer
thay be all Come againe & he was Immediatly strook speechless
& could not move hand or foote and Immediatly they gott hold of my
sword & strived to take it from mee but I held soe fast as thay did
not gett it away; and I had then Liberty of speech and called Wm
also my wife & Sarah phillips that [lay with] my wife. who all told
me [afterwards they heard] mee, but had not power to speak [or
stur] afterwards An the first that spake was Sarah phillips and said
in the name of god Goodm
Coman w't is the Matter with you, soe thay all vanished away

Sworne Salem June 2'd 1692.
Jurat in Curia Before mee

*John Hathorne

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1. p. 42 )

(John Bly, Sr. and Rebecca Bly v. Bridget Bishop.)

John Bly sen'r and Rebecka Bly his wife of Salem, both Testifie
and say that s'd Jno Bly Bought a Sow of Edw'd Bushop of Salem
Sawyer and by agreement with s'd Bushop was to pay the price
agreed upon, unto Lt Jeremiah Neale of Salem, and Bridgett the wife
of Said Edward Bushop because she could not have the mony or
vallue agreed for, payd unto her, she [came] to the house of the
deponents in Salem and Quarrelled w'th them aboute it soon after
which the sow haveing piged, she was taken with strange fitts Jump-
ing up and knocking hir head against the fence and seemed blind and
deafe and would not Eat neither Lett her pigs suck but foamed at
the mouth, which goody hinderson heareing of sayd she beleived she
was over-looked, and that thay had theire cattle ill in suck a manner
at the Eastward when she lived there, and used to cure them by
giveing of them Red Okar & Milk. which wee also gave the sow.
Quickly after eating of which she grew Better.and then for the
space of neere two howres togather she getting into the street did
sett of Jumping & running betweene the house of s'd deponents and
s'd Bushops as if she ware stark mad; and after that was well againe
and wee did then Apprehend or Judge & doe still that s'd Bishop had
bewitched s'd sow

Jurat in Curia
(Reverse) John Bly and wife

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1. p. 43 )

(Mary Warren v. Bridget Bishop and Nathaniel Cary [?])
Mary Warren aged 20: yeares or thereabouts testifyeth & saith That
severall times after the Nyneteenth day of April last when Bridgett
Bishop als
Olliver who was in the Gaol at Salem she did appear to
this depon't tempting her to signe the book & oft times during her
being there as afores'd the s'd Bridgett did torture & afflict this
depon't & being in Chanies said tho: she could not do it, she would
bring one that should doe it which now she knowes to be Mr [Cary]
that then came & afflicted her,
Sworne before us the 1. day of June 1692

*John Hathorne
*Jonathan Corwin {
Assists

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 Page 110 )

(Susannah Sheldon v. Bridget Bishop)
The Deposistion of susannah shelldin aged about 18 years who
testifieth and said that on this 2 June 1692 I saw the Apperishtion
of Bridgit Bishop.and Immediatly appeared to little children and said
that they ware Thomas Greens two twins and tould Bridget Bishop
to hir face that she had murthered them in setting them into fits
wher of they dyed
(Reverse) Susanna Sheldon Evid ag't Bridgett Bishop
( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1. p. 43 )

(John Cook v. Bridget Bishop.)
John Cooke aged about 18 years Testifieth that about five or
six yeares agoe One Morning about Sun rising as I was in bed before
I rose I saw goodwife Bishop alias Oliver Stand in the Chamber by
the window and she looked On me & Grinn'd on me & presently
struck me on the Side of the head w'ch did very much hurt me
& then I Saw her goe Out under the End window at a little Creviss
about So bigg as I Could thrust my hand into I Saw her again the
Same day w'ch was the Sabath Day about noon walke & Cross the
roome & having at the time an apple in my hand it flew Out of my
hand into my mothers lapp who State Six or Eight foot distance
from me & then She disapeared & though my mother & Severall oth-
ers were in the Same room yet they afirmed [they afirmed] they
Saw her not
John Cooke apearid before us the Jarris of inqwest and did owne
this to be his testimony one the oath that he hath taken:
this 2: dy of June. 92

Jurat in Curia
(Reverse) John Cooke Witnis

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 p. 43 )

(Susannah Sheldon v. Bridget Bishop, Mary English,
Phillip English, Giles Corey, and Martha Corey) on the foarth day at
night Came goody olliver and mrs English and good man Core and a
blak man with a hi crouned hatt with books in their hands goody olliver
bad mee touch her booke i would not i did not know her name shee told
mee her name was goody Olliver and bid me touch her booke now I bid her
tel mee how long shee had been a witch shee told me #[shee told mee] S had
been a witch above twenti years then their Came a streked snake creeping
over her shoulder and crep into her bosom mrs. English had a yelo
bird in her bosom and good man Core had two tircels hang to his
Coat and he opened his bosom and put his turcls to his brest and
gave them suck then good man Core and Goody oliver kneeled doune
beefour the blak man and went to prayer and then the blak man told
mee goody olliver had been a witch twenti years and an half then
they all set to biteing mee and so went away the next day Came good
man Core mrs english in the morning and told mee i should not eat
no vittals i took a spoon and put on spoonful in my mouth and good
man Core gave me a blow on the ear and all most choaked mee then
he laughed at mee and told mee i would eat when he told mee I
should not then he Clenched my hands that they could not be opened
for more then a quarter of an our then cam phillip english and [and]
told mee if i would touch his booke hee would not hit mee but i
refused then he did bite mee and went away
the sixth day at night Came goody olliver and mrs english good
man Core and his wife goodwy Core S profired mee a booke i refused
it and asked her whear she lived shee told mee she lived in boston
prisson then shee puled out her brest and the blak man gave her
a thing like a blake pig it had no haire on it and shee put it to her
brest and gave it suck and when it had sucked on brest shee put it
the other and gave it suck their then she gave it to the blak man then
went to praier to the blak man then goody olliver told mee that
shee had kiled foar women two of them wear the fosters wifes and
john trasks wife and did not name the other then they did all bitt
mee and went away then the next day Came goody Core choaked
mee and told mee i would not eat when my dame bid mee but now
I should eat none
(Reverse) susanna sheldon ag't oliver English & his wife Core & his
wife good -- buckie & her daughter & boston woman
( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1. p. 45 )

(Elizabeth Hubbard v. Bridget Bishop and Mary Warren) now
whilest i was righting thes lines thar came in mary waring
and another woman with hur whch woman mary waring shap said
was goodey oliver and that woman came in hur sheft
(Reverse) Elizab Hubbard ag'st Mary Warrin
( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1. Page 44 )

(Physical Examination of Bridget Bishop, Rebecca Nurse,
Elizabeth Proctor, Alice Parker, Susannah Martin,
and Sarah Good, No. 1.) 1692 Salem June 2'd aboute 10 in Morning
Wee whose names are under written being Comanded by Capt
George Corwine Esq'r Sherriffe of the County of Essex this 2'd day
of June 1692 for to vew the bodyes of Bridgett Bishop alias Oliver
Rebecah Nurse
Elizabeth procter
Alice parker
Susanna Martine
Sara Good

The first three, Namely: Bishop: Nurse: procter, by dilligent search
have discovered apreternathurall Excresence of flesh between the
pudendum and Anus much like to Tetts & not usuall in women
& much unlike to the other three that hath been searched by us
& that they were in all the three women neer the same place

*J Barton Chyrurgen
Alice pickering
her marke
Jane Woolings
her marke
Marjery Williams
her marke
Anna Stephens
her marke
Elizabeth Hill
her marke
Elanor Henderson
her marke
Rebecah Sharpe
her marke
Lydia Pickman
*Hannah Kezer

Sworne in Court June 2'd 1692

Attest * Step: Sewall Cle

(Physical Examination, No. 2.)
(Reverse) Salem aboute 4 afternoon June 2'd 1692.

We whose names are Subscribed to the w'th in mentioned, upon
a second search about 3 or 4 houres distance, did find the said
Brigett Bishop alias Oliver, in a clear & free state from any p'eter-
naturall Excresence, as formerly seen by us alsoe Rebecah Nurse in
stead of that Excresence w'thin Mentioned it appears only as a dry
skin without sense, & as for Elizabeth procter which Excresence
like a tett red & fresh, not any thing appears, but only a proper [ pro-
cedeulia Ani,] & as for Susanna Martine whose breast in the Morn-
ing search appeared to us very full; the Nibbs fresh & starting, now
at this searching all lancke & pendant which is all at pr'sent from
the w'th in Memtioned subscribers and that that piece of flesh of
Goodwife Nursess' formerly seen is gone & only a dry skin near-
er to the anus in another place

Rebecah Sharpe marke
the marke of Elizabeth Hill
Lidia pickman
Elanor Henderson
her marke
*J Barton Chyrurgen
Alice pickring
marke
*Hannah Kezer
Marjery Williams
marke
Anna Stephens
Jane Wollings
marke

Sworne in Court June 2'd 1692
(Reverse) Jury of Womens Return

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 p. 35 )

(Death Warrant v. Bridget Bishop)

To George Corwin Gent'm high Sherriffe of the County of Essex Greeting

Whereas Bridgett Bishop als
Olliver the wife of Edward Bishop of [Salem] in the County of Essex
Sawyer at a speciall Court of Oyer and Termin[er held at] Salem the second Day
of this instant month of June for the Countyes of Esse[x] Middlesex and Suffolk
before William Stoughton Esq'r and his Associates J[ustices] of the
aid Court was Indicted and arraigned upon five severall
[Seal]I[ndictments] for useing practiseing and exercisein[g] [on
the Nyneteenth day of April] last past and divers other dayes
and times [before and after certain acts of] Witchcraft in and upon
the bodyes of Abigial Williams, Ann puttnam J[un'r] Mercy Lewis,
Mary Walcott and Elizabeth Hubbard of Salem village singlewomen,
whereby their bodyes were hurt, afflicted pined, consu[med] Wasted
and tormented contrary to the forme of the Statute in that Case
[made and] provided To which Indictm'ts the said Bridgett Bishop
pleaded no[t guilty] and for Tryall thereof put her selfe upon God
and her Country, where[upon] she was found guilty of the felo-
nyes and Witchcrafts whereof she stood Indicted and sentence of
Death accordingly passed ag't her as the Law directs, Execution
whereof yet remaines to be done These are theref[ore] in the Name
of their Maj'ties William and Mary now King & Queen [over] Eng-
land &c to will and Comand you That upon fryday next being the
Tenth day of this instant month of June between the houres of
Eight and twelve in the afternoon of the same day You safely con-
duct the s'd Bridgett Bishop als
Olliver from teir Maj'ties Gaol in Salem afores'd to the place of Execution
and there cause her to be hanged by the neck untill she be de[ad] and of your
doings herein make returne to the Clerk of the s'd Court and pr'cept And here-
of you are not to faile at your peril And this shall be [your] Suffi-
cient Warrant Given under my hand & Seal at Boston. the Eig[hth
day] of June in the fourth Year of the Reigne of our Sovereigne
Lord and [Lady] William & mary now King & Queen over England
&c Annoq'e Dm 1692;

*Wm Stoughton

June 10th -- 1692
According to the Within Written precept I have taken the body
of the within named Brigett Bishop of their Majes'ts Goale in Salem
and Safely Conveighd her to the place provided for her Execu-
tion and Caused the s'd Brigett to be hanged by the neck untill
Shee was dead # [an d b uried in the pla] all which was according
to the time within Required and So I make Returne by me

George Corwin Sheriff

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 p. 20 )

Sarah Bishop

( See also: Sarah Wilds -- Warrant; William Hobbs -- Mittimus .)
(James Kettle v. Sarah Bishop)
The deposition of James Kettle aged twenty seven years or there
about testyfieth & saith that I was att Docter Grigs his hous on the
tenth of this instant may & there saw Elizebeth Hubbard in severall
Fitts: and after her fits ware over she told me that she saw my two
Childdren Laying before her & that thay cry'd for vengance & that
Sarah Bishop bid her Look on them & said that she kiled them
& and thay were by her description much as they were when they
ware put in to there Coffins [to] be buried & she told me that Sarah
bishop told her that I was going to burn akiln of potts & that she
would break them if she Could: & i took notice that while she was in
her Fitts that she Cried & held her apron before her face saying that
she would not se them Docter Grigs & his wife and John hues ware
thare present
(Reverse) [ -- -- ah] Bishop
( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 p. 55 )

(Elizabeth Balch and Abigail Waldon v. Sarah Bishop)

The Depotion of Elizabeth Balch of Beverly Aged aboute Eight
& thirty years & wife unto Benjamin Balch ju'r This Deponant Testi-
fieth hereby & saith that she being at Salem on the very Day that
Cap't Georg Curwin was buried & in the evening of s'd Day Cominge
from s'd Salem unto s'd Beverly on horse back with her sister then
known by the name of Abigaile Woodburie now Abigaile Waldon Liv-
ing in Wenham wife unto Nathaniell Waldon Rideing behinde her
& as they were Rideing as befour & were Come soe far as Crane River
Common soe Called Edward Bishop & his wife over tooke us (on
horse back) who are both now in prison under suspition of witch-
craft & had some words of Difference it seemed unto us. s'd Bishop
rideing in to the brooke pretty hastily she finding fault with his soe
doing & said that he would throw her in to the water or words to
that purpose s'd Bishop Answered her that it was noe matter if he
Did or words to that Effect: & soe wee Rode along all together to-
ward Beverly & she blamed her husband for Rideing soe fast & that
he would Doe her a mischeife or words to that purpose & he An-
swered her that it was noe matter what was Done unto her or words
to that purpose: And then s'd Bishop Directed his speech unto us
as we Rode along & s'd that she had ben a bad wife unto him ever
since they were marryed & reckoned up many of her miscarriages towards
him but now of Late she was worse then Ever she had ben
unto him before (and that the Devill Did Come bodyly unto her
& that she was familiar with the Devill & that she sate up all the night
Long with the Devill) or words to that purpose & with such kinde of
Discourse he filled up the time untill we Came to s'd Bishops Dwell-
ing house & this Deponant Did reproove s'd Bishop for speaking in
such a manner unto his wife s'd Bishop Answered it was nothing but
what was truth & s'd Bishops wife made very Little reply to all her
husbands Discourse Dureing all the time we wer with them & farther
said not the mark of elezebeth Balch. the mark of Abigail walden.
her Answer
if it be soe, you had neede pray, for mee

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1. p 44 )

Mary Black
( See also: Sarah Wilds -- Warrant; William Hobbs -- Mittimus;
George Jacobs, Sr. -- Mittimus .)

(Examination of Mary Black)

The examination of Mary Black (a Negroe) at a Court held at Salem
Village 22. 1692 By the Magistrates of Salem
Mary, you are accused of sundry acts of witchcraft: Tell me be
you a Witch?
-- Silent.
How long have you been a witch?
I cannot tell.
But have you been a witch?
I cannot tell you.
Why do you hurt these folks
I hurt no body
Benja' Who doth?
Putman
I do not know.
Her Master saith a man sat down upon the farm with her about a
twelve month agoe.
What did the man say to you?
He said nothing.
Doth this Negroe hurt you?
Severall of them said yes.
Why do you hurt them?
I did not hurt them.
Do you prick sticks?
No I pin my Neck cloth
Well take out a pin, & pin it again.
She did so, & severall of the afflicted cryed out they were prick't.
Mary Walcott was prick't in the arm till the blood came, Abigail
Williams was prick't in the stomach & Mercy Lewis was prick't in
the foot.
mr Samuell parris being desired to take in wrighting the Examination
of Mary Black a Negro Woman delivered itt as aforesaid And upon
heareing the same and seeing what wee did then see togather with the
Charge of the afflicted persons then present Wee Committed s'd
Mary black.

Pus *John Hathorne
*Jonathan. Corwin {
Assis'ts

(Reverse)

The Examination of (9) Mary Black 22. Apr. 1692

Cleerd by proclamacon

Jan'ry. 11. 1692

Mr Nathaniell Putnam of Salem Village
his negro

( Mass. Archives, Vol. 135 No. 20 )

Mary Bradbury

(Indictment v. Mary Bradbury, No. 1.)
Essex in the province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England Anno R R's &
Reginae Gulielmi & Mariae Angliae &c Quarto Annoq'e Domini 1692/

Ss/ The Juriors for our Sov'r Lord and Lady the King and Queen
doe present That Mary Bradbury Wife of Capt Thomas Bradbury of
Salisbury -- In the County of Essex Gent upon the Twenty=Sixth
day of July
In the yeare aforesaid and divers other dayes and times as well
before as after Certaine Detestable arts called Witchcraft & Sorceries
Wickedly Mallitiously and felloniously hath used practiced and Ex-
ercised At and in the Township of Andivor in the County of Essex
aforesaid in upon & against one Timothy Swann of Andivor In the
County aforesaid Husbandman -- by which said Wicked Acts the
said Timothy Swann upon the 26th day of July Aforesaid and divers
other days & times both before and after was and is Tortured Afflic-
ted Consumed Pined Wasted and Tormented, and also for Sundry
other Acts of Witchcraft by the said Mary Bardbury Comitted and
done before and since that time against the peace of our Sov'r Lord
& Lady the King and Queen theire Crowne and dignity And the forme
Of the Statute In that case made and Provided.

Wittness Mary Walcott
Ann: Puttnam

(Reverse) Indictm't vs Bradbury for Bewitching Swan bila vera

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 p. 34 .)

(Indictment v. Mary Bradbury, No. 2)

Essex in the Province of the Massachusetts Bay
in New England Anno R R's & Reginae Gulielmi & Mariae
Angliae &c Quarto Annoq'e Domini 1692.

Ss The Juriors for our Sover' Lord & Lady the King and Queen
doe present That Mary Bradbury Wife of Capt Thomas Bradbury of
Salisbury In the County of Essex Gent'm upon the Second day of
July In the yeare aforesaid and divers other days and times as well
before as after certaine detestable arts called Witchcraft and Sorceries
Wickedly Mallitiously and felloniously hath used practised and Ex-
ercised at and in the Towne of Salem in the County aforesaid in up-
on & against one Sarah Vibber Wife of John Vibber of Salem afore-
said Husbandman by which said wicked acts the said Sarah Vibber
the second day of July aforesaid & divers other days and times both
before and after was and is Tortured Afflicted Consumed Pined
Wasted & Tormented & also for sundry other acts of Witchcraft by
the said Mary Bradbury Comitted Acted and done before and since
that time against the peace of our Sov'r Lord & Lady the King and
Queene theire Crowne and Dignity and the forme Of the Stattute
In that case made and Provided

Witness
Mary Walcott
Eliz. Hobard
Eliz. Booth
Mercy lewis

(Reverse) Indictmt. Bradbury -- Vibber bil a vera

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 p. 34 )

(Answer of Mary Bradbury)

The Answer of Mary Bradbury in the charge of Witchcraft or
familliarity with the Divell I doe plead not guilty.
I am wholly inocent of any such wickedness through the goodness
of god that have kept mee hitherto) I am the servant of Jesus Christ
& Have given my self up to him as my only lord & saviour: and to
the dilligent attendance upon him in all his holy ordinances, in
utter contempt & defiance of the divell, and all his works as horid
& detestible; and accordingly have endevo'red to frame my life;
& conversation according to the rules of his holy word, & in that faith
& practise resolve by the help and assistance of god to contineu to
my lifes end: for the truth of what I say as to matter of practiss I humbly
refer my self, #[my selfe,] to my brethren & neighbors that know
mee and unto the searcher of all hearts for the truth & upright-
ness of my heart therein: (human frailties, & unavoydable infirmi-
ties excepted) of which i bitterly complayne every day:/

Mary Bradbury

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 p. 35 )

(George Herrick v. Mary Bradbury, Sarah Rice,
Wilmott Reed, and Elizabeth Fosdick)

May 26'th 1692 Beeing at Salem village w'th Constable Josp
Neale the persons under written was afflicted much and Complain-
ed ag'st viz Mary Walcott Ann Putnam upon Capt Bradberys wife of
Salsbury & Mary Walcott Ann Putnam: mrs Marshall upon Goodwife
Rice of Reding & Mary Walcott ann Puttnam Marcy Lewis upon
Goodwife Read of Marblehead & Mary Walcott Marcy Lewis Ann
Puttnam upon Goody Fosdick the same woemen tells them that shee
afflicts mr Tufts Negro

attest
*Geo Herrick Marshall

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2. p. 35 )

(Thomas Bradbury for Mary Bradbury)

July the 28: 1692
Concerning my beloved wife Mary Bradbury this is that I have to
say: wee have been maried fifty five yeare: and shee hath bin a
loveing & faithfull wife to mee, unto this day shee hath been wonder-
full laborious dilligent & Industryous in her place and imployment,
about the bringing up o'r family (w'ch have bin eleven children of
o'r owne, & fower grand-children: shee was both prudent, & provi-
dent : of a cheerful Spiritt liberall Charitable: Shee being now very
aged & weake, & greived under her affliction may not bee able to
speake much for herselfe, not being so free of Speach as some others
may bee: I hope her life and conversation hath been such amongst
her neighbours, as gives a better & more reall Testimoney of her,
then can bee exprest by words.

own'd by mee

*Tho: Bradbury.

(Reverse) Capt Bradberys testamony of his wif

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft, Vol. 2 p. 36 )

(Summons for Witnesses)

Wm & Mary by the Grace of God of England Scotland France
& Ireland King & Queen defend'rs of the faith &c. a L.S.
To Thomas Ring of Amesbury or Salsbury Timothy Swann of
Andover Richard Carr & James Carr of Salsbury.
Greeting Wee Comand you all Excuses Set apart to be and personaly
appear at the Next Court of Oyer & Terminer holden at Salem On
Tuesday Next at Twelve of the Clock or as soon after as possible
There to Testify the truth on Severall Indictments to be Exhibited
against mrs Mary Bradbury & other prisoners to be Tried for the hor-
rible Crime of Witchcraft, hereof Make return fail not dated in
Salem Sep'r 5'th 1692 & in the fourth year of Our Reign
To the Sheriff of Essex or
Constables of Andover Haverill
Salsbury Amesbery, Bradford or Newbury.

*Stephen Sewall Cler

(Reverse)
Zerub. Endecot
Sam. Endecot
James Carr
Rich'd Carr
Timo: Swan
Jos: Ringg

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 p. 36 )

(Deposition for Mary Bradbury) July 22'd 1692
Concerning m's Bradburies life & conversation

Wee the Subscribers doe testifie; that it was such as became the
gospel shee was a lover of the ministrie in all appearance & a dilligent,
attender upon gods holy ordinances, being of a curteous, & peace-
able disposition & cariag: neither did any of us (some of whom have
lived in the town w'th her above fifty yeare) ever heare or know that
shee ever had any difference or falling oute w'th any of her neigh-
bors man woman or childe-but was allways, readie & willing to doe
for them w't laye in her power night & day, though w'th hazard of
her health: or other danger: more might be spoken in her comendacon
but this for the pr'sent
Martha Pike Sam'l Easman
William Buswell Mary French his wyfe
Sarah Buswell Abigayl French
Samuell Felloes sen'r John Allin
Rodger Easman Mary Allin
Sarah Easman William Carr
Joseph Fletcher & Elizabeth Carr
his wyfe Sam'll Colby
Joseph French Samuell French & his wyfe
John French sen'r Henry Ambros & his wyfe
Nathanel Stevens & his Philip Grele and his wyfe
wyfe Richard Hubbard
Ephraim Severans Martha [?] Hubbard his wyfe
Lidia Severans Daniell Moody
Sam'll Felloes jun'r Elizabeth Moody
Abigail Felloes Isaac Morrill
Phoeboe Morrill John Clough & his wyfe
Elizabeth Easman John Maxfeild
Joseph Eaton Jarves Ring
Mary Eaton his wife Hannah Ring
Robert Downer Nathanel Whitter
Sarah Downer Mary Whitther
Richard Long & his Jacob Morrill
wyfe Susannah Morrill.
Richard Smith & his wyfe Elizabeth Maxfeild
Joseph True, & his wyfe Hanah Stevens widdow
Andrew Greley & his John Stevens
wyfe Dorethie Stevens
William Hooke Joanna Stevens
Elizabeth Hooke Sarah Hacket
Benjamin Allin and Rachel Marthe Carter
his wyfe Elizabeth Gettchell
Benj Allin and Rachell Benj: Eastmen
his wyfe Ann Easman
Isaac Buswell, & his Benony Tucker
wyfe Ebenezer Tucker
William Allin Nathanel Brown
Ephraim Eaton Hannah Brown
Ephraim Winsley Tho: Evens
Mary Winsley his wyfe Hannah Evens
Nathaniel Eastman Abraham Brown & his wyfe
Elizabeth Easman Tho. Clough & his wyfe
John Eastman & Sarah Conner widow
Mary Eastman his wife John Tomson
Sarah Shepherd John Watson & his wyfe
Willi: Osgood Steven Tongue & his wyfe
Abigayl osgood John Connor & his wyfe
Susanah Severance Joseph Page
Onesiphris Page & his Meres Tucker & his wyfe
wyfe Henry Brown Sen'r &
Sam'll Bill & his wyfe his wyfe
( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 40 )

(James Allen, Robert Pike, and John Pike for Mary Bradbury)

Being desired to give my testimony concerning the life & conver-
sation of mrs Bradbury of Salisbury amonst us: w'ch is as followeth.
viz. I having lived nine years at Salisbury in the work of the min-
istry -- & now four years in the office a Pastour; to my best notice
& observation of mrs Bradbury she hath lived according to the rules
of the gospell, amongst us. was a constant attender upon the ministry
of the word; & all the ordinances of the gospell; full of works of char-
ity & mercy to the sick & poor. neither have I seen or heard any
thing of her unbecoming the profession of the gospell: --

*James Allin.

mr James Allin made oathe to the truth of w't is above written
Septem'r the 7'th: 1692: before me *Rob't Pike Asst

I do also aferm to the truth of w't is above testifyed upon up-
ward of fifty years experience and shall so testify if opertunity do
present w'ch I shall indever

*Robt: Pike

Having lived many years in Salbury & been much Conversant
there, according to my best notice & observation of Mrs Bradbury.
must needs affirm to what is above written & add my oath to it if
Called thereto

*John Pike

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2. P 36 )

(Ann Putnam Jr. v. Mary Bradbury)

[The d] eposition of Ann putnam who testifieth and saith that
I being at [A]ndevour on the 26 day of July 1692 I saw there Mis
Mary [Brad]bery the wife of Capt Tho: Bradbery of Salisbury or
hir [App]erance most grevious afflecting and tormenting of Timothy
Swan of Andevor allmost Redy to kill him also severall times before
and sence that time I have seen mist. Bradbery or hir Apperance
most greviously afflecting Timothy Swan and I beleve that Mis Brad-
bery is a most dreadfull wicth for sence she has been in prison she
or hir Apperance has com to me and most greviously afflected me
ann putnam ownid before the grand Inquest this har evidens to be
the truth one the oath that she hath taken: this: 8 day of September
1692
(Reverse) Anna putnam
( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 37 )

(Samuel Endicott v. Mary Bradbury)

Sam'll Endecott aged thirty one years or thereabout Testifies
Thatt about eleven years since being bound upon a vioage to sea
w'th Capt Sam'll Smith Late of Boston Diceas'd, just before we
sayl'd mrs Bradbery of Salisbury the prisoner now att the barr came
to Boston w'th some firkins of butter of w'ch Capt Smith bought
two, one of them proved halfe way butter and after wee had been att
sea three weekes our men. were nott able to eat itt, itt stanck soe
and runn w'th magotts, w'ch made the men very much disturb'd
about itt and would often say thatt they heard mrs Bradbury was a
witch and thatt they verily beleived she was soe or else she would
nott have served the Capt soe as to sell him such butter. And further
this deponent Testifieth that in four dayes after they sett sayle they
mett w'th such a violent storm that we lost our main mast and rig-
gin & Lost fifeteen horses and thatt about a fortnight after we sett
our jury mast and thatt very night there came up a Shipp by our side
and Carried away two of the mizon shrouds and one of the Leaches
of the mainsaile: and this deponent further sayth thatt after they
arived att Barbados and went to Saltitudos & had Laden their vessell
the next morning she sprang a leake in the hold w'ch wasted sevrall
tunns of salt in soe much thatt we were forct to unlade our ves-
sell again wholy to stopp our leake there was then four foot of
water in the hold after we had taken in our lading again we had a
good passage home butt when we came near the Land the Capt
sent this deponent forward to looke out for land in a bright moone
shining night and as he was sitting upon the windless he heard a
Rumbling noise under him w'th thatt he the s'd deponent Testi-
fieth Thatt he looked one the side of the windless and saw the leggs
of some pson being no wayes frighted & Thatt presently he was
shook and looked over his shoulder, & saw the appearance of a wom-
an from her middle upwards, haveing a white Capp and white neck-
cloth on her, w'ch then affrighted him very much, and as he was
turning of the windless he saw the aforsaid two leggs.

Jurat in Curia Sep'r 9'th 1692
(Reverse) Sam. Endecott

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2, Page 37 )

(Mary Warren v. Mary Bradbury)

The Deposition of mary warren who testifieth and saith that I
have been along time afflected by a woman which tould me hir name
was Mis Bradbery and that she came from Salisbury but on the 2'th
day of July 1692 : being the day of the examinat[ion of] mis mary
Bradbery I then saw that she was the very [same] woman which
tould me hir name was mis Bradbery and [she did] most [gre] vious-
ly Afflect and torment me dureing [the time of hir] examination for
if she did but #[strick] look upon [me she would] strick me down
or allmost Choak me also on the da[y of her exa]mination I saw
mis Bradbery or hir Apperance mo[st greviously] afflect and tor-
ment mary wallcott Sarah vibber E[liz Hubbard] and Ann putnam
and I beleve in my heart that mi[s] Bradbery is [a witch] & that she
has very often afflected an[d tormented me] and several others by
hir acts of wicthcraft
mary warrin ownid this har testimony one the oath whic[h] she
hath taken before the grand Inquest this. 9th of September 92
(Reverse)
Mary Warren Depoition

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 38 )

(Richard Carr and Zerubable Endicott v. Mary Bradbury)

The deposistion of Richard: Carr who testifieth and saith.
that about 13 years ago presently after sume Diferance that
happened to be between my Hon'rd father mr George Carr: and Mis
Bradbery the prisoner at the barr upon a Sabboth at noon as we
ware riding hom by the house of Capt Tho: Bradbery I saw mis
Bradbery goe into hir gate turne the corner of and Immediately there
derted out of hir gate a blue boar and darted at my fathers horses
ledgs which made him stumble but I saw it no more and my father
said boys what doe you se: we both answed a blue bore:
Zorobabell Endicott testifieth and saith that I lived att mr
George Carr: now deceased att the time above mentioned and was
present with mr George Carr and mr Richard Carr and I also saw a
blue bore dart out of mr Brdbery gate to Mr Gorge Carrs horses
ledges which mad him stumble affter a strange manr and I also saw
the blue bore dart from mr carrs horses ledgs in att mis Bradberys
window: and mr carr immediately said boys what did you see and we
both said a blue bore then said he from whence came it and we said
out of mr Bradberys gate. then said he I am glad you see itt as well
[a]s wel[l] as I. Jurat in Curia Sep'r 9'th 92
& they both further say on their Oathes that mr Carr discoursed w'th
them as they went home about what had happened and they all con-
cluded that it was mrs Bradbury that so app'rd as a blue boar.
(Reverse) Richard Carr Zorobable Endecott
( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 38 )

(James Carr v. Mary Bradbury)

The Deposistion of James carr. who testifieth and saith that about
20 years agoe one day as I was accidently att the house of mr whele-
right and his daughter the widdow maverick then lived there: and she
then did most curtuously invite me to com oftener to the house and
wondered I was grown such a stranger and with in a few days affter
one evening I went thether againe: and when I came thether againe:
william Bradbery was there who was then a suter to the said wid-
dow but I did not know it tell affterwards; after I came in the
widdow did so corsely treat the s'd william Bradbery that he went
away semeing to be angury: presently after this I was taken affter
a strange maner as if #[every] liveing creature did run about every
part of my body redy to tare me to peaces and so I continued for
about 3 quarters of a year by times & I applyed myself to doctor
crosbe who gave me a grate deal of visek but could make non work
tho he steept tobacco in [bofit] drink he could make non to work
where upon he tould me that he beleved I was behaged: and I tould
him I had thought so a good while: and he asked me by hom I tould
him I did not care for spaking for one was counted an honest wom-
an, but he uging I tould him and he said he did beleve that mis Bradbery
was a grat deall worse then goody mertin: then presently affter
this one night I being a bed and brod awake there came sumthing to
me which I thought was a catt and went to strick it ofe the bed and
was [seud] fast that I could not stir hedd nor foot but by and by
coming to my strength I hard sumting a coming to me againe and I
prepared myself to strick it: and it coming upon the bed I did strick
at it and I beleve I hit it: and affter that visek would work on me and
I beleve in my hart that mis Bradbery the prison'r att the bar has
often afflected me by acts of wicthcraft

Jurat in Curia Septm 9: 92.
(Reverse) James Carr Depoition

(Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 38 )

(Mary Walcott v. Mary Bradbury)

[The depo]sistion of mary walcott who testifieth and saith that
I being at Andevor on the later end of July 1692: and on the 26 day
of the same [mo]nth I saw there Mis mary Bradbery the wife of Capt
Tho: Bradbery of salisbury or hir Apperance most greviously afflet-
ing and tormenting of Timothy Swan of Andevor allmost Redy to
kill him: also before and sence that time I have seen mis Bradbery or
hir Apperance most greviously affleting and tormenting Timothy
Swan and I doe beleve in my heart that Mist. Bradbery is a most
dreadffull wicth sence she has been in prison she or hir Apperance has
come to me and most greviously tormented me
mary Walcot: affirmed: the truth of the above written evidence
before the Jury of Inquest upon oath Sept'r 9: 1692
(Reverse) Mar[y Walcot]
( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 39 )

(William Carr for Mary Bradbury)

The testamony of william Carr Aged 41 or ther abouts is That
my brother John Carr when he was yong was a man of as good capa-
sity as most men of his age but faling in Love with Jane Tru (now wif
of Capt John march) and my father being pswaded by [some] of the
family (w'ch I shall not name) not to Let him mary so yong: my
father woold not give him a porsion w'r'upon the mach broke of
w'ch my brother layd so much to hart that he grew melencoly & by
degrees much crazed not being the man that he was before to his
dying day
I do farther testify that my s'd brother was sick about a fort-
night or three weeks & then dyed & I was present with him w'n he
dyed & I do aferm that he dyed peacibly and quietly never manifest-
ing the Lest troubl in the world about any body nor did not say any
thing mrs Bradbury nor any body else doing him hurt & yet I was
with him till the breath & Lif was out of his body

Jurat in Curia
(Reverse) William Cars testamony

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 39 )

(Elizabeth Hubbard v. Mary Bradbury)
The [deposi]tion of Eliz: Hubberd who testifieth and saith that I
have along [torn] ben afflected by a woman which tould me hir
name was Mist. Bradbery of salisbury but on the: 2 day of July 1692
being the day of the Examination of Mist. Mary Bradbery I then saw
that it was the very same woman that tould me hir name was Mist'
Bradbery: and she did most greviously torment me dureing the time
of hir Examination for if she did but look upon me she would strick
me down or allmost choake me also on the day of hir Examination
I saw Mist. Bradbery or hir Apperance most greviously afflect &
torment mary wolcott Sarah Vibber and Ann [Putnam] and I beleve
in my hart that Mist. Bradbery is a wicth and that she has very often
afflected and tormented me and the afforrmentioned persons by hir
acts of wicthcraf for sense she has ben in prison she or hir Apperance
has com to me and most greviously tormented me which if she were
not a wicth she cold not doe
elizabeth huberd on hear owned this har testimony to be the
truth before the grand Inquest this 9 dy of September 92
( Massachusetts Historical Society )

(Ann Putnam, Jr. v. Mary Bradbury)

The deposistion of Ann putnam who testifieth and saith that ever
sence the begining of May 1692 I have ben afflected by a woman
which tould me hir name was Mis Bradbery and that she came from
Salisbury, but on the 2'th day of July 1692 being the. day of the Ex-
amination of Mis Mary Bradbery I then saw that she was the very
same woman that tould me hir name was Mis Bradbery and she most
greviously afflect and [and] torment me dureing the time of hir
Examination for if she did but look upon me she would strick me
down or almost choak me also on the day of hir Examination I saw
mis. Bradbery most greviously afflet and torment mary walcott.
Sarah Vibber and Eliz. Hubburd and I beleve in my hart that Mis
Bradbery is a wicth & that she has often affleted me and severall
others by hir acts of wicthcraft: also there Appered to me my uncle
Jno Carr in a winding sheet: whom I very well knew in his life time:
and he tould me that mis Bradbery had murthered him and that his
blood did Crie for venjance against her: also mis Bradbery or hir
Apperance tould me that it was she that made my fathers sheep to
run a
[torn] they were all lost: and that she had killed my fathers
[torn] and also kiled that horse he took such delight in An: Put-
nam affirmed to the Jury of inquest: to the truth of the above writ-
ten evidence on oath Sept'r 9: 1692
( Massachusetts Historical Society )

(Sarah Bibber v. Mary Bradbury)

[Torn] Deposistion of sarah vibber who testifieth and saith [torn]
have along time ben afflected by a woman which tould me hir name
was Mis Bradbery and that she came from Salisbury but on the 2 day
of July 1692 being the day of the Examinof Mis Mary Bradbery
I was most greviously tormented by hir dureing the time of hir Exami-
nation: tho for a good while she would not let me se hir parsonally
but at last I saw hir and then I saw that it was the very same wom-
an that tould me hir name was Mis Bradbery and she has most grev-
iously affleted me sence that time allso I have seen Mis Bradbury or
Hir [Torn] perance severall times afflecting the bodyes of mary
walcott and [Torn] tnam and I beleve in my heart that mis Bradbery
is a [Torn] nd that she has often afflected and tormented me and the
[Torn] med persons by hir acts of wicthcraft
[Torn] bber ownd to Jury of Inquest that the above written evidence
is the truth upon her oath
[Torn] 1692
( Massachusetts Historical Society )

(Mary Walcott v. Mary Bradbury)

[Torn] posistion of mary walcott who testifieth and saith that I
[Torn] een along time afflected with a woman which tould me hir
[Torn] was Mis: Bradbery: and that hir husband was Capt of Salisbury
[Torn] the 2 day of July 1692 : being the day of the Examination
[Torn] Bradbery of Salisbury I then saw that she was the very
[Torn] woman that tould me hir name was Mist. Bradbery and then
[Torn] most greviously afflect and torment me dureing the time
[Torn] xamination for if she did but look upon me she would strick
[Torn] wn or all most choak me: also on the day of hir Examination
[Torn] mist mary Bradbery or hir Apperance most griviously afflect
[Torn] torment #[mercy lewes] Eliz. Hubberd mary warren #[Sarah
vibber]
[Torn] Ann putnam and I verily beleve that mistris mary Bradbery
is a
[Torn] most dread wicth and that she hath very often afflected me
and the
[Torn] e named parsons by acts of wicthcraf for sence she has been
in --
[Torn] son she or hir apperanc has come to me and has most greviously tormented
[Torn] me: also their appeared to me a yong man in a winding sheet
[Torn] tould me his name was Jno Carr and that Mis Bradbery had murth
[Torn] that his blood did cry for venjance against hir
[Torn] Walcot affirmd: to the truth of the above written evidence before
[Torn] the Jury of Inquest: upon her oath
[Torn] 1692
( Massachusetts Historical Society )

Mary Bridges, Sr.

(Warrant for Arrest of Mary Bridges, Sr.)

To The Sherriff of the County of Essex or dep'y or Constable in
Andover

You are in theire Majest's names hereby required to apprehend
& forthwith, or as soone as May be, bring before us, Mary Bridges the
wife of John Bridges of Andover who stands Charged in behalfe of
theire Majest's w'th haveing Committed Sundry acts of Witchcraft
Lately on the Body of Timothy Swan of Andover [and then] to
theire great hurt, And [that] in order to her Examination Relating
to the abovesaid Premises and hereof You are not to faile Dated
Salem July the 28'th 1692

*Bartho Gedney
*John: Hathorne
*Jonathan. Corwin
*John Higginson
Just'es Peace

in obedience to this writ I have Seased the Body of Marie Bridges
wife of John Bridges and have brought her to answer at Sa[i]lom
what shall be aledged against her this 28 of July 1692

By mee *John Ballard
constable of andover

( Boston Public Library -- Dept. of Rare Books and Manuscripts )

(Rev. Increase Mather's Report of his Conversation in Prison with Mary Bridges, Sr.)

Goodwife Bridges said that she had confessed against herself
things which were all utterly false; and that she was brought to
her confession by being told that she certainly was a witch, and so
made to believe it, -- though she had no other grounds so to believe.
( Charles W. Upham, Salem Witchcraft [ Boston, 1867 ] II, 406 .)

(Recognizance for Mary Bridges, Sr.)

Memorandum
That on the Twelfth Day of January 1692 In the fourth year of the
Reigne of o'r Soveraigne Lord and Lady William and Mary by the
Grace of God of England &c King and Queen Defenders of the faith
&c Personally appeared before William Stoughton Esq'r Chief Justice
of their Maj'ties Province of the Massachusets Bay in New England
Jno Bridges of Andover in the County of Essex Blacksmith and Jno
Osgood of the same Towne Husbandman and acknowledged them-
selves to be joyntly and Severally Indebted unto o'r said Soveraigne
Lord and Lady and the Survivor of them Their Heires and Successors
in the Sume of One hundred pounds to be levied on their or Either
of their Lands and Tenem'ts Goods and Chatles for the use of our
said Soverainge Lord and Lady the King and Queen or Survivor of
them On Condition that Mary Bridges haveing Stood Comitted for
Suspition of Witchcraft shall make her personall apperance Before
the Justices of o'r s'd Lord and Lady the King and Queen at the
next Court of Assizes and Gen'll Goal Delivery to be held for the
County of Essex Then & There to answer to all such matters and
things as shall in their Maj'ties Behalfe be aledged against her and to
doe and receive that w'ch by the said Court shall be then and there
enjoyned her and thence not to depart without lycence

Attest.
*Jon Elatson Cler

(Reverse) Recognizance of John Bridges & John Osgood for Mary
Bridges May 10th Apears

( Mass. Archives Vol. 135 )

Mary Bridges, Jr.

(Indictment v. Mary Bridges, Jr., No. 1) 1st Paper
Province of the Massathusets Bay in New England
Essex Anno RR's & Reginae Gulielmi &Mariae Angliae & Quinto
Annoq'e Dom: 1693

The Jurors for our Sov'r Lord and Lady the King & Queen psents

That Mary Bridges of Andover Junior On or about the Twenty fifth
Day of August last in the Yeare 1692 [aforesaid] -- and Divers
other Dayes & times as well before as after Certaine Detestable Arts
called witchcrafts and Sorceries wickedly Mallishiously and fello-
niously hath used Practised and Exercised at and in the Towne of
Salem in the County of Essex aforesaid Upon and against one Rose
foster of Andov'r aforesaid Single Woman by which wicked Arts the
said Rose foster -- The Day and year aforesaid and Diverse other
Dayes and times as well before as after, was and is Tortured af-
flicted Tormented Consumed Pined and wasted against the Peace of
our Sovereigne Lord and Lady the King and Queen their Crowne
and Dignity and ag't the Lawes in that case made & Provided

Wittness his Confession

Martha Sprague Alle Tyler
& Rose foster hir selfe

(Reverse)
Billa Verra
Abraham Haseltine
foreman of the Grand Jury
not Guilty

( Suffolk Court Records Case No. 2729 Page 72 )

(Indictment v. Mary Bridges, Jr., No. 2) 2nd Paper

Province of the Massachusetts Bay in
New England Essex Ss Anno RRs & Reginae Gulielmi
& Mariae Angliae &c Quinto Annoq'e Dom; 1693\s-\

The Jurors for O'r Sov'r Lord & Lady the King & Queen pr'sent That
Mary Bridges Junior of Andiver In the County of Essex afors'd In or
about the month of July last in the Yeare 1692 afors'd in the Towne
of Andiver in the County of Essex aforesaid -- Wickedly Mallisi-
tiously & Felloniously A Covenant with the Devill did make & Signed
A [pap'r] to the Devill & by him was [] Baptized by the Dev-
ill By which Wicked Diabollicall Covenant with the Devill made by
the Said Mary Bridges Junior shee become A detestable Witch Con-
trary to the Peace of o'r Sov'r Lord & Lady the King & Queen their
Crowne & Dignity & the Laws in that Case made & Provided
Witness hir owne Confession
(Reverse)
Billa Verra
Abraham Heseltine
foreman of the granjury
not Guilty
( Suffolk Court Records Case No. 2729 Page 72 )

(Examination of Mary Bridges, Jr.)

Mary Bridges: An Andover Maid was examined before Jno Hawthorn
Esq'rs & other Their Majest'ies in Salem: August 25 1692
Mary Bridges you are acused here for acting witchcraft upon Martha
Sprage & Rose foster how long have you bin in this Snare: she
Answered about a month but after ward s'd was since the spring: She
s'd a yellow bird appeared to her: out of dores: & bid her serve him:
he promised me mony s'd she and fine Cloathes & I promised to
serve him: & I was to afflict: Martha Spreag but: he gave me neither
money nor fine Clothes: she s'd she thought when he appeared: it
was the Devil & she was to serve him two years: then was: to be his
body & soul: she owned she had bin babtized by him. Then she was
bid to goe take the two afflicted persons by the hand & she did
& they were not hurt. --
She s'd the next time she saw any such shape: it was a black bird
& he would have her serve him & would have her to touch a paper:
which she did with her fingers & it made a red mark: she s'd she did
not dip her finger in any thing when she made the mark then she saw
next a black man she owned she was at the witch meeting at Chand-
lers at Andover last week & she thought there were near a hundred at
it she s'd her shape was there: she s'd she knew not that her mother
was a witch but she knew her sister suzanna Post & Sarah were so:
the way of her afflicting was by sticking pins into things and Clothes
& think of hurting them: & she s'd the Dead tought her this way of
afflicting on the black man: she s'd she had afflicted only these 2:
that complayned: only: she afflicted one the other night she knew
not but that it might be Mary Warin: she thought it might be she:
the Devil told her she should never be brought out: she s'd they
Drank Sack at the witch meeting at Andover: it stood there in potts
& they drawed it out of a barrill: she knew but few there but s'd
Good wife foster & Carrier was there: she also s'd she rod to Salem
village meeting upon a pole & the black man Carried the pole over
the tops of the trees: & there they promised on another to afflict
persons
I und'r written being appointed by Authority to take the above ex-
amination doe testify upon oath taken in Court: that this is a true
copy of the substance of it to the best of my knowledge Jan'y 10'th
1692

*Simon Willard

Mary Bridges was Examined before their Majesties Justices of the
peace in Salem attest

*John Higginson Just'e peace

Simon Willard owned the above: written: to be the truth: to the best
of his knowledge before: the grand Inquest Jan'y 10'th 1692

*Robert Payne
Foreman

( Suffolk Court Files Case No. 2729 Page No. 73 )

(Recognizance for Mary Bridges, Jr.)

Know All Men By these presents That I John Bridges of Andover in
the Cownty of Essex in New England Blacksmith And John Osgood
Sen'r of the Same Towne & Cownty afforesaid Husbandman, Are
Holden And firmely Bownd Joyntly & Sevirally to there Maj'es King
William And Queen Mary of England Scottland France And Ireland
King & Queen Defenders of the faith in the full & Juste Sum of five
hundrid Pownds Sterling, for the True & Juste payments of w'ch
Said Sum of five hundrid pownds to there Maj'es King William And
Queen Mary Wee do Bind our Selves Our heires Executtors Adminis-
trators & Assignes firmely by these presents, Dated in Salem the fife-
teenth day of October in the year of Our Lord One thowsand Six
hundrid Ninety and Two And in the fourth Year of theire Maj'es
Reigne of King William & Queen Mary King & Queen of England
Scottland France & Ireland Defenders of the faith --
The Condition of this Obligation is Such that Whereas the above
named Jno Osgood Sen'r & John Bridges Both of the Towne of And-
ever in the County of Essex in New England have Taken into theire
Care & Custodye the Bodye of Mary Bridges Aged about Twelve
yeares who was Comited to theire Maj'es Goale in Salem in the
Cownty of Essex in New England for havinge used practised & Com-
itted Divers Acts of Witchcrafte Upon the Bodyes of Sundry persons
who her Selfe hath also Conffessed the same, is that the Abovesaid
John Bridges Blacksmith & John Osgood Sen'r, Aforesaid husband-
man Shall Well & Truely keep the Aforesaid Mary Bridges & Them
Secure Untill they Shall Receive Order from George Corwin Sherriff
of the Cownty of Essex to deliver the Aforesaid Mary Bridges Unto
William Dowton Now Keeper of theire Maj'es Goale in Salem Or to
Any Other Whome the Aforesaid George Corwin Shall Appointe,
that then they Shall forthwith deliver the Same Mary Bridges Accord-
ing to his Order -- And if the Above Bownd do perform the Above
mentioned Articles, And shall pay Unto George Corwin the Sheriff
Afforesaid, the forfieture of Said Bond for there Maj'es Use in Case
of Default then this Obligation shall be Void & of None Effect Or
Otherwise To Stand in full force & Virtue, In Wittness hereof we
have Sett to Our hands & Seals this fifetenth day of October One
thowsand Six hundrid Ninety & Two And in the fourth year of theire
Maj'es Reigne --

Wittness
*Jno Turner
*Thomas Gardner Jun'r
*John Bridge
Seal
*John Osgood
[L. S.]
[L. S.]

( Mass. Archives Vol. 135 No. 60 )

Sarah Bridges

(Examination of Sarah Bridges)

August 25'th 1692.
Sarah Bridges of Andivor Examined before the Justices of Salem --
She was told She was Charged for Hurting Martha Sprage by witch-
craft but denyed it & hoped God would Clear her Inocencey the
afflicted persons were Struck Dwone into a fitt & helped up by the
touch of her hand Rich'd Carrier S'd it was She that was Upon
the afflicted in there fitt She disowned witchcraft Saying She had
never Sett her hand to the Divels book nor been baptized by him
though She was told that her Sister Hannah Post had Confesed
that She was one of the Company that had been baptized w'th her
at 5 Mile pond yett denyed that She had any thing to doe w'th the
Divel or that She had Seen or heard anything that was [tending]
She was throwne of her horse once Indeed Coming from Ipswich
& frighted by it but She thought it was by her aunt How, know
nothing of Witchcraft She was Sensible the afflicted were Strang-
ly Struck Dwone but She knew not the Mening of it -- Yett after
She owned She had been in the Divels [Snare] Ever Since the last
winters & that the Divel Came to her like a man would have her
Signe to his book & told His name Was Jesus & that She must Serve
& worship him She did Sign the book & the Mark was Red he told
me I must goe and afflict Some body & the Divel prickt her finger
& She made a Red Mark in the book the Divel told her She must Re-
nounce god & Christ & promis to Serve him & I did S'd She & She
S'd the Divel Came Sometimes like a bird Som times like abare Som-
times like aman but most frequently like aman he told me Since I
Came here he would kill me if I Conffesed She S'd her Compa. was
Mary Post her Sister hanah & Mary Bridges that She used to afflict
persons by Squezing her hands & Sticking pins in her Cloths She
owned She had been baptized by the Divel w'th her Sister Susana
post Mary Bridges & that She was to Serve the Divel 4 year [Brought
from over leafe]
& he was to have body & Soul She owned She had been to the witch
Meeting at Chandlers Garrison at Andivor & that She thought there
ware @ 200 Witches their & that they Eat bred & Drank wine & that
Some of the prisoners were there She S'd She had heard of but one
Inocent man Imprisoned yet for witchcraft & that was abbott of Ips-
wich being asked w't She thought of the afflicted whether they Ware
witches She S'd no they were Honest persons that helped to bring
out the witches She owned She had Some times Rid upon a pole
& being bid to goe and ask foregiveness of the afflicted She did
& owned She had afflicted them but would Doe it no more but would
Renounce the Divel & his Works & the afflicted persons forgave her
& She could talk w'th them & not hurt them -- These two persons
Hanah Post & Sarah Bridges have Conffesed the Circumstances of
what the afflicted S'd of them & not Saying falswhood to them or
any one of their Charging of them as that they have afflicted the
time when the way how they afflicted them the place where all agree-
ing w'th the afflicted have Charged them as thus the afflicted would
Say did not you afflict me Such atime in Such a place in Such amaner
they did answer Yes I did I am Sorry for it pray forgive me & for-
givenes they asked w'th plenty of tears whereas they Could not Shed
on tear before as was well observed Hannah Post owned her being
Struck at her unkle Tilers by the Constab'e as the afflicted had Said
and as to the number of witches the afflicted S'd their Saw @ 200
at Chandlers Metting Soe S'd those two they thought their was
@ 200, Soe also Susana Post in her Confession Sayth She Saw @ 200,
at a witch Metting at the Village Mary Bridges Said in her Con-
ffesion Sayd She Saw @ 100 at a witch Metting that She was at --
( Miscellaneous Papers -- Essex Institute, Salem No. 7 )

(Indictment v. Sarah Bridges, No. 1)

Province of the Mattathusets Bay in
New Engl. Essex ss. Anno R. R's & Reginae Gulielmi
& Mariae Nunc Angliae &c quarto Annoq'e Domini. 1692

The Jurors for Our Soveraign Lord & Lady the King & Queen
doe pr'sent
That Sarah Bridges of Andover Singlewoman Some-
time in the yeare of Our Lord One Thousand Six hundred Ninety
One at Andover afores'd in the County aforesaid Wickedly felon-
iously and Malitiously a Covenant with the Evil Spirit the Devill
did Make & Signed to his Booke by Making a Red Marke Renounc-
ing God and Christ & Gave her Soul & Body to the Devil and was
Baptized by him by which Diabolicall Covenant the Said Sarah
Bridges is become a detestable Witch Contrary to the peace of Our
Soveraign Lord & Lady the King & Queen & the Laws in that Case
Made & provided
Witness her Owne Confession acknowledged before Authority
(Reverse) Sarah Bridges Indictm't Cont -- w'th the Devill Vide confession .
Billa Vera Robert Payne foreman. Ponet Se. Not Guilty
( Mass. Archives. Vol. 135 No. 40 )

(Indictment v. Sarah Bridges, No. 2)

Province of the Mattachusetts bay
in New England Essex ss. Anno R R's & Reginae Gulielmi
& Mariae Nunc Angliae &c. quarto Annoq'e Domini One
Thousand Six hundred Ninety Two

The Jurors for Our Soveraign Lord & Lady the King & Queen pr'sent
That Sarah Bridges of Andover in the County of Essex Single-
woman On the 25'th day of August in the yeare afores'd in the
County afores'd and divers other Days and Times as well before as
after Certain detestable arts Caled Witchcrafts Wickedly Malitiously
& feloniously hath used practiced & Exercised at & in the Towne of
Salem in the County afores'd upon & Against One Martha Sprague
alias Tyler of Boxford in the County afores'd which Said Wicked
Acts the Said Martha Sprague alias Tyler the day afores'd & yeare
afores'd & Divers other Dayes & Times as well before as after was
& is Tortured aflicted pined Consumed & Tormented against the peace
of Our Soveraign Lord & Lady the King & Queen thier Crowne
& dignity & the Lawes in that Case Made & provided --
Witness her owne Confession

Rose Foster

(Reverse) Sarah Bridges Aflec't Martha Sprague Bella Vera Robert
Payne foreman
Not Guilty

( Mass. Archives. Vol. 135 No. 36 )

Hannah Bromage

(Examination of Hannah Bromage) 30 July 92

The Examination of Hannah Broomage [before]
Major Gedney Esq'r & other their Majesties justices.
Severall persons present who had not acused her being privatly de-
sired to look on her & take her by the hand, They did the same with-
out receiving any harm. But Mary Walcot & ann Putnam who had
acused her being called, and s'd Broomage being required to look on
them, She Essayeing so to Doe they wer Struck into fitts. & she re-
covered them again by her touch. s'd Mary Walcot & ann Putnams
testimonys wer read. Ann Putnam being afected, in a fitt. the rest
of the afflicted s'd they saw Broomage upon her.
Goody Bridges said that Broomage was in her society at Ballards
house telling to her face she was there in her spirit & urged her to
confess, that being the way to eternal life. S'd Bridges said further
that broomage hurt ballards wife by sitting on her breast. And Ann
Putnam being in a violent fitt, said Bridges & lacey S'd they saw
Broomage upon her and walcot s'd she saw broomage Stabb Put-
nam w'h a Spear. Said Bridges told Broomage that the devil would
not Leave her untill she did confess and therefore urged her so to
doe.
S'd Broomage said she had been under some dead nes w'h re-
spect to the ordnances for the matter of 6 weeks, And a sudden sug-
getion come into her heed sayeing I can help thee with strenth., To
which she answered avoid satan.
she being asked what shap the devil appeared to her answered
she believed the devil was in her heart And being asked severall other
questions, she returned negative answers./
( Suffolk Court Records Case No. 2674 Page 5 )

(Indictment v. Hannah Bromage)
Province of the Massathuteth Bay in New England
Essex Anno R R's & Reginae Gulielmi & Mariae Angliae &c Quarto
Annoq'e Dom 1692

The Jurors for our Sov'r Lord & Lady the King and Queen Pre-
sents That Hannah Bromage of Haverill wife of [] Bromage of
Haverill in the Court of Essex afors'd
Upon the Thirtieth Day of July last in the yeare 1692 aforesaid --
and Divers other Days and Times as well before as after Certaine Detestable
Arts called Witchcraft & Sorceries: Wickedly Mallishously & felloniously hath used
Practised and Exercised at & in the Towne of Salem -- in the County
of Essex aforesaid upon and against one Mary Walcott of Salem afore-
said Single Woman By which Wicked Arts the said Hannah Bro-
mage -- The Day and year afore s'd and Divers [other] Days and
Times as well before as after was and is Tortured Afflicted Tor-
mented Consumed Pined & wasted ag't the Peace of our Sov'r Lord
& Lady the King & Queen their Crowne & Dignity and the Lawes
in that case made and Provided.
(Reverse) Ignoramus Robert Payne foreman:
( Suffolk Court Records Case No. 2674 Page 5 )

Sarah Buckley
( See also: George Jacobs Jr. -- Complaint; Rebecca Jacobs -- Warrant .)

(Examination of Sarah Buckley 18. May. 1692)

Abig: Williams said this is the Woman that hath bit me with her
scragged teeth a great many times
Mary Walcot, Ann Putman, & Susan: Sheldon unable to speak
Mercy Lewis said she see her upon her feet last night. Mary Walcotts
testimony read
Eliz: Hubbard said I see her last sab: day hurt Mary Walcot in the
meeting house but I do not know that she hurt me
Ann Putmans testimony read
Mary Warren said that she saw this Woman & a great company & that
this Woman would have her the said Warren go to their Sacrament up
to Mr Parris
#[Eliz: Hubbard] Suzan: Sheldon said this Woman hath tore her to
peices & tempted her with the book
Ann Putman carried to this Examinant in a fit was made well upon
the Examinants grasping her Arm
Suzan Sheldon the like.
Mary Warren the like.
When the examinant was pressed to confess she said she did not hurt
them: she was Innocent --
Suzan: Sheldon said there is the Black man whispering in her ear
This is a true copy of the #[Original] [of the] substance of the
Original Examination of the aboves'd Sarah Buckley. Witness my
hand upon my Oath taken this day in Court. 15 Sept'r 1692

*Sam Parris

( Massachusetts Archives, Vol. 135 No. 22 )

(Indictment v. Sarah Buckley)

Essex in the Province of the Massachusetts Bay
ss// Anno RR's & Reginae Gulielmi & Mariae Angliae &c Quarto
Annoq'e Domini 1692
The Juriors for our Sov'r Lord and Lady the King and Queen doe present
That \[name\]Sarah Buckley\[/name\] Wife of William Buckley of Salem\s-
\in the County of Essex Shoomaker --
In & upon the Eighteenth day of May -- In the yeare aforesaid and
divers other days and times as well before as after Certaine detestable
Arts called Witchcraft or Sorceries Wickedly Mallitiously and felloni-
ously hath used practised and Exercised At and in the Towne of
Salem in the County of Essex -- Aforesaid in upon & against one
Ann: Puttman of Salem Aforesaid Single Woman -- by which said
Wicked Acts the said An Puttnam the Day & yeare Aforesaid and di-
vers other days and times both before and after was and is Tortured
Aflicted Consumed Pined Wasted & Tormented, and also for sundry
other Acts of Witchcraft by the said -- Sarah Buckley -- Comitted
and done before and since that time against Our Sov'r Lord and Lady
the King & Queen theire Crowne & Dignity and the forme in the
Stattute In that case made and Provided.
(Reverse)
Sarah Buckley An Putnam Billa Vera
The jury finds this person on this indittement not gilty non Cull
( Massachusetts Archives Vol. 135 No. 23 )

(William Hubbard for Sarah Buckley)
These may Certifye whom it may
These are to Certyfye whom it may or shall concerne that I have
known Sarah the wife of William Buckly of Salem village more or
less: ever since she was #[borut] brought out of England w'ch is
above fifty years agoe and during all the time I never knew nor heard
of any evill in her carriage or conversation unbecomming a christian:
likewise she was bred up by christian parents all the time she lived
here att Ipswich I further Tasiffye that the said Sarah was admitted
as a member into the church of Ipswich above forty years since: and
that I never heard from others or observed by my selfe any thing of
her that was inconsistent with her profession or unsuitable to chris-
tianity either in word deed or conversation and am straingly surprized
that any person should speake or thinke of her as one worthy to be
susspicted of any such crime that she is now charged with in testi-
mony hereof I have here sett my hand this 20'th of June 1692

*William: Hubbard
( Massachusetts Archives Vol. 135 No. 29 )

(Revs. John Higginson and Samuel Cheever for Sarah Buckley)

Being desired by goodman Buckly to give my testimony to his
wives conversation before this great Calamity befell her, I cannot
refuse to bear witnes to the truth, viz that during the time of her
living in Salem for many years in Communion with this Church hav-
ing occasionally frequent converse & discourse with her, I have
never observed my selfe nor heard from any other any thing that
was unsuitable to a Conversation becoming the Gospel; & have all-
wayes looked upon her as a serious Godly woman

*John Higginson

Marble-head: Jan: 2: 1692/3:
Upon the same request, having had the like opportunity by her resi-
dence many years att Marble = head, I can do no less then give the
alike testimony for her pious conversation, during her abode in this
place and comunion with us

*Samuel Cheever.

( Massachusetts Archives Vol. 135 No. 99 )

(Ann Putnam, Jr. v. Sarah Buckley)

The deposistion of Ann putnam who testifieth and [saith] that I
have a long time seen gooddy Buckly amongsts the wicthes but she
did not doe me much hurt tell the 23'th of Aprill 1692 and then she
fell upon me most greviously #[to writ in hir book] almost redy to
kill me urging me vehemently to writ in hir book: also on the 18'th
may 1692 Sarah Buckly or hir Apperan [c]e did most greviously
to[r]ment me dureing the time of her Examinati for if she did but
look upon she would strick me down or allmost choak me: also on
the day of hir Examination I saw Sarah Buckly or her Apperan[c]e
most greviously afflect and torment mary walcott mercy lewes Abi-
gail williams and Mary warren: and I beleve in my heart that Sarah
Buckly is a wicth and that she has often afflected me and the affore-
said parsons by acts of wicthcraft.
The above s'd Deponant Ann Putnam acknowledged before the
Grand inquest the truth of the above Evedence Upon her Oath this
15 of septem 1692

(Massachusetts Archives Vol. 135 No. 44-45)

(Elizabeth Hubbard v. Sarah Buckley)

The Deposistion of Eliz. Hubberd who testifieth and saith that I
cannot say that ever goody Buckly hurt me but on the 18'th may
1692 being the day of the Examin of Sarah Buckly the wife of wil-
liam Buckly I saw hir or Apperan[c]e torment and afflete mary
walcott and Ann putnam #[& also severall times sence] & I do be-
leve : that the s'd Buckly is a witch: & afflicted the above named
persons by witchcraft:
Eliz Hubbert: owned to the grand Inquest that: the above written
evidence is the truth: Sept'r 14 1692

Eliz: Hubbard Jur in Cur

( Massachusetts Archives Vol. 135 No. 44-45 )

(Mary Walcott v. Sarah Buckley)
Mary Walcott Aged Sixteen yeares Testifieth and Saith that on the
12'th of may 1692 in the Evening I saw the Apparition of goody
Buckly come to me and hurt me and tortord me most dreadfully by
pinching and choaking of me and twesting of my nick several times
and she brought me a book and would have me write my name in it
or elce give my consent that she might write it for me. I told her
that I would not touch her book nor write in it, nor give consent to
her tho she killd me then she choaked me and many times she said
that she would kill me that night if she had power for to do it I tould
her that I did not fear hur I told her that god is above the devil: and
I hope that he would deliver me out of her hands and the devils to
and several times she has bet me and several other times sence she
has tormented me also I being caried up to wills hill on the [16]'th
of may to see the affletd persons there: I saw there the apperish-
tion of gooddy Buckly afflecting daniell willknes: also on the day of
the Examination of [of] Sarah Buckly being the 18'th may 1692
sarah Buckly or hir Apperanc did most greviously torment me dure-
ing the time of hir Exam for if she did but look upon me she would
strick me down or allmost choak me also on the day of hir Examina-
tion I saw Sarah Buckly or hir Apperanc most greviously torment the
bodyes of Abigail williams #[mercy lewes] and Ann putnam and I
veryly beleve in my heart that Sarah Buckly is a wicth and that she
has often affleted me and the aforesaid persons by acts of wicthcraft.
Mary Wolcot owned the truth of the above written evidence: to: the
grand Inquest

Sept'r 14. 1692 upon oath
( Massachusetts Archives Vol. 135 No. 43 )

(Benjamin Hutchinson v. Sarah Buckley and Mary Witheridge)

The deposistion of benjamine Hutchinson who testifieth and saith
that my wife was much affleted presently affter the last exeicution
w'h violent paines in hir head and teeth and al parts of hir body but
on sabath day was #[three] fortnight in the morning she being in
such excescive mesiry that she said she beleved that that she had an
evell hand upon hir whereupon I went: to mary walcott one of our
next neighbors to come and look to se if she could se any body upon
hir and as soon as she came into the house she said that our Two
neighbors sarah Buckly and mary witheridge were upon my wife: and
Immediatly my wife had ease and mary walcott was tomented: where
upon I went down to the shrieff and desired him to take sume course
with thos women that they might not have souch power to torment:
and presently he ordored them to be fettered and ever sence that
my wife has ben tolorable well and I beleve in my hart that sarah
Buckly and mary witheridge has hurt my wife and severall others by
acts of wicthcraft
Benjamin Huchenson owned the above written Evidence to be
the truth upon Oath before the grand inquest 15-7 1692
( Massachusetts Archives. Vol. 135 No. 35

George Burroughs
Executed, August 19, 1692

(Complaint v. George Burroughs, Lydia Dustin, Susannah
Martin, Dorcas Hoar, Sarah Morey, and Phillip English)
Salem Aprill the 30'th 1692

There Being Complaint this day made (Before us) by Capt Jona-
than Walcot and Serj't Thomas putnam of Salem Village, in behalfe
of theire Majesties, for themselfes, and also for Severall of theire
Neighbours Against George Burroughs Minester in Wells in the pro-
vince of Maine Lydia Dasting in Reading Widow Susanah Martin of
Amesbury Widow Dorcas Hoar of Beverly Widdow, and Sarah Mur-
rell of Beverly And phillip English of Salem Merchant for high
Suspition of Sundry acts of Witchcraft done or Committed by them
Upon the Bodys of Mary Walcot. Marcy Lewis Abigail Williams Ann
putnam and Eliz Hubert and Susanah Sheldon (Viz) Upon Som: or
all of them, of Salem Village or farm[es] whereby great hurt and
dammage benne donn[e] to the Bodys of s'd persons above named
therefore Craved Justice

Signed by Both the Complainers aboves'd {

*Jonathan Walcott
*Thomas Putnam
The abovs'd Complaint was Exhibited before us this 30'th aprill 1692
*John Hathorne
*Jonathan Corwin {
Assis'ts

( Essex Institute Fowler Papers Vol. 16 Page 11 )

(Statement of Elisha Hutchinson) Portsmouth, May 2. 1692

Gentlemen
I Recd an order from the Gov'r & Council to aprehend mr
George Buroughs at present preacher at Wells, to be Sent to Salem
their to be Examened, being Suspected to have Confedracy with the
devil in opressing Sundry persons about yo'r Towne of Salem, accordingly
I have sent him by John Partredg Marshal of this provence,
Except he meet with any other Authority that will comit him to
Some other officer to be Convayed as above, he pleading it will be
to his damage to go So far, I am yo'r humble Servant

*Elisha Hutchinson
( Bowditch Mss -- Mass. Hist. Society )

(Warrant for Arrest of George Burroughs)

To Jno Partredg field Marshal

You are Required in their Maj'sts names to aprehend the body of
mr George Buroughs at present preacher at Wells in the provence
of Maine, & Convay him with all Speed to Salem before the Mages-
trates there, to be Examened, he being Suspected for a Confederacy
with the devil in opressing of Sundry about Salem as they relate. I
having Receved perticuler Order from the Govern'r & Council of
their Maj'sts Colony of the Masathusets, for the Same, you may not
faile herein,
Dated in portsmouth in the provenc of Hamshire. Aprel.30'th 1692

*Elisha Hutchinson Maj'r

By Virtue of this warrant I Apprehended s'd George Burroughs and
have Brought him to Salem and Delievered him to the Authority
there this fourth day of May 1692

*John Partridge feild marshall of the Provence of newhansher and maine

( Massachusetts Historical Society )

(Examination of George Burroughs and Summary of Evidence)
The Examination of Geo: Burrough 9. May. 1692
By Honourd W'm Stoughton
John Hathorne
Sam: Sewall,
Jonath. Corwin Esq's

Being askt w'n he partook of the Lords supper, he being (as he
said) in full comunion at Roxbury.
He answered it was so long since he could not tell: yet he owned
he was at meeting one Sab: at Boston part of the day, & the oth-
er at Charlestown part of a Sab: when that sacrament happened
to be at both, yet did not partake of either. He denyed that his
house at Casko was haunted, yet he owned there were Toads. He de-
nyed that he made his wife swear, that she should not write to her
Father Ruck without his approbation of her letter to her Father.
He owned that none of his children, but the eldest was Baptized The aboves'd
was in private none of the Bewitched being present. At his entry into the Room,
many (if not all of the Bewitched) were greviously tortured.
Capt Putnam testifyed about the Gun.
Capt Wormwood testifyed about the Gun & the Mallassoes He
denyed that about the malassoes About the Gun he said he took it
before the lock and rested it upon his breast.
John Brown testifyed about a bbl Cyder
He denyed that his family was affrighted by a white calf in
his house.
Capt Putman testifyed that he made his wife enter into a cove-
nant 11.May. 1692
Abig Hobbs in prison affirmed that Geo. Burroughs in his shape
appeared to her, & urged her to set her hand to the Book, which she
did, & after-wards in his own person he acknowledged to her, that
he had made her set her hand to the Book.
The original minutes (of which the above is a true copy) is in
the possession of I. F. Andrews Esq. & was found among Judge
Hathornes papers. -- Aug. 8. 1843.

*I B Curwen

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 9 )

(Indictment v. George Burroughs, No. 1)

Anno Regis et Reginae Willim et Mariae nunc Angliae &c Quarto
Essex ss The Jurors for our Sovereigne Lord and Lady the King
and Queen pr'sents
That George Burroughs late of Falmouth w'thin
the province of the Mattathusets Bay in New England Clerke -- The
Ninth Day of May -- in the fourth Year of the Reigne of our Sover-
eigne Lord and Lady William and Mary by the Grace of God of Eng-
land Scottland France and Ireland King and Queen Defenders of the
faith &c Diver other Days and times as well before as after, certaine
Detestable Arts called wicthcraft & Sorceries -- wickedly and felon-
iously hath used Practiced & Exercised at and within the Township
of Salem in the County of Essex & aforesaid, in Upon & ag't one
Elizabeth Hubbard of Salem in the County of Essex Singlewoman --
by which said wicked Arts the said Elizabeth Hubbard the Ninth
Day of May -- in the fourth Year aboves'd and Divers other Days
and Times as well before as after.was.and is Tortured afflicted Pined
Consumed wasted and Tormented.also for Sundrey other Acts of
witchcrafts by Said George Burroughs.Committed and done ag't
the Peace of our Sovereigne Lord & Lady the King & Queen their
Crowne and dignity and ag't the forme of the Statute in that case
made & Provided:

Witnesses.
Elizabeth Hubbard
Mary Wolcott
Ann Putman

( Massachusetts Historical Society )

(Indictment v. George Burroughs, No. 2)

Anno Regis et Reginae Willim et Mariae nunc: Angliae &c Quarto
Essex ss The Jurors for our Sovereigne Lord and Lady the King and
Queen pr'sents
That George Burroughs late of falmouth in the prvince
of the Massachusets Bay in New England -- Clarke -- The
ninth Day of May in the forth Year of the Reigne of our Sovereigne
Lord and Lady William and Mary by the Grace of God of England
Scottland France and Ireland King and Queen Defenders of the faith
&c and Divers other Dayes and times, as well before as after certaine
Detestable Arts called Witchcrafts and Sorceries. Wickedly and
felloniously, hath used -- Practised and Exercised at and within the
Towneship of Salem in the County of Essex afores'd in, upon.and ag't
one Mercy Lewis of Salem Villiage in the County of Essex in New
England -- by which wicked Arts the said Mercy Lewis -- the Ninth
Day of May -- in the fourth Year afores'd and Divers other Dayes
and times as well before as after was and is Tortured afflicted Pine
Consumed Wasted and Tormented: ag't the Peace of our Sovereigne
Lord and Lady the King.and Queen, and ag't the forme of the Statute
in that case made and Provided/.

Witnesses.
Mercy Lewis
Mary Walcott.
El. Hubbard
Ann Putnam

( Massachusetts Historical Society )

(Indictment v. George Burroughs, No. 3)

Anno Regis et Reginae Willm et Mariae nunc: Anglia &c Quarto
Essex ss: The Jurors for our Sovereigne Lord and Lady the King
& Queen pr'sents That George Burroughs late of falmouth within
the Province of the Mattathusets Bay in New England Clarke the
Ninth Day of May in the fourth Year of the Reigne of our Soverigne
Lord & Lady William and Mary by the Grace of God of England
Scottland France and Ireland King and Queen Defend'rs of the faith
&c Diver other Dayes and times as well before as After certaine De-
testable Artes called Witchcrafts & Sorceries: Wickedly and feloni-
ously hath used Practised & Exercised at and within the Towne of
Salem in the County afores'd in upon and ag't one: Ann Putman of
Salem Village SingleWoman -- by which said wicked arts the Said
Ann Putman the Ninth Day of May in the fourth year abovesaid and
Divers other Dayes and times as well before as after was and is
Tortured Afflicted Pined Consumed Wasted and Tormented also
for sundry other Acts of Witchcrafts by said George Burroughs Com-
mitted and Done ag't the Peace of our Sovereigne Lord and Lady
the King and Queen their Crowne & Dignity and ag't the form of
the Statute in tha[t] case made and Provided:

Witnesses Ann Putnam
Mary Wolcott
Elizabeth Hubbard
Mary Warren

(On reverse side of paper) Geo. Burroughs

( Essex Institute Mss. Collection )

(Indictment v. George Burroughs, No. 4)

Anno Regis et Reginae Willim et Mariae nunc Angliae &c Quarto
Essex ss The Jurors for our Sovereigne Lord and Lady the King
and Queen pr'sents That George Burroughs late of falmouth in the
province of the Massach'ts Bay in New England, Clerk -- the Ninth
Day of May in the fourth Year of the Reigne of Our Sovereigne Lord
and Lady William and Mary by the Grace of God of England Scott-
land France and Ireland King and Queen Defenders of the faith &c
and Divers other Days and times, as well before, as after, Certaine
Detestable Arts called Witchcrafts, and Sorceries, Wickedly, and
felloniously, hath used Practised.&.Exercised at and within.the
Towneship of Salem in the County of Essex aforesaid in upon and
ag't one Mary Walcott of Salem Villiage in the County of Essex
Singlewoman -- by which said wicked Arts the said Mary Walcott
the Ninth Day of May in the forth Year aboves'd and Divers other
Days and times as well before as after was and is Tortured afflicted
Pined Consumed wasted and Tormented.ag't the Peace of our Sovereigne
Lord and Lady the King and Queen and ag't the forme of the
Statute in that case made and Provided:

Witnesses
Mary Walcott
Sarah Vibber Jurat
Mercy Lewis
Ann Putnam
Eliz. Hubbard

( Massachusetts Historical Society )

(Summons for John Ruck et al.)

William & Mary by the Grace of God of England Scotland France
& Ireland King & Queen defend'rs of the faith &ca
mr Jno Ruck mrs Eliz: Ruck mr Thomas Ruck & Samuel Ruck
To Capt William Worwood Greeting.
Wee Comand you all Excuses set apart to be and personaly ap-
pear at the present Court of Oyer & Terminer held at Salem there
to Testify the truth to the best of your knowledge on certain Indict-
m'ts Exhibited against mr George Burrough: hereof fail not dated in
Salem.Aug't 5'th 1692. & in the fourth yeare of Our Reign
*Stephen Sewall Cler

August 5'th The persons above Named where all every of them
sumoned to appeare as above [by me]

by me

*Joseph Neale Const'b in [in] Salem.

(On reverse side of paper) G. Burroughs. Sumons Ruck etal

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 14 )

(Summons for James Greenslit)
Wm & Mary by the Grace of God of England Scotland France
& Ireland King defend'r of the faith &ca
To James Greenslit Greeting. --
[L. S.] Wee comand you all Excuses set apart to be & personaly
app'r at the Next Court of Oyer & Terminer held at Salem on the
first Tuesday in August Next There to Testify the Truth on certain
Indictments to be Exhibited against George Burroughs & not depart
the Court without lycense or leave of s'd Court hereof fail not On
penalty of One hundred pounds money to be levied on your Goods
Chattels &ca

Dated in Salem July 26'th 1692.

*Step. Sewall, Cle

To the Sheriffe of Essex

(Reverse) July 26'th 1692 I have Sumoned the within named James
Greinslett according to this Within Sub pena to Give in his Evidence
att the time and place within mentioned by me

*Geo. Herrick Dep't Sheriff

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 10 )

(Physical Examinations of George Burroughs and George Jacobs, Jr.)
Wee whoes names are under written having r'ceived an order
from the sreife for to search the bodyes of George Burroughs and
George Jacobs. wee find nothing upon the body of the above sayd
burroughs but w't is naturall:but upon the body of George Jacobs
wee find 3. tetts w'ch according to the best of our Judgements wee
think is not naturall for wee run a pinn through 2 of them and he
was not sinceible of it: one of them being within his mouth upon
the Inside of his right shoulder balde an a 3'rd upon his right hipp

Ed. Weld swone
Will Gill sworne
Tom flint Jurat
Tom West sworne
Jacob Hill Jurat
Sam Morgan sworne
John Bare Jurat.

(Reverse) Jury men Return about Jacobs & Burroughs

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 10 )

(Samuel Webber v. George Burroughs)

Samuel Webber aged about 36 years Testifieth and sayth that
aboute seaven or eight Yeares agoe I Lived at Casco Bay and George
Burroughs was then Minester there, and haveing heard much of the
great strength of him s'd Burroughs; he Coming to our house wee
ware in discourse about the same and he then told mee that he had
put his fingers into the Bung of a Barrell of Malasses and lifted it
up, and carryed it Round him and sett it downe againe.

Salem August 2'd 1692.

*Samuell Webber
Jurat in Curia

(Reverse) Sam Webber Cont: Burroughs

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 10 )

(Thomas Greenslit v. George Burroughs)

Province of the Mattathusets Bay in New England
The Deposition of \[name\]Thomas Greinslitt\[/name\]
aged about forty years Testfieth Essex Ss.
That about the breaking Out of this last Indian Warr being at
the house of Capt Scottow's at black point he Saw Mr George Bur-
roughs lift and hold Out a gunn of Six foot barrell or thereabouts
putting the forefinger of his right hand into the Muzle of s'd gunn
and So held it Out at Armes End Only with that finger and further
this deponent Testifieth that at the Same time he Saw the Said
Burroughs take up a full barrell of Malasses w'th but two fingers
of one of his hands in the bung & Carry it from the Stage head to
the Door at the End of the Stage Without letting it downe & that
Liut Richard Hunniwell & John Greinslitt & Some other persons
that are Since dead Were then present.
Salem Sep'r 15'th 1692 Thomas Greinslitt appeared before their
Maj'ties Justices of Oyer & Terminer in Open Court & Made Oath
that the above mentioned perticulars & Every part of them were
True

attest
*Step. Sewall Clr

( Massachusetts Historical Society )

(Simon Willard and William Wormall v. George Burroughs)

The: Deposition of Simon Willard aged:about forty two years
sayth: I being att the house of Mr Robt Lawrance: at falmoth in
Casco Bay: in Septemb'r 1689 s'd Mr Lawrance was commending Mr
George Borroughs his strength: saying that we none of us could doe
what he could doe: for s'd he Mr Borroughs can hold out this gun
with one hand Mr. Borroughs being there: sayd I held my hand here
behind the lock: and took it up: and held it out. I s'd deponant saw
Mr Borroughs:put his hand on the gun: to show us: how he held it
and where he held his hand:and saying there he held his hand when
he held s'd gun out: but:I saw him not hold it out then:
s'd gun was about or near seven foot barrill:and very hevie: I
then tryed to hold out s'd gun with both hands: but could not do
it long enough to take sight

*Simon Willard
Jurat in Curia

Simon willard owned: to the Jury of inquest:that the above
written evidence: is the truth Aug'st 3: 1692
(Wm Wormall v. Geo. Burroughs.)
Capt Wm Wormall Sworne to the above & that he Saw him Raise it
from the ground, himselfe

Jurat in Curia

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 13 )

(Simon Willard v. George Burroughs)

The Deposition of Simon Willard [aged about 42] years saith I
being at Saco in the year [1689] some: in Capt Ed Sarjants garison
was speaking of mr George Borroughs his great strength saying he
Could take:a barrill of mallasses out of a Cannoe or boat alone: and
that he Could. take it in his hands or arms out of the Cannoo or boat
and carry it and set it on the shore: and mr Borroughs being: there
sayd that he had carryed one barrill of molasses.or sider: out of a
cannoo that had like to have done him a displeasure: s'd mr Bor-
roughs intimated: as if he did not want strength to do it but the dis-
advantage of the shore was such: that his foot slipping in the sand:
he had like to have strained his legg

*Simon Willard

Simon Willard ownd: to the Jury of Inquest, that the above written
evidence is the truth

Jurat in Curia

(Reverse)
Simon Willard ag'st Burroughs

( Essex County Archives, Salem, Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 13 )


(Mary Webber v. George Burroughs)

Mary Webber wid aged aboute 53 years Testifieth and sayth that
she liveing at Casco Bay aboute six or seaven years agoe, when
George Burroughs was Minester at s'd place, and liveing anner --
Neighbour to s'd Burroughs, was well acquainted with his wife
w'ch was dauter to mr John Ruck of Salem she hath heard her tell
much of her husband unkindness to her and that she dare not wright
to her father to acquaint [him] how it was with her, and soe desired
mee to wright to her father that he would be pleased to send for
her and told mee she had beene much affrighted, and that something
in the night made anoise in the chamber where she lay as if one Went
aboute the Chamber, and she calling up the negro. to come to her
the negro not Comeing sayd that she could not Come some thing
stopt her, then her husband being called he came up. some thing
Jumped down from between the Chimney & the side of the house
and Run down the stairs and s'd Burroughs followed it down, and
the negro then s'd it was something like a white calfe: another tyme
lyeing with her husband some thing came into the house and stood
by her bed side and breathed on her, and she being much affrighted
at it, would have awakened her husband but could not for a con-
siderable tyme, but as soone as he did awake it went away., but this
I heard her say. and know nothing of it myselfe otherwise Except by
common report of others also concerning such things

Salem August 2'd 1692

*mary webber

( Massachusetts Historical Society )

(Hannah Harris v. George Burroughs)

The depotion of Hannah Harres Aiged twenty seven yeares or
thareabouts Testifieth and saith that she Lived at the hous of Georg
Burros at falmouth & the above said hannah harres many times
hath taken notic that when she hath had anny Discorse with the
above said burross wife-when the above said burros was from hom
that apone has Returne he hath often scolded wife and told her
that he knew what they said when he was abroad and further saith
that upone a time when his wife had Laine In Not above one weak
that he fell out with his wife and kept her by Discorce at the Dore
till she fell sicke In the place and grew wors at night so that the
above said hannah harres was afraid she would dye and thay called
In thare Naibours and the above said burroses Daughter told One
of the women that was thare the cause of her mothers Ellness and
the a bove said burros chid his Daughter for telling and the a bove
said burros Came to the a bove said hannah harres and told her If
that his wif Did otherwise than well she should not tell of It
& the abovsaid hannah harres told him that she would not be con-
fined to anny such thing

Jurat in Curia

Hannah Harris ag't Burroughs

(On reverse side of paper)

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 15 )

(Ann Putnam, Jr. v. George Burroughs)

The Deposition of Ann putnam : who testifieth and saith that on
20'th of April 1692 :at evening she saw the Apperishtion of a Minister
at which she was greviously affrighted and cried out oh dreadfull:
dreadfull here is a minister com:what are Ministers wicthes to: whence
com you and What is your name for I will complaine of:you tho you
be A minister: if you be a wizzard; and Immediatly I was tortored
by him being Racked and all most choaked by him: and he tempted
me to write in his book which I Refused with loud out cries and said
I would not writ in his book tho he tore me al to peaces but tould
him that it was a dreadfull thing: that he which was a Minister that
should teach children to feare God should com to perswad poor
creatures to give their souls to the divill: oh. dreadfull tell me your
name that I may know who you are: then againe he tortored me
& urged me to writ in his book: which I Refused: and then presently
he tould me that his name was George Burroughs and that he had
had three wives: and that he had bewitched the Two first of them to
death: and that he kiled Mist. Lawson because she was so unwilling
to goe from the village and also killed Mr Lawsons child because he
went to the eastward with Sir Edmon and preached soe; to the
souldiers and that he had bewicthed a grate many souldiers to death
at the eastword, when Sir Edmon was their. and that he had made
Abigail Hobbs a wicth and: severall wicthes more: and he has con-
tinewed ever sence; by times tempting me to write in his book and
greviously tortoring me by beating pinching and almost choaking me
severall times a day and he also tould me that he was above wicth
for he was a cunjurer

Jurat in Curia
(Reverse)
Ann putnam ag'st Burroughs

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 10 )

(Thomas Putnam, Peter Prescott, Robert Morrell
& Ezekiel Cheever v. George Burroughs)

wee whose names are under writen being present with Ann
putnam att the time above mentioned hard hir declare what is above
writen what she said she saw and hard from the Apperishtion of
Mr. George Burroughs: and allso beheld hir tortors:and perceived
her hellish temtations by hir loud out cries I will not I will not writ
tho you torment al days of my life:and being conversant with hir
ever sence have seen hir tortored and complaining that Mr. Burroughs
hirt hir.and tempts hir to writ in his Book

Thomas putnam
peter prescott
Robert Morrell

Ann Puttnam declared har above written evidence to be the
truth:before the Jury of Inquest: Aug'st 3: 92: upon her oath

Ezekiel Chever made Oath to the latter part.of this paper

Jurat in Curia

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 11 )

(Letter of Thomas Putnam to John Hathorne and Jonathan Corwin)
Salem Village, this 21'st of April, 1692

Much honored:

After most humble and hearty thanks presented to your Honors
for the great care and pains you have already taken for us, for which
we are never able to make you recompense (and we believe you do
not expect it of us; therefore a full reward will be given you of the
Lord God of Israel, whose cause and interest you have espoused,
and we trust this shall add to your crown of glory in the day of the
Lord Jesus); and we, beholding continually the tremendous works of
divine providence -- not only every day but every hour -- thought
it our duty to inform your Honors of what we conceive you have
not heard, which are high and dreadful: of a wheel within a wheel,
at which our ears do tingle.
Humbly craving continually your prayers and help in this
distressed case, so praying almighty God continually to prepare you,
that you may be a terror to evil-doers and a praise to them that do
well, we remain yours to serve in what we are able.

Thomas Putnam

(Charles W. Upham, Salem Witchcraft [ Boston, 1867 ] II, 139-140 .)

(Ann Putnam, Jr. v. George Burroughs)

The deposistion of Ann putnam who testifieth and saith that on
the 5'th of may 1692 at evening I saw the apperishtion of Mr George
Burroughs who greviously tortored me and urged me to writ in his
book which I refused then he tould me that his Two first wives
would appeare to me presently and tell me a grat many lyes but I
should not beleve them:then immediatly appeared to me the forme
of Two women in winding sheats and napkins about their heads: att
which I was gratly affrighted: and they turned their faces towards
Mr. Burroughs and looked very red and angury and tould him that he
had been a cruell man to them.and that their blood did crie for ven-
gance against him: and also tould him that they should be cloathed
with white Robes in heaven, when he should be cast into hell: and
immediatly he vanished away: and as soon as he was gon the Two
women turned their faces towards me and looked as pail as a white
wall: and tould me that they ware mr Burroughs Two first wives
and that he had murthered them: and one tould me that she was his
first wife and he stabed hir under the left Arme and put a peace of
sealing wax on the wound and she pulled aside the winding sheat
and shewed me the place and also tould me that she was in the house
Mr parish now lives w'n it was don, and the other tould me that Mr
Burrough and that wife which he hath now kiled hir in the vessell
as she was coming to se hir friends because they would have one
another: and they both charged me that I should tell these things
to the Magestraits before Mr Burroughs face and if he did not own
them they did not know but that they should appere their: thes
morning also Mis Lawson and hir daughter Ann appeared to me
whom I knew: and tould me that Mr Burroughs murthered them:
this morning also appeared to me another woman in a winding sheat
and tould me that she was goodman fullers first wife and Mr Bur-
roughs kiled hir because there was sum differance between hir hus-
band and him: also on the 9'th may dureing the time of his ex-
amination he did most greviously torment and afflect mary Walcott
mercy lewes Eliz Hubburd and Abigail williams by pinching prick'g
and choaking them Jurat in Curia
(Reverse) Ann putnam Cont Geo Burroughs Death of his wife
& Lawson's Childe
(Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 12)

(Edward Putnam and Thomas Putnam v. George Burroughs)

we whose names are under written being present with ann put-
nam at the times above mentioned: saw hir tortured and hard hir
refuse to writ in the book also hard hir declare what is above writen:
what she said she saw and hard from the Apperishtion of Mr. George
Burroghs and from thos which acc[used him] for murthering of
them

Edward putnam
Thomas putnam

Ann putnam ownid this har testimomy to be the truth uppon har
oath.before the Juriars of Inquest this: 3. dy of agust 92

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 12 )

(Sarah Bibber v. George Burroughs)

The deposistion of Sarah viber who testifieth and saith that on
the 9'th day of may 1692 . as I was agoeing to Salem village I saw
the apperishtion of a little man like a minister with a black coat
on and he pinched me by the arme and bid me goe along with
him but I tould him I would not but when I cam to the village I
saw theire Mr. George Burroughs which I never saw before and then
I knew that it was his apperishtion which I had seen in the morning
and he tortured me several times while he was in examination also
dureing the time of his examination I saw Mr. George Burroughs or
his Apparanec most greviously torment and afflect mary Walcott
mercy Luis Elizabeth Hubbert Ann putnam and abigaill williams by
pinching twisting & almost choaking them to death also severall
times sence mr george Burroughs or his Apperance has most grevious-
ly tormented me with variety of tortors and I beleve in my heart
that mr George Burroughs is a dreadfull wizzard and that he has most
greviously tormented me and the above mentioned parson by his
acts of wicthcraft
Sarah Viber declared to the Jury of inquest:that the above
written evidence is the truth:Aug'st 3: 1692 the which she owned
on her oath

Jurat in Curia

Sarah Viber ag't Burroughs

(On reverse side of paper)

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 13 )

(Mercy Lewis v. George Burroughs)

the deposistion of Mircy Lewes who testifieth and saith that one
the 7'th of may 1692 att evening I saw the apperishtion of Mr.
George Burroughs whom i very well knew which did greviously
tortor me and urged me to writ in his Book and then he brought to
me a new fashon book which he did not use to bring and tould me
I might writ in that book: for that was a book that was in his studdy
when I lived with them: but I tould him I did not beleve him for
I had been often in his studdy but I never saw that book their: but
he tould me that he had severall books in his studdy which I never
saw in his studdy and he could raise the divell: and now had be-
wicthed Mr. Sheppards daughter and I asked him how he could goe
to be wicth hir now he was keept at Salem: and he tould me that
the divell was his sarvant and he sent him in his shapp to doe it then
he againe tortored me most dreadfully and threatened to kill me for
he said I should not witnes against him also he tould me that he had
made Abigaill Hoobs: a wicth and severall more then againe he did
most dreadfully tortor me as if he would have racked me all to
peaces and urged me to writ in his book or elce he would kill me but
I tould him I hoped my life was not in the power of his hand and
that I would not writ tho he did kill me: the next night he tould me
I should not see his Two wifes if he could help it because I should
not witnes agast him this 9'th may mr Burroughs caried me up to
an exceeding high mountain and shewed me all the kingdoms of the
earth and tould me that he would give them all to me if I would
writ in his book and if I would not he would thro me down and
brake my neck: but I tould him they ware non of his to give and I
would not writ if he throde me down on 100 pichforks: also on
the 9'th may being the time of his examination mr. George Bur-
roughs did most dreadfully torment me: and also several times sence
marce luis uppon har oath did owne this har testimony to be the
truth be fore the Juriors for In quest:agust:3: 92.
(Reverse) Mercy Lewis ag'st Burroughs
( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 12 )

(Thomas Putnam and Edward Putnam v. George Burroughs)

we whose names are under writen being present hard mircy lewes
declare what is above writen what she said she saw and hard from the
Apperishtion of Mr George Burroughs and also beheld hir tortors
which we cannot express for sume times we ware redy to fear that
every joynt of hir body was redy to be displaced: also we perceived
hir hellish temtations by hir loud out cries mr.Burroughs. I will
not writ in your book tho you doe kil me

*Thomas putnam
[*Edward] Putnam

Jurat in Curia
( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 12 )

(Elizabeth Hubbard v. George Burroughs) May the 9. 1692.

Elizabeth hubord aged about 17 yers saith that the last second day at
night: There apeared a little black beard man to me in blackish
aparill I asked him his name. & he told me his name was borrous,
Then he tooke a booke out of his pocket: & opened it.& bid me set
my hand to it I tould him I would not: the lines in this book was
read as blod; then he pinched me twise & went away: The next morn-
ing .he apeared to me againe.and tould me he was above a wizard; for
he was a conjurar and so went away but sins that he hath apeared
to me every day & night very often and urged me very much to set
my hand to his book: and to run a way telling me if I would do so
I should be well & that I should need feare no body: & withall tor-
mented me severall ways every time he Came exept that time he told
me he was a conjuror: This night he asked me very much to set my
hand to his book or else he sayed he would kill me; withall tortor-
ing me very much by biting and pinching squesing my body and
runing pins into me also on the: 9'th may 1692 being the time of
his examination mr George Burroughs or his Apperance did most
greviously afflect and torment the bodyes of mary walcott mercy
lewes Ann putnam and Abigail williams for if he did but look upon
them he would strick them down or almost choak them to death also
severall times sence he has most dreadfully afflected and tormented
me with variety of torments and I beleve in my heart that mr George
Burroughs is a dreadfull wizzard and that he has often tormented
me and also the above named parsons by his acts of wicthcraft

Jurat in Curia

Eliz Hubbard.declared:the above written evedence:to be the
truth: upon her oath:that she had taken.this she owned before the
Jury of inquest: Aug'st 3 1692

(Reverse) Eliz: Hubbert ag't burroughs

(Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2. Page 14)

(Susannah Sheldon v. George Burroughs)

The Complaint of Susannah Shelden against mr burroos which
brought a book to-mee and told mee if i would not set my hand too
if hee would tear mee to peesses i told him i would not then hee
told mee hee would starve me to death then the next morning he
told mee hee could not starve mee. to death, but hee would choake
me that my vittals should doe me but litl good then he told mee
his name was borros which had preached at the vliage the last night
hee Came to mee and asked mee whether i would goe to the village
to morrow to witnes against him i asked him if hee was exsamened
then hee told hee was then i told him i would goe then hee told mee
hee would kil mee beefoar morning then hee apeared to mee at
the hous of nathanniel ingolson and told mee hee had been the
death of three children at the eastward and had kiled two of his
wifes the first hee smouthered and the second he choaked and killed
tow of his own children
(Reverse) Susannah Shelden against G. Burroughs
( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 16 )

(Benjamin Hutchinson v. George Burroughs)

Benjemin huchension s'd that one the 21'st aprell 92 abegeral
wiluams s'd that there.was a lettell black menester that Lived at
Casko bay he told me so and s'd that he had kild 3 wifes two for
himself and one for mr Losen and that he had made nine Weches in
this plase and s'd that he Could hold out the hevest gun that Is
in Casko bay w'th one hand w'c no man Can Case hold out w't
both. hands this Is about a ll a clock and I ask her Where about this
lettel man stood s'd she Just where the Cart wheell went along I
had a 3 graned irne fork in my hnad and I thru it wher she said
he stud and she presently feell in a letel feet and when it twas over
Said She you have toren his coot for I hard it tare wher abouts
said I one won side said she
then we come into the house of left Ingersoll and I went into the
great Roome and abigle come in and said ther he stands I said wher
and presently draed my rapyer but he emmedetly was gon as
she said then said she ther is a gray catt then i said wher abouts
doth she stand ther s'd she ther than I struck # [with] with my
rapyer then she fell in afitt and when it was over she said you kild
hur and immedetly Sary good come and carrid hur away this was
about 12 a clock The same day after lecttor in the said: Ingersolls
chamber abigaill williams mary walcot said that goody hobs of
topfell bitt mary walcot by the foot then both falling into a fit
as soone as it was over the said william hobs and his wife goe both of
them a long the table; the said hucheson tooke his rapier stabed
goody hobs one the side as abigaill williams & mary walcot saide:
the said abigaill & mar said the roome was full of them then the
said hucheson & Ely putnam stabed with their raperres at a ventor
then said mary & abigell you have killed a greet black woman of Ston-
intown . and an Indian that comes with her for the flore is all covered
with blod.then the said mary and abigaill looked out of dores & said
they saw a greet company of them one a hill & there was three of
them lay dead the black woman & the indian & one more that they
knew not
This being about.4.a clock in the after noon
(On reverse side of paper) Ben Huchison
( Essex County Archives Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 16 )

(Abigail Hobbs and Mary Warren v. George Burroughs et al.) 1st June 1692

Abigaile Hobbs then confessed before John Hathorn & Jonathan cor-
win Esq'rs That at the generall meeting of the Witches in the feild
near Mr Parrisse's house she saw Mr George Burroughs, Sarah Good
Sarah Osborne Bridgett Bishop als. Olliver & Giles Cory, two or
three nights agone, Mr Burrough came & sat at the window & told
her he would terribly afflict her for saying so much ag't him & then
pinched her, deliverance Hobbs then saw s'd Burroughs & he would
have tempted her to sett her hand to the book & almost shooke
her to pieces because she would not doe it,
Mary Warren Testifyeth that when she was in prison in Salem about a
fortnight agone Mr George Burroughs, Goody Nurse Goody procter,
Goody parker, Goody pudeator, Abigail Soames, Goodman procter,
Goody Darling [Dowing?] & others unknowne came to this depon't
& Mr Burroughs had a trumpett & sounded it, & they would have
had this depon't to have gone up with them to a feast at Mr parris-
ses & Goody Nurse & Goody procter told her this depon't they were
Deacons & would have had her eat some of their sweet bread & wine
& she asking them what wine that was one of them said it was blood
& better then our wine but this depon't refused to eat or drink with
them & they then dreadfully afflicted her at that tyme.

Sworne the first of June 1692

*John Hathorne
*Jonathan Corwin {
Assis'ts

M'd. that at the time of the taking of this deposicon Goody Nurse
appeared in the roome & afflicted the Depon't Mary & Deliverance
Hobbs as they attested & alsoe almost Choaked abigaile Hobbs as
alsoe testified, & Mr English then run a pin into Maryes hand as she
attested

( Massachusetts Historical Society )

(Mary Warren v. George Burroughs, John Alden,
Martha Corey, and Ann Pudeator)

The Testimone of Mary Warren aged twenty yeares or thereaboutes
Testifeyeth and saith that Sometime in July last mr Burrougs pinched
mee very much and choaked me almost to death: and I saw and
hard him sound a Trumpett and Immediatly I saw severall com to
him as namely Capt Allding Mis Cory and goody pudeater and sev-
erall others and they urged me to goe along with them to their
sacremental meeting and mr Burroughs brought to me bread to eat
and wine to drink which I refuseing he did most greviously torment
me urging me vehemently to writ in his book: also I have seen mr
George Burroughs or his Apperance most greviously tormenting mary
walcott and Ann putnam and I verily beleve in my heart that Mr.
George Burroughs is a dreadfull wizzard and that he has severall
times tormented mee and the affore said persones by his acts of
wicthcraft
Mary Warrin declared: upon: her oath; to the Jury of Inquest that
the above written evidence: is the truth. Aug'st 3: 1692
( Massachusetts Historical Society )

(Mary Walcott v. George Burroughs)

The Deposition of mary Walcott agged about 17 years who testi-
fieth and saith that on the later end of April 1692: mr. George
Burroughs or his Apperance came to me whom I formerly well
knew: and he did Immediatly most greviously torment me by biting
pinching and almost choacking me urging me to writ in his book:
which I refusing he did -- againe most greviously torment me and
tould me if I would but touch his book I should be well but I tould
him I would not for all the world and then he threated to kil me and
said I should never witnes against him: but he continewed tortering
and tempting me tell the 8 may: and then he tould me he would
have kiled his first wife and child: when his wife was in travil but he
keept hir in the kithin tell he gave hir hir deaths wound.but he
charged me in the name of his God I should not tell of it:but Im-
mediatly there appeared to me mr.Burroughs two first wives in their
winding sheets whom I formerly well knew and tould me that mr.
Burroughs had murthered them and that their blood did crie for
vengance againt him: also on the 9'th may being the day of his ex-
amination he did most greviously torment me dureing the time of
his examination for if he did but look on me he would strick me
down or allmost Choake me: also dureing his examination I saw
mr. George Burroughs or his Apperane most greviously torment
mercy lewes Eliz Hubb [e] rt Abigail william and Ann putnam and I
beleve in my heart that mr. George Burroughs is a dreadful wizzard
and That he had often afflected and tormented me and the afore
mentioned parsons by his acts of wicthcraft
Mary Walcot declared this writing to be a true evidence: to the Jury
of Inquest Aug'st 3 1692 upon the oath she has taken

Jurat in Curia
( Bowditch Mss. Mass. Hist. Society )

(Summons for John Pierce and John Lane)

Wm & Mary by the Grace of God of England Scotland france &
Ireland King & queen defend'rs of the faith &ca --

Wee Comand you to Warn & give Notice unto John Pierce and John
lane that they & Every of them be & personaly app'r forthwith at
the pr'sent Court of Oyer & Termin'r holden at Salem to Testify
the truth to the best of thier knowledge on certain Indicm'ts Ex-
hibited against mr George Burrough hereof Make return fail Not
dated in Salem Aug't 4'th 1692 in the fourth yeare of Our Reign

*Stephen Sewall, Cler.

To the Constable of Manchester

August 4'th I have Sumoned the above named that thay and Each
of them att time and place above written by me

*John Ley

( Massachusetts Historical Society )

(Thomas Putnam and Edward Putnam v. George Burroughs)

The deposistion of Tho. putnam aged 40: years and Edward putnam
agged 38 years who testifieth and saith. that we haveing ben conver-
sant with severall of the afflected persons as maryWolcott mercy
lewes Eliz: Hubburt and we have seen them most dreadfully tomen-
ted and we have seen dreadfull marks in their fleesh which they
said Mr. Burroughs did make by hurting them: but on 9'th may
1692: the day of the Examination of Mr. George Burroughs the af-
foresaid parsons were most dreadfully tormented dureing the time
of his Examination as if they would have been torne al to peaces
or all their bones putt out of joynt and with such tortors as no
tounge can express also severall times sence we have seen the affore-
said afflected parsons most dreadfully tormented and greviously
complaining of Mr. Burroughs for hurting them and we beleve that
Mr. George Burroughs the prisoner att the bar has severall times af-
flected and tormented the afforesaid persons by acts of wicthcraft

*Thomas putnam

Jurat in Curia
( Massachusetts Historical Society )

(John Putnam, Sr. and Rebecca Putnam v. George Burroughs)

the Deposition of John putnam & Rebecah his wife testifieth
and saith that in the yeare:80: Mr Burros lived in our house nine
month, there being a great differanc betwixt Sd Barros & his wife,
the differanc was so great that they did Desier us the deponants
to com into their room to hear their difference, the contrivercy
that was betwixt them was that the afor s'd Burros did rquier his
wife to give him a written covenant under her hand and Seall that
shee would never reveall his secrits, our anser was that they had
once made a covenant before god and men which covenant we did
conseive did bind each other to keep their lawfull secrits, and further
saith that all the time that s'd Burros did live att our house he was
a very sharp man to his wife, notwithstanding to our observation
shee was a very good and dutifully wife to him

Jurat in Curia
(On reverse side of paper) Jno Putn & Reb. his wife.

( Essex Institute MSS. Collection )

(Elizar Keyser v. George Burroughs)

Elizer Keysar aged aboute fourty five yeares Sayth that on Thursday
last past being the fift day of this Instant moneth of May I was at
the house of Thomas Beadles in salem, and Capt Daniell King being
there also, at the same tyme, and in the Same Roome. s'd Capt
Daniell King Asked mee Whether I would not goe up, and see mr
Burrows and discourse with him. he being then in one of the Cham-
bers in s'd House. I told him itt did not belong to mee, and I was
not willing to medle or make with itt, then s'd King sayd are you not
a Christian if you are a Christian goe [&] see him and discourse with
him, but I told him I did beleive it did not belong to such as I was to
discourse him he being a Learned man. then s'd King sayd I beleive
he is a Child of god, a Choice Child of god, and that God would
Clear up his Inocency; soe I told him my Opinion or feare was,
that he was, the Cheife of all the persons accused for witchcraft or
the Ring Leader of them -- all, and told him also that I beleived
if he was such an one his Master meening the divell had told him
before now, what I said of him, And s'd King seemeing to mee to be
in a passion. I did afterwards forbeare #[The same Evening after
these words being alone in one Roome of my house and noe candle
or light being in the s'd Roome] the same afternoone I haveing Occa-
tion to be at the s'd Beadles house and [being] in the Chamber
where mr George Burroughs Keept I observed that s'd Burroughs did
steadfastly fix [his] eys upon mee, the same Evening being in my
own house, in a Roome without any Light I did see very strange
things appeare in the Chimney. I suppose a dozen of them. w'ch
seemed to mee to be something like Jelly that used to be in the water
and quaver with a strainge Motion, and then quickly diappeared
soone after which I did see a light up in the chimney aboute the
bigness of my hand some thing above the bar w'ch quivered
& shaked. and seemed to have a Motion upward upon Which I called
the Mayd, and she looking up into the Chimney saw the same, and
my wife looking up could not see any thing, soe I did and doe
#[very Certainly] [Concider] it was some diabolicall apperition
(On side of paper)
Mr. Elizer. Keyzer: declared: to the Jury of Inquest that the evi-
dence : in this paper is the truth upon oath: Aug'st 3 1692 Mercy
Lewis. also: s'd that: he made lights: in Mr Keyzers: Chimny

Jurat in Curia
by
Mr Keysor

Sworne also by Eliz: Wardwell as to the last night
(New York Public Library -- Manuscripts and Archives Division)

(Memorandum in Case of George Burroughs)

Memorand'm in mr George Burroughs Tryall besides the written
Evidences that was Sworne sev'll who gave theirs by word of mouth
& Major Browne holding Out a heavy Gun w'th One hand
Thomas Ruck of his sudden coming in after them & that he
could tell his thoughts.
Thomas Evans that he Carried Out Barrels Molossus & Meats &c
out of a Canoo whilst his mate.went to the fort for hands to help
out with them
Sarah Wilson Confess't that the night before mr Burroughs was
Executed that there was a great Meeting of the witches Nigh
Sarj't Chandlers that mr Burr. was there & they had the Sac't
& after they had done he tooke leave & bid them Stand to their faith,
& not own any thing
Martha Tyler saith the same w'th Sarah Wilson & Severall others
(on side) These Since the Execuion
of Mr. Burro
(On reverse side of paper) Mr. Burr

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 17 )

Candy
( See also: Margaret Hawkes -- Complaint .)

(Examination of Candy)

SALEM, Monday, July 4, 1692 . The examination of Candy , a
negro woman, before Bartholomew Gedney and John Hawthorne
Esqrs. Mr. Nicholas Noyes also present.
Q. Candy! are you a witch?
A. Candy no witch in her country.
Candy's mother no witch. Candy no witch, Barbados. This country,
mistress give Candy witch.
Q. Did your mistress make you a witch in this country?
A. Yes, in this country mistress give Candy witch.
Q. What did your mistress do to make you a witch?
A. Mistress bring book and pen and ink, make Candy write in it.
Q. What did you write in it? -- She took a pen and ink and upon a book or
paper made a mark.
Q. How did you afflict or hurt these folks, where are the
puppets you did it with?
-- She asked to go out of the room and she
would shew or tell; upon which she had liberty, one going with her,
and she presently brought in two clouts, one with two knots tied in
it, the other one; which being seen by Mary Warren, Deliverance
Hobbs and Abigail Hobbs, they were greatly affrighted and fell into
violent fits, and all of them said that the black man and Mrs. Hawkes
and the negro stood by the puppets or rags and pinched them, and
then they were afflicted, and when the knots were untied yet they
continued as aforesaid. A bit of one of the rags being set on fire, the
afflicted all said they were burned, and cried out dreadfully. The
rags being put into water, two of the aforenamed persons were in
dreadful fits almost choaked, and the other was violently running
down to the river, but was stopped.

Attest. John Hawthorne, Just. Peace.

( Thomas Hutchinson, History of Massachusetts-Bay, II, 26 .)

(Indictment v. Candy, No. 1)

Essex in the Province of the Massachusett Bay in
New England\s-\Ss Anno R R's & Reginae Gulielmi &
Mariae &c quarto Anoq'e Dom: 1692

The Jurors for o'r Sov'r: lord & lady the King & Queen doe present
That Candy . A Negro Woman Servant #[Servant] of Margarett
Hawkes of Salem in & Upon the Second day of July last in the Yeare
1692 and divers other days & times as well before as after Certaine
detestable Arts Called Witchcrafts & Sorceries Wickedly Mallitiously
& felloniously hath Used practised & Exercised in the Towne of
Salem afors'd
Upon and Against One Mary Wallcot of Salem Single
Woman by which Wicked Arts The Said Mary wallcot the day
& Yeare aforesaid & Divers other times as well before as after was
& is Tortured Aflicted Consumed Wasted pined & Tormented Con-
trary to the peace of our Sov'r lord & lady the King & Queen their
Crowne & dignity & The laws in that Case made & provided
(Reverse)
Candy Negro: for bewitching Mary Wallcott Billa Vera,
*Robert Payne foreman. Ponet Se. The juery find the person here
inditted not gilty of this indittement.
( Mass. Archives, Vol. 135 No. 31 A )

(Indictment v. Candy, No. 2)

Essex In the province of the Massachusetts Bay in New
England\s-\Ss Anno R R's Reginae Gulielmi &
Mariae Angliae &c Quarto Anoq'e Dom: 1692

The Jurors for o'r Sov'r lord & lady the King & Queen present
That Candy A Negro Woman Servant to Margarett Hawkes of Salem
in the County of Essex aforsd
In & Upon the Second day of July
last in the Yeare 1692 And divers other days & times as well before
as after Certaine detestable Arts Called Witchcrafts & Sorceries,
wickedly Mallitiously & felloniously hath Used practised & exercised
in the Towne of Salem aforesaid Upon & Against One An Putnam of
Salem Single Woman: By which wicked Arts The Said Ann Putnam
the day & Yeare aforsd & divers other days & times both before
& after Was & is Tortured Aflicted Consumed Wasted pined & Tor-
mented Contrary to the peace of our Sov'r lord & Lady the King
& Queen Their Crowne & dignity and the laws in that Case made
& provided
(Reverse) Candy Negro: for bewitching Ann Putnum Billa Vera,
*Robert Payne foreman Ponet Se. The juery find the person here
inditted not gilty of this indittement
( Mass. Archives Vol. 135 No. 31 )

Martha Carrier
Executed, August 19, 1692

(Complaint v. Martha Carrier, Elizabeth Fosdick, Wilmott Reed,
Sarah Rice, Elizabeth How, John Alden, william Proctor, John Flood,
Mary Toothaker and daughter, and Arthur Abbott)
Salem May the 28'th 1692
Joseph Houlton and John Walcot both of Salem village Yeomen made
Complaint in behalfe of theire Majes'ts against [] Carrier
of Andover the wife of Thomas Carrier of s'd Towne husbandman
[] fosdick of Maulden or charlstown [] Reed of Marble-
head the wife of Samull Reed of s'd place [] Rice of Reding
the wife of Nicholas Rice of s'd Towne [] How the wife of
James How of Topsfeild Capt John Alden of Boston Mariner, William
procter of Salem farmes, Capt John flood of Rowley marsh on
boston Mary Toothaker, the wife of Roger toothaker of Belrica,
and [] Toothaker the daughter of s'd Roger Toothaker []
Abott that lives between Ips. Topsfeild & wenham for sundry acts
of Witchcraft by them and Every one of them Committed on the
Bodys of Mary Walcot, Abigail Williams Marcy Lewis Ann putnam
and Others belonging to Salem Village or farmes Lately, to the hurt
and Injury of theire bodys therefore Craves Justice.

*Joseph houlton
*John Walcutt

Carrier of Andover -- -Marshall Essex
Reed of Marblehead -- Const --
Rice of Reding -- Const -- -
How of Topsfeild -- -Const
Wm procter -- -Const --

( Essex County Archives, Salem )

(Warrant for Arrest of Martha Carrier)

To the Marshall of Essex or his dept or to the Constables of Andover

You are in theire Majests names hereby required [to] apprehend
and forthwith secure, and bring before [us] martha Carrier the wife
of Thomas Currier of An[dover] on Tuesday next being the 31't
day of this Instant mo[nth] of May about ten of the clock in the
forenoon or as soon as may be afterwards at [the] house of L't
Nathaniell Ingersalls in Salem Village who stands charged with have-
ing Committed Sundry [acts] of Witchcraft on the Bodys of Mary
Walcot and abi[gail] williams of Salem Village to theire great hurt
& [injury] in order to her Examination Relateing to the prem[ises]
abovesaid faile not

Dated Salem May 28'th 1692.

Pus
*John Hathorne
*Jonathan.Corwin
Assis'ts

(Reverse) I have apprehend the w'tin named parson and brought her
to the place appinted --

by me *John Ballard. const andover

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 Page 135 )

(Examination of Martha Carrier)

The Examination of Martha Carrier. 31. May. 1692
Abigail Williams w'o hurts you?
Goody Carrier of Andover.
Eliz: Hubbard who hurts you?
Goody Carrier
Susan:Sheldon, who hurts you?
Goody Carrier, she bites me, pinches me, & tells me she would cut
my throat, if I did not signe her book
Mary Walcot said she afflicted her & brought the book to her.
What do you say to this you are charged with?
I have not done it.
Sus:Sheldon cried she looks upon the black man.
Ann Putman complained of a pin stuck in her.
What black man is that?
I know none
Ann Putman testifyed there was.
Mary Warrin cryed out she was prickt.
What black man did you see?
I saw no black man but your own presence.
Can you look upon these & not knock them down?
They will dissemble if I look upon them.
You see you look upon them & they fall down
It is false the Devil is a liar.
I lookt upon none since I came into the room but you
Susan:Sheldon cryed out in a Trance I wonder what could you
murder. 13. persons?
Mary Walcot testifyed the same that there lay.13. Ghosts.
All the afflicted fell into most intollerable out-cries & agonies.
Eliz: Hubbard & Ann Putman testifyed the same that she had killed
13. at Andover.
It is a shamefull thing that you should mind these folks that are out
of their wits.
Do not you see them?
If I do speak you will not believe me?
You do see them, said the accusers.
You lye, I am wronged.
There is the black man wispering in her ear said many of the afflicted.
Mercy Lewes in a violent fit, was well upon the examinants grasping
her arm.
The Tortures of the afflicted was so great that there was no enduring
of it, so that she was ordered away & to be bound hand & foot with
all expedition the afflicted in the mean while almost killed to the
great trouble of all spectators Magistrates & others.

Note. As soon as she was well bound they all had strange & sodain
ease.
Mary Walcot told the Magistrates that this woman told her she
had been a witch this. 40. yeares.
(Reverse) Martha Carriers Carrier Examinacion

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 Page 136 )

(Indictment v. Martha Carrier, No. 1)

Anno Regis et Reginae Willm et Mariae Nunc Angliae &c Quarto./
Essex ss
The Jurors: for our Sovereigne Lord & Lady the King and
Queen pr'sents that #[Bridgett] Martha Carrier wife of #[Richard]
Thomas Carrier of Andover in the County of Essex husbandman the
thirty first Day of May -- in the fourth Year of the Reigne of our
Sovereigne Lord and Lady William and Mary by the Grace of God of
England Scottland france and Ireland King, and Queen Defenders
of the faith &c and divers other Dayes and times as well before, as
after, certaine Detestable Arts called Witchcrafts and Sorceries,
Wickedly and feloniously hath Used. Practised. and Exercised, at
and within the Towneship of Salem in the County of Essex afore-
s'd in, Upon, and against, one Mary Walcott of Salem Village Single-
woman in the County of Essex afores'd by which said wicked Arts
the said Mary Walcott the thirty first Day of May -- in the fourth
year above said and divers other Dayes and times, as well before, as
after, was and is Tortured, Afflicted, Pined, Consumed wasted
& Tromented ag't the Peace of our Sovereigne Lord and Lady the King
and Queen and against the forme of the Statute in that case made
and Provided./

Witnesses
J't
Mary Walcott
Ju't
Elizabeth
Hubbard
Ann Putman

( Massachusetts Historical Society )

(Indictment v. Martha Carier, No. 2)
Anno Regis et Reginae Willm et Mariae nunc Angliae &c Quarto:
Essex ss The Jurors of our Sovereigne Lord and Lady the King
and Queen: pr'sents
That Martha Carrier wife of #[Richard] Thomas
Carier of Andover in the county of Essex husbandman the 31 Day of
May in the forth year of the Reigne of our Sovereigne Lord and Lady
William and Mary by the Grace of God of England Scottland france
and Ireland King and Queen Defenders of the faith: &c And Divers
other Dayes and Times as well before as after, certaine Detestable
Arts called Witchcrafts: and Sorceries, Wickedly and felloniously
hath used Practised and Excercised at and within the Towneship
of Salem in the County of Essex afores'd in and upon and ag't
one Elizabeth Hubbard of Salem in the County of Essex afores'd
by which said Wicked Arts. the said Elizabeth Hubbard the thirty
first Day of May in the forth Year aboves'd and Divers other Dayes,
and times, as well before as after was and is Tortured Afflicted Pined
Consumed Wasted and Tormented ag't the Peace of our Sovereigne
Lord and Lady the King and Queen: and ag't the forme of the Stat-
ute in that case made and Provided

Witnesses
Elizabeth Hubbard Jurat.
Mary Walcutt Jurat.
Ann Putnam
Mary Warren Jurat.
(Reverse)
bila vera No 2 Martha Carier

( Essex County Archives Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 Page 137 )

(Summons for Witnesses)

Wm & Mary by the Grace of God of England Scotland France & Ireland
King & Queen defend'rs of the faith &ca
To the Constable or Constables of Andover Greeting L.S.
Wee Comand you to Warn & give Notice unto Allen Toothaker
Ralph farnum Jun'r John farnum son of Ralph farnum sen'r
Benjamin Abbot & his wife Andrew foster Phebe Chandler daughter
of Wm Chandler: Sam'l Holt Sen'r Samuel Preston Jun'r that they
& Every of them be and personaly appear at the Court of Oyer & Ter-
miner to be held by adjournment on Tuesday Next at Ten of the
Clock in the Morning there to testifye the truth to the best of their
knowledge on certain Indictments to be Exhibited against Marth Car-
rier of Andover hereof fail not at your utmost perill & make return
of your doings herein

Dated in Salem July 30'th 1692

*Stephen Sewall Cler.

(Reverse)
In obedenc to this writ I have timely warned the persons
hose names are herein writen and every one of them this I day of
august 1692

By mee
*John Ballard constable of Andover

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 Page 138 )

(Summons for Witnesses)

William & Mary by the Grace of God of England Scotland France
& Ireland King & Queen defend'rs of the faith &ca
To the Constable of Billrica Greeting. --
Wee Comand you to Warn & give Notice unto Capt Danforth -- John
Rogers & that they & Every of them be and personaly appear at the
Court of Oyer & Terminer to be held by Adjurnment Att Salem on
Tuesday Next at Ten of the Clock in the Morning there to testify the L.S.
truth to the best of their knowledge on Certaine Indictments
to be Exhibited against Martha Carrier of Andover and hereof
they Nor you are to fail at your utmost perill making return hereof
under your hand. --

Dated in Salem July 30'th 1692 & in the fourth year of Our Reign

*Stephen Sewall Cler.

( Massachusetts Historical Society )

(Benjamin Abbott v. Martha Carrier)

The teastymony of Benjamin Abbutt aged about 31 years Saith:
last march was twelfe months: then haveing Some land granted to
me by the Touwne of Andover Near to good man Carriers his land,
& when this land Came to be laied out goodwiffe Carrier was very
Angery, & said that she would stick as Closs to Benjamin Abbut as
the bark stooke to the Tree & that I should Repent of it afore Seven
years Came to an Eand & that doctor prescott Could Never Cure
me: These words were heard byAllin Toothaker She also Said to
Ralph farnam Jun'r that she would hold my noss so Closs to the
grindstone as Ever it was held since my Name was Benjamin Abbut:
presently after I was taken with a swelling in my foott & then was
taken with a payne in my side Ecksidiengly Tormented, wich bred
to a sore: which was lancit by docter prescott & severall gallons of
Corruption did Run out as was Judged & so Continued about six
weeks Very bad, & then one other sore did breed in my
grine wich was lancit by doct. prescott also: & Continued very
bad a while & then on other sore breedin my grine which was also Cutt:
& putt me to very great missery, so that it brough me almost to Deaths doore,
& Continued, untill goodwiffe Carrier was Taken & Carried a waye
by the Constable & that very day I begun to grow better, my
soers grew well & I grew better Every day: & so have been well Ever since:
& have great cause to think that the s'd Carrier had a great hand in
my sickness & misery

*benjamen Abbut

Jurat in Curia Aug't 3'd. 1692.

Attest
*Step. Sewall Cler.

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 Page 138 )

(Sarah Abbott v. Martha Carrier)

The deposition of Sarah Abbott aged about 32 years testifieth
that since my husband had a parcell of land granted by the Towne,
lying near the land of Thomas Carrier, (Which as I have heard) his
wife Martha Carrier was greatly troubled att & gave out Threatening
words) that my husband Benjamin Abbott has not been only afflic-
ted in his body, as he testifies, but alsoe that strange & unusuall
things has happened to his Cattle, for some have died suddenly
& strangely, which we could not tell any naturall reason for, & one
Cowe Cleaned a fourthnight before she Calved, but the Cowe died
afterwards strangely though she calved well soe far as we Could
prceive, & some of the Cattle would Come out of the woods w'th
their tounges hanging out of their mouths in a strange & affrighting
manner, & many such things, which we can give noe account of
the reason of, unless it should be the effects, of martha Carriers
threatnings

Juriat: in Curia
Aug't 3'd 1692 attest
her mark.

Sarah
Abbott
*Steph:Sewall Cler

(Reverse) Ben Abbott & wife

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 Page 138 )

(John Roger v. Martha Carrier)

The deposition of John Rogger of Billreca aged 50 yeares or
Thereabouts Saith
That about Seven yeares since Martha Carrier being a Nigh Neig-
bour unto this depon't and there hapening some difference betwixt
us she gave forth severall threatning words as she often used to doe
and in a short time after this deponent had two large lusty Sowes
w'ch frequented home daily that were lost & this deponent: found
one of them dead Nigh the s'd Carriers house w'th both Eares cut
of & the other sow I Never heard of to this day; & the same summer
to the best of my rembrance I had a Cow w'ch used to give a good
Mess of milke twice a day & of a sudden she would give little or
None Every Morning though a Nights she gave as formerly and
this Continued above the space of a month in w'ch time I had three
Meals milke on three severall Mornings not successively: and no
more though One Night three of us Watched the Cow all night
#[one night] yet I could have no milke in the morning of her
& about the monthes End she gave milke as formerly she used, by all
w'ch. I did in my Conscience beleive then in the day of it & have so
done Ever since & doe yet beleive that Martha Carrier was the occa-
sion of those Ill accidents. by Meanes of Witchcraft she being a very
Malicous Woman & further Saith Not

marke of John Rogger

Inq'd Sam Holt Andover about M.C. Capt Danforth Billerica

(Reverse)
Jno Rogger of Billrica Ver: Marth: Carrier Court O.
& Ter. by Adjt Aug't 2.92 Carrier

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 Page 139 )

(Phoebe Chandler v. Martha Carrier)

The deposition of Phoebe Chandl'r aged about 12 years:
Testifieth That about a fourthnight before Martha Carrier, was
sent for to Salem to be examined, upon the Sabbath day when the
psalm was singing, s'd Martha Carrier took me s'd deponent by the
shoulder & shaked me, in the meeting house & asked me where I
lived: but I made her no answere, (not doubting but that she knew
me, having lived some time the next door to my fathers house, on
one side of the way) & that day that s'd Martha Carrier was ceased,
my mother sent me to Carry some bear to the folks that were att
work in the lott, & when I came within the fence there was a voice
in the bushes(which I thought was Martha Carriers voice, which I
knowe well) but saw noe body, & the voice asked me, what I did
there & whether I was going: which greatly frighted me, soe that
I run as fast as I could to those att work, & told them what I had
heard, about an hour & half, or two hours after, my mother sent me
again upon the same occasion, to the workmen aboves'd Coming
home, near the place aboves'd where I heard that voice before, I
heard the same voice, as I judged, over my head, saying I should be
poysoned within two or three days, which accordingly happened, as
I Conceive, for I went to my sister Allens farm the same day, and on
friday following, about one half of my right hand was greatly swolen
& exceeding painfull, & allsoe part of my face, which I can give noe ac-
count how it Came & Continued very bad some days, & severall
times since I have been troubled with a great weight upon my breast,
& upon my leggs, when I have been going about, soe that I could
hardly goe, which I have told my mother of: And the last sabbath
day was seaven night, I went to meeting very well in the morning,
& went to my place where I used to sitt (the ministers not being Come)
& Richard Carrier son of aboves'd Martha looked very earnestly
upon me, & imediately my hand which had formerly been poy-
soned as aboves'd, began to pain me greatly, & I had a strange burn-
ing att my stomake, & then was struck deaf that I could not hear
any of the prayer, nor singing, tell the two or three last words of
the singing:

Jurat in Curia
her mark

Phoebe Chandler

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 Page 140 )

(Bridget Chandler v. Martha Carrier)

Bridget Chandler aged 40 years Mother to the s'd Phoebe Testi-
fieth that in the day of it her daughter Complained as above is Ex-
pressed .

Jurat in Curia
(Reverse) Phebe Chandler

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 Page 140 )

(Allen Toothaker v. Martha Carrier)

The deposition of Allin Toothaker aged about 22 years Saith
I heard Martha Carrier Say that Benjamin Abbutt would wish he
had not medled with that land so Near our houwse for she would
stick as Cols to him as the barck to the tree, afore seaven years Com
a bout, & that doctor prescott should Never Cure him, & a bout last
march Richard Carrier & my selfe had som difference, & said Rich-
ard pulled me downe by the haer of my head to the ground for to
beat me: I desired him to lett me Risse, when I was up I went to
strick at him, but I fell downe flate upon my back to the ground
& had not power to ster hand Nor foote, then I toold sayd Richard
I would yeald to him & owne him the best man & then I saw Martha
Carrier goe of from my brest, butt when I was Rissen up I saw non of
her, I was Wounded in the Warre, Martha Carrier tould me I Would
Never be Cured, afore she was Aprehended I Could thrust in my
Wound a knitting Nedle four Inches deep but, since she have been
Taken I am thorowly healed: and have had more Ease then I have
had in halfe a year before Sometimes when Martha Carrier & I had
some difference she would Clap her hand at me & say I should gett.
Nothing by it: & #[still] with in a day or two: I lost a three year
old heffer: Next a yealin: & then a Couw; & then had som litle dif-
ference a gaine & lost a yearlin, #[ -- -- these aboves'd Creatures
which died, I could not Learn of any reason for their -- -- ] And I
knowe not of any naturall Causes of the death of the abovs'd Crea-
tures , but have always feared it hath been the effect of my Aunt
Martha Carrier her malice:

Jurat in Curia
his mark

Allen
Toothaker

(Reverse) Allen Toothaker

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 Page 141 )

(Samuel Preston v. Martha Carrier)

Samuel Preston aged about 41: years Saith that about 2 yeares
since I had some difference w'th Martha Carrier w'ch also had
hapened sever'll times before and soon after I lost a Cow in a strange
manner being Cast upon her back w'th her heels up in firm ground
when she was very Lusty it being in June & within abo't month after
this the s'd Martha & I had some difference again at which Time she
told me I had lost a Cow lately & it Would not or should not be
long before I should loose Another w'ch accordingly came to pass.
for I had a Cow that was well kept w'th English Hay & I could not
pceive that she aild any thing & yet she pined & quickley lay downe
as if she was asleep & dyed

Jurat in Curia
(Reverse) Sam. Preston ag't Martha Carrier

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 Page 141 )

(Elizabeth Hubbard v. Martha Carrier)

The deposistion of Eliz: Hubburd agged about 17 years who testi-
fieth and saith that I have been along time afflected by a woman that
tould me hir name was Carrier and that she came from Andevore but
on the 31:may 1692 martha Carrier did most greviously tortor. me
dureing the time of hir Examination for if she did but look upon me
she would strick me down or almost choak me and also I saw martha
Carrier most greviously torment mary walcott, mercy lewes, Abigail
williams and ann putnam jun'r with such dreadfull tortor as no tongue
can express: that had not the Honr'd Majestrats Commanded hir to
be fast bound I beleve she would have quickly kiled sume of us: and
I verily beleve in my hart that martha Carrier is a most dreadful
wicth for severall times sence martha Carrier #[or hir Apperance]
has been in prison she hath or hir Apperance com to me and most
greviously tortored me by pinching pricking and [and] almost choak-
ing me to death: which I beleve she could not doe if she ware not a
witch/
Elizabeth Hubburd: owned: the above written evidence: to be the
truth: to the Jury of Inquest: upon: the oath: she hath taken:
July: 1: 1692

Jurat in Curia
( Massachusetts Historical Society )

(Mary Walcott v. Martha Carrier)

The deposistion of mary walcott agged about 18 years who testifi-
eth and saith that I have ben a long time afflected by a woman
which tould me hir name was Carrier and that she came from Ande-
vor but on the 31'th may 1692 : martha Carrier of Andever did most
greviously torment me dureing the time of hir Examination by
biting pricking pinching and all most Choaking me to death for if
she did but look upon me she would strik me down or allmost
Choak me to death also on the day of hir Examination I saw martha
Carrier most greviously torment and afflect mercy lewes Elizabeth
Hubburd abigail williams and ann putnam jun'r by most dreadfully
pricking and claping hir hand on their throats and allmost choaking
them to death and with such cruell tortors as no toung can Express:
that had not the Hon'rd Majestrats Command hir to be bound fast
#[heart I beleve] she would have quickly kild sum of us: and I
beleve in my heart that Martha carrier is a most dreadfull wicth and
that she hath tormented me and the parsons affore named by hir
acts of wicthcraf
Mary Walcot: owned: to: the Jury of inquest that the above written
evidence: is the truth. upon the oath she hath taken: July 1: 1692

Jurat in Curia
( Massachusetts Historical Society )

(Thomas Putnam and John Putnam, Jr. v. Martha Carrier)
The Deposistion of Thomas putnam agged 40 years and Jno putnam
aged 36 years -- who testifie and saith that we haveing ben conversant
with divers of the afflected parsons as namely mary walcott mercy
lewes Abigail williams Eliz. Hubburt and Ann putnam and we have
seen tham often most greviously tormented by biting pinching and
being almost Choak to death often Complaining of one goody
Carrier for hirting them: but on the 31: may 1692 being the day of
the Examination of martha Carrier the afforementioned parsons
ware most dreadfully tormented dureing the time of hir examination
that had not the Hon'd Majestrats commanded hir to be
bound we ware redy to think she would quickly have kiled sum of
them: also severall times sence we have seen the affore mentioned
most dreadfully affleted and tormented as if all their bones would
have been disjoyned or [their] bodyes twisted all to peces com-
plaining most dreadfully of Martha Carrier for hurting them and we
beleve in our hearts that Martha Carrier the prizsoner att the barr
has most dreadfully tormented and most greviously afflected the
affore mentioned parsons by acts of wicthcraft

*Thomas putnam
*Jno putnam

Jurat in Curia
(Massachusetts Historical Society)

(Andrew Foster v. Martha Carrier, Mary Toothaker, and -- Toothaker)
The tistimony of Andrew foster aged about 55 who saith that some
time Last may I being at the hous of Thomas Carrier I was saieing
that I hard that when Timothy oosgood and his Brother Samuell
want to Salam the other day thay goeing to Let Engerson one of the
afflicted maides lucked out and asked what thay brought them three
woman behind them fore thay asked what woman the maid sayd
Goodwife Carrier goodwife Touthacor and hir dughter and thay goe-
ing into Engerson hous thay askeed the maide where goodwife car-
rier was shee Answared thar shee sits by you upon the table upon
which the maide had a fitt: which #[almost] twisted her nick
almost round of. then goodwife carrier Answared no it is no matter
if hir nicke had ben quite of if shee sayd I was thiere

Jurat in Curia
(Massachusetts Historical Society)

Richard Carrier
( See also: Mary Lacey, Jr. -- Examination .)

(Warrant for Arrest of Richard Carrier and Andrew Carrier)

To the Sherriffe of the County of Essex or Deputy or Constable
of Andover You are in their Majesties names hereby required to
Apprehend and forthwith bring before us Richard Carrier and
Andrew Carrier Son of Thomas Carier of Andivor Husband-
man who Stands charged on behalfe of their Majesties with have-
ing Comitted Sundry acts of wichcraft on the body of Mary
Warren of Salem &c & that in order to his Examination relating
to the abovesaid premisses and hereof Faile not & you are like-
wise to inquire after & make Serch for any paper or popetts.
that may relate to witchcraft.

*Bartho' Gedney
*John Hathorn
*Jonathan. Corwin
*John Higginson
Jus's Peace

Dated in Salem 21 July 1692 in obedience to this warrant I have
sessed the body of richard carier and andrew carier and have brought them
to the house of Mr Thomas [Beadle]:

By me
*John Ballard
Constable in Andover

( Boston Public Library -- Dept. of Rare Books and Manuscripts )

(Examination of Richard Carrier)

Richard Carriers: Confession July 22: 1692
Q. have you bin in the devils snare
A: yes.
Q. is yo'r bro: Andrew ensnared by the devils snare:
A Yes how long has yo'r brother bin a witch:
A: not long:
Q. have you joined in aflicting the aflicted persons:
A: Yes:
Q. you help't to hurt: Timo: Swan: did you
A yes.
Q. how long have you bin a wich:
A. abo't five weeks
Q. who was in Company when you Covnanted with the devill:
A. Mrs Bradbery
Q. did she help you afflict:
A. yes:
Q. what was the ocasion:
A. mrs Bradbery would have to afflict Timo. Swan because her husband & Timo
Swan fell out about a scyth: I think:
Q. did they not fall out about thaching of a barn: to
A. no not as I know of
Q. who was att the Villadge meeting when you was there.
A. A goodwife How: goodwife Nurs g wildes, Procter: & his
wife mrs Bradbery: & Gorys wife:
Q. was any of Boston there
A no:
Q how many was there in all:
A: a duzzen I think:
Q. was Jno Willard there
A. I think he was:
Q. what kind of man is Jno willard: a young man or an old man
A. he is not an old man: he had black hair
Q. what meeting was this meeting: was this: that: that was near: Ingersals:
A.Yes I think
Q. what did they do then.
A. they eat & they drank wine:
Q. was there: a minister. there
A. no: not as I know of:
Q. whence had you your wine:
A. from Salem I think was from Q. goodwife Olliver there: yes I knew her

( Essex County Archives Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 53 )

(Indictment v. Richard Carrier)

Province of the Massatutchetts Bay in New England Essex Anno RR's &
Reginae Gulielmi & Mariae Angliae &c Quarto Annoq'e Dom 1692

The Jurors for our Sov'r Lord & Lady the King & Queen Presents
That Richard Carier of Andvor in the County of Essex Son of
Andrew Carier of Andivor aforesaid Husbandman Sometime in the
month of June in the Yeare 1692 aforesaid -- And Divers other
Dayes and times as well before as after Certaine Detestable Arts
called Witchcrafts & Sorceries Wickedly Mallishiously & felloniously
hath Used Practised and Excercised at & in the Towne of Andivor in
the County of Essex afores'd upon & against one Timothy Swann --
the Day and year afores'd and Divers other Dayes and times as well
before as after, was and is Tortured Afflicted Tormented Consumed
Pined and wasted against the Peace of our Sovereigne Lord and Lady
the King & Queen their Crowne & Dignity and the Lawes in that Case
made and Provided
(Reverse)
Richard Carryer for Afflicting Timothy Swan
Billa vera *Richard Payne foreman
( Mass. Archives. Vol. 135 No. 163 )

Sarah Carrier
( See also: Stephen Johnson -- Recognizance .)

(Examination of Sarah Carrier)

The Examination of Sarah Carrier Taken before Dudly Broad-
steat Sarah Carrier being accused of witchcraft Confeseth as fol-
loweth that she hath been a witch Ever Since She was Six years Old
that her Moth'r brought a red book to her and She touched it that
her Moth'r Baptiz'd her in Andrew fostters pauster the day before
She went to prison & that her Moth'r promised her she should
not be hanged that her Mother taught her how to afflicte persons
by pinching them or Setting on them that She began to afflict Sarah
Phelps last Satterdy & that Betty Johnson was w'th her that her
Moth'r gave her a Spear last Night & that She pricked Sarah Phelps
& Ann Puttnam w'th it.
(On side of paper) Sarah Carrier
( Miscellaneous Papers -- Essex Institute, Salem No. 5 )

(Examination of Sarah Carrier.)
Aug. the 11th, 1696. [1692]

It was asked Sarah Carrier by the Magistrates or Justices John
Hawthorne Esq; and others:
Q. How long hast thou been a witch?
A. Ever since I was six years old.
Q. How old are you now?
A. Near eight years old, brother Richard says, I shall be eight years old in
November next.
Q. Who made you a witch?
A. My mother, she made me set my hand to a book.
Q. How did you set your hand to it?
A. I touched it with my fingers and the book was red, the paper
of it was white. She said she never had seen the black man; the place
where she did it was in Andrew Foster's pasture and Elizabeth John-
son junr. was there. Being asked who was there beside, she answered
her Aunt Toothaker and her cousin. Being asked when it was, she
said, when she was baptized.
Q. What did they promise to give you?
A. A black dog.
Q. Did the dog ever come to you?
A. No.
Q. But you said you saw a cat once. What did that say to you?
A. It said it would tear me in pieces if I would not set my hand to the book.
She said her mother baptized her, and the devil or black man was
not there, as she saw, and her mother said when she baptized her,
thou are mine for ever and ever and amen.
Q. How did you afflict folks?
A. I pinched them, and she said she had no puppets, but
she went to them that she afflicted. Being asked whether she went in
her body or her spirit, she said in her spirit. She said her mother
carried her thither to afflict.
Q. How did your mother carry you
when she was in prison?
A. She came like a black cat.
Q. How did you know that it was your mother?
A. The cat told me so that she was my mother. She said she
afflicted Phelp's child last saturday, and Elizabeth Johnson joined
with her to do it. She had a wooden spear, about as long as her finger,
of Elizabeth Johnson, and she had it of the devil. She would not own
that she had ever been at the witch meeting at the village.
This is the substance.

Attest. Simon Willard.

(Hutchinson, History of Massachusetts -- Bay, II, 34.)

Thomas Carrier Jr.

(Examination of Thomas Carrier, Jr.)

The Examination of Tho. Carrier Taken before Dudly Broad-
stret Esq'r on of their Majesties Justices of the Peace --
Tho.Carr'r being acused of witchcraft Conffeseth that he was
guilty of witchcraft & that he had been a witch a week & that his
Mother taught him witchcraft --
That a Yellow bird apeared to him & Spoke to him w'ch She
being affrighted his Mother apeared to him & brought him a book
& bid him Sett his hand to it telling him it would doe him good if he
did Soe & that She would tear him in peices if he would not --
That his Mother baptized him in ShawShin River pulled of his
Cloths & put him into the River & that his Mother then told him he
was hers for Ever. That his Moth'r bid him afflict Mary Walkutt Ann
Puttman & Sarah Phelps -- And that he went the 9'th Instant at
night to Jno Chandlers, that their were 10 in Company w'th him who
rid upon 2 Poles that there were 3 men in the Company & 2 of the
woeman belonged to Ispwich whose names ware Mary & Sarah
& that he Saw Betty Johnson in the Company & Conffesed that he did
the 9'th Instant at night afflict Sarah Phelps & Ann Puttnam by
pinching them. --
(In left margin) Thos Carrier
( Miscellaneous Papers -- Essex Institute, Salem No. 4 )

Bethia Carter, Sr.
( See also: Ann Sears -- Warrant .)

(Recognizance for Bethia Carter, Sr.)
(Case of Bethya Carter -- Witchcraft -- 8 Dec. 1692 ) Memorandum.

That on the 8'th. Day of Decemb'r 1692 in the fowert Year of
the Reign of our Soveraign Lord & Lady William & Mary by the
Grace of God of England &c King & Queen Defenders of the faith
personally Appeared before us James Russell & Sam'll Heman Esq'r
of their Majests Councill & province of the Massachusets Bay in New
England & Justices of Peace within the Same John Pierson & George
Lylly of Lin in the County of Essex husbandman, And acknowledged
themselves & Each of them to be indebted unto our Said Lord
& Lady the King & Queen & the Survivor of them their Heires & Suc-
cessors in the Some of (two hundred pounds to be leavied on their
or Either of their goods or Chattels Lands or Tennements for the
use of our Said Lord & Lady the King & Queen or Survivor of them
if Default be made in the pformanceof the Condition under-written --
The Condition of the Above Recognizance is Such that where as
Bethya Carter of Wooburn Widdow in the County of Middlesex
Stands Charged with Suspition of the horrible Sin of witchcraft
& was Committed to Goale for the same; If therefore the Aforesaid
Bethya Carter who is Suspected as Abovs'd, Shall make her personall
Appearance before the Justices of our Said Lord & Lady the King
& Queen at the Next Court of Assize Oyer & Terminer & Generall
Goall delivery to be holden for & within the County of Middle-
sex . Afores'd to Answere what Shall be objected against her in their
Majests behalf refering to Witchcraft & to do & receive that w'ch by
Said Court shall be then & there injoned her & not depart without
licence then the Above Recognizance to be void or elce to remain in
full force & virtue Capt & Recognit Die prediet Cor.

*Ja: Russell JP:
*Samuell Hayman

(Reverse)
Bethya Carter, Recognizance appear at Middlesex Ct.

(Suffolk Court Records Case No. 2697 Page 22)

Elizabeth Cary

(Complaint v. Elizabeth Cary) Salem, May 28'th 1692.

Mr. Thomas. puttnam & Benjamin Hutchinson both of Salem Vilage
Yeomen Complaine of Elizabeth Ca[rey] the wife of Capt Nathaniell
Cary of Charls-Towne Ma[ri]ner, on behalfe of theyr Majestyes, for
Sundry Acts of Witch craft by hir Comitted upon the Bodys of
M[ary] Walcott, Abigall. Willyams & Mercy Lewis all of Sa[lem] Vil-
lage , whereby great hurt & damage is done them and therefore Crave
Justice
( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 52 )

(Nathaniel Cary's Account of his Wife's Examination)

I having heard some days, that my Wife was accused of Witch-
craft , being much disturbed at it, by advice, we went to Salem-
Village , to see if the afflicted did know her; we arrived there, 24
May, it happened to be a day appointed for Examination; accord-
ingly soon after our arrival, Mr. Hathorn and Mr. Curwin, etc., went
to the Meeting-house, which was the place appointed for that Work,
the Minister began with Prayer, and having taken care to get a
convenient place, I observed, that the afflicted were two Girls of
about Ten Years old, and about two or three other, of about eight-
een , one of the Girls talked most, and could discern more than the
rest. The Prisoners were called in one by one, and as they came in
were cried out of, etc. The Prisoner was placed about 7 or 8 foot
from the Justices, and the Accusers between the Justices and them;
the Prisoner was ordered to stand right before the Justices, with an
Officer appointed to hold each hand, least they should therewith
afflict them, and the Prisoners Eyes must be constantly on the Jus-
tices ; for if they look'd on the afflicted, they would either fall into
their Fits, or cry out of being hurt by them; after Examination of
the Prisoners, who it was afflicted these Girls, etc., they were put
upon saying the Lords Prayer, as a tryal of their guilt; after the
afflicted seem'd to be out of their Fits, they would look steadfastly
on some one person, and frequently not speak; and then the Justices
said they were struck dumb, and after a little time would speak again;
then the Justices said to the Accusers, "which of you will go and
touch the Prisoner at the Bar?" then the most couragious would ad-
venture , but before they had made three steps would ordinarily fall
down as in a Fit; the Justices ordered that they should be taken up
and carried to the Prisoner, that she might touch them; and as soon
as they were touched by the accused, the Justices would say, they are
well, before I could discern any alteration; by which I observed that
the Justices understood the manner of it. Thus far I was only as
a Spectator, my Wife also was there part of the time, but no notice
taken of her by the afflicted, except once or twice they came to her
and asked her name.
But I having an opportunity to Discourse Mr. Hale (with whom
I had formerly acquaintance) I took his advice, what I had best to
do, and desired of him that I might have an opportunity to speak
with her that accused my Wife; which he promised should be, I
acquainting him that I reposed my trust in him.
Accordingly he came to me after the Examination was over,
and told me I had now an opportunity to speak with the said Accuser,
viz . Abigail Williams, a Girl of 11 or 12 Years old; but that we could
not be in private at Mr. Parris's House, as he had promised me; we
went therefore into the Alehouse, where an Indian Man attended us,
who it seems was one of the afflicted: to him we gave some Cyder,
he shewed several Scars, that seemed as if they had been long there,
and shewed them as done by Witchcraft, and acquainted us that his
Wife, who also was a Slave, was imprison'd for Witchcraft. And now
instead of one Accuser, they all came in, who began to tumble down
like Swine, and then three Women were called in to attend them.
We in the Room were all at a stand, to see who they would cry
out of; but in a short time they cried out, Cary; and immediately
after a Warrant was sent from the Justices to bring my Wife before
them, who were sitting in a Chamber near by, waiting for this.
Being brought before the Justices, her chief accusers were two
Girls; my Wife declared to the Justices, that she never had any knowl-
edge of them before that day; she was forced to stand with her
Arms stretched out. I did request that I might hold one of her
hands, but it was denied me; then she desired me to wipe the Tears
from her Eyes, and the Sweat from her Face, which I did; then she
desired she might lean her self on me, saying, she should faint.
Justice Hathorn replied, she had strength enough to torment
those persons, and she should have strength enough to stand. I
speaking something against their cruel proceedings, they commanded
me to be silent, or else I should be turned out of the Room. The
Indian before mentioned, was also brought in, to be one of her
Accusers: being come in, he now (when before the Justices) fell
down and tumbled about like a Hog, but said nothing. The Justices
asked the Girls, who afflicted the Indian? they answered she ( mean-
ing my Wife) and now lay upon him; the Justices ordered her to touch
him, in order to his cure, but her head must be turned another way,
least instead of curing, she should make him worse, by her looking on
him, her hand being guided to take hold of his; but the Indian took
hold on her hand, and pulled her down on the Floor, in a barbarous
manner; then his hand was taken off, and her hand put on his, and
the cure was quickly wrought. I being extreamly troubled at their
Inhumane dealings, uttered a hasty Speech (That God would take
vengeance on them, and desired that God would deliver us out of the
hands of unmerciful men.) Then her Mittimus was writ. I did with
difficulty and charge obtain the liberty of a Room, but no Beds in it;
if there had, could have taken but little rest that Night. She was
committed to Boston Prison; but I obtained a Habeas Corpus to
remove her to Cambridge Prison, which is in our County of Middle-
sex . Having been there one Night, next Morning the Jaylor put
Irons on her legs (having received such a command) the weight of
them was about eight pounds; these Irons and her other Afflictions,
soon brought her into Convulsion Fits, so that I thought she would
have died that Night. I sent to intreat that the Irons might be taken
off, but all intreaties were in vain, if it would have saved her Life,
so that in this condition she must continue. The Tryals at Salem
coming on, I went thither, to see how things were there managed;
and finding that the Spectre-Evidence was there received, together
with Idle, if not malicious Stories, against Peoples Lives, I did easily
perceive which way the rest would go; for the same Evidence that
served for one, would serve for all the rest. I acquainted her with her
danger; and that if she were carried to Salem to be tried, I feared she
would never return. I did my utmost that she might have her Tryal
in our own County, I with several others Petitioning the Judge for
it, and were put in hopes of it; but I soon saw so much, that I under-
stood thereby it was not intended, which put me upon consulting
the means of her escape; which thro the goodness of God was ef-
fected , and she got to Road Island, but soon found her self not safe
when there, by reason of the pursuit after her; from thence she
went to New-York, along with some others that had escaped their
cruel hands; where we found his Excellency Benjamin Fletcher,
Esq; Governour, who was very courteous to us. After this some of
my Goods were seized in a Friends hands, with whom I had left them,
and my self imprisoned by the Sheriff, and kept in Custody half a
day, and then dismist; but to speak of their usage of the Prisoners,
and their Inhumanity shewn to them, at the time of their Execution,
no sober Christian could bear; they had also tryals of cruel mockings;
which is the more, considering what a People for Religion, I mean
the profession of it, we have been; those that suffered being many of
them Church-Members, and most of them unspotted in their Con-
versation , till their Adversary the Devil took up this Method for
accusing them.

Per Nathaniel Cary.

( Robert Calef, More Wonders of the Invisible World [London 1700] as excerpted
in Burr, ed., Narratives of the Witchcraft Cases, pp. 350-352 .)

Sarah Churchill

(Confession of Sarah Churchill)

Sarah Churchwell confesseth that Goody pudeator brought the
book to this Examin't and she signed it, but did not know her at
that tyme but when she saw her she knew her to be the same and
that Goody Bishop als Olliver appeared to this Examinant & told her
she had killed John Trask's Child, (whose Child dyed about that
tyme) & said Bishop als Olliver afflicted her as alsoe did old George
Jacobs, and before that time this Examin't being afflicted could not
doe her service as formerly and her s'd Master Jacobs called her bitch
witch & ill names & then afflicted her as #[before] above and that
pudEater brought 3: Images like Mercy Lewis, Ann putnam, Eliza'
Hubbard & they brought her thornes & she stuck them in the Images
& told her the persons whose likeness they were, would be afflicted
& the other day saw Goody Olliver [sitt] sate upon her knee,

Jurat in Curia by Sarah Churchill

This Confession was taken before John Hathorne and Jonathan
Corwin Esq'rs l'o Juny 1692, as attests

*Tho Newton

(Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 Page 110)

(Sarah Ingersoll for Sarah Churchill)

The diposition of Sarah Ingelson Aged about 30 yers: saith that
seing Sarah Church after hur exsamination She came to me Crieng
and wringing hur hands seming to be mutch trobeled in Sparet I
asked hur what she ailed she answered she had undon hur self I asked
hur in what she saied in belieng hur salfe and others in saieing she
had seat hur hand to the divells Book whairas she saied she naver did
I told her I beleved she had saet hur hand to the Book she answered
Crieng and said no no no: I naver, I naver did I asked then what had
maed hur say she did she answered because they thratened hur: and
told hur thay would put her in to the dongin and put hur along with
mr Borows and thus saverall times she folowed one up and downe
tealing me that she had undon hursalfe in be lieng hur salf and others
I asked hur why she did writ it she tould me be Cause she had stood
out so long in it that now she darst not she saied allso that If she told
mr Noys but ons she had sat hur hand to the Book he would be leve
her but If she told the truth and saied she had not seat her hand to
the Book a hundred times he would not beleve hur:

Sarah Ingrsol
*Ann A. AndRuSle

(Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 54)

Mary Clarke

(Complaint of Robert Swan and John Swan v. Mary Clarke)

The Complaint of Roburt swane and John swane of Andevor against
Mary Clarke the wife of Edward Clarke of Haverhill: In behalf of
Their Majesties: for themselves and severall of their neighbors: for
High suspition of sundry acts of witchcraft by hir oftly commited on
the bodys of Timothy [swwane] of Andevor and Mary Walcott and
Ann Putnam of Salem village wherby much hurt hath ben don the
afore said afflicted persons and theirfore they crave justis

*Robert Swan

This Complaint was brought to me (by Robert Swan of Andov'r)
the 3'd day of August Anno Domini 1692:
& bond given for the prossecution thereof before, the Worship'l justices
of Peace att salem: upon which I gave, a writt of Apprehension:

*Dudley Bradstreet Just's Peace

( Boston Public Library -- Dept. of Rare Books and Manuscripts )

(Examination of Mary Clark) 4't Agust 1692.

The Examination of Mary Clark . of. Haverhill Taken before. Jno
Hauthorn Esq'r and other their majesties justices of the peace. The
accused mary Clark being called, it was enquyred of Mary walcot if
ever Clark had afflicted her, she answered yes, that is the very woman,
and upon mary Clarks #[afflicting Of] Lookeing upon walcott
and others of the afflicted they wer. str[u]ck into fitts. -- The
Justices haveing used severall arguments (for the good of her soul) to
confess if she knew her self, guilty , she absolutely denyed And then
the constable of #[Andover] Haverhill was called, and being asked
of what fame & reputation mary Clark was off; He answered they
had [had] heard #[guilty] she was or had been guilty of such things,
but as to anything in particular he could not say. The justices. asked
mary walcot if she wer not mistaken in this woman.
Walcot answered this is the very woman I saw afflict Timothy swan,
and she has aflicted me severall tymes and after a fitt she was then
Imediatly in, she said she saw the above mary Clark afflict Betty
hubbard & Ann putnam The said mary Clark Lookeing upon Wal-
cott , hubbard putnam, warrin, they wer in fitts.
Mary walcott haveing a pinn runinto her arme suddenly: said that
mary Clark did it, At the same tyme mary warrin had a pinn run
into her throat under her chin which Mr Noice took out, Susanna
Shelden upon s'd examination had 4 pinns taken out, of her hand
sayeing that s'd Clark putin two of them & Mr usher the other two.
Richard Carryer a former confessor said he beleeved he saw the
s'd mary Clark with some others and himself baptised at Newburry
falls. Betty hubbard was struck down by her lookeing upon her It
was asked if she could say the lords prayer perfectly she erred much.
Ann putnam said that s'd Clark had afflicted her by pincheing choak-
eing & stricking her in the face, & told her, that her name was
Mistriss Mary Clark, but that people used to call her goody Clark.
Ann putnam said further that She saw the s'd Clark stabb Timothy
Swan with a square ragged Speare as long as her hand
(Reverse) and being asked why she called it a Ragged speare, she
said #[it] because it was ragged like a file.
Mary post said she saw this mary Clarke Spirit at the village witch
meeting & that she did eat & drink There as the rest did And fur-
ther she has seen the s'd Mary Clark afflict Timothy Swan/ I under-
written being appoynted by authority to take the within examin-
tion in wryting Doe testify upon oath taken in court, that this is a
true copy of the substance of it, to the best of my knowledge.
(Vertically in right margin)

Mary Clarks Examinan

( New York Public Library -- Manuscripts and Archives Division )

Rachel Clenton

(Warrant for Arrest of Rachel Clenton)

To the Constable of Ipswich --

Whereas There is Complaint Exhibbitted to the Honored Court now
holden at Ipswich
In Behalfe of their majesties. against Rachell -- Formerly the Wife of
Lawrence Clenton of Ipswich on grounded Suspision of witchcraft,
& whereas Recognizance is Enterd, for prosecution --
You are hereby Required in their Majesties names forthwith or as
soon as may be to apprehend seize & bringe before the Honored
Court to be holden at Ipswich the sayd Rachell Clenton on the next
morrow morning at Eight a Clock In order to an orderly Examina-
tion , & Conviction & hereof fail not at Your perrill & for so doing
this shall be your warrant of which you are to make a true returne
as the Law derects:

Ipswich March 29'th 1692)

P Curiam
*Tho's Wade Cler

( Suffolk Court Records Case No. 2660 Page 140 )

(Summons of Witnesses v. Rachel Clenton)

To the Constable of Ipswich

You are hereby required In their Majesties names to Sumons
warne & Require to appeare at the Court to be holden at Ipswich on the
morrow morning Viz't Mary Fuller sen'r & Mary fuller Junior
& Allexsander Thomson jur & Richard fitts & Doct: John Bridgham
& Thomas Maning & Nathaniel Burnam all of Ipswich & Thomas
Knowlton jur & Mary Thorne To Give in their severall Evidences be-
fore the Court to Cleare up the Grounds of Suspition of Rachell
Clenton Being a Witch & hereof faile not at Your perrill but make
a true returne under Your hand as the Law Directs --

P. Curiam
*Thos Wade Cler.

I have served this warrant and read it to Rechell Clinton: this morning:
and sezed hur Body: and Left hur in the hands of Samuell
Ordeway: [to] have in the Court house Against your honoures shall
Call for hur and I have Red the severeall warrants one the other
sid written this morning save only Richard fitts and Mary Thorne
and Richard fitts I could not find and Mary Thorne is not well: as
witness my hand

*Joseph Fuller,
Constable of Ipswich:

Dated this 29'th March 1692

( Suffolk Court Records Case No. 2660 Page No. 140 )

(Mary Fuller, Sr., v. Rachel Clenton)

The Deposition of Mary fuller sen'or Aged About 41 years Saieth
About the 23 or fouorth of Last March: 1691/2 About Tenn of the
Clock Rachell Clenton cam to our house and Charged me with
Raisen Lies of hur About my Daughter and Mary Thorne and whille
she S'd Rachell was drawing: my Brother Joseph Fuller's boy Com in
and said their Betty was fall Downe Ded and this was as shee S'd
Rechell pased by: hur: A comming to our house and further Run up
to my Brothers Joseph Fullers house for the space of Three hours
with out any [motission] of Life. spoke I Get hur hold up hur hand
If S'd Rachell was the caus of it and shee ded: and when shee could
Speke shee S'd The womman with A white cape pased by and
struck hur on the forehead:
(Suffolk Court Records Case No. 2660 Page No. 141)

(Thomas Boarman v. Rachel Clenton)

This Deposition of Thomas Boarman sen'or aged 47 This Deponent
testifieth and saith that som wimen of worth and quality: Desired
me To Aquaint the seven men that Rachell Clinton was a great Diss-
turber unto them in the house in hunching them with hur Elboo: as
they went by hur s'd Clinton, and then the same Day ther I the
s'd Boarman: Desired the seven men to take som Cear the Rachell
Clenton: might be for warned: not to com in to Thoes wimens house,
no more to Dissturbe them, and as I the s'd Boarman was Riding
whom: that night after I had bin, Before me Like a Cat as I Apper-
prehended : and then I looked wistfully upon it; and it Semed to be
sumething Like a Littell Doge: and then I pursued it: and it Kept
the same Distance in the parth before me: all though I Road heard
after it I could not over take it, then I looked once [to] my right
hand: and I saw a Grat Turkle that moved as fast as I Roud a Long:
and Then I thought of Rachell Clinton then the Littell Creature and
the Turkle vanished away: and further saith not.
(Suffolk Court Records Case No. 2660 Page 140)

(William Baker v. Rachel Clenton)

The Deposion of William Baker Aged 36 years Saith: About 10 years
Agoo: I living with my Master Rust: There was a Barrill of strong
beer brewed & the Day it was Brewed Rachell Clinton came there,
& was with sum small Thing: But what it was I can not tell: & the Day
morning the Bere was put in to the Berrill: & that day said Rachell
went bakwords and forrowords, 6 or 7 times: up & Dow the lane
that Leds to our house & Did not com in to the house that Day:
& that night following: hannah Rust: went Downe to see whether the
Bere worked or no: & Puld out the tape & could find no Bere in
the Barrel: neither was there any appearance of wet upon the flouer:
and presently after we fild the Barril with worter and it was in a
night and Day and Did not Leke any of it out as we could see And
after that we our folke Brued another Barrel of Bere and put it in
the sam Barrill & it Did not Leke tall after that And further Saieth
not:
(Suffolk Court Records Case No. 2660 Page No. 141)

(Mary Edwards v. Rachel Clenton) Ipswich April the 4'th 1692

The testimony of Mary Edwards ageed about 52 yeres testifieth
& Saith that abought the 27'th day: of: this Last Dissember 1691 that
Rachell CLenton came to our houes & was very importinat with me
the s'd Mary: to have Rome in our house to kepe share but I tould:
har the s'd Rachell that there were no wages: provided to acommedat
har tharfore she -- must Rest har seat contented:)& at: this time: I
the s'd Mary was mackeing of BLood pudens: and she the above
s'd Rachell siting by the fier) by: her discorse had a great dissire to
have sum of that pudens: saying that it was very good foode:
& that she loved it very: well: so I the s'd mary gave: her: the s'd
Rachell one of the pudens: the which she Reseaved vary: sCornfully:
& quickly after rose up: out of her seate & went a way: muttering
but what she said I coulld not tell: but about the Latter end of Jin-
nywary : the s'd Edwards: had nine pigges: that ware a bout eight
weckes oulld that ware: tacken suddenly: five of them: &: died
& a bout a fortnight after that the s'd Edwards: had thre: yerelings
tacken sudently that semed to be very harty: & was: in good: Case:
but sudenly was tacken with unusuall fittes: Jumping & Roreing till
thay tumbled downe with in a Littell tim after one a nother) as: to:
the Latter part of this testymony Releating to the death of my pigges:
& yearings I can attest two

John s edwards, sen'r his mark::

& furthermore mary: edwards: heard sum of her Children aske the s'd
Reachell how har hands ceame so: be Scracht: & swelled so & she:
made: This answar & said that she: had two or thre: Roges: catts:
that when she put downe her hand would scratch it:

(Boston Public Library -- Dept. of Rare Books and Manuscripts)

(James Fuller, Jr., v. Rachel Clenton)

The deposition of Jeams Fuller Junier aged about eighteen years
saith that on the 15'th Day of march Last: 1692 or there a bouts:
as to the Day: A bout 9 or 10: of the Clock: I was talking with Good-
man Perry & telling him how the s'd mary Fuller my sister & Mary
Thorn wer taken last night: & in the mene while, whilst he and I was
talking Rachell Clinton Cam in to our house & sat Downe by the fier
I asked hur what shee came bother for at this time of night, & shee
said shee Came to see what Lies them were that we raisd of hur
& I tould hur I Ded not know as I had Raisd Eny of hur: Presently
my onkles Boy Cam in & told me that ther Betty was Ded, and as
soon as Ever she s'd Rachall Herd them words: she run out of Dors:
and I followed hur as herd as I could & when I Came to the Dore I
could see nothing of hur: & it was a very Cler mone light night & I
Run up to my onkles: Joseph fullers House: to see what the matter
was: & ther I found the Gerle Dede as the boys told me; & s'd onkl
fuller & I took hur up & Carried hur in the house & so shee conti-
nued for the space of 3 or 4 hours: before ther was any Apperance
of Life in hur; & the next Day I asked hur whoe mad hur so Last
night & she told me: She See Sumthing stare up at the Corner of
the [Stope] & Shee went a little way towards it & it Loced So Basly
she turned A bout to Run a way from it & it followed her & Knocked
hur Down
(Boston Public Library -- Dept. of Rare Books and Manuscripts)

Sarah Cloyce
( See also: Elizabeth Proctor -- Complaint, Warrant, Examination, Mittimus;
Martha Corey -- Mittimus; Mary Easty -- Petition of Mary Easty and Sarah Cloyce.)

(Indictment v. Sarah Cloyce, No. 1)

Essex in the Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England
Anno RR's & Reginae & Mariae Angliae &c Quarto Annoq'e Domini 1692.

The Jurors for our Soveraigne Lord & Lady the King and Queen
doe present That Sarah Cloyce Wife of Peter Cloyce of Salem --
in the County of Essex Husbandman upon or about the n'th Day of
April -- In the yeare aforesaid and divers other Days and times as
well before as after Certaine Detestable Arts called Witchcraft and
Sorceries Wickedly Mallitiously and felloniously hath used practised
and Exercised At and in the Towne of Salem in the Country of
Essex -- aforesaid in upon and against one Abigail Williams of Salem --
aforesaid Single Woman -- by which said Wicked Acts the said Abi-
gaill Williams the Day & Yeare -- aforesaid and Divers other Days
and times both before and after was and is Tortured Aflicted Con-
sumed Wasted Pined and Tormented against the Peace of our Sov'r
Lord and Lady the King & Queen theire Crowne and Dignity and
The Law In that case made and Provided
(Reverse)
Ignoramus
Robert Payne
foreman
(Suffolk Court Records Case No. 2677 Page 7)

(Indictment v. Sarah Cloyce, No. 2)
Essex in the Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England
Anno RR's & Reginae Gulielmi & Mariae Angliae &c Quarto Annoq'e Domini 1692

The Juniors for our Sov'r Lord and Lady the King and Queen doe
present that Sarah Cloyce wife of Peter Cloyce of Salem -- In the
County of Essex In or upon the Eleventh Day of Aprill -- In the
yeare aforesaid and Divers other Days and times as well before as
after Certaine detestable arts called Withcrafts and Sorceries Wicked-
ly Mallitiously and felloniously hath used practised and Exercised At
and in the Towne of Salem -- aforesaid in the County of Essex --
aforesaid in and upon & against one Mary Walcott of Salem -- afore-
said Single Woman -- by which said Wicked acts the said Mary Wal-
cott -- the Day & yeare -- aforesaid and divors other Days and times
both before and after was and is Tortured Aflicted Consumed Wasted
Pined and Tormented, and also for Sundry other Acts of Witchcraft
by the said Sarah Cloyce -- Comitted and done before and since that
time against the Peace of our Sov'r Lord and Lady the King and
Queen theire Crowne and Dignity and the forme in the Stattute
In that case made and Provided
(Reverse)
Ignoramus.
*Robert Payne
foreman
(Suffolk Court Records Case No. 2677 Page No. 7)

(Indictment v. Sarah Cloyce, No. 3)

Essex in the Province of the Massachusetts bay in New England
ss// Anno RR's & Reginae Gulielmi & Mariae Angliae &c Quarto
Annoq'e Domini 1692

The Jurors for our Sover' Lord and Lady the King & Queen doe
present that Sarah Cloyce Wife of Peter Cloyce of Salem -- In the
County of Essex Husbandman -- In & upon the Ninth Day of the
Inst September -- In the yeare aforesaid and Divers other Days and
times as well before as after Certaine Detestable arts called Witchcraft
and Sorceries Wickedly Mallitiously and felloniously hath used
practised and Exercised At and in the Towne of Salem in the County
of Essex -- aforesaid in upon and against one Rebeckah Towne of
Topsfeild in the County of Essex aforesaid Single Woman -- by which
said Wicked Acts the said Rebeckah Towne the Day & yeare -- afore-
said and divers other Days and times both before and after was and
is Tortured Aflicted Consumed Pined Wasted and Tormented, and
also for sundry other acts of Witchcraft by the said Sarah Cloyce --
Comitted and done be fore and Since that time against the Peace of
our Sov'rn Lord and Lady the King & Queen theire Crowne and
Dignity and the forme of the Stattute In that case made and Provided.
(Reverse)
Ignoramus
*Robert Payne
foreman
(Suffolk Court Records Case No. 2677 Page 8)

Sarah Cole (of Lynn)
( See also: Lydia Dustin -- Mittimus )

(Complaint of Mary Brown v. Sarah Cole)

The Complaint Mary Browne of Reding Evidence against Sarah
Cole wife of John Cole of Lyn: Cooper // Complaineth folowth --
That the aboves'd Sarah Colle bodyly Appeared to mee and that In
her full shapp and person: both night and day: and hath threatened
me. sorely what Shee would do to me: hath come to my bedd Sid
[] & feel much Disturbing of me & puting me to grat paine both
strang and Unwonted Such pains as In all my Illness past have not
met w'th such pains: // and I must say I do think the s'd Sarah Colle
(Is by gods purmition) Is the Cauess of this my Illness and that By
acts of witchcraftes done & acted on my body & mind: This hath
been all maner and Custome for the most part of the later part of
september past: but I got some frinds to goe to speek to hur about
a week past: & since that time I have not seen her but Remaine
under the like Illness as before and beleive that she Is acting her part
to the [the] rouning of my family: as farr as god doth give Sow//
my self and children have often heard lik the throwing of stone
against the house and creatures crying like catts upon the Roffe of
the house but where running there, was like dogs or bigger creatures
for the [end of] the Ross Creke.

Reding The 1st of October 1692

*Mary Browne

These mey Certify that I Mary Browne with In named hev Desiered
Good man Benjemien Larrobe to Carey this my Compliant to Au-
thority // hoo will act according to their wisdom for my Relief://
My son being Ille At this time// and my selfe apoor and afflicted
person be

(Suffolk Court Records Case No. 2712 Page 49)

(Warrant for Arrest of Sarah Cole) Essex:

To the Constable of Lin
Complaint haveing ben made to us Bartho' Gidny and John Hig-
ginson Esq'rs. their majesties Justices of the Peace in Salem, by
Benja. Larobe of Lin in behalfe of Mary Browne of Reding widow
against Sarah Coale wife of John Coale of Lin. Cooper for that the
Said Sarah Coale hath Greatly & feloniously hurt the Said Mary
Browne by witchcraft to her great paine & damage & the Said Larobe
hath given in bond to procecut the Said Complaint to Effect. These
are therfore in their Majesties name to require you forthwith to
Aprehend & Seize the Body of Sarah Coale the wife of John Coale of
Lin Cooper & bring her before their Majesties Justices of the Peace
in Salem ther to be Examined & proced with according to Law dated
in Salem: 3 october 1692

*Bartho' Gedney
*John Higginson

(Reverse)
In obedience to this warrant [torn]
Seized the person w'thin [torn]
brought her before their [torn] Justices of the Peace herein [torn]
Octob'r 3: 1692 The Mark of [torn] Consta [torn]

(Boston Public Library -- Dept. of Rare Books and Manuscripts)

(Complaint and Recognizance of Benjamin Larobe) Reeding
1st of october 1692
*Mary Browne

Benja Larobe Enters the within Complaint w'th their Majesties
Justices of Salem in behalfe of the said Mary Browne of Reding
widow

The Mark of Benja' Larobe: 3: October 1692

Benja' Larobe. of Lin in the County of Essex obligeth him selfe to
our Soveraines Wm & Mary King & Queen of Engld & in the full
& whole Sum of one hundred pounds Currant mony of New England.
The Condition is that wheras the Said Larobe hath Entred a Com-
plaint w'th their Maj's Justices of the Peace at Salem in Behalf of
Mary Browne of Reding widow against Sarah Coale wife of John
Coale of Lin for that she hath Sorly hurt the said Mary Browne by
witch craft, &c: that he the Said Larobe will & Shall procecut the
Said Complaint to Effect as the law directs

The Marke of Benja' Larobe, 3 October 1692

This recognizance was taken before me

*John Higginson Justye

(Suffolk Court Records Case No. 2712 Page 49)

(Examination of Sarah Cole)

The Examination of Sarah Cole of Lynne Octob'r -- 3 -- 1692
She saith that the same night Capt Osgoods wife was examined She
saw Eliz: Colston & Abraham Coles wife come into her house person-
ally to her apprehension and Jno Wilkinsons wife of Malden & one
of her sisters & a little Girle she did not know; about 10 years old
one of them had a piece of board w'th. nails in it thro the board at
the end about a foot long as broad as her hand, That one of her
children was sorely afflected at that time, and s'd one of them did
strike her on the head w'th s'd board. They seemed to turn side
ways and so were gone w'ch was about midnight -- The child was
afflicted till Abr. Coles wife was take up. The beginning of the af-
fliction in our family was upon a fast Day about a month agoe Abrah.
Coles wife was at my house She Commended my children much for
pretty children & they w'r both taken sick my boy & girle, the
Girle s'd she saw A. Coles wife afflict her severall times, had pins
thrust into her, was bit & scratched had a blow on her nose w'ch
caused her [to] nose to run Down w'th blood the last fit my child
had and Complained of her Aunt Cole was when s'd A. Coles wife
was brought to Salem
One night being in bed I was sorely afflicted and saw a ball of fire I
arose to see w't was the matter before I got a light it went away --
the last thing I saw was a Dog w'ch I went to strike w'th a spade and
was beat down my self this was about a week ago The Dog went out
at a crack: in the side of the house --
Mary Warren being afflicted was brought to Goody Coale & w'th her
touch was recovered. & looked on her twice & struck her downe
& recovered her w'th her hand Mary Warren said that she had sen this
Coale many times with Goody Hart & another wo. & that she had
not afflicted her till this night; & said that a woman that said her
name was baites & a Child both stoad up before her & beged for
Vengance, Coale owned that she & some others toyed w'th a Venus
glase & an Egg. what trade their sweet harts should be of

3[rd] Oct'r 1692 before

*John Higginson Just. Peace

(Suffolk Court Records Case No. 2712 Page 49)

(Summons for Witnesses)

To the Constable of Lin

you are required in their Majesties name to Sumon Maj'r Swain Mary
Browne Elizabeth Welman John Coale Benja' Larobe & the wife of
Dan'el Eaton that they & Every of them doe forthwith apeare before
their majesties Justices of the Peace in Salem their to give in their
testimony of what they know against Sarah Coale wife of John Coale
who is complained of for comitting Severall acts of witchcraft upon
the body of Mary Browne of Reding widow &c: & hereof make
returne faile not

dated in Salem 3. oct'r 1692

*Bartho Gedney
*John Higginson
Justices Peace

(Boston Public Library -- Dept. of Rare Books and Manuscripts)

(Indictment v. Sarah Cole)

Province of the Massachusetts Bay in new England ss//
At a Superior Court of Judicature held at Charlston for the County of
Midlesex the 31 of January 1692/3 Annoq'e RR's & Reginae Gulielmi
& Mariae Angliae &ca Quarto

The Jurors for our Sovereigne lord and lady the King and Queen
Present That
Sarah Cole Wife of John Cole of Lynn in the County of Essex
Coop[er] On or about the twenty-sixt day of Sept'r In the yeare
1692 aforesaid and Divers other Days and times as well before as
after, Certaine Detestable Arts called Witchcrafts and Sorceries
Wickedly Mallitiously hath Used practised and Exercised at and in
the Towne of Reding -- In the County of Midlesex --
Upon and against One Mary Browne of Redin In the County
of Midlesex afores'd By which Wicked arts the said Mary Browne
The day and Yeare aforesaid, and Divers other Days and times as
well before as after was and is Tortured Tormented aflected Con-
sumed Pined Wasted against the Peace of Our Soveraigne Lord
and Lady the King and Queen their Crowne and Dignity and the
Laws In that case made and Provided,

Witness Mary Browne
Jno Browne Jun.
Eliza Wellman --
Billa Vera
Jno Cole --
Mary Eaton --
Ben. Larobe --
Atest
*Simon Stone Foreman

(Reverse)
Pon't Se --
Not Guilty

(Suffolk Court Records Case No. 2712 Page 48)

(Mary Eaton, Sr., v. Sarah Cole)

The Deposistion of Mary Eaton Sen'r Lyn: Saith that upon a Time
Sarah Cole wife of Jno Cole of Lyn and myself had some Difference
and with in averry Litle time I had a Cow taken in a Strange maner
and at that same time the afores'd Goodw. Cole came to my house
and Stood at my window and Said that she saw Something on the
Cow. in the Barn and Desired that my daughter would goe w'th
her to the Barn & they boath went but when they came to the Barn
they Saw nothing on the Cow but they both heard agreat Noyes on
the Scaffald in the Barn and Sarah Cole Said that She Believed the
Cow was bewitched -- 3 -- Oct'r 1692
Sworne in Court

Atest
*Jno Higginson.
Just'e peace

(Suffolk Court Records Case No. 2712 Page 48)

(Elizabeth Wellman v. Sarah Cole)

The deposision of eelizzebeth Wellman aged forty five testifieth
and saith that she saw Sarah Cole the wif of John Cole the Cooper
liveing in the [house] of him goin [on a] in a plaine wood in august
past and she had cast the scirt of her garment over her neck, and she
saw a black thing of a considerable bigness goe by her sid and as soon
as Sarah Cole came against a tree that lay upon the ground This black
thing was gon and be sene no more and Sarah Cole going a little
further turnd hir, face out to me she Claspt hir hands together and
swong them twice overe hir head was gon and I coold se hir no more
and when I came to the place whare she toock hir Flite I lookt for
hir but coold not se hir. further saith not 1692

Elizzebeth Wellman

(Suffolk Court Records Case No. 2712 Page 48)

(John Brown v. Sarah Cole)
The Deposition of Jno Browne aged about twenty five years: This
Deponant Testifieth & saith that about the latter end of August Last
1692 being at the house of Jno Dole: coming out of s'd house
Sarah Cole leaving her husband talking with mee, she Broke out into
these expressions, that all Church members were Devills & that her
husband was going to be a Devill too hee was then going to Joine
with the Church; whereupon I s'd Browne Replyed to her she had
often expressed her selfe very Badly & that if she didnot suddenly
amend & leave of such expressions against Church members, their
was them that would take notice of it & she must answer for such
speeches wherupon she was silent & looked stedfastly upon mee
& I was taken Ile #[in about a week] presently as my evidence doth De-
clare . Owned before the Grand jury by Jno Browne Jany'y 11'th
1692 upon the oath hee had taken. Jno Testified to the above s'd
upon the oath hee had taken January 11'th 1693 Attests

*Robert Payne
foreman

(Reverse) The s'd Jno Browne further saith

That upon the said John Brownes being desired to adjust sum Dam-
ages Don by said Sarah Coles hogs had don to Abraham Welman that
is as he believed about a fortnight aft'r he having been as afores'd he
Desired an Indian puding to be made w'ch was don and the flower
and suet white and good when put into the pott but when Came out
was red like a blud puding w'ch he believes was done by Sarah Cole
who had thretened him for medling w'th the pdingthe Damages
saying he had better not to have done.

(Suffolk Court Records Case No. 2712 Page 49)

(Abraham Wellman v. Sarah Cole)

The Deposition of Abraham Welman Aged about 49 years: This De-
ponant Testifieth & saith, that I had a Cow which some told mee
Sarah Cole Wife of Jno Cole had a great Desire to have & the s'd
Cow was taken with fitts though before she was as Gentle a Cow
as I would Desire to set Paill under after this time when she see
any person coming to milk her she would run & let none come near
her for about a week, when s'd Cole was brought upon her examina-
tion that night & next morning, wee sent on of our Children to milk
s'd Cow, but she was wild as before, but after s'd Sarah Cole was
sent from her own house to Cambridge when she was gone as wee
thought to Redding or there about I sent one of my Children to milk
her the Cow stood still & gave down her milk & did from that day
till this time Abraham Welman owned the abovs'd before the Grand
Jury upon the oath hee had taken. Jan'r 11'th 1692/3

January 11'th 1693

Attests
*Robert Payne
foreman

(Suffolk Court Records Case No. 2712 Page 49)

(John Cole v. Sarah Cole)

Jno Cole Saith that Coming home to his house on saturday night
after his wife had seen strange sights -- That from that time his
house hath been troubled w'th Cats & Dogs w'ch he saw often
running up & down & one night he thinks he saw a ball of fire,
& last Munday night being a week ago he saith as he was at prayer in
his family I heard something like a great thing flung against the
house & on a sudden it was at him & struck him on the head & on
one of his sides, and almost beat the breath out of his body -- so
that I was forced to break of prayer for about half a quarter of an
hour w'n he revived again he proceeded in his prayer his wife being
asked affirms she knew nothing of his being hindered in his prayer --
W'th in a week or 8 Days after S'd Cole saw a great Cat of an un-
usuall bignes at my door, staring me in the face I pursued it w'ch
went into the stalks near the house and tho it was very calm all
the stalks did wave as if there had been a strong wind -- and he
thinks since this some of his children have been afflicted by witch-
craft and s'd Cole saith that for this 3 nights he had not lodged in
his own house being so affrighted that he was afraid to stay or
lodge in it being sorely molested always about the dead of the
night & was sorely handled last Saturday in his head & belly as if
a string had been twisted about his head

3 Oct'r 1692 Sworne in Court

atest. *John Higginson
Justice peace

(Suffolk Court Records Case No. 2712 Page 49)

(Isaac Wellman v. Sarah Cole)

The Deposition of Isaac Welman Aged forty five years, this De-
ponant Testifieth & saith, that I have often heard the Wife of Jno
Cole of Linn, wish harm to her Husband, & one time being both at
my house having some words, s'd Sarah Cole wished her Husband
might Dye if ever he came within Daniell Eattons Doore any more
Isaac Welman owned the abovs'd before the Grand jury Jan'y. 11'th
1692/3 upon the oath hee had taken

*Robert Payne
Foreman:

(Suffolk Court Records Case No. 2712 Page 49)

Sarah Cole (of Salem)

(Warrant for Arrest of Hannah Carroll and Sarah Cole)

To the Sheriffe of the County of Essex or his Deputy Complaint
haveing ben made to us their Majesties Justices of the Peace in Salem
by Henery Brage of Salem labourer against Hannah Carrell wife of
Nathaniell Carell whele right. & Sarah Coale, wife of Abraham Coale
of Salem Taylor. for that the Said Hannah Carrell Did Sometimes
one of them & Sometimes Both. together Severall Times feloniously
afflict Torture & Torment William Brage Son of Henr' Brage by that
Diabollicall art of witchcraft, & the Said Henr' Brage hath given in
bond to procecut his said Complaint to Effect./ These are therefore
in their Majesties names to. -- require you forthwith to Apprehend
& Seize the Bodyes of the Said Hanah Carrell & Sarah Coale & Bringe
them before their Majesties Justices of the Peace in Salem in order
to their Examination for w'ch this shall be your sufficient warrant

Dated in Salem: 10'th Sep'r 1692.

*Bartho Gedney
*John Hathorne
*Jonathan. Corwin
*John Higginson
(Reverse)

Sep 15'th 1692

By virture hereof I have apprehended the body of Sarah Cole within
named and left her under Guard in the [torn] of salem in order to
her Examination by me

*Geo. Herrick Dep'y sheriff

(Boston Public Library -- Dept. of Rare Books and Manuscripts)

(Recognizance for Sarah Cole) Memor'm.

That on the fourteenth day of January 1692 in the fourth year
of the Reigne of our Soveraigne Lord & Lady William and Mary
by the Grace of God of [of] England &c King and Queen Defenders
of the faith &c Personally appeared before Jno Ha[] Esq'r one
of their Maj'ties Justices for the County of Essex #[There] Abraham
Cole of Salem Taylor and acknowledged himselfe to be oweing and
Indebted unto our said Soveraigne Lord and Lady and the survivor of
them their Heires and Successors in the sume of fifty pounds money
to be Levied on his Lands and Tenements goods and Chattles for the
use of our s'd Soveraigne Lord and Lady the King and Queen or the
Survivor them on Condition That -- Sarah Cole his wife [shall] per-
sonally appear before the Justices of our s'd Lord and Lady the King
& Queen at the next Court of Assizes & Gen'll Goall Delivery to be
holden for the County of Essex and in the mean time to be of Good
behaveour and then and there to answer to all Such matters and
things as shall in their Maj'ties behaffe be alledged against her and to
do and receive that w'ch by the said Court shall be then and there
Injoyned her and thence not to depart without Lycence

Attest
*Joha. Elatson Cler
(Reverse)

Recognizance Abraham Coal of Salem for Sarah Coal his wife --
appeared & clear'd by proclamation

(Mass. Archives Vol. 135 No. 129)

Elizabeth Colson
( See also: George Jacobs Jr. -- Complaint; Lydia Dustin -- Mittimus )


(Warrant for Arrest of Elizabeth Colson, No. 1)
You are in theyr Majestyes Names hereby Required to Apprehend
& bring before us (upon Tuesday next being the Seavententh day of
this Instant May by Tenne of the Clock aforenoone att the house of
Lef't Nathaniell Ingersolls in Salem Village) the body of Elizabeth
Colson of Redding Single woeman, whoe standeth charged in behalfe
of theyr Majestys w'th high Suspition of Sundry Acts of Witchcraft
done or Comitted upon the Bodyes of Mary. Walcott, Mercy Lewis
& others in Salem Village, whereby great hurt hath bin done them:
And hereof you are nott to faile

Salem dat'd May 14'th 1692

P vs
*John Hathorne
*Jonathan.Corwin {
Assis'ts

May 16'th 1692

I have made Diligent Search for the above named Elizabeth Collson
and find shee is fled and by the best Information shee is att Boston
in order to bee shipt ofe and by way of Escape to be transported to
some other Countery whereof I make my Returne

p'r
me
*John Parker
Constable of Redding

(Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 50)

(Warrant for Arrest of Elizabeth Colson, No. 2)

You are likewise required to apprehend [] Coloson of Reding
single woman who we are Informed is gone from Reding to Boston
or Charlstowne, And who Also stands Charged w'th Sundry acts of
witchcraft by her Committed on the Bodys of Susannah Sheldon and
Others of Salem Village. and send her also to Salem in order to her
Examination there Relateing to the Premises afores'd --

Salem. 17'th 3 mo 1692

*John Hathorne --
*Jonathan. Corwin --
P ord'r of the Govern'r & Councill

(Boston Public Library -- Dept. of Rare Books and Manuscripts)

(Warrant for Arrest of Elizabeth Colson in Suffolk County, No. 3)

Complaynt beinge made to me underwritten by William Arnold
of Readinge that the above intended and mentioned Elizabeth Cole-
ston is fled from the hands of Justice for which The warr't above is
directed to aprehend her, and that she is now concealed in Bostine,
These are in Their Majesties name to require you to aprehend the
said Elizabeth Colstone & carry Before Lawfull Authority to be
secured till she can be carried to Salem in order to her tryall these
dated in Bostine the 10'th of Sept 1692
To the sherif of the Countie of Suffolk or his Deputie

*John Joyliffe
Assist

(Boston Public Library -- Dept. of Rare Books and Manuscripts
[1939 acquisition] )

Giles Corey
Pressed to Death, September 16, 1692

(Warrant for Arrest of Giles Corey, Mary Warren,
Abigail Hobbs, and Bridget Bishop) Salem. April the 18'th 1692

There being Complaint this day made (Before us) by Ezekiell
Chevers and John putnam Jun'r both of Salem Village Yeomen: in
Behalfe of theire Majesties, for themselfes and also for theire Neigh-
bours Against Giles Cory, and Mary Waren both of Salem farmes
And Abigaile Hobbs the daughter of Wm Hobs of the Towne of Tops-
feild and Bridgett Bushop the wife of Edw'd Bishop of Salem Sawyer
for high Suspition of Sundry acts of Witchcraft donne or Committed
by them, upon the Bodys of: Ann putnam.Marcy Lewis, and Abig'l
Williams and Mary Walcot and Eliz. Hubert -- of Salem village --
whereby great hurt and damage hath benne donne to the Bodys of
Said persons above named.therefore craved Justice --
You are therefore in their Majest's names hereby required to
apprehend and bring before us Giles Cory & Mary Waren of Salem
farmes, and Abigail Hobs the daugter of Wm Hobs of the Towne of
Topsfeild and Bridget Bushop the wife of Edward Bushop of Salem
To Morrow about Eight of the Clock in the forenoone, at the house
of Lt Nathaniell Ingersalls in Salem Village in order to theire Ex-
amination Relateing to the premises aboves'd and here of you are not
to faile Dated Salem April 18'th 1692

To George Herrick Marshall of the County of Essex --

*John Hathorne
*Jonathan.Corwin {
Assis'ts

(Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1. Page 29)

(Officer's Return)
Salem April 18'th 1692
April 18'th 1692 I have taken the within named persons and
brought them [to the] house of leu't Nath: Ingersoll according to
the tenner of this warrant

P'r me
*Geo: Herrick Marshall of Essex

(Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 Page 29)

(Summons for Witnesses v. Giles Corey et al.)

You are likewise required to summons Margret Knight Lidya
Nichols Elizabeth Nichols and Elizabeth Hubert Jonathan putnam
and Hephzibah Rea & John Howe all & every one of them to appeare
before us at the aboves'd time & place to give in w't evedence thay
know Relateing to the aboves'd or like cases depending.
(Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 Page 29)

(Officer's Return)
April 18'th 1692 I have sumoned the within named persons to
apeare att the time and place within mentioned to Give in whatt
Evidence thay know Relateing the premises

P'r me
*Geo: Herrick Marshall of Essex

(Reverse)
Complaint Corey Hobbs Warren &ca

(Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 Page 29)

(Summons for Witnesses)
Wm & Mary by the Grace of God of England Scotland France
& Ireland King and Queen defend'rs of the faith &c

To the Constable of Salem Greeting
Wee Comand you to Warn & give notice unto Jno Derick the wife
of Stephen Small the Widow Adams & Goody Golthite that they
& Every of them be and personaly Appear at the pr'sent Court of Oyer
& Terminer holden at Salem forthwith there to Testify the Truth to
the best of thier knowledge On Certain Indictments Exhibited
against Giles Cory hereof make return fail not

Salem Sep'r 7'th 1692:

*Stephen Sewall Cl

(Reverse)

Sept 7'th 1692: I Depute mr John Tomkins to serve this within
Sumons and Make Returne thereof:

by mee
*Peter Osgood Constable in Salem

(Reverse) I have warned the w'thin persons to appear att the time
and place within written by

*Jno Tomkins Deputed

(Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 41)

(Ann Putnam, Jr. v. Giles Corey)

The Deposistion of Ann putnam who testifieth and saith that on
13'th of April 1692, I saw the Apperishtion of Gilles Cory com and
afflect me urging me to writ in his book and so he continewed hurt-
ing me by times tell the 19'th April being the day of his examina-
tion : and dureing the time of his examination Giles Cory did tortor
me a grat many times.and allso severall times sence Giles Cory or
his Apperance has most greviously afflected me by beating pinching
and almost Choaking me to death urging me to writ in his book also
on the day of his examination I saw Giles Cory or his Apperance
most greviously afflect and torment mary walcott mercy lewes and
sarah vibber and I veryly beleveue that Giles Cory is [is] a dreadfull
wizzard for sence he has ben in prison he or his Apperance has come
to me a grat many tims and afflected me.
An Putnam owned upon her oath that the above written evidence
is the truth to the Jury of inquest Sept 9: 92
(Reverse) Ann puttnam agst Giles Cory
(Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 41)

(Mercy Lewis v. Giles Corey)

The Deposistion of Mercy lewes agged about 19 years who testi-
fieth and saith that on the 14'th April 1692 I saw the Apperishtion
of Giles Cory com and afflect me urging me to writ in his book and
so he contineued most dreadfully to hurt me by times beating me
& almost braking my back tell the day of his examination being the
19th April and then allso dureing the time of his examination he did
afflect and tortor me most greviously: and also several times sence
urging me vehemently to writ in his book and I veryly beleve in my
heart that Giles Cory is a dreadfull wizzard for sence he had ben in
prison he or his Apperance has com and most greviously tormented
me.
Mercy Lewis: affirmd to the Jury of Inquest. that the above
written evidence: is the truth upon the oath: she has formerly taken
in the Court of Oyer & terminer: Sept'r 9: 1692
(Reverse) Mercy Lewis again't Geoyles Cory
(Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 41)

(Sarah Bibber v. Giles Corey)

The deposistion of Sarah vibber who testifieth and saith that I
have ben most greviously affleted by giles Cory or his Appearance
and allso I have seen Giles Cory or his Apperance most greviously
(affleted by giles Cory or his Appearance and allso I have seen Giles
Cory or his Apperance most greviously) affleting and tormenting
the bodyes of mary walcott mercy lewes and ann putnam and I
beleve in my heart that Giles Cory is a wizzard and that he has very
often afflected and tor[mented me] and the persons above mentioned
by his actts of wicthcraft I testifie that on the fourteenth of
August & ever since: at times s'd Cory [has] afflicted me by whipping
me & beating me: & urgeing me Vehemently.to read[&] writ
in his book: and cote me with his knife
Sarah Vibber:affirmed to the Jury of Inquest: that the above
written evidence: is the truth upon oath: Sep'r 9: 1692
(Reverse) Sarah Vibber vs Giles Corey
(Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2, Page 42)

(Mary Warren v. Giles Corey)

Mary Warin affirmed: to the Jury of Inquest:that: she hath been
afflicted by Giles Cory or his appearition and that by beating of me
with his staffe: & by: biting me & pinching & choaking me greatly
torturing me & cutting me with a knife. & perticulerly at the time of
his examination he did greviously torment me: also: at the time
of his examination I saw: s'd Cory or his appearition most: dred-
fully afflect: Mary Walcot An putnam.Mercy lewes & Sarah Vibber
Sept'r 9. 1692
(Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 42)

(Elizabeth Woodwell and Mary Walcott v. Giles Corey)

Eliz Woodwell upon the oath she formerly has taken in this
Court: did affirm to the Jury of Inquest: that: she saw Giles Cory
at meeting at Salem on a lecture day.since he has ben at prison he
or his apearition came in & sat in the middlemost seat: of the mens
seats: by the post this was the lecture day before. Bridget Bishop was
hanged and I saw him come out: with the rest of the people mary
Walcot: affirmed: that she saw s'd Cory: as above. sit in the same
place at the same time he or his appearance & that she did se him goe
out with the rest of the people: this she affirmed to the Jury of
Inquest. Sept 9: 1692
(Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 42)

(Elizabeth Hubbard v. Giles Corey)

Eliz Hubbard. to the Jury of Inquest. that Giles Cory hath sev-
eral times afflected [me] with several sorts of torments. I veryly
think he is a wizard & afflicted me by wichcraft sept 9: 1692
(Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 42)

(Benjamin Gould v. Giles Corey)

The deposistion of benjamin gould aged about 25 yeares ho
testifieth and saith one the 6 day of april 1692 giles Cory and his wife
Came to my bead side and looked upon me sum time and then went
away and emediately I had two penches upon my side: all so another
time I saw giles Cory and John proctir and I had then shuch a paine
in one of my feet that I Cold not ware my shue for 2: or 3.days
& I doe beleive in my: --

&Ben: gould
Jurat

(Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 42)

(Susannah Sheldon v. Giles Corey, Elizabeth Proctor,
Sarah Buckley, and John Willard)

Susanna.Shelden saith that the Spectre of Giles Corey Murdered
his first wife & would have murdered this to if she had not been a
Witch that his first wife gave him nothing but Skim Milke.and I for
one he did it & that Goody Procters Spectre told her she Murdered
her owne child & that it was sick & she did it because she would not
be troubled w'th it & that she allso saies that Goody Buckley & Jno
Willard app'd w'th Hen. Wilkins app'en
(Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 43)

(John DeRich v. Giles Corey and Sarah Pease)

The testomeny of John derech Eaged about sixten years testefieth
and sayeth that gils Cory also Came to me and aflicted me this 5 of
September as wel be fore as after he al so Came a bout the 20 of
oges and told me that he wanted som platers for he was gowen to
afeast he told me that he had a good mind to ask my dame but he
sayd that she wouled not let him have them so he took the platers
and cared them a way being gown a bout half a oure with them then
he brot them a gaine gowen a way and sayd no thing
also Sary pese afliceth me at several times she Came to me af
the fast day last at Salam She pinched me then and i have not sene
har sencs --
(Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2, Page 43)

(Hannah Small and Martha Adams v. Giles Corey)

these howes nams are under riton were there and saw the platers
were gown as John derich sayed

hanah small
martha Adams

(Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 43)

(Elizabeth Booth and Alice Booth v. Giles Corey)

The deposistion of Eliz: booth the wife of George booth & Allies
Booth who testifie and say that on the 12'th of this Isant Sept'r at
the widow Shaflin's house in Salem their appeared to us a grate num-
ber of wicthes as neare as we could tell about fifty thirteen of which
we knew:who did Receive the sacriment in our right amongst whicth
we saw Giles Cory who brought to us bread and wine urging us to
pertake thereof: but because we Refused he did most greviously
afflect and torment us: and we beleve in our hearts that Giles Cory is
a wizzard and that he has often affleted us and sevroll others by acts
of wicthcraft

Elizabeth Booth's mark
Allice Booth's mark,

(Reverse) Boothese Giles Cory

(Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 43)

(Letter from Thomas Putnam to Judge Samuel Sewall -- Extract)
The Last Night my Daughter Ann was grievously Tormented by
Witches, Threatning that she should be Pressed to Death, before Giles
Cory. But thro' the Goodness of a Gracious God, she had at last a
little Respite. Whereupon there appeared unto her (she said) a man
in a Winding Sheet; who told her that Giles Cory had Murdered him,
by Pressing him to Death with his Feet; but that the Devil there
appeared unto him, and Covenented with him, and promised him,
He should not be Hanged. The Apparition said, God Hardened his
Heart, that he should not hearken to the Advice of the Court, and so
Dy an easy Death; because as it said, "It must be done to him as he
has done to me." The Apparition also said, That Giles Cory was
Carry'd to the Court for this, and that the Jury had found the
Murder, and that her Father knew the man, and the thing was done
before she was born. Now Sir, This is not a little strange to us; that
no body should Remember these things, all the while that Giles
Cory was in Prison, and so often before the Court. For all people
now Remember very well, (and the Records of the Court also men-
tion it,) That about Seventeen Years ago, Giles Cory kept a man
in his House, that was almost a Natural Fool: which Man Dy'd
suddenly. A Jury was Impannel'd upon him, among whom was
Dr. Zorobbabel Endicot; who found the man bruised to Death, and
having clodders of Blood about his Heart. The Jury, whereof sev-
eral are yet alive, brought in the man Murdered; but as if some
Enchantment had hindred the Prosecution of the Matter, the Court
Proceeded not against Giles Cory, tho' it cost him a great deal of
Mony to get off.
( Cotton Mather, Wonders of the Invisible World [ Boston, 1693], excerpted
in George Lincoln Burr, ed., Narratives of the Witchcraft Cases, 1648-1706 [ N.Y., 1914;
reissued, 1968], p. 250 .)

Martha Corey
Executed, September 22, 1692

(Warrant for Arrest of Martha Corey) Salem, March the 19'th 1691/2

There being Complaint this day made before us, By Edward putnam
and Henery Keney Yeoman both of Salem Village, Against
Martha Cory the wife of Giles Cory of Salem farmes for suspition
of haveing Comitted sundry acts of Witchcraft and thereby donne
much hurt and injury unto the Bodys of Ann Putnam the wife of
Thomas Putnam of Salem Village Yeoman And Anna Puttnam the
daugtter of s'd Thomas putnam and Marcy Lewis Single woman Live-
ing in s'd Putnams famyly; also abigail Williams one of mr parris
his family and Elizabeth Hubert Doctor Grigs his maid.
You are therefore in theire Majest's names hereby required to
apprehend and bring; before us. Martha Cory the wife of Giles Cory
abovesaid on Munday next being the 21't day of this Instant month,
at the house of Lt Nathaniell Ingersalls of Salem Village aboute
twelve of the Clock in the day in order to her Examination Relateing
to the premises and hereof you are not to faile

Dated Salem. March. the 19'th. 1691/2

p vs
*Jonathan. Corwin
*John:Hathorne
*Jonathan. Corwin {
Assists

To Geo Herrick Marshall of the County of Essex -- or any Constable in Salem

(Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 Page 12)

(Officer's Return)
March 21'st I have taken Martha Cory and brought to the house
of Leut Nath: Engersoll where she is in the Costody of some persons
by mee Required and is forth Comeing att demand

per: mee. *Joseph Herrick Constable for Salem

(Reverse)
Good. Wild Goody Oliver

(Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 Page 12)

(Examination of Martha Corey) 21 March 1691/2
Mr Hathorne. You are now in the hands of Authority tell me now
why you hurt these persons
Martha Kory. I do not.
who doth?
Pray give me leave to goe to prayer
This request was made sundry times
We do not send for you to go to prayer But tell me
why you hurt these?
I am an innocent person: I never had to do with
Witchcraft since I was born. I am a Gospel Woman
Do not you see these complain of you
The Lord open the eyes of the Magistrates & Ministers:
the Lord show his power to discover the guilty.
Tell us who hurts these children.
I do not know.
If you be guilty of this fact do you think you can hide it.
The Lord knows --
Well tell us w't you know of this matter
Why I am a Gosple-woman, & do you think I can have
to do with witchcraft too
How could you tell then that the Child was bid to
observe what cloths you wore when some came to
speak w'th you.
Cheevers.
Interrupted her & bid her not begin with a lye
& so Edw'd Putman declared the matter
Mr Hath:
Who told you that
K. He said the child said Cheev:
you speak falsly
Then Edw: Putman read again
Mr H. Why did you ask if the child told w't cloths you wore
My husband told me the others told
Who told you about the cloaths? Why did you ask
that question.
Because I heard the children told w't cloaths the
other wore
Goodm: Kory did you tell her
The old man denyed that he told her so.
Did you not say your husband told you so
K. --
H. Who hurtes these children now look upon them.
K. I cannot help it
H. Did you not say you would tell the truth why you
askt that question: how come you to the knowledge --
I did but ask
You dare thus to lye in all this assembly You are now
before Authority. I expect the truth, you promised it,
Speak now & tell#[what cloths] who told you what
cloths
K. No body
H. How came you to know that the children would be
examined what cloth you wore
Because I thought the child was wiser, than any body
if she knew
Give an answer you said your husband told you
He told me the children said I afflicted them
How do you know w't they came for, answer me this
truly, # will you say how you came to know what they came
for
I had heard speech that the children said I #[afflicted
them] troubled them & I thought that they might
come to examine
But how did you know it
I thought they did
Did not you say you would tell the truth, who told
you w't they came for
No body
How did you know
I did think so
But you said you knew so Child:
There is a man whispering in her ear,
What did he say to you.
We must not beleive all that these distracted children
say
Cannot #[he tell] you tell what that man whispered
I saw no body
But did not you hear
No, here was Extream agony of all the afflicted
If you expect mercy of God, you must look for it in
Gods way by confession
Do you think to find mercy by aggravating your sins
A true thing
Look for it then in Gods way
#
So I do
Give glory to God & confess then
But I cannot confess
Do not you see how these afflicted do charge you
We must not beleive distracted persons
Who do you improve to hurt them
I improved none
Did not you say our eyes were blinded you would
open them
Yes to accuse the innocent
Then Crossly gave in evidence
Why cannot the girl stand before you
I do not know.
What did you mean by that
I saw them fall down
It seems to be an insulting speech as if they could
not stand before you.
They cannot stand before others.
But you said they cannot stand before you
Tell me what was that turning upon the Spit by you
You beleive the Children that are distracted I saw no
spit
Here are more than two that accuse you for witchcraft
What do you say
I am innocent
Then mr Hathorn read farther of Croslys evidence
What did you mean by that the Devil could not stand
before you
She denyed it
3. or 4. Sober witnesses confirm'd it.
What can I do many rise up against me
Why confess.
So I would if I were guilty
Here are sober persons what do you say to them
You are a Gosple woman, will you lye
Abigail cryed out next Sab: is sacrament day, but she
shall not come there
Kory
I do not care
You charge these children with distraction: it is a note
of distraction when persons vary in a minute, but
these fix upon you, this is not the manner of distraction --
When all are against me w't can I help it
Now tell me the truth will you, why did you say that
the Magistrates & Ministers eyes are blinded you would
open them
She laught & denyed it.
Now tell us how we shall know
Who doth hurt these if you do not
Can an innocent person be guilty
Do you deny these words
Yes
Tell us who hurts these: We came to be a Terror to
evil doers
You say you would open our eyes we are blind
If you say I am a Witch
You said you would show us
She denyed it.
Why do you not now show us
I cannot tell: I do not know
What did you strike the maid at Mr Tho: Putmans with
I never struck her in my life
Here are two that see you strike her with an iron rod.
I had no hand in it
Who had
Do you beleive these children are bewitcht
They may for ought I know I have no hand in it.
You say you are no Witch, may be you mean you
never Covenanted with the Devil. Did you never deal
w'th any familiar
No never
What bird was that the children spoke of
Then Witnesses, spoke
What bird was it.
I know no bird.
It may be: you have engaged you will not confess. but
God knows.
So he doth
Do you beleive you shall go unpunished
I have nothing to do w'th withcraft
Why was you not willing your husband should come
to the former Session here
But he came for all
Did not you take the Saddle off
I did not know what it was for
Did you not know w't it was for
I did not know that it would be to any benefit
[illegible]
Some body said that she would not have them help to
find out witches.
Did you not say you would open our eyes why do
you not
I never thought of a Witch
Is it a laughing matter to see these afflicted persons
She denyed it
Severall prove it
Ye are all against me & I cannot help it
Do not you beleive there are Witches in the Countrey
I do not know that there is any
Do not you know that Tituba Confessed it
I did not hear her speak
I find you will own nothing without severall witnesses
& yet you will deny for all
It was noted w'n she bit her lip severall of the afflic-
ted were bitten
When she was urged upon it that she bit her lip saith
she what harm is there in it.
Mr. Noyes.
I beleive it is apparent she practiseth Witchcraft in
the congregation there is no need of images
What do you say to all these thing that are apparent
If you will all go hang me how can I help it.
Were you to serve the Devil ten years tell how many
She laught
The Children cryed there was a yellow bird with her
When Mr Hathorn askt her about it she laught
When her hands were at liberty the afflicted persons
were pincht
Why do not you tell how the Devil comes in your
shape & hurts these; you said you would
How can I know how
Why did you say you would show us
She laught again
What book is that you would have these children
write in
What book: were should I have a book I showed them
none, nor have none nor brought none.
The afflicted cryed out there was a man whispering in
her ears.
What book did you carry to Mary Walcott
I carryed none: if the Devil appears in my shape
Then Needham Said that Parker some time agoe
thought this woman was a Witch
Who is your God
The God that made me
Who is that God
The God that made me
What is his name
Jehova
Do you know any other name
God Almighty
Doth he tell you that you pray to that he is God
Almighty
Who do I worship but the God that made [me]
How many Gods are there
One
How many persons
Theree
Cannot you say so there is one God in three blessed
persons
** (then she was troubled)
Do not you see these children & women are rational
& sober as their neighbours when your hands are
fastened Immediately they were seized with fitts
& the standers by
** [Partially illegible on account of fold in paper.]
said she was squeezing her fingers her hands being
eased by them that held them on purpose for triall
Quickly after the Marshall said she hath bit her lip
& immediately the afflicted were in an uproar
[torn] you hurt these, or who doth
She denyeth any hand in it
Why did you say if you were a Witch you should have
no pardon.
Because I am a [] Woman
Salem Village March the 21't 1691/2
The Rever't mr Sam'll parris being desired to take in wrighting the
Examination of Martha Cory, hath returned it as afores'd Upon hear-
ing the afores'd and seing what wee did then see, togather with the
charges of the persons then present Wee Committed Martha Cory
the wife of Giles Cory of Salem farmes, unto the Goale in Salem as p
mittimus then Given out

*John Hathorne
*Jonathan. Corwin {
Assis'ts

(Reverse) Martha Kory Exam

(Essex Institute MSS. Collection)

(Mittimus for Martha Corey, Giles Corey, Rebecca Nurse,
Dorothy Good [sic], Sarah Cloyce, John Proctor,
and Elizabeth Proctor)

To the Keeper of their Majest's Goale in Boston

You are in theire Majest's names hereby required to take into
your care and safe Custody the Bodys of Martha Cory the wife of
Giles Cory of Salem farmes husbandman Rebecka Nurse the wife of
francs Nurce of Salem Village husbandman. Dorothy Good the
daugter of Wm Good afores'd husbandman. Sarah Cloyce the wife
of peter Cloyce of Salem Village husbandman. John procter of Salem
farmes husbandman and Elizabeth the wife of s d John Procter
of Salem farmes Husbandman who all and every one of them stand
charged in behalfe of theire Majest's for feloniously Committeing
Sundry Acts of Witchcraft Lately, at Salem Village, on the bodys of
Ann putnam the daugter of Thomas putnam Abigail Williams Eliz.
Hubbert & others of Salem Village afores'd whereby great hurt hath
beene donne to theire bodys Contrary to the peace of our Sov'r L'd
& Lady Wm & Mary of England &c King & Queen, whome you are
all well to secure untill thay shall be delivered by due order of Law
And hereof you are not to faile

Dated Boston, May 25't 1692.

*John Hathorne
p vs
*Jonathan. Corwin
Assis'ts

(Reverse)
Sarah Good Rebecca Nurss Jno Willard John Proctor Eliza
Proctor SuSanah Martin Bridget Bishop all
Oliver Alice Parker
Tittuba Indian

(Essex County Archives Vol. 1 Page 12)

(Indictment v. Martha Corey, No. 1)

Province of the Mattathusets Bay in New England Essex ss Anno
Regis et Reginae Willm et Mariae nunc: Angliae &.c Quarto

The Jurors for our Sovereigne Lord and Lady the King and
Queen pr'sents That Martha Corey Wife of Gyles Corey of Salem hus-
bandman the 21: Day of March in the fourth Year of the Reigne of
our Sovereigne Lord and Lady William and Mary by the Grace of
God of England Scottland France and Ireland King and Queen De-
fend'rs of the faith &c and Divers other Dayes and times as well
before as After Certaine Detestable Arts called Witchcrafts & sorceries,
wickedly and felloniously hath Used, Practised & Exercised. at and
within the Township of Salem in the County of Essex afores'd in
upon and ag't one Elizabeth Hubbard of Salem singlewoman by
which said wicked Arts the said Elizabeth Hubbard the 21. Day of
March in the year aboves'd and Divers other Dayes & times as well
before as after was and is Tortured afflicted Pined Consumed and
Tormented and also for sundry other Acts of Witchcraft by said
Martha Corey-Committed and Done before and since that time ag't
the Peace of our Sovereigne Lord & Lady the King and Queen their
Crowne and Dignity and ag't the form of the statute in that case
made and Provided/

Witnesses
El: Hubbard & Jury of womens return
Marcy Lewis
Ann Putnam
Edward Putman
Ezek. Cheever

(Reverse) No 17 Martha Corey Bila Vera Martha Corey

(Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1. Page 12)

(Indictment v. Martha Corey, No. 2)

Province of the Massacusetts Bay in New England/s-/Essex ss Anno Regis
et Reginae Willm et Mariae nunc. Angliae &c Quarto

The Jurors of our Sovereigne Lord and Lady the King & Queen
pr'sents That Martha Corey wife of Giles Corey of Salem -- hus-
bandman -- the 21 day of March in the fourth Year of the Reigne
of our Sovereigne Lord and Lady William & Mary by the Grace of
God of England Scottland France and Ireland King & Queen defend'rs
of the faith &c and divers other dayes & times, as well before as after.
certaine detestable Arts called Witchcrafts & Sorceries. Wickedly
and felloniously hath Used Pratised & Exercised at and within the
Towneship of Salem in the County of Essex aforesaid in upon
& agt one Marcy Lewis of Salem village Singlewoman -- by which
said Wicked Arts the said Marcy Lewis the 21 -- day of March in
the fourth year above said & divers other days & times as well
before as after, was and is Tortured afflicted Pined Consumed
wasted & Tormented and also for sundry other Acts of Witchcrafts
by said Martha Corey -- Committed & done before & since that time
ag't the Peace of our Sovereign Lord and Lady the King and Queen
their Crowne and dignity and ag't the form of the Statute in that
case made and Provided

Mary Lewis
Eliz. Hubbard
Ann Putman
Edward Putman
Ezek. Cheever

(Massachusetts Historical Society)

(Summons for Witnesses)

Wm & Mary by the Grace of God of England Scotland France
& Ireland King & Queen defenders of the faith &c.
To the Sheriffe of Essex or deputy or Constable or Constables of
Salem, Topsfield & Boxford Greeting L.S.
Wee Comand you & Either of you to warn and give Notice
unto Jonathan Putman James Darlin Samuel Abbey of Salem Daniel
Clarke of Topsfield & Samuel Smith of Boxford Edward Putman
Ez: Cheever Jno Parker Sen'r Sam'll Braybrooke Mary Wolcot Ann
Putman Sarah Vibber Marcey lewis Eli: Hubbard that they & Every
of them be at the Next Court of Oyer & Terminer holden at Salem
on Tuesday Next at Twelve of the Clock, or as soon after as may be
there to testify the truth to the best of their knowledge on Sev-
erall Indictments Exhibited against Mary Easty & Sarah Cloyce Giles
Corey & Martha Corey his wife hereof Make Return fail not
dated in Salem : Sep'r 5'th 1692. & in the fourth year of Our Reign

Stephin Sewall Cler
(Officer's Return.)

(Reverse)

To the Clark of Salem I have a cordenely to warent Sommand
danile clake of topsfield And Samuel Smith of Boxfrd

*Joseph Andrews Constebele of Boxferd

(Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1. Page 13)

(Abigail Williams v. Martha Corey)

The testimony of Abigail Williams Witnesseth & saith that divers
times in the monthe of March last past particularly 14.20.21. & 23
dayes of that month, & also in the month of April last past at several
times, particularly on the. 12. 13. &.14 dayes of that month she the
said Abigail was much disquieted by the apparition of Martha Kory,
by which apparition she was sometimes haled to & fro. & somtimes
pinched, & somtimes tempted to put her hand to the Devils book,
& that she hath several times seen her at the Devils sacrament

May 31'st 1692
attested before
(Massachusetts Historical Society)

(Ephraim Sheldon v. Martha Corey)

The deposition of Ephraim Shelden aged April 10'th 92 20 years
who testefieth. and sayth I this deponent being at the house of Lew-
tent Ingersol when Mercy Lewes was in one of her fits I heard her
cry out of Goodwife Cloyce and when she came to herselfe she was
asked who she saw. she answered she saw no body they demanded
of her whether or noe she did not see. Goodwife Nurse or Goodwife
Cloyce or Goodwife Gory. she answered she saw no body./
(Reverse) Eph: Shelden
(Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 Page 13)

(Samuel Parris, Nathaniel Ingersoll and Thomas Putnam v. Martha Corey)

The Deposition of Sam: Parris aged about. 39. years, & Nathan-
ael Ingersol aged about fifty & eight yeares & Thomas Putman aged
about fourty yeares all of Salem -- testifyeth & saith that severall
of the bewitched persons were much afflicted at the examination of
Martha Kory, wife to Giles Kory of Salem, #[& particu] before the
honoured Magistrates. 21. March. 1961/2 & particularly that #[when]
before her hands were held severall of the afflicted were pincht,
& when said Martha bit her lip severall of them were bitten: & that
some of the afflicted said there was a black man whispering in her
ear, namely Mary Walcot and Abigail Williams both of which also
were bit & pincht by her as they said
(Reverse)
The Depoon
of Sam: Parris &c ag'st Martha Kory
(Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 Page 13)

(Giles Corey v. Martha Corey)

The evidence of Giles Choree testifieth & saith that Last sattur-
day in the Evening. sitting by the fire my wife asked me to go to
bed. I told I would go to prayr. & when I went to prayer I could
nott utter my desires w'th any sense, not open my mouth to speake
My wife did perceive itt & came towards. me & said she was com-
ing to me. After this in alittle space I did according to my measure
attend the duty.
Sometime last weake I fetcht an ox well out the woods. about
noone, & he laying down in the yard I went to raise him to yoake
him butt he could not rise butt dragd his hinder parts as if he had
been hiptshott. butt after did rise.
I had a Catt somtimes last weeke strangly taken on the suddain
& did make me think she would have died presently. #[butt] my
wife bid me knock her in the head. butt I did not. & since she is
well.
Another time going to duties I was interrupted for aspace. butt
affterward I was helpt according to my poore measure
My wife hath ben wont to sitt up after I went to bed, & I have per-
ceived her to kneel down to the harth. as if she were at prayr, but
heard nothing

March: 24'th 1691/2
(Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 Page 13)

(Edward Putnam and Ezekiel Cheever v. Martha Corey)

The deposition of Edward Putnum aged about 36 years and Eze-
kiel Cheever aged about 37 years testifieth and sayeth that wee being
often complained unto by An Putnum that goode Corie did often
appear to her and tortor her by pinching and other wayes thought
it our duty to goe to her and see what shee would say to this com-
plaint shee being in church covenant with us.
and accordingly upon the 12'th day of march about ten of the
clock we appointed to goe about the midle afternoon, and wee de-
sired An Putnam to take good notice of what cloathes goode Corie
came in that so we might see whither shee was not mistaken in the
person, and accordingly wee went to the house of Thomas Putnum
before we went to goode Corie to see what An could say about
her cloathes. and shee told us that presently after we had #[spoken]
told her that we would goe and talke with goode Corie shee came
and blinded her but told her that her name was Corie and that shee
should see her no more before it was night because she should not
tell us what cloathes shee had on and then shee would come again
and pay her off.
then wee went both of us away from the house of Thomas Put-
num to the house of Giles Corie where we found go the abovesaid
Corie all alone in her house and as soone as we came in. in a smil-
ing manner shee sayeth I know what you are come for you are come
to talke with me about being a witch but I am none I cannot helpe
peoples talking of me Edward Putnum answered her that it was the
afflicted person that did complain of her that was the occasion of
our coming to her. she presently replied but does shee tell you what
cloathes I have on we made her no answer to this at her first asking
where upon shee asked us again with very great eagernes but does
she tell you what cloathes I have on at which questions with that
eagernes of mind. with which shee did aske made us to thinke of
what An Putnum had told us before wee went to her. #[to which]
and wee told her no shee did not for shee told us that you came and
blinded her and told her that shee should see you no more before
it was night that so shee might not tell us what cloathes you had
on. shee made but litle answer to this but seemed to smile at it as
if shee had showed us a pretty trick
we had a great deal of talke with her about the complaint that was
of her and how greatly the name of God and religion and thee
church was dishonured by this meanes but shee seemed to be no
way conserned for any thing about it but only to stop the mouthes
of people that they might not say thus of her shee told us that shee did
not thinke that they were accused for shee said if they were wee
could not blame the devill for making witches of them for they were
idle sloathfull persons and minded nothing that was good. but we
had no reason to thinke so of her for shee had made a profession of
christ and rejoyced to go and hear the word of god and the like.
but we told her it was not her making an out ward profession that
would clear her from being a witch for it had often been so in the
wourld that witches had crept into the churches: much more dis-
course we had with her but shee made her profession a cloake to
cover all she furder told us that the devill was come down amongst
us in great rage and that God had forsaken the earth. and after much
discourse with her being to much here to be related we returned to
the house of the above said Thomas Putnum and we found that shee
had done as shee said shee would for shee came not to hurt the above
said Putnum as #[shee] Ann Putnam told us all this time but after
we were gone we understand that shee came again as shee did use to
doe before greatly afflicting of her
we doe furder testifie that upon her examination shee accordeng to
what was said of her that shee would open thee eyes of the magis-
trates and ministers. so shee did for shee made a most clear discovery
witchcraft for by biting her lip it was observed that the afflicted #
[children] persons were bit when that was discovered then we ob-
served that shee would #[pinch] pinch them by niping her fingers
togeather and when that was discovered and her hands held then
shee afflict them by working with her foot and when that was dis-
covered then shee pressed upon the seate with her breast and mistress
Pope was greatly afflicted by great pressure upon her stomack
Jurat in Curia Sept. 8. 92
(Reverse)
Mr Ezekell Cheevers: affimd: to the Jury of inquest: that
he saw: Martha wife of Giles Cory examined before the majestrates:
at which time he observed that the s'd Cory: some times did: bite
her lip: and when she bit her lip: Mercy Lewis and Eliza'th Hubbard
and others of the afflicted persons: were bitten: also when s'd
Cory: pinched her fingers to gether: then mercy lewis & elizabeth
Hubbard and others were pinched: and #[when] according to: the
motions of s'd martha Coryes body: so was the afflicted persons:
afflicted: this he affirmd to be true according to the best of his
observation: Mr Edward Putnam affirmd the same: to the Jury
of inquest that: Mr Cheevers doth. Mr Thomas Putnam affirmed
the same: all upon oathe all of them

Ed Putman
Eliz. Cheever

(Reverse)
Edw'd Putnam & [Eliza.] Cheever Deposition

(Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 Page 13)

(Elizabeth Booth v. Martha Corey)

The testimony of Elesebeth Booth Aged 18 yers or their a bout
testifieth that one the 8 of June Geiorg nedom A peired unto me
& saide that mattha Goerie Kiled him Because he wold not mend her
Lening wheal

*Elesebeth Booth.

The testimony of Elesebeth Booth Aged 18 yers or their a
bout testifieth that on the 8 day of June Thomas Goold Senyer
Apered unto me & told me that #[she] mattha Corie kiled him
because he told her she did not doe weel by Goodman parkers Child-
ringe

*Elesebeth Booth upon Oath

Elizabeth Booth owned all that is above written before & unto
the Gran inquest on the 30'th Day of June 1692
(Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 53)

(Elizabeth Hubbard v. Martha Corey)

The Deposistion of Elizabeth Hubburd agged about 17 years who
testifieth and saith that about the 15'th march 1691/2 I saw the
Apperishtion of Martha Cory who did Immediatly hurt me and urged
me to writ in hir book and so she continewed hurting of me by times
tell the 21 march being the day of hir Examination: and then in the
time of hir Examination she did torment me most dreadfully by bit-
ing pinching and almost choaking me the marks of which I shewed
to severall and at the same time aso I saw the Apperishtion of Martha
Cory greviously afflect mircy lewes: and also severall times sence
the Apperishtion of martha Cory has most greviously afflected me
and urged me vehemently to writ in hir book also on the day of hir
Examination I saw martha Cory or hir Apperan[ce most greviously
tormet mary wolcott mercy lewes Abigail williams] and ann putnam
and I beleve in my heart that martha Cory is a dreadfull wicth and
that she hath very often affle[c] ted and tormented me and the affor-
mentioned parsons by acts of wicthcraft

Jurat in Curia

Eliz: Hubbard: declared the above written Evidence: to be the truth:
before the Jury of inquest upon oath: Aug'st 4: 1692 Aug'st 4: 1692

(Massachusetts Historical Society)

(Edward Putnam v. Martha Corey)

The diposistion of Edward Putnam aged about 38 yeares ho testi-
fieth and saith one the 14 day of march 1692 martha Cory the wife
of giles Cory Came to the house of Thomas Putnum: she being de-
sired to Come and see his dauter ann Putnam: ho had Charged martha
Cory to her face that she had hurt her by witchcraft but no sonner
did martha Cory Come in to the hous of thomas putnam but ann
putnam fell in to grevious feets of Choking blinding feat and hands
twisted in a most grevious maner and told martha Cory to her face
that she did it, and emediately hur tonge was dran out of her: mouth
and her teeth fasned upon it in a most grevious maner after ann
putnam had libberty to spake she said to martha Cory ther is a
yellow burd a sucking betwen your fore finger and midel finger I
see it said ann putnam I will Come and see it said she: so you may
said martha Cory: but before an Came to her I saw martha Cory
put one of her fingers in the place whear ann had said she saw the
burd and semed to give a hard rub ann putnam Came and said she
see nothing but emediately she was blinded after this ann putnam
tryed to go to her and when she Came allmost to her shee fell down
blindad and Cold not Come at her any more: ann putnam allso
told her she put her hands upon the face of Joseph poopes wife one
the Sabath day at meeting and shuing. her how she did it emediately
her hands ware fasned to her eyes that they Cold not be pulled from
them except they should have ben broaken. off, after this ann put-
nam said hear is a speet at the fier with a man apon it and Goodey
Cory you be a turnning of it then marcy lues toock a stick and
struck at it and then it went away but emediately it apered again and
marcy lues ofred to strike it again but ann putnam said do not if you
love your self but presently marcy lues Cryed out with a grevious
pane in her arme as if one had struck her with a stick upon her arme
and ann putnam told goodey Cory she see her strike marcy lues with
a Iron rood upon her arme: and marcy lues and ann putnam gru so
bad with panes we desired goodey Cory to be gone and marcy lues
said she saw shadows like women but Cold not disarn ho they were
but presently Cryed out in a very loud maner I onte I onte and being
asked what they wold have her do she said they wold have me to
right and emediately she was Choked and blinded her neck twicted her
teeth and mouth #[shet] shut and gru to such feets as wold put two
or three men to it to hold her and was this evening drawn toward the
fier by unseen hands as she sat in a Chare and two men hold of it
yet she and Chare moveed toward the fier tho they labored to the
Contrary her feat going formost and I seeing it steped to her feat
and lifted with my stringht together with the other two and all
littel enuf to prevent her from going in to the fier with her feat
formost and this destres held tell about a leven of the Cloack in the
night/ I have allso seen maney bitees before and sence apon ouer
aflicted parsons that have told me martha Cory did it the prisner now
at the bar --

*Edward Putnam

Jurat in Curia

S Sewall Cle
(In left margin, vertically)
Edward Putman

(Massachusetts Historical Society)

(Mercy Lewis v. Martha Corey)

The Deposistion of Mircy lewes agged about 19 years who testifieth
and saith that I veryly beleve I was bewiched by gooddy Cory on
the: 14'th of March 1691/92 for she then came to the house of
Thomas putnam to se ann putnam whom I was atending and I was
Immediatly taken whill gooddy Cory was their: and Ann putnam
said shee se gooddy Cory bewich me: but I could not se parfitly
who they ware that hurt me tell the 26'th of march and sence that
I have often seen the Aperishtion of goody Cory Come and afflect
me by biting pinching and almost choaking me urging me vehemently
to writ in hir book allso I was most dreadfully tortored whill
martha Cory was in Examination being the 21 march and Mary Wal-
cott and Elizabeth Hubburd said they saw the Apperishtion of Martha
Cory tortor me: and I beleve in my heart that martha Cory is a most
dreadfull wicth and that she hath very often affleted me a[nd]
severall others by hir acts of wicthcraft.
(Bowditch MSS. Massachusetts Historical Society)

Deliverance Dane
( See also: Mary Osgood -- Petition.)

(Account of Deliverance Dane)
An Account of the Expences of Nathaniel Dane of Andover for his
wife Deliverance who was accused of witchcraft and Suffered Im-
prisonment 13 weeks in the year 1692 And for his man Servant who
was Imprisoned eight weeks upon the same account.
viz
For prison fees and money and provision necessarily Expended while they were in
prison { 3-13-0
it money to the sheriffe & the Clerk and the keeper when my wife was discharged upon
Bail {1-0-0
I desire mr Barnard to give in this Acct to the Hon'rable comittee

Pr *
Nathaniel Dane
N.D.

(Reverse)
Nathan'll Danes Account
Deliverance Dane Imprisond Not Condemnd

(Mass. Archives, Vol. 135 No. 147)

Mary De Rich
( See also: Benjamin Proctor -- Complaint, Warrant .)

(Warrant for Arrest of Mary De Rich)

To the Marshall of the County of Essex or his Lawfull Deputy or
Constable in Salem
You are in theyr Majests Names hereby required to apprehend and
forthwith bring before us, Mary de Rich the Wife of Michaell de Rich
of Salem farmes Husbandman, whoe stands Charged w'th Sundry
Acts of Witchcraft by hir Comitted lately on the Bodys of Abigall
Williames & Elizabeth Hubbard of Salem Village &c. whereby great
hurt & Injury hath bin donne them in order to hir Exemination re-
lateing to the same & hereof you are nott to fayle. Salem. Dat.
May. 23. 1692 .

*John Hathorne
*Jonathan. Corwin
P ord'r of the Govern'r & Councill

I have apprehended the above named person and brought her as above
P'r *Jos'h Neal Constable

(Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2. Page 51)

Ann Dolliver

(Warrant for Arrest of Ann Dolliver)

Essex ss. To the Sheriffe of the County of Essex or his deputie
or Constable in Salem or Beverley
You are in theire Majest's names, hereby required to apprehend
and forthwith bring before us Ann Dalibar the wife of Wm Dalibar of
Glocester who stands Charged this day with haveing Committed
sundry acts of Witchcraft on the Bodys of Mary Warren & susannah
Shelden to the hurt of theire Bodys in order to her Examination Re-
lateing to the premises faile not Dated Salem June the 6'th 1692

P vs
*Bartho Gedney
*John. Hathorne
*Jonathan. Corwin
Just'es of the peace

(Reverse)
In obediance to this warant I have aprehended the person
with in Named and brought her to the plase apoynted in order to her
examination as atest my hand

*Peter Osgood constabell for the town of Salem

(Reverse)
Dalibar

(Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 53)

(Elizabeth Nicholson v. Ann Dolliver)

Elizabeth the wife of Edmond Nicolasson will testify; that coming
to the house of Samuell Dallabar; Peter Pitford and the wife of the
said Dallabar. were in discourse before the dore in the yard; and
in theire discourse she heard Peter Pitford say: I mervaile how
that old witch knowes every thing that is done in my house; Re-
becca the wife of Samuell Dallabar replied oh Peter doe not say soe;
for I believe she is no Witch; soe she came a way and left Peter
Pitford and the wife of Samuell Dallabar in discourse

Elizabeth Nicolasson

(Reverse)
Elizabeth Nicholson evidence.

(Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 54)

Lydia Dustin
Died in Prison, March 10, 1693
( See also: George Burroughs -- Complaint; Susannah Martin -- Mittimus .)

(Warrant for Arrest of Lydia Dustin) To the Constable of reading

You are in theyr Majestyes Names Required to Apprehend and
bring before us Lydah Dasting of Reading Widdow in the County of
Middlesex on Munday Next being the Second day of the Month of
May Next Ensueing the date hereof, about Eleven of the Clock in
the forenoone, att the house of Lev't Nath'll Ingersolls in Salem
Village, in Order to hir Examination, relateing to high suspition of
severall acts of Witchcraft done or Comitted by hir upon the Bodys
of Mary Walcott, Ann. putnam, Mercy Lewis & Abigall. Williames
all of Salem Village: whereby great hurt [&] damage hath bin
done to the Bodys of Said persons according to Complaint of Capt
Jonathan. Walcott & serg't Thomas putnam in behalfe of theyr
Majestys for them selves & severall of theyr Neighbours, and hereof
you are nott to fayle att your perrill. date Salem Aprill. 30'th 1692

P vs
*John Hathorne
*Jonathan. Corwin {
Assis'ts

(Reverse)

Pursewence to a warant from yrs honrs baring date the 30
of aprill last for the aprihending and bringing of the person of
Lidea Dasting in obediance ther to I have brought the said Lidea
Dasting of Redding to the hous of Lu't Ingersons in Salem viledg
dated in #[May: the:2d] Salem viledg the 2'd day of may 1692

Atest.
*John Parker of Redding

(Reverse)
L. Dasting

(Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2, Page 47)

(Mittimus for Lydia Dustin, Sarah Dustin, Mary Colson,
Elizabeth Colson, and Sarah Cole)

Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England
Mid'x Ss: William and Mary by the Grace of God King and Queen
of England, Scottland, france and Ireland Defend'rs of the faith
&c. to the Sheriffe of the County of Middlesex Greeting Wee Com-
mand you that you have the Body of Lidia Dastin of Reading widow
Sarah Dastin single-woman Mary Coulson widow Elizabeth Colson
single wo:
all of Reading and Sarah Cole.
in the prison of Cambridge under yo'r Custody as tis said & De-
tained , and under safe and sure Conduct together w'th the Cause of
their Caption under what name or names so ever the said Lidia
Dastin, Sarah Dastin, Mary Coulson, Elizabeth Coulson and Sarah
Cole be conveyed in the same before o'r Justices of o'r Court of
Assize and Goal Delivery at Salem in o'r County of Essex in o'r
Provice of the Massachusetts Bay in New England upon Tuesday the
3'd Day of Jan'a next in the fourth year o'r Reigne. To Do and
receive all and every of those things w'ch the justices of o'r Court
shall Consider of in that behalfe. And then and there you have this
Writt Witness William Stoughton Esq'e in Boston the 31'st of De-
cember in the fourth year of o'r Reigne Annoq'e Dom. 1692

*Jon'a Elatson, Cler.

(Suffolk County Court Records, Vol. 32, Case No. 2700)

(Officer's Return)
By Vertue of this Writt I have hear Brought the Bodyes of those
Persons within spesefy'd and Delivered hear att Salem to the under Sheriffe

[illegible] Phillips Sheriffe for Mid.

(on back) The Return of Habes Corpus from the Sheriffe of Middlesex

(Suffolk County Court Records, Vol. 32, Case No. 2700)

Sarah Dustin
( See also: Lydia Dustin -- Writ of Habeas Corpus .)

(Warrant for Arrest of Sarah Dustin)

Whereas Complaint hath bin exhibited before us by mr Thomas
Putnam & mr Jno putnam Jun'r of Salem Village In the behalfe of
theyr Majestys against Sarah Dastin of Redding Single Woeman for
high suspition of severall Acts of Witchcraft done or comitted by
hir upon the Bodyes of Mercy Lewis, Mary Walcott, Anna putnam
& Abigall Williams all of Salem Village & craved Justice Therefore
you are in theyer Majestyes Names Required forthwith to Appre-
hend the afores'd Sarah Dastin of Redding Single Woeman & hir
Safely convey unto the house of leu't Nathaniell Ingersolls of Salem
Village upon the Ninth day of this Instant May by Twelve of the
Clock in the foreNoone in order to hir examination #[& hereof
faile n] upon the premises & hereof faille nott att y'or perill Salem.
May 8'th 1692 .

To: To the Constable of Redding

P vs
*John Hathorne
*Jonathan. Corwin {
Assis'ts

(Reverse)

In obediance to this warant I have brought the body of Sarah
Dastin of Redding singal woman to the house of Leu't Nathanall
Ingerson of Salem. Villeg the nint of this Instant Maye: 1692

*John Parker Constable of Redding

(Essex County Archives Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 47)

Rebecca Eames

(Mary Walcott, Mary Warren, and Ann Putnam, Jr. v. Rebecca Eames)

Mary Walcott affirmed to the grand Inquest: that Rebecca Eames:
hath afflicted her at the time of her examination
this she ownd: Sept 15: 1692
Mary Warren: & Ann Putnam: affirmed that Rebecca: Eames: did
afflict Mary Walcott at the time of her examination: this they owned
Sept 15. 1692.
(On Reverse)
Sept 15 1692
Affirmation agt. Rebecca Eames of }
Mary Walcott
Mary Warren
Ann Putnam {
(Boston Public Library -- Dept. of Rare Books and Manuscripts [1939 acquisition] )

(Examination of Rebecca Eames and Mary Lacey Sr.)

Rebecca: Eames: examined. before Salem Majestrats: Aug'st
19: 1692 She owned she had bin in the snare a monthe: or 2: and
had bin perswaded to it: 3 monthes: & that the devil: apeared to
her like a colt. very ugly: the first: time: but she would not own:
that she had bin baptized by him. she did not know but that the
devil did perswade her: to renounce god & christ & folow his wicked
wayes & that she did take his Counsell: and that she did afflict Timo:
Swan: she did not know but that the devil might ask: her body
& soul: & she knows not but that she did give him soul & body: after
ward she s'd she did do itt & that she would for sake god & his works:
and the devil promised her: to give her powr: to avenge her selfe
on them that offended her afterward she s'd the devil apeared to her
7 year agoe: & that he had tempted her to ly and had made her to
afflict persons but she could not tell their names that she first
afflicted:
Q who came w'th the devil when he made you a witch
A: a ragged girl: they came to gether and they perswaded me to
afflict: & I afflicte mary warin & an other fayr face: it is abo't a
quarter of a year agoe: I did it by sticking of pins. but did you afflict
Swan: yes but I am sorry for it:
Q where had you your spear
A I had nothing
Q. but an all but was it with yo'r body or spirit you came
to hurt these mayds:
A with my spirit:
Q but can you ask them
forgivnes:
A: I wil fall down on my knees: to ask it: of them: She
would not own: that she signd the devils book when he askd her
body & soul: but he would have had her done it nor. to a burch
Rign: nor nothing: she s'd the devil was in the Shape of a hors
when: he caried her to afflict: but would not own any body went
with her to afflict but the afflicted s'd her son Dan'll went with her:
to afflict:
Q did you not say: the Devil babtized yo'r son Daniell. A he told
me so: but: did you not touch the book nor lay yo'r hand on book
nor paper:
A I layd my hand on nothing without it was a peice of
board: and did you lay yo'r hand on the board when he bid you. A
yes: mary Lascy: s'd she had given her son Dan'll to the devil; at
2 years old: & that her aperition told her so: but: she could not
remember it: she was bid to take warin & lasy by the hand & beg
forgivnes & did so: & they forgave her. she s'd if she had given
her son Dan'll to the devil it was in an Angry fitt she did not know
but she might do it nor I do not know he is a wich but I am afrayd
he is: mary lascy saw her son Dan'll stand before her & s'd Dan'll
bid his mother not confess he was a Wich: his mother: did not know
she s'd but: she might se him for she saw a burlling: thing before
her: Mary lascy s'd she had babtized her: son Dan'll & that she had
bin babtized in five mile Pond: she s'd the reason she feared Dan'll
was a witch: was because he used dredfull bad words when he was
Angry: and bad wishes being asked: the #[s'd her] age of Dan'll:
s'd he was 28 years old: she was told she had bin long a witch: then
if she gave her son to the devil at 2 years old she owned she had
bin discontented since she had bin in league: with the devil: she
knew not but the devil might come once a day: lik a mous: or ratt:
she s'd she knew Sarah parker but did not know her to be a wich:
but she heard she had bin crosd in love & the devil had come to her
& kisd her who was with you when you afflicted Swan: A. no body
but my son Dan'll he was there when I came: theether: she would
have Dan'll perswaded to confes: but was told she were: best to per-
wade him becaus she knew him to be a wich: she was askt if she was
at the execution: she was at the hous below: the hill: she saw a few
folk: the woman of the hous had a pin stuck into her foot: but:
she s'd she did not doe it: but how do you afflict: A I Consent to
it: but have you bin a wich 26 years: A no I can remember but 7:
years & have afflicted: about a quarter of a year: but: if you have
bin a wich so long: why did you not afflict before seing you pro-
mised to serv the devil A: others: did not Afflict before: and the
devil: did not require it: but: doth not the devil threaten: #[to
tare] you #[in peices:] if you not do what he ses: A yes he thretens
to tere me in peices but did you use: to goe to meeting on sabath
dayes: yes: but not so often as I should have done: what shape did
the devil Com in when you layd yo'r hand on the board: A. I can-
not tell except it was a mous #[or rat]
(Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 25)

(Second Examination of Rebecca Eames)

August 31't: 1692 Present Jn'o Hathorne Jona't Corwin Esq'r
Rebeca Eames further acknowledgeth & declareth that she was
baptized aboute three years agoe in five Mile pond and that her
son Daniell was also then baptized by the Divell, and that her son
Daniell hath benne a Wizard aboute thurteene Yeares and that []
Toothaker Widow, and Abigail faulkner are both Witches and that
her son and both them have benne in Company with her in Ando-
ver afflicteing of Timothy Swan and further Confirmes what she
formerly acknowledged (viz) that she hath benne a wicth this 26
years and that the Divell then appeared to her in the likeness of a
black man and she then gave herselfe she sayth soul and body to
the Divell and promised to sarve & obey him and Keepe his ways
and further declares that she did Then at that tyme signe to a paper
the Divell then had that she would soe doe and sayth she made a
Mark upon said paper with her finger, and the spott or Mark she
made was black, and that she was then in such horror of Conscienc
that she tooke a Rope to hang herselfe and a Razer to cutt her throate
by Reason of her great sin in Committing adultery & by that the
Divell Gained her he promiseing she should not be brought out or
ever discovered.

the abovesaid Confession is the truth as wittnese my hand

Rebecka Emes

The mark of Rebecka Emes

Exa 31 August 92 Salem,
Rebecka. Emes. signed & owned the abovesaid Conffesion to be the
truth before me *John Higginson Justice of peace. 15 Sep't 1692

(Essex Institute -- Fowler Papers)

(Indictment v. Rebecca Eames, No. 1)

Essex in the Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England ss/
Anno R R's & Reginae Gulielmi & Mariae Angliae &c Quarto Anno'qe Domini. 1692.

The Juriors for our Sov'r. Lord and Lady the King and Queen
doe. present.That. Rebeckah Eames Wife of Robert Eames of Boxford
in the County of Essex. aforesaid In the Yeare afores'd. and
divers other dayes and times as well before as After Certaine detestable
Arts Called witchcraft & Sorceries Wickedly Mallitiously and
felloniously hath used practised and Exercised at and. in the Towne
of Andivor in the County of Essex afores'd. in upon and against one.
Timothy
Swan afores'd. by which said wicked acts the Said Timothy
Swan the day and yeare -- afores'd. and divers other dayes and
times both before and after was and Is Tortured aflicted Consumed
Wasted Pined and Tormented and also for Sundry Acts of Witch-
craft by the said Rebeckah Eames Comitted and done. before and
Since that time against the peace of our Sov'r. Lord and Lady the
King and Queen theire Crowne and dignity and the forme in the
Stattute In that Case made and provided.
(Endorsement)
(Reverse)
She acknowledged that she aflicted Timo. Swann.
Indictm't agst Rebecka Eames for bewitching Timo Swan
Billa Vera
(Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 25)

(Indictment v. Rebecca Eames, No. 2)

Essex in the province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England ss Ano: R R's &
Reginae Gulielmi & Mariae Angliae &c quarto Ano'qe Dom 1692

The Juriors for o'r Sov'r Lord and Lady the King & Queen doe
present That Rebeckah Eames Wife of Robert Eames of Boxford in
the County afores'd About Twenty six years past in the Towne
of Boxford in the County aforesaid Wickedly & felloniously A Covenant
with the evill Speritt the Devill did make in & by which Wicked
Covenant Shee the said Rebeckah Eames hir Soule & body to the
Devill did give & promised to serve & obey him & Keep his Wayes,
Contrary to the Stattute Of the first yeare of the Reigne of King
James the First in that Case made & provided And Against the
peace of o'r Soveraigne Lord & Lady the King & Queen their Crowne
& dignity Cogn.
(Reverse) Indictm't ag'st Rebecka Eames for Covenanting with the
Devil Billa vera Cogn.
(Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2. Page 26)

(Petition of Rebecca Eames)

The humble Petition of Rebecka Eames unto his Excellencye S'r:
W'm: Phipps knight & Govern'r of their Majestyes Dominions in
America humbly sheweth
That wheras your Poor and humble petitioner having been
here closely confined in Salem prison neare four monthes and
likewise Condemned to die for the crime of witchcraft w'ch the
Lord above he knowes I am altogether innocent and ignorant
off as will appeare att the great day of Judgment having had no
Evidences against me but the Spectre Evidences and my owne
confession w'ch the Lord above knowes was altogether false
and untrue I being hurried out of my Senses by the Afflicted
persons. Abigaill Hobbs and Mary Lacye who both of them
cryed out against me charging me with witchcraft the space of
four dayes mocking of me and spitting in my face saying they
knew me to be an old witch and If I would not confesse it I
should very Spedily be hanged for there was some such as my
selfe gone before and it would not be long before I should fol-
low them w'ch was the Occasion with my owne wicked heart of
my saying what I did say: and the reason of my standing to my
confession att my tryall was: That I know not one word w't
I said when I was upon my Tryall att what the honourd Majes-
tr'ts said to me but only the Name of Queen Mary: But may it
please yo'r Excellencye: when mr Matther and mr Brattle were
here in Salem they disowned w't they before had said against me
and doe still owne and say w't they had sayd against me was
Nothing but the Divells delusions and they knew nothing in
the least measure of any witchcraft by me: your poor and
humble petition'r doe begg and Implore of yo'r Excellencye to
Take it into yo'r Pious and Judicious consideration To Graunt
me A Pardon of my life Not deserving death by man for wich-
craft or any other Sin That my Innocent blood may not be shed
and your poor and humble petitioner shall for ever pray as she is
bound in duty for yo'r health & happinesse in this life and
eternall felicity in the world to come So prayes
Your poor and humble petition'r

*Rebecka: Eames

from Salem prison
Decem the 5th: 1692
(New York Public Library -- Manuscripts and Archives Division)

Mary Easty
Executed, September 22, 1692
( See also: Sarah Wilds -- Warrant; William Hobbs -- Mittimus .)

(Complaint of John Putnam, Jr. and Benjamin Hutchinson) Salem May the 20th 1692

There being Complaint this day made before mee by John putnam
Jun'r. and Benjamin Hutcheson both of Salem Village, for themselfes
and also for theire Neighbours, in behalfe of theire Majesties
against Marah Easty the wife of Isaac Easty of Topsfield for sundry
acts of witchcrafts by her Committed yesterday and this present
day of the date hereof upon the bodys of Ann putnam Marcy Lewis
Mary Walcot and Abigail Williams of Salem village to the wrong and
Injury of theire bodys therefore crave Justice.

*John putnam Jun
*Benjamin Huchinson

(Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 Page 117)

(Warrant for Arrest of Mary Easty)

To the Marshall of the County of Essex or dept or Constables of

Salem You are in theire Majest's names hereby required to apprehend
and forthwith bring before mee at the house of mr. Thomas
Beadles in Salem the Body of Mary Easty the wife Isaac Easty of
Topsfeild to be Examined Relateing to sundry acts of witchcraft by
her Committed yesterday and this present day according to
Complaint aboves'd and hereof you are not to faile Dated Salem May
20th 1692

May 20th: 1692

*John: Hathorne. Assist
p order of the Councill.

I have taken the body of the above named Mary Estiee and
brought her att the time and place above named

Pe me
*Geo: Herrick Marshall of Essex

(Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 Page 117)

(Examination of Mary Easty)

The Examination of Mary Eastie. At a Court held at Salem village 22. Apr. 1692
By the Hon. John Hathorne & Jonathan Corwin.
At the bringing in of the the accused severall fell into fits. Doth this woman hurt you?
Many mouths were stopt, & several other fits seized them. Abig: Williams said it was
Goody Eastie, & she had hurt her, the like said Mary Walcot, & Ann Putman, John
indian said her saw her with Goody Hobbs.
What do you say, are you guilty?
I can say before Christ Jesus, I am free.
You see these accuse you.
There is a God --
Hath she brought the book to you?
Their mouths were stopt.
What have you done to these children?
I know nothing.
How can you say you know nothing, when you see these tormented,
& accuse you that you know nothing?
Would you have me accuse my self?
Yes if you be guilty.
How far have you complyed w'th Satan whereby he takes this advantage ag't you?
Sir, I never complyed but prayed against him all my dayes, I have no complyance
with Satan, in this. What would you have me do?
Confess if you be guilty.
I will say it, if it was my last time, I am clear of this sin.
Of what sin?
Of witchcraft.
Are you certain this is the woman?
Never a one could speak for fits.
By and by Ann Putman said that was the woman, it was like her, & she told
me her name;
It is marvailous to me that #[she] you should sometimes think
they are bewitcht, & sometimes not, when severall confess that they
have been guilty of bewitching them.
Well Sir would you have me confess that that I never knew?
Her hands were clincht together, & then the hands of Mercy
Lewis was clincht
Look now you hands are open, her hands are open.
Is this the woman?
They made signes but could not speak, but Ann Putman after-
wards Betty Hubbard cryed out Oh. Goody Easty, Goody Easty you
are the woman, you are the woman
Put up her head, for while her head is bowed the necks of these
are broken.
What do you say to this?
Why God will know.
Nay God knows now.
I know he dos.
What did you think of the actions of others before your sisters
came out, did you think it was Witchcraft?
I cannot tell.
Why do you not think it is Witchcraft?
It is an evil spirit, but wither it be witchcraft I do not know,
Severall said she brought them the Book & then they fell into fits.
Salem Village March 24'th. 1691/2.
Mr Sam'l parris being desired to take in wrighting the Examina-
tion of Mary Eastie hath delivered itt as aforesaid
Upon heareing the aforesaid, and seeing what wee then did see,
togeather with the Charge: of the persons then present Wee
Committed s'd. Mary Easte to theire Majest's Goale

*John Hathorne
*Jonathan. Corwin {
Assists

(Reverse) The Examination of Mary Eastie 22. Apr. 1692

(Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1. Page 120)

(Indictment v. Mary Easty, No. 1)

Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England Essex ss Anno
Regni Regis & Reginae Gullielmi et Mariae nunc Angliae &c: Quarto:
Anno'qe Dom 1692

The Jurors for our Sovereigne Lord & Lady the King & Queen
pr'sents That Mary Easty wife of Isaack Easty of Topsfield husband-
man on the twenty third day of May in the fourth year of the Reigne
of our Sovereigne Lord and Lady William and Mary by the Grace of
God of England Scottland France and Ireland King & Queen De-
fenders of the faith &c. and divers other Dayes and times as well
before as After, certaine Detestable arts called Witchcrafts and
Sorceries Wickedly and feloniously hath used Practised and Exer-
cised at and within the Towneship of Salem in the County of Essex
aforesaid in upon and against one Marcy Lewis of Salem Villiage
Singlewoman by which said wicked Arts the said Marcy Lewis the
Twenty third day of May in the year abovesaid and Divers other
Dayes and times as well before as after, was and is Tortured Afflicted
Pined Consumed wasted & Tormented ag't: the Peace of our Sover-
eigne Lord and Lady the King and Queen and ag't. the form of the
Statute in that case made and Provided --

Witnesses
Marcy Lewis Jurat
Ann Putman Jurat
Eliz. Hubbard Jurat
Mary Wolcott Jurat

(Reverse)
Indictm't Mary Easty for bewitching Marsy Lewis No. ( I )
Billa No. I Ponet Se

(Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 Page 118)

(Indictment v. Mary Easty, No. 2)

Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England Essex ss Anno Regni
Regis et Reginae Gullielmi & Mariae nunc Angliae &c: Quarto Ano'qe Dom 1692

The Juro's for our Sovereigne Lord and Lady the King and
Queen pr'sents That: Mary Easty wife of Isaack Easty of Topsfeild
husbandman the twenty third day of May -- in the fourth year of the
Reigne of our Sovereigne Lord and Lady -- William & Mary by the
Grace of God of England Scottland France & Ireland King and
Queen Defenders of the faith &c: and Divers other Dayes and times
as well before as after certaine Detestable Arts called witchcrafts
& Sorceries wickedly and felloniously hath used Practised and Exer-
cised at and within the Towneship of Salem in the County of Essex
afores'd: in upon and ag't one Elizabeth Hubbard of Salem Single-
women by which said wicked Arts the said Elizabeth Hubbard the
twenty third Day of May in the fourth year aboves'd: and Divers
other Dayes and times as well before, as after was, and is, Tortured
Afflicted Pined Consumed wasted and Tormented ag't. the Peace of
our Sovereigne Lord and Lady the King and Queen and agt. the form
of the Statute in that case made and Provided

Witnesses
Eliz: Hubbard Jurat
Marcy Lewis Jurat
Ann Putman Jurat

(Reverse) Mary Easty Indictm't for bewitching Eliz Hobard No. (2)
Billa:
Vera Ponet Se

(Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 Page 118)

(Summons for Witnesses)

W'm & Mary by the Grace of God of England Scotland France
& Ireland King & Queen defend'r of the faith &c'a.
To the Constable of Topsfield Greeting Wee Command you to Warn
& Give Notice unto the Wife of Abraham Reddington. Mary Towne
Widow William Towne & Samuel Towne Sons of s'd Mary
Towne Rebecka & Elizabeth Towne dauthters of s'd Widow
Towne that they & Every of them all Excuses set apart be and per-
sonaly appear at the Court of Oyer & Terminer holden at Salem to
Morrow by Twelve of the Clock hereof make return fail not dated
in Salem Sep'r. 6.th 1692 & in the fourth yeare of Our Reign

*Stephen Sewall Cler

(Massachusetts Historical Society)

(Excuse of Mary Towne)

To the Honered Court now Seting in Salem

Right honered: the Constabll of Topsfild hath sarved a warent
one me and too of my sons and too of my dafters: to Apere this day
at Salem I humbly baig that your honers will not Impuet any thing
concarning our not coming as Contempt of athority for ware I my
selfe or any of my famely sent for in any capasete of Coming we
would Com but we are in a Straing condicion and most of us can
scars git of of our beads we are so wake and not abell to Reid at all:
as for my dafter Rebaka she hath Straing fits somtimes she is knoked
downe of a sodin:

*Mary Towne

Dat the 7th of September 1692
(Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol 1 Page 123)

(Summons for Mary Towne and Rebecca Towne)

W'm & Mary by the Grace of God of England Scotland france &
Ireland King & Queen defend'rs of the faith
To Mary Towne widow & Rebecka Towne her Daughter
Greeting.
Wee Comand you all Excuses Set apart to be & appear at the
Court of Oyer & Terminer holden at Salem to morrow morning
at Eight of the Clock precisely there to Testify the truth to the
best of your knowledge on Sever'll Indictments Exhibited against
Mary Easty hereof fail not at your utmost perill
Dated in Salem Sep'r. 8th. 1692 & in the fourth yeare of Our
Reign

*Stephen Sewall Cler

To the Constable of Topsfield hereof Make return fail not

(Reverse)
I have Warned the Widow town and hare dauter to apere
at the corte.acording to time spoken of in the warant as atested.

by me *Ephraim Wildes
contabl of Topsfeld

(Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 Page 123)

(Thomas Fosse and Elizabeth Fosse for Mary Easty)

thes may Sartifie home it may cun[cern] that wee hows names are undor Ritt[en]
Being dasired by some of the Realeations of mary estweke to give our obsarvation how
she behaved hur self while she Roumain[ed] in Ipswech prison we dow afarme th[at]
wee sawe noe ell carreg or behav[iour in] hure but that hure daportment wosi [torn]
Sobor and civell as wittnes our h[ands this]

5 Saptem 92

thomos [Fosse]
his mark
elesabeth [Fosse]

(Reverse)
thomos Fosse tastimoney about marey Astey

(Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1. Page 123)

(John and Mary Arnold for Mary Easty and Sarah Cloyce)

These may Cartify home it may Consarne that wee hous names are
underritten being dasired by sum of the Realeations of Mary [estwek]
and sarah Cloise to give our obsarvation how they behaved tham sales
while thay Remained in Bostorn prison we dow affirme [th] at wee
[torn] saw noe ill Carreg or Behavor in tham But that thare daport-
ment wase verey sobere and Civell as wittnes our hands
this is truee copie

John Arnold
Marey Arnold

(Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 Page 128)

(George Herrick and John Putnam, Jr., v. Mary Easty)

May 20th 1692 . The testimone of Geo: Herrick aged thirty
four or thereaboutes and John Puttnam Jun'r of Salem Village aged
thirty five yeares or there aboutes and saith that beeing att the
house of the above s'd John Puttnams both saw Mercy Lewis in a
very Dreadfull and Solemn Condition: So that to our aprehention
shee could not continue long in this world without A mittigation
of thoes Torments wee saw her # [in] which Caused us to Expediate
A hasty dispacth to apprehend Mary Estick in hopes if possable
it might save her Life and Returneing the same night to s'd John
Puttnams house aboute middnight wee found the s'd Mercy Lewis
in A Dreadfull fitt but her Reason was then Returned Againe she
said what have you brought me the winding Sheet Goodwife Estice,
well I had rather goe into the winding Sheet then Sett my hand to
the Book but affter that her fitts was weaker and weaker but still
Complaining that Shee was very Sick of her Stomake aboute break
of Day She fell a sleep but still Continues Extream sick and was
taken with A Dread fitt Just as wee left her so that wee perceaved
life in her and that was all

Jurat in Curia
Sep'r. 9th. 92:
#[Benj Huchinson testifieth the same as]

Atest
*Geo: Herrick
*John.putnam.Jun

(Reverse)
George Herrick against mary Estick

(Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 Page 119)

(Jonathan Putnam, James Darling, Benjamin Hutchinson
and Samuel Braybrook v. Mary Easty)

The deposition of Jonathan Putman, James Darling, Benja.
Hutchinson & Sam: Braybrook w'o testify & say that we together
with divers others the 20. May. 1692 between eight & eleven aclock
at night being with Mercy Lewes whom we found in a dase as if
death would have quickly followed, & to whom Eliz: Hubbard was
brought (said Mercy being unable to speak most of the day) to dis-
cover what she could see did afflict said Mercy, heard & observed
that these two fell into fits by turns, the one being well whilst the
other was ill, & that each of them complained much of Mary Eastie,
who brought the book to said Mercy severall times as we heard her
say in her trances, & vexed & tortured them both by choking &
seemingly breathless fits & other fits, threatning said Mercy with
a winding sheet & afterwards with a Coffin if said Mercy would not
signe to her book, with abundance more of vexations they both
received from her.
(Reverse)
Jonath: Putman James Darlin &c against Mary Esty
(Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 Page 119)

(Mary Walcott v. Mary Easty)

The Depoestion of Mary Walcott: who Testifieth and saith on
the 20th of may 1692: about twelve of the clock: I saw the Appari-
tion of goody: Eastteck come and pinch. & choake me: and terri-
fied me much and she told me that she had blinded al our eyes that
ware afflicted only mersy Lueies for she said that she had not power
to.doe itt on that day she was cleared: on this 20th Instante of may:
92 about an hour by sun I went to mr John Putnams to see mersey
Lueis: and their I saw the apparition of the above said goody Easteck:
a choaking of mersey Lueis and pressing upon hur breast with her;
hands and I saw hur put a chane aboute her nick and choaked her:
and all the while I was their I saw her hurting of her griveiously: and
she told me that she would kill her this night if she could

Sworne Salem Village May 23rd. 1692

before us
*John Hathorne
*Jonathan Corwin {
Assists

(Reverse) mary Walcott further testifieth that on 23 may 1692.
mary Estick did most greviously torment me during the time of hir
examination also the day I saw hir or hir Apperanc most greviously
torment mercy lewes Eliz Hubbrt and ann putnam and I veryly be-
leve in my hart that mary Estick is a most dreadfull wicth and that
she hath very often most dreadfully tormented me and parsons
above named by hir acts of wicthcraft.
Mary walcot declared: before the Jury of Inquest that the above
written evidence and that on the other side of this paper: is the
truth: upon oath:
Aug'st 4: 1692
(Reverse)
Mary Walcott ver Mary Eastey

(Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1. Page 121)

(Sarah Bibber v. Mary Easty)

Sarah: Viber: afirmed upon her oath: that she saw Mary: the
wife of Isaac Esty: upon Jno Nortons:bed: when s'd Norton: was:ill:
and s'd goody Esty flew out upon her: & afflicted her: s'd Vibber:
and s'd Vibber affirmed: that since the time of the last examination
of s'd Esty: s'd Esty: has hurt & afflicted mercy Lewis: and mary
walcot & Ann:Putman: she or her Apperition: & she s'd Esty has
some times hurt & afflicted her: s'd Vibber also since s'd:Esty
her last examination: also: s'd Vibber: s'd: that: s'd Esty or her
apperition has Afflicted: Eliz: Hubbard: this s'd Vibber owned:
to be: the truth: before the Jury of inquest

Aug'st: 3: 1692
(Reverse)
Sarah wiber Mary Eastey

(Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 Page 121)

(Mary Warren v. Mary Easty)

Mary: Warin: affirmd: before: the Jury: of Inquest: that: Good-
wife Esty of Topsfeild: has: afflicted her: she or: her Apperition:
And that s'd Esty: hath afflicted Marcy Lewis: Elizabeth: Hubbard:
& Mary Walcot and Ann Putnam: upon: the oath: that she has taken:
Aug'st: 3: 1692
(Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 Page 121)

(Abigail Williams and Ann Putnam, Jr. v. Mary Easty,
John Willard, and Mary Witheridge)

The Deposistion of Abigaill williams and Ann putnam who testi-
fieth and saith that we both goeing along with goodman Abby and
Sarah Trask the 20th of may 1692 to the house of Constable Jno:
putnam to se mercy lewes. as we ware in the way we both saw the
Apperishtion of Gooddy Estick the very same woman that was sent
whom the other day: and also the Apperishtion of Goody Estick
tould us both that now she was afflecting of Mircy lewes because
she would not clear hir as others did and w'n came to who laye
speachless and in a sad condition we saw there the Apperishtions of
gooddy Estick and Jno. willard and mary witheridge afflecting and
choaking mircy lewes in a most dreadfull maner.which did most
greviously affright us and immediatly gooddy Estick did fall upon us
and tortor us allso Redy to choake us to death
Abigail Williams and An putnam Testified to the truth of the
abous'd Evedence

Salem Village May the 23d. 1692

Before us
*John Hathorne
*Jonathan. Corwin {
Assists

(Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 Page 122)

(Ann Putnam, Jr. v. Mary Easty)

Ann putnam further testifieth that on 23 may 1692: being the
last day of the examination of mary Estick she did most greviously
torment me dureing the time of hir examination also on the same
day I saw mary Estick or hir Apperane most greviously torment and
afflect mary walcott mercy lewes Eliz Hubburd and abigail william
and I veryly beleve in my hart that mary Estick is a most dreadfull
wicth and that she hath very often afflected me and the persons af-
fore named by hir acts of wictchraft.
Ann Putnam: declared: to the Jury of Inquest: that her above writ-
ten evidence: is the truth upon her oath: Aug'st 4: 1692
(Reverse)
Ann Putman &c ver. Eastick
(Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 Page 122)

(Elizabeth Hubbard v. Mary Easty, John Willard,
and Mary Witheridge)

The Deposistion of Elizabeth Hubburt who testifieth and saith
I being caryed up to Constable Jno. putnams house on the 20th
of may 1692: to se Mircy lewes who laid speachless and in a sad
condition: I saw there the apperishtions of gooddy estick the very
same woman that was sent whom the other day: and Jno. willard
and mary witherridge Afflecting and tortoring of Mircy lewes in a
most dreadfull maner.which did affright me most greviously: and
immediatly gooddy Estick did sett upon me most dreadfully and
tortored me almost Ready to choak me to death and urged me
vehemently to writ in hir book

Sworne Salem Village May the 23d: 1692.

Before us
*John Hathorne
*Jonathan. Corwin {
Assists.

we whose names are under writen heaving been along with Eli-
zabeth . Huburd this time above mentioned herd hir declare what is
above writen and we read it to hir when we came away and she
said it was all true this 21 may 1692

Thomas putnam
John.putnam Jun
Jurat in Curia Sept'r. 9th. 1692

Eliz Hubburd further testifieth that on the 23 may 1692 being
the last day of the examination of mary Estick she did most grevious-
ly afflect and torment me dureing the time of hir Examination allso
dureing the time of her examination I saw mary Estick most grev-
iously aflect and torment mary walcott mercy lewes Abigail williams
and ann putnam by twisting and all most choaking them to death
and I verily beleve in my heart that mary estick is a most dreadfull
wicth and that she hath very often afflected and tormented me and
parsons above named by hir acts of wicthcraft
Eliz. Hubbard declared the two above written evidences: in this
paper before the Jury of Inquest: to be the truth:upon oath:

August 4:1692

(Reverse)
El. Hubbard Contr. Easty

(Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 Page 122)

(Samuel Abby v. Mary Easty, John Willard, and Mary Witheridge)

The Deposistion of Samuell Abby aged about 45 years who
testifieth and saith that on the 20th of may 1692 I went to the
house. of constable Jno. putnam:about 9 a clock in the moring and
when I came there: Mircy lewes lay on the bed in a sad condition and
continewing speachless for about an hour: the man not being at
whom: the woman desired me to goe to Tho: putnams to bring Ann
putnam to se if she could se who it was that hurt mircy lewes: ac-
cordingly I went: and found Abigail williams along with ann putnam:
and brought them both to se mircy lewes: and as they ware a goeing
along the way both of them said that they saw the Apperishtion of
Goody Estick and said it was the same woman that was sent whom
the other day: and said also that they saw the Apperishtion of the
other woman that appered with goody estick the other day.and both
of them allso said that the Apperishtion of goody Estick tould them
that now she was afflecting of mircy lewes: and when they came to
Mircy lewes both of them said that they saw the Apperishtion of
goody Estick and Jno. willard and mary witheridge afflecting the
body of mircy lewes: and I continewing along with mircy who continewed
in a sad condition the greatest part of the day being in such
tortors as no toungue can express: but not able to spake: but at last
said Deare lord Receive my soule and againe said Lord let them not
kill me quitt, but att last she came to hir self for a little whille and
was very sensable and [and] then she said that goody estick said
she would kill hir before midnight because she did not cleare hir
so as the Rest did. then againe presently she fell very bad and cried
out pray for the salvation of my soule for they will kil me

Jurat in Curia Sep'r. 9th. 92

(Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 Page 124)

(Sarah Trask v. Mary Easty, John Willard, and Mary Witheridge)

Sarah Trask ageed about 19 years testifieth that she went along
with Abigaill williams and Ann putnam and also hard them say what
is above writen they said: and also hard mircy lewes declare what is
above writen she said.
(Reverse) Sam Abbey
(Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol 1 Page 124)

(Edward Putnam v. Mary Easty)

the deposistion of Edward Putnam aged abought 38 years ho
testifieth and saith abought 18 day of may 1692 mary easty the
prisner now at the bar being then seat at liberty but one the 20 and
21 days of may marcy lues was so greviously aflicted and tortred by
her (as she her self and mary walcott: an putnam Elizabeth hubbart
abigel williams) said) I my self being ther present with several others
with marcy lues looked for nothing else: but present death with
marcy lues for all most the space of two days and a night she was
choked allmost to death in so much we thought sumtimes she had
banded her mouth and teath shut and all this very often untell
shuch time as we under stood mary easty was laid in Irons, allso
apon the second day of mary estys examination at the vilag marcy
lues mary walcott elizabeth hubbart ann putnam mary warrin and
abigell williams when mary easty came to the [mar'] haile to go to
paryer and in prayer time and sumtime after it they remaned in this
sad condition of being all most choked to death and when they ware
abul again to speak they all with one Consent charged her that she
did them that mischef. I all so have hard sum of them Complain
very often of hur hurting them with the spindall of a wheel.

Jurat in Curia

*Edward putnam

(Reverse) Ed'd. Putm'n

(Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol 1 Page 125)

(Samuel Smith v. Mary Easty)

The deposistion of Samuell Smith of Boxford about 25 yers who
testifieth and saith that about five years sence I was one night att
the house of Isaac Estick sen'r. of Topsfeild and I was as farr as
I know to Rude in discorse and the above said Esticks wife said
to me I would not have you be so rude in discorse for I might Rue it
hereafter and as I was agoeing whom that night about a quarter of
a mille from the said Esticks house by a stone wall I Received a
little blow on my shoulder with I know not what and the stone wall
rattleed very much which affrighted me my horse also was affrighted
very much but I cannot give the reson of it.

Reverse)
Sam'll Smith ag'st. G. Easty
(Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 Page 125)

(Margaret Reddington v. Mary Easty)

the depesiasian of margret Redengton eged about seventiy
yers testifieth and saith that a bout three yers a gow I was at good
mon Esties and talking with his wife a bout an In fermety I hade
and presantly after I fell Into a most sollom condision and the thres-
day before the thanksgiving that wee hade last. In the afternone I
was exseding elle and that night godey Estiey apered to mee and
profered me a pece of fresh mete and I tolld hare twas not fete for
the doges and I would have non of ite and then she vanished a
waye
(Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 Page 125 )

(Petition of Mary Easty and Sarah Cloyce)

The humble Request of Mary Esty and Sarah Cloys to the Honoured
Court.
Humbly sheweth, that whereas we two Sisters Mary Esty
& Sarah Cloys stand now before the Honoured court charged with the
suspition of Witchcraft, our humble request is first that seing we are
neither able to plead our owne cause, nor is councell alowed to those
in our condicion; that you who are our Judges, would please to be
of councell to us, to direct us wherein we may stand in neede.
Secondly that whereas we are not conscious to ourselves of any
guilt in the least degree of that crime, wherof we are now accused
(in the presence of the Living God we speake it, before whose aw-
full Tribunall we know we shall ere Long appeare) nor of any other
scandalouse evill, or miscaryage inconsistant with Christianity, Those
who have had the Longest and best knowledge of us, being persons
of good report, may be suffered to Testifie upon oath what they
know concerning each of us, viz Mr. Capen the pastour and those of
the Towne & Church of Topsfield, who are ready to say somthing
which we hope may be looked upon, as very considerable in this
matter; with the seven children of one of us, viz Mary Esty, and it
may be produced of Like nature in reference to the wife of Peter
Cloys, her sister. Thirdly that the Testimony of witches, or such as
are afflicted, as is supposed, by witches may not be improved to con-
demn us, without other Legal evidence concurring, we hope the
Honoured Court & Jury will be soe tender of the lives of such,
as we are who have for many years Lived under the unblemished
reputation of Christianity, as not to condemne them without a
fayre and equall hearing of what may be sayd for us, as well as
against us. And your poore supplyants shall be bound always to
pray &c.
(Reverse) Easty & Cloyce peticon

(Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1. Page 127)

(Petition of Mary Easty)

The humbl petition of mary Eastick unto his Excellencyes S'r W'm
Phipps to the honour'd Judge and Bench now Sitting In Judi-
cature in Salem and the Reverend ministers humbly sheweth
That whereas your poor and humble Petition being condemned
to die Doe humbly begg of you to take it into your Judicious and
pious considerations that your Poor and humble petitioner knowing
my own Innocencye Blised be the Lord for it and seeing plainly
the wiles and subtility of my accusers by my Selfe can not but
Judg charitably of others that are going the same way of my selfe
if the Lord stepps not mightily in i was confined a whole month
upon the same account that I am condemed now for and then
cleared by the afflicted persons as some of your honours know and
in two dayes time I was cryed out upon by them and have been confined
and now am condemned to die the Lord above knows my
Innocencye then and Likewise does now as att the great day will be
known to men and Angells -- I Petition to your honours not for my
own life for I know I must die and my appointed time is sett but the
Lord he knowes it is that if it be possible no more Innocentt blood
may be shed which undoubtidly cannot be Avoydd In the way and
course you goe in I question not but your honours does to the
uttmost of your Powers in the discovery and detecting of witchcraft
and witches and would not be gulty of Innocent blood for the world
but by my own Innocencye I know you are in the wrong way the
Lord in his infinite mercye direct you in this great work if it be his
blessed will that no more Innocent blood be shed I would humbly
begg of you that your honors would be plesed to examine theis
Aflicted Persons strictly and keepe them apart some time and Like-
wise to try some of these confesing wichis I being confident there
is severall of them has belyed themselves and others as will appeare
if not in this wor[l]d I am sure in the world to come whither I am
now agoing and I Question not but youle see an alteration of thes
things they say my selfe and others having made a League with the
Divel we cannot confesse I know and the Lord knowes as will shortly
appeare they belye me and so I Question not but they doe others the
Lord above who is the Searcher of all hearts knowes that as I shall
answer it att the Tribunall seat that I know not the least thinge
of witchcraft therfore I cannot I dare not belye my own soule I
beg your honers not to deny this my humble petition from a poor
dy ing Innocent person and I Question not but the Lord will give
a blesing to yor endevers
(Reverse)
To his Excellencye S'r W'm Phipps: Govern'r and to the
honoured Judge and Magistrates now setting in Judicature in
Salem.
(Reverse) Mary Easty Petition
(Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1. Page 127)

Esther Elwell

(Warrant for Arrest of Esther Elwell, Abigail Roe, and Rebecca Dike)

To the Sheriffe of Our County of Essex, his under Sheriffe or De-
puty or Constable of Glocester, or Constable. Whereas Complaint
Is made by Leut. James Stevens & William Stevens & Nathaniel Coyt
all of Glocester, In the County of Essex In behalfe of their Majes-
ties , unto -- thair Majesties Justices. of the peace. against Esther
Ellwell the wife of Samuel Elwell, & Abigail Roe daughter of Hugh
Roe: & Rebecka Dike, the wife of Richard Dike. all of Gloster, af-
foresaid , for that they have Grounded suspicion that the Said Elwell
Dike & Roe have wickedly & felloniously Comitted Sundry acts of
witchcraft upon the body of Mrs. Mary fitch the wife of Mr. John
fitch of Gloaster afforesaid, unto the Wasteing pineing & Consume-
ing of her body Contrary to the peace of our sovereigne Lord & Lady
the King & Queen & Contrary to the forme of the statutes in that
Case made & Provided. & have Craved Justice & have Entered into
Recognisance, to prosecute the Said Complaint to Effect. the which
is therefore In their Majesties Names. William & Mary of England &c
King & Queen to Require you by vertue hereof forwith or as soon as
may be, to Apprehend Seize & Secure the Said Esther Ellwell Reecka
Dike & Abigall Roe & them haveing So Secured You are the
first Convenient time to bring before their Majesties Justices of the
Peace for the County of Essex that thay may be Examined & Pro-
vided with as the Law Directs of which You are not to faile at your
Perrill & for So Doeing this shall be Your sufficient Warrant,
& make a true Returne under Your hand according to Law --

Ipswich Novemb'r. 5th 1692 Given under my hand

*Tho's. Wade. J: P.

(Suffolk Court Records Case No. 2689 No. 17)

(Testimony of James Stevens)

James Stevens testifieth and saith that Mary Fitch did say that she
felt A woman upon the bed, and put forth hir hand, and felt the
hair and felt the hair of hir head and A peg in it, also testifieth
that she said she was squesed to pieces, whereas I saw no body
hurt hur.

Ipswich Nov'br: the 8th 1692 sworne before us,

*Daniell Epps, J: P:
Tho's. Wade: J: P:

(Suffolk Court Records Case No. 2689 Page 17)

Martha Emerson

(Warrant for Arrest of Martha Emerson)

To the Sherriff of the County of Essex or his Dept or Constable of Haverhill

You are in theire Majest's names hereby required forthwith or as
soon as may be to Bring before us Martha Emerson /the wife of
Joseph Emerson of Haverhill, who was Daughter of Roger toothak[e]r
of Belrica late Deceased; who stands accused of haveing committed
sundry acts of [] Witchcraft Lately on the Bodys of Mary
Warren Mary Lacy & others to theire graete hurtes [& injury] in
Order to her Examination Relateing to the abovesaid Premisses
and hereof faile not Dated Salem July the 22th 1692 , You are like-
wise required to make diligent search for any Images or Popetts
&c in s'd house or aboute itt --

Salem:

*Bartho. Gedney
*John Hathorne
*Jonathan. Corwin
*John Higginson {
Justices Peace
by virtue [of the] of this warant I have Seased Martha Emerson of
haverhill and have brought her here to answer to what shall be
Charged Against her

Dat this 22 of July 1692

[P me] *William Starling
Constable

Boston Public Library -- Dept. of Rare Books and Manuscripts)

(Examination of Martha Emerson)

Martha Emerson was examined before Maj'r Gedney & other their
Majest'es Justices in Salem July 23, 1692 .
Martha Emerson you are here accused for afflicting of Mary Warin
& Mary Lasey: by witchcraft: what say you: Answer: I never saw
them. Richard Carrier: s'd he see her hurt them both yester day,
but he had never seen her at the witch meeting: but Mary lasey
sen'r s'd that she had seen both Martha Emerson & her mother at
the witch meeting. Mary Warin & Mary Lacy fell down when s'd
Martha Emerson looked on them: & Mary Lasy was presently well
when s'd Emerson took her by the wrist: two more also fell down
with her looking on them: but: she denyed that she knew anything
of witchcraft.
Mary Warin s'd: that s'd Emersons spectre told her: that: she had rid
a man with an inchanted bridle: & Matthew Herriman: was called:
to say whether he had bin ridden: so or no: who answered. that last
Monday night: he was in a strange condision: and heard it rain
& blow: as I thought: but in the morning there had bin no rain: but
in the morning my tongue was sore & I could not speak till son two
hours high: & Martha Emerson came to our house that morning: as
soon as it was light for fire: Mary: Warin being in a long Dumb fitt;
signified by holding up her hand that this Harriman was the man
that she s'd Emerson s'd she had ridden: but Emerson s'd she knew
nothing of it Emerson was told: that her father: had s'd: he had
tought his Daughter Martha so that she had killed a witch: and:
that was to take the afflicted persons water & put in in a glass or
bottle: & sett it into an oven: Emerson owned she had [kept] a
womans urin: in a glass. Emerson was asked: who hindred her
from confessing she answered that her Aunt Carrier & good wife
Green of Haverill: were before her: good wife Green: was angry
with her: because she would not be lie her selfe for Green had
Inticed her a fortnight: to afflict & she would not: she s'd Greens
wife would have her be of: that number: she was asked what Num-
ber : she s'd the number of Devils: she complaynd: that: Greens wife
& her Aunt Carrier: took her by the throat: & that they would not
lett her Confess. she s'd Greens wife had a pigg that use to follo
her: but after ward she Denyed all. & s'd: what she had s'd was in
hopes to have favour: & now she could not Deny god: that had keept
her from that sin: & after s'd though he slay me I will trust in him.
(Reverse) Mary Warran Owned before the Grand jury Jan'y 10th
1692 that Martha Emerson had afflicted her severall times before
& at this time when she was presant with us

Attests
*Robert Payne foreman:

(Suffolk Court Records Case No. 2708 Page 31)

(Indictment v. Martha Emerson)

(Case of Martha Emerson -- Witchcraft -- Jan. 1692.)
Province of the Massathusetts Bay in new England Essex Anno RRs
& Reginae Gulielmi & Mariae Angliae &c. Quarto Anno'q Dom: 1692

The Juro's. for our sovereigne Lord & Lady the: King & Queen
Presents That Martha Emerson of Haverhill in the County of Essex
Married Woman on the 23d of July 1692 -- And Diverse other Dayes
and Times as well before as after Certaine Detestable Arts called
Witchcraft & Sorceries Wicked[ly] Mallishiously & Felloniously
hath Used -- Practised & Exercised at & in the Towne of Salem in
the County afores'd upon and against one Mary Warren Single-
woman By which Wicked Arts the said Mary Warren the Day & year
afores'd and Divers other Dayes & times as well before as after was
& is Tortured Afflicted Tormented Pined & Wasted against the
Peace of our sovereigne Lord & Lady the King & Queen their Crowne
and Dignity and the Lawes in that case made & Provided

Mary Warren
Ignoramus
*Robert Payne
Foreman

(Suffolk Court Records Case No. 2708 Page 32)

Joseph Emons

(Recognizance and Complaint against Joseph Emons)

Simo: Willard & Eliz: Kesor Complaineth. to their Majesties Justices
of the Peace in Salem Against Joseph Emens of Manchester. for that
the Said Emins hath Sorely afflicted Mary Warren by witchcraft to
her great hurt & prays that awrit of Aprehention may be given out
against him & the Said Simon Wilard & Eliz'r Kesor doe by these pre-
sents oblige themselves to our Soveraines William & Mary King
& Queen of England The Condition is that the Said Willard & Kesor
shall procecut the Said Complaint to Effect

5 Sept 1692

*Simon Willard
*Elizur Keysar

This Recognizance taken before me
*John Higginson
Just'e Peace
5 Sept 1692

(Boston Public Library -- Dept. of Rare Books and Manuscripts)

Phillip English
( See also: George Burroughs -- Complaint )

(Warrant for Arrest of Phillip English, Sarah Morey, and Dorcas Hoar)

To the Marshall of the County of Essex or his Lawfull Deputy
You are in theire Majest's names hereby required to Apprehend
and bring before us phillip English of Salem Merchant, Sarah Murrell
of Beverly and Darcas Hoare of Beverly Widdow all in the County of
Essex on Munday next being the second day of the Moneth of May
next Ensueing the date hereof, aboute Eleven of the Clock in the
forenoon at the house of L't Nathaniell Ingersalls in Salem Village in
order to theire Examination Relateing to high Suspition of Sundry
acts of Witchcraft donne or Committed by them upon the Bodys of
Mary Walcott Marcy Lewis Abigail Williams Ann putnam and Eli-
zabeth Hubbert and Susanah Sheldon (viz) upon some or all of
them, belonging to Salem village or farmes whereby great hurt
& dammage hath benne donne to the Bodys, of s'd persons according
to Complaint of Capt Jonathan Walcot and Serjent Thomas putnam,
in behalfe of theire Majesties, for themselfes and also for severall of
theire Neighbours And hereof you are not to faile at your perill

Dated Salem Aprill 30th. 1692

P vs
*John. Hathorne
*Jonathan. Corwin {
Assist's

(Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 Page 56)

(Officer's Return)
May 2d: 1692 I have taken the bodys of the above named Sarah
Murrell and Darcas Hoare and brought them unto the house of leut
Nathaneill Ingersoll att the time aboves'd

P'r
mee *George Herrick
Marshall of Essex

Mr Phillip English not beeing to bee found

P'r
G H

(Reverse)
P. English S. Murrell Dorcas Hoar

(Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol 1 Page 56)

(Warrant for Arrest of Phillip English, No. 2)

To the Marshall Generall or his Lawfull Deputie
Whereas Complaint hath bin made by Capt Jonathan Walcott
and Thomas putnam of Salem Village upon the 30th of April Last
past in behalfe of theire Majesties against phillip English of Salem
Merchant for high Suspition of Divers acts of Witchcraft donne or
Committed by him upon the Bodys of Ann putnam Marcy Lewis
Susannah Sheldon &c of Salem village or farmes and whereas War-
rant hath benne for some tyme since granted out for the apprehend-
ing of the said phillip English to bring him upon Examination and he
not appeareing or found since in the County of Essex
You are therefore in theire Majest's. names hereby required to
apprehend the s'd phillip English of Salem Merc't. and him Convey
unto Salem in the County of Essex and deliver him into the Custody
of the Marshall of s'd County of Essex or some Lawfull Authority
there, that he may be Examined Relateing to the aboves'd premises
Either by such as shall be appointed thereunto or to the Magestrates
in s'd place and hereof you are not to faile Dated Boston May 6t. 1692

P vs
*John:Hathorne
*Jonathan. Corwin
Assist's

(Reverse)

In obedience to the within written warr't. the within
menconed phillip English was arrested & committed by the Marshall
Generall to the Marshall of Essex on the 30th. of May instant and
in pursuance of the s'd. warrant the s'd phillipp English was brought
before the within menconed Johnathan Corwin Esq'rs the 31st. May
1692 to answer the within accusation by me

p me
* Jacob Manning marsell depay

(Reverse)
Warrant P. English

(Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 Page 56)

(Indictment v. Phillip English, No. 1) 1692, May 31

Essex in the Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England ss. Anno RRs.
& Reginae Gulielmi & Mariae Angliae &c. Quarto: Anno'qe Domini 1692
The Jurors for o'r Sov'r Lord and Lady the King and Queen doe
present that Phillip English of Salem -- In the County of Essex
M'rchant upon the Thirty first day of May -- In the year afore-
said said and divers other dayes and times as well before as after Cer-
taine Detestable, arts Called Witchcraft and sorceries Wickedly
Mallistiously and felloniously hath used practised and Exercised
at and in the Towne of Salem in the County of Essex -- aforesaid
in upon and against one Mary Wallcott of Salem -- aforesaid
Single Woman -- by Said Wicked Acts the Said Mary Wallcott
the Day & Year aforesaid and divers other dayes and Times both
before and after was and is Tortured afflicted Consumed Pined
Wasted & Tormented #[and also for Sundry other Acts of
witchcraft by the Said Phillip English Comitted and done before
and Since that Time,] against the Peace of o'r Sov'r Lord and
Lady the King and Queen theire Crowne and dignity and the laws
#[forme of the Stattute] in that Case made and Provided
(Reverse) Indictm't agst Phillip English for bewitching Mary
Wallcott

Ignoramus
Robert: Payne
foreman:

(New York Public Library -- Manuscripts and Archives Division)

(Indictment v. Phillip English, No. 2) 1692
31 May.
Essex in the Province of the Massachusett Bay in new England nno RRs
& Reginae Gulielmi & Mariae Angliae &c Quarto Anno'qe Dom: 1692

The Jurors for our Sov'r Lord and Lady the King and Queen doe p'sent
That Phillip English of Salem -- In the County of Essex Merchant, upon the Thirty first
day of May
In the Yeare aforesaid and divers other days and times as well before as after
Certain detestable Arts called Witchcraft and Sorceries Wickedly Mallitiously and
felloniously hath used practised and Exercised At and in the Towne of Salem in
the County of Essex Aforesaid in upon an dagainst one Elizabeth Booth of Salem --
aforesaid Single Woman... by which said Wicked Acts the said Eliza: Booth the day
& Yeare aforesaid and divers other days and times both before and after was and is
Tortured Aflicted Consumed Pined Wasted and Tormented #[and also for Sundry
other Acts of Witchcraft by the said Phillip English -- Comitted and done before
and Since that time] Against the Peace of our Sov'r Lord and Lady the King and
Queen theire Crowne and Dignity and the #[forme of the Stattute] law In that case
made and Provided.
(Reverse)
Indict: ag'st Phillip English for bewitching
Eliza: Booth Ignoramus Robert:Payne foreman
(New York Public Library -- Manuscripts and Archives Division)

(William Beale v. Phillip English)

William Beale of Marbllee Head aged upward of Sixty yeares
testifieth & sayeth that last March past was twelve moenth towards
the latter end of the moenth then my self beeinge in the house of
George Bonfeilds of Marbllee Head whither I repaired that I mighte
have helpe to nurse or loake after mee because of A very greate
& wracking paine had seized uppon my body & the distemper of the
small pox then beeing in my house & my son James at the same time
then in my house lying sick then towards the latter end of that
moenth Aforesayed in that house as [as] I lay in my bed in the
morneinge presently after it was faiere lighte abroade in the roome
Where I lay in my bed which was layed low & neire unto the fire to-
wards the norward parte of the roome I beeing broade Awake I then
saw up on the south jaame of that Chimny A darke shade w'ch
covered the jaam of that chimney aforesayed from the under floore
to the upper floore & alsoe a dar[k] ness more then it was beefore
in the southerne part of the house & alsoe in the middlee of the dark-
ness in the shade uppon the jaame of the chimny aforesayed I bee-
held somethinge of the forme or shape of A man I tooke most notice
of his legs because they weere of a very greate stature or bigness I
wondred at the sighte & therefore I turned my head as I lay in my
bed & cast my eyes towards the south side of the house to see if the
sun weer risen or whether there weere any person or anythinge in
the house w'ch by the help of the sun mi[ght] cause such A shade
or shape but I saw non nor any lighte of the sun in that roome then
& then turned my head uppon the pillow where it was before I saw
in the darkness aforesayed the plaine shape or els the person of
phillip English of Salem the w'ch reports say maried with william
hollingworths daughter of Salem ackcordinge to my best judgment
knoledg & understandeinge of him as I had formerly knoledg
& ackquaintance with him. my conjecktures of him & these passages
aforesayed were as followeth what is this mans business heere now I
remember not that ever I bought or should with him either more or
less or w'ch way came hee hither so soone this morneinge by land
or by water or hath hee been at marbllee Head all nighte & then
laboring to correct my [torn] not to thinke that hee was a wich;
& flyinge to Our omnipotent Jehovah for his blessing & protecktion
by secret ejaculations instantly the roome aforesayed became clear
& the shape shade or person vanished & this was about the time
that newes was brought to mee in the morneinge that my son James
was very like to recover of the small pox w'ch I left at home sick:
& the same day in the after noone came news that hee was sud-
denly strooke with A paine on his sidde & did not expeck to live
three houres & ackCording to my judgment before three houres
weere ended newes came that hee was departed this life at w'ch
docktor Jackson w'ch was his docktor & william dagget w'ch was
his narse both of marbllee told mee that they admired & wondred,
& it was not many moenths before that my son George Beale de-
parted this life in the same house & complained of A stoping in his
throate after he was Recovered of the small pox hee deceased janu-
ary the 23 before my son James Beale aforesayede
Marbllee head
August the [unclear: ]
Attetsed to this truth by mee
*William Beale

far this deponent testifieth that in the springe of the yeare be-
fore the new england forces went for cannady; phillip english afore-
sayed came into A neighbors house where this deponent then was
present & then in A fauneing & flattering manner sayed to mee: you
are him w'ch can give mee A good evidence in shewing mee the
bounds of my lande; this deponant replyed & sayed I know not of
any you have; phillip english replyed yes you doe & if you will Ile
pay you well I have a peice of eighte in my pocket for you & named
A peice of land by A certaine distance from my house w'ch I think
Mr. Richard Reede of marblle[head] was then & is now in posses-
sion of it; this deponent replyed, doe not tell mee of your peice of
eight for if I bee called I must give evidence against you & told
him what I must say at w'ch hee seemed to bee moved & told mee
that I lyed.with more discourse aboute I so then wee departed; then
the next fa[ll] ensuing w'ch was about the time that the forces be-
gan to com from Cannady I then haveinge heard that phillip english
aforesayed had arrested Mr Reade aforesayed aboute the land afore-
sayed I then as I thought it my duty in concience adkquinted Mr
Reeds son with what I could say concerninge the titllee of the lande
aforesayed & withall told him of another witness as namely Thomas
farar sen'r of linn; then afterward upon their request I rode to lin
& at Lyn Mill there I found Thomas farar Aforesayed & as wee
rode alonge lin Commons; then beetwixt the reverende Mr Sheapards
house & Mr Leytons then beeinge in discours aboute the titllee
of the lande aforesayed my nose gushed out bleedeinge in A most
extraordinary manner so that I bllodyed A hankershiff of an Con-
siderablle biggnes & allsoe ran downe uppon my cloaths & uppon
my horse mane. I lighted of my hors thinking the jodinge of horse
mighte cause it but it kept on Allthough not alltoger so bad till I
came to Mr Reades at marbllee head & it hath blead not as I can
Remember never since I was a boy; exept about that time nor since
that time exept by ackcident that it was hurt
thiese things that are set down last were before the former
evidence:

*William Beale

owned the Above written before the Grand jury up-
on the Oath hee had taken in Court Jen'y 12th 1692

(Endorsed) Beale ag't. Phillip English *Robert: Payne

(New York Public Library -- Manuscripts and Archives Division)

(Mercy Lewis v. Phillip English, Mary English, Lydia Dustin,
Elizabeth Johnson, and Thomas Farrer)

(Endorsed) 1692/3
Jan. 12. The Deposition of Mercy Lewis Aged [illegible] this De-
ponant Testifieth & saith that Last night Philip English & his Wife
came to mee also Goodwife Dassten Eliz Johnson & old pharoh of
Linn: s'd Mrs English urged mee to set my hand to a Booke & told
mee she would Afflict mee Dreadfully & kill mee if I did not, s'd also
if I would but touch the Booke I should bee well, or else I should
never, s'd Mrs English s'd she might bring the Book now she thought
ever one of them would bee Cleared, & now at this present time be-
fore the Grandjury s'd Philip English, his Wife, & old pharoh, come
into the Roome or their shape & Stroke mee on the Brest: & almost
Choaked mee & s'd they would Strangle mee if they Could

owned before the Granjury upon the oath she had taken Jen'y 12th 1692/3

Attests *Robert.Payne
foreman:

(New York Public Library -- Manuscripts and Archives Division)

(Susannah Sheldon v. Phillip English, Sarah Buckley, and Mary Witheridge)

The complaint of Susanna Shelden against phillip english the s'd
Susanah Shelden being at meetting on the Sabboth day being the 24
of aprill shee beeing aflicted in a very sad manner she saw phillip
english step over his pew and pinshed her and a womand which came
from boston wich saith her name is [goodwy] when shee were com-
ing home against william Shaws house their met her phillip english
and a black man with a hy crouned hatt on his head and a book in
hish hand houlding the book to her and phillip english told her that
black man were her god and if shee would touch that boock hee
would not pinsh her no more nor no bodie els should on the next day
phillip english.came againe and pinshed her and told her that if shee w
ould not toutch the book hee would kill her --
on the second day at night apered to her two women and a man
and brought their books and bid her touct them shee told them
shee would not shee did not know wher they lived on of them
told her they lived at the villadge and held the book to her again and
bid her touch it shee told her shee did not know their nams on of
them told her shee was old good man buck lyes wife and the other
woman was her daughter mary and bid her touch the book shee told
no shee had not told her hou long shee had beene a witch then shee
told her shee had been a witch ten years and then shee opened her
brest and the black man gav her two litle things like yong cats and
she pit them to her brest and suckled them they had no hair on them
and had ears like a man
then they ofered her their books and shee refused the[m] then
they pinsh her and the man struck her on the head and went away --
on the third day their apeared a woman with out the dore sat
lafeing at her and came into the house and hopted upan-doun and
profered her the book and told her if shee would touch it shee would
not pinsh her shee told her wud not she did not know her lived told her she lived
at Boston shee held her book [to] to her again shee told her shee did not know
her name shee told her her name was good wife whits
the same day came goody buckly and her daughter and brought
books with them and told her if shee would touch their books they
would not pinsh her but shee refused then they pinshed her and went
away
then i was siting on the inside of the dore sill and goody buckly
came and stoped my mouth and Caried mee awai i know not how an
near a mile and told mee that now shee had mee at her Command if
i would not set my hand to her booke shee would kil mee then
william Shaw beeing plowing in his fathers feild heard a fearfull Cry
in a thicket of yong wod went to it and found her in a terribel maner
screaming and breacking of sticks and fighting in a violent manner
(Reverse) Susanah Shelden goody bucklie and her daughter
Phillip English
(Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 Page 56)

Thomas Farrer
( See also: George Jacobs Jr. -- Complaint; Elizabeth Hart -- Warrant;
Roger Toothaker -- Mittimus .)

(Ann Putnam, Jr., Thomas Putnam and Robert Morrill
v. Thomas Farrer)

the deposistion of Ann putnam who testifieth and saith that on the:
8.th of may 1692 : there appeard to me the Apperishtion of an
old gray-head man with a great nose which tortored me and almost
Choaked me and urged me to writ in his book: and I asked him
what was his name and from whence he came for I would complaine
of him: and he told me he came from linne and people used to call
him old father pharoah and he said he was my grandfather: for my
father used to call him father: but I tould I would not call him:
grandfather: for he was a wizzard and I would complaine of him:
and ever sence he hath afflected me by times beating me and pinch-
ing me and all most Choaking me and urging me continewally to
writ in his book
we whose names are under writen haveing been conversant with Ann
putnam have hard hir declare what is above writen what she said
she saw & heard from the apperishtion of old pharoah and also have
seen hir tortors: and perceived hir hellish temtations by hir loud out
cries I will not writ old pharaoh I will not writ in your book

*Thomas putnam
*Roburt Morrell

(Reverse)
Ann. putnam ag. Tho. Farrer

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 54 )

(Indictment v. Thomas Farrer)

Essex in the Province of the Massachusets Bay in
in New England Anno RRs & Reginae Gulielmi & Mariae
Angliae &c Quarto Anno'qe Domini: 1692

The Juriors for our Sovereigne Lord & Lady the King and Queen doe
present that Thomas Pharoh -- of Linn In the County of Essex
husbandman -- the 10th of May In the yeare aforesaid and Divers
other Dayes and Times as well before as after Certaine Detestable
Arts called Witchcraft and Sorceries wickedly malitiously & felon-
iously hath used practised and Exersised at and in the Towne of
Salem in the County of Essex aforesaid in and upon and against one
Ann Putnam of Salem. Singlewoman by which said wicked acts the
Said Ann Putnam The day and year aforesaid and Divers other Dayes
and Times both before and after was and is tortured afflicted Con-
sumed wasted Pined and Tormented against the peace of our Sover-
aigne Lord & Lady the King & Queen their Crowne & Dignity and
the law in that Case made & Provided

Witnesses
Ann Putnam
Elizabeth Hubbard
Sarah Vibber

(Reverse)
Ignoramus
*Robert Payne
foreman
cleared by proclamation
paying fees

( Suffolk Court Records Case No. 2667 Page 149 )

Edward Farrington

(Indictment v. Edward Farrington, No. 1)

Province of the Massachusetts bay in New England Esses ss//
Anno'qe RRs & Reginae Gulielmi & Mariae Angliae &c Quarto
Anno'qe Dom: 1692

The Jurors for o'r Sov'r Lord & lady the King & Queen Present
That Edward Farington of Andivor in the County of Essex afors'd
Above fouer or five years Since, In the Towne of Anduor aforesaid
Wickedly Mallitiously & felloniously A Covenant with the Devill did
Make & was Baptised by the Devill & unto him Renounced his first
Baptizme & promised to be the Devills both Soul & body for ever,
And to Serve the devill & Signed the Devills Booke; By which Diabol-
licall Covenant by him with the Devill Made In Maner & forme
aforesaid -- The Said Edward Farington is become a detestable Witch
Against the peace of o'r Soveraigne lord & lady the King & Queen
their Crowne & dignity & the Laws in that Case made & provided
Wittness his
owne Confesion --
(Reverse) Edward Farington for Covenanting w'th the Devill Billa
Vera Robert Payne foreman f[i]led
( Mass. Archives, Vol. 135 No. 51 )

(Indictment v. Edward Farrington, No. 2)

Province of the Massathutetts Bay in New England
Essex Anno RRs & Reginae Gulielmi & Mariae Angliae
&c Quarto Anno'qe Dom: 1692

The Jurors for our Sovereigne Lord the King & Queen Present
That Edward Farrington of Andivor in the County of Essex aforesaid --
And Divers other Dayes & times as well before as after Cer-
taine Detestable arts called witchcrafts & Sorceries Wickedly and
Mallishiously & felloniously hath Used Practised & Exercised at
& in the Towne of Salem, in the County of Essex aforsed
Upon and against one Mary Warren of Salem Single Woman By
which wicked Arts the said Mary Warren the Day and year aforesd
and Divers other Dayes & times as well before as after was and is Tortured
Afflicted #[Pined] Tormented Consumed Pined & wasted against the
Peace of our Sovereigne Lord and Lady the King and Queen their
Crowne and Dignity and the Lawes in that case made and Provided

Wittness Martha Sprague
Ann Puttnam

(Reverse)
Edward Farington Aflicting Mary Warren
Billa vera Robert Payne foreman

( Mass. Archives, Vol. 135 No. 52 )

Abigail Faulkner, Sr.

(Examination of Abigail Faulkner, Sr.)

Abig'l Folkner examined August. 11: 1692.
Mr Hauthorn; Mr Corwin: & Cap: Higginson pressent when she was
brought into the room: the afflicted persons fell down Mr Ha: You
are:heare: aprehended:for:witchcraft: but Answ'd: I know nothing
of it with: the cast of her eye: mary:walcot: & the rest afflicted:
mary waren and others fell down: it was s'd to her do you not see:
she s'd yes but it is the devill dos it in my shape: mary Walcot s'd
she had seen her 2 monthes a good while agoe but was not hurt
by her till last night: An Putnam sayd she had seen s'd falkn'r but
was not hurt by her till last night & then she pulld me off my hors:
mary warin s'd she had seen her in company with other witches:
but was not hurt by her till lately
Mary Warin & others of the afflicted: were struck down into:
fitts & Helped up out of their fitts by a touch of Abig'l folkn'rs
hand: she was urged to confes the truth:for the creddit of hir Town:
her Couz Eliz Jonson urged her: with that: but: she refused to do it
saying god would not: require her to confess that: that she was not
gilty of Phelpses daughter complayned her afflicting her: but: she
denyed: that she had any thing to doe with witchcraft she s'd falkn'r
had a cloth in her hand: that when she squeezed in her hand the
afflicted; fell into greevous fits: as was observed: the afflicted sayd
Dan'll Eames & Capt floyd was upon that cloth when it was upon
the table
She sayd she was sorry they were afflicted: but she was told
& it was observd she did not shed a tear: mary waren was pulld und'r
the table & was helpd out of her fitt by a touch of s'd faulkn'r she
s'd she had looked on some of these afflicted: when they came to
Andov'r & hurt them not: but she was told it was before she had
began to afflict them: she was told that it was reported she used
to Conjure with a seiv: but she s'd it was not so that story:was
cleared up:
August 30: 92: Abig'l Fokner: before: their Majestt's Justices
at first denyed witchcraft as she had done before: but afterward:
she owned: that: she was Angry at what folk s:d when her Couz
Eliz. Jonson was taken up: & folk laught & s'd her sister Jonson
would come out next: & she did look with an evil eye on the af-
flicted persons & did consent that they should be afflicted: becaus
they were the caus of bringing her kindred out: and she did wish
them ill & her spirit being raised she did:pinch her hands together:
& she knew not but that the devil might take that advantage but it
was the devil not she that afflicted them: this she s'd she did at
Capt Chandlers garison: the Night after: Eliz Jonson had bin ex-
amined before Capt Bradstreet in the day
This is the substance of what s'd Abig'l folkners examination
was: taken out of my Charackters:

Attest
*Simon Willard

The aboves'd Examination was before John Hathorne Just peace
Abigaiel Falknors Examination

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 19 )

(Indictment v. Abigail Faulkner, Sr., No. 1)

Essex in the Province of the Massachusetts Bay in
New England ss Anno RRs & Reginae Gulielmi & Mariae
Angliae &c Quarto Anno'qe Domini 1692

The Jurers for o'r Sov'r Lord and Lady King & Queen do present
that. Abigaill Falkner Wife of francis falkner of Andivor -- In the
county of Essex afors'd Husbandm On or about the begining of
August -- In the year aforesaid and divers other dayes and times as
well before as after Certaine Detestable Arts Called Witchcraft and
Sorceries Wickedly Mallistiously and felloniously hath used practised
and Exercised at and in the Towne of Boxford in the County of
Essex aforesaid in upon and against One Martha Sprague of Boxford
aforesaid Single Woman by which Said wicked Acts the said Martha
Sprague the day & year aforesaid and divers other dayes and times
both before and after was and is Tortur'd Aflicted Consumed Pined
Wasted and Tormented and also for Sundry other Acts of Witchcraft
by the Said Abigaill Falkner Comitted and done before and Since
that time -- against the Peace of o'r Sov'r Lord and Lady the King
and Queen theire Crowne and dignity and the forme of the Stattute
in that Case made and Provided
Indictm't ags't Abagaill Falkner for bewitching Martha Sprague Billa Vera: --
(Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 18)

(Indictment v. Abigail Faulkner, Sr., No. 2)

Essex in the Province of the Massachusetts Bay in
New England ss Anno R Rs & Reginae Gulielmi & Mariae
Angliae &c'a Quarto Anno'qe Domini 1692

The Jurors for our Sov'r Lord and Lady the King & Queen doe psent
That Abigaill Falkner Wife of frances falkner of Andivor In the
County of Essex Husbandman in and About the beginning of August
In the Yeare aforesaid and divers other days and times as well before
as after Certaine detestable Arts called Witchcraft and Sorceries
Wickedly Mallitiously and felloniously hath used practised and Ex-
ercised at and in the Towne of Andivor in the County of essex afore-
said in upon and against one Sarah Phelps daughter of Samuel Phellps
of Andivor aforesaid Husbandman by which said Wicked Acts the s'd
Sarah Phellps the day & yeare aforesaid & divers other days and
times both before and after was and is Tortured Aflicted Consumed
Pined Wasted and Tormented, and also for sundry other acts of
Witchcraft by the said Abigaill falkner Comitted and done before
and since that time against the Peace of our Sov'r Lord and Lady
the King and Queen theire Crowne & Dignity & the forme of the
Stattute in that case made & Provided
(On reverse side of paper)
Abagaiell Falkner Indictm't for
bewitching Sarah Phelps Billa Vera
(Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 18)

(Rose Foster v. Abigail Faulkner)

The deposistion of Rose Foster who testifieth & saith I have ben
most greviously afflected and tormented by Abigail Falkner of
Andeveour also I have seen Abigail Falkner or hir Apperance most
greviously afflect and torment Martha sprague s sara phelps and
Hannah Bigsbe sence the begining Augst and I veryly beleve that
Abigail Falkner is a wicth and that she has often afflected me and the
afforesaid person by acts of wicthcraft:
The above written evidence is truth uppon her Oath sept: 17: 1691
(Reverse) Rose foster Depo agst: abigail Falknor Jurat in Curia
(Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 19)

(Mary Walcott v. Abigail Faulkner)

The deposistion of mary walcott who testifieth and saith that
about the 9.th August 1692 I was most dreadfully afflected by a
woman that tould me hir name was abigail Falkner.but on the 11th.
of August being the day of the examination of Abigail falkner she
did most dreadfully afflect me during the time of hir examination
I saw Abigail falkner or hir Apperance most greviously afflet and
torment sarah phelps and Ann putnam: and I veryly beleve in my
heart that Abigail Falkner is a wicth and that she has often affleted
me and the afforesaid persons by acts of wicthcraft
The above name mary Walcutt affirmed before the Grand inquest
that the above written Evidence is truth upon her Oath 17: Sept.:
1692
(Reverse) Mary Walcott Depo Agst: Aba: Falkner Jurat in Curia
(Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 19 )

(Martha Sprague v. Abigail Faulkner)

The deposistion of Martha Spreague who testifieth and saith
that I have ben most greviously affleted and tormented by Abigail
Falkner of Andevor senc the [begining] of August 1692: Also I
saw Abigail Falkner of hir Apperance most greviously torment and
afflet Hannah Bigsbe and Rose Foster and sarah phelps and I verily
beleve in my heart that Abigaill Falkner is a wicth & that she has
often affleted me and severall others by acts of wicthcraft
The above named Martha sprague affirmed before the Grand
inquest that the above written Evidence is truth upon her Oath 17:
sept: 1692
(Reverse) Martha Sprague Depo agt Abigill Falkner Jurat in Curia
(Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 19)

(Mary Warren v. Abigail Faulkner)

The deposistion of marry warren who testifieth and saith that
Abigail Falkner of Andevor did most greviously afflet and torment
me on 11th August 1692 dureing the time of hir examination for if
she did but look upon me she would strick me down or almost choak
me also on the day of hir examination I saw Abigail Falkner or hir
Apperance most greviously afflect and torment mary walcott Ann
putnam and sarah phelps and I veryly beleve that Abigail Falkner
is a wicth and that she has often afflected me and severall other by
acts of wicthcraft
Mary Waren:own'dupon her oath::to the grand Inquest that the
above written evidence is the truth: Sep'r 17: 1692
(Reverse) Mary Warren Depo agst Abigail Falkner Jurat in Curia
(Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 20)

(Sarah Phelps v. Abigail Faulkner)

The depossistion of Sarah phelps who testifieth and saith that
about the begining of August 1692 I was most greviously afflected
and tormented by Abigail Falkner or hir Apperance: but most dread-
full she did torment on the 11 August being the day of hir examina-
tion for if she did but loock upon me she would strick me down or
almost choake me: also sence the begining of August I have seen
Abigaill Falkner or hir appearance most greviously afflet and torment
mary walcott Ann putnam and Martha sprague and I veryly beleve
in my heart that Abigail Falkner is a wicth and that she has very
often affleted me and the afforesaid parsons by acts of wicth craft
The above named sarah Phelps affirmed before the Grand in-
quest that the above written evidence is truth upon her Oath the
17 Sept: 1692
Jurat.
(Reverse) Sarah Phelps Depo Ag't: Abagail Falkner Jurat
(Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 20)

(Ann Putnam, Jr. v. Abigail Faulkner)

The deposistion of Ann putnam who testifieth and saith that
about the 9th of August 1692 I was affleted by a woman which
tould me hir name was Falkner: but on the 11th of August being
the day of the Examination of Abigail Falkner she did most dread-
fully torment me during the time of hir examination also on the day of
hir examination I saw Abigaill Falkner or hir Apperance most grev-
iously afflect and torment mary walcot sarah phelps. and I beleve
that Abigal Falkner is a wicth and that she has often afflected me and
severall others by acts of wicthcraft
The above named Ann Putnam affirmed before the Grand in-
quest that the above written Evidence is the truth upon her Oath.
sworne before the grand Jury Sept: 17. 1692
(Reverse) An Puttnam vs Abig'l Falkner Jurat Coram
Grand Jury --
( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 20 )

(Ann Putnam, Jr. v. Abigail Faulkner)

The deposition of ann putman
who testefieth & saith that about the 9th of agust.1692: I was Afflic-
ted by a woman which tould me hir name was faulkner but on the
11th day of agust being the day of the Examenation of abigell faulk-
ner shee did most dredfuly torment me and during the time of hir
Examenation, allso on the day of hir Examenation I saw abagell
faulkner or hir aperance most gr[e] vousily afflickt & torment mary
walcot & sara phelips, and I beleve that abigell faulkner is a witch
& that shee hath often afflicted me & severall others by acts of
witchcraft
the above named ann putman afermed before the grand Inquest
that the above writen Evedence Is the truth upon #[hir oath] hir
oath sworn before the grand Jury sptmbr 17th.
( Mass. Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 135 No. 119 )

(Verdict and Death Sentence v. Abigail Faulkner)

Att a Court of Oyer and Terminer holden att Salem by adjournment
Septem'r: 1692 --
Abigall Faulkner of Andover Indeated and arraigned for the
Crime of fellony by Witchcraft Comited on the bodyes of Martha
Sprague Evidences being Called and sworne in open Court Matter
of fact Comitted the Jury
The Jury find Abigall Faulkner wife of Francis Faulkner of
Andover guilty of the fellony by Witchcraft Comited on the body of
Marthah Sprague allsoe on the body of Sarrah Phelps --
Sentence of Death pased on Abigall Faulkner
Copia Vera
( Mass. Archives, Vol. 135 No. 49 )

(Petition of Abigail Faulkner)

The humblee Petition of Abigall: Falkner unto his Excellencye
S'r W'm Phipps knight and Govern'r of their Majestyes Dominions in
America: humbly sheweth
That your poor and humble Petitioner having been this four monthes
in Salem Prison and condemned to die having had no other evidences
against me but the Spectre Evidences and the Confessors w'ch Con-
fessors have lately since I was condemned owned to my selfe and
others and doe still own that they wronged me and what they had
said against me was false: and that they would not that I should have
been put to death for a thousand worldes for they never should have
enjoyed themselves againe in this world; w'ch undoubtedly I shouled
have been put to death had it not pleased the Lord I had been with
child. Thankes be to the Lord I know my selfe altogether Innocent
& Ignorant of the crime of witchcraft w'ch is layd to my charge: as
will appeare at the great day of Judgment (May it please yo'r Ex-
cellencye ) my husband about five yeares a goe was taken w'th fitts
w'ch did very much impaire his memory and understanding but
w'th the blessing of the Lord upon my Endeavors did recover of
them againe but now through greife and sorrow they are returned
to him againe as bad as Ever they were: I having six children and
having little or nothing to subsist on being in a manner without a
head to doe any thinge for my selfe or them and being closely con-
fined can see no otherwayes but we shall all perish Therfore may it
please your Excellencye your poor and humble petition'r doe hum-
bly begge and Implore of yo'r Excellencye to take it into yo'r pious
and Judicious consideration that some speedy Course may be taken
w'th me for my releasement that I and my children perish not
through meanes of my close confinement here w'ch undoubtedly we
shall if the Lord does not mightily prevent and yo'r poor petitioner
shall for ever pray for your health and happinesse in this life and
eternall felicity in the world to come so prayes

Your poor afflicted humble sevants Petition'r

*Abigall: Falkner from Salem Prison Decem the 3d: 1692
(Reverse)
These:
To his Excellencye
S'r W'm Phipps knight and Govern'r of their Majestyes Dominions in
America p-sent

( New York Public Library -- Manuscripts and Archives Division )





 

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