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SWP No. 045: Mary Esty Executed, September 22, 1692

(See also: Sarah Wilds -- Warrant; William Hobbs -- Mittimus .)

SWP No. 45.1

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(Complaint of John Putnam, Jr. and Benjamin Hutchinson v. Mary Esty with Warrant for Apprehension, and Officer's Return )

[May 20, 1692 ]

Salem May the 20th 1692

There being Complaint this day made before mee by John put- nam Jun'r. and Benjamin Hutcheson both of Salem Village, for them- selfes 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

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 Court Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1, no. 276 )

SWP No. 45.3

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(Examination of Mary Esty )

[April 22, 1692]

The Examination of Mary Eastie . At a Court held at Salem village 22. Apr. 1692

By the Wop. [=worshipful] 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 tor- mented, & 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 Examination 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 Court Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1, no. 281 )

SWP No. 45.4

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(Indictment No. 1 v. Mary Esty , for Afflicting Mercy Lewis)

[August 3, 1692]

Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England Essex ssAnno 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 Court Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 no. 278. )

SWP No. 45.5

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(Indictment No. 2 v. Mary Esty , for Afflicting Elizabeth Hubbard)

[August 3, 1692]

Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England Essex ssAnno 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 Court Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 no. 277. )

SWP No. 45.6

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(Summons for Witnesses)

[September 6, 1692]

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 personaly 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 (Reverse) I haue somensed and warned al the parsons with in nemed as as atested by me Ephraim Willdes constabell o topsfelld ( Witchcraft Papers, no. 36, Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston, MA., Boston, MA. )

SWP No. 45.7

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(Excuse of Mary Towne )

[September 7, 1692] 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: #[and that espachaly If hur ant Easty be but named:] *Mary Towne
Dat the 7th of September 1692

( Essex County Court Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol 1. no. 287. )

SWP No. 45.8

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(Summons for Mary Towne and Rebecca Towne, and Officer's Return )

[September 8, 1692 ]

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 Court Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1, no. 288. )

SWP No. 45.9

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( Statement of Thomas Fosse and Elizabeth Fosse for Mary Esty )

[September 5, 1692 ]

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 Foss e]

(Reverse) thomos Fosse tastimoney about marey Astey

( Essex County Court Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1, no. 289. )

SWP No. 45.10

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( Statement of John and Mary Arnold for Mary Esty and Sarah Cloyce )

[++ September 9, 1692 ]

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 daportment wase verey sobere and Civell as wittnes our hands John Arnold
[Marey Arnold](/tag/arnold_mary.html) this is truee copie

( Essex County Court Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1, no. 296. )

SWP No. 45.11

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

[May 20, 1692 ]

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

[ Benj Huchinson testifieth the same as]

                                                          Jurat in Curia   Sep'r. 9th. 92:

Atest *Geo: Herrick
*John.putnam.Jun

(Reverse) George Herrick against mary Estick

( Essex County Court Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1, no. 280 )

SWP No. 45.12

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( Deposition of Jonathan Putnam , James Darling , Benjamin Hutchinson, and Samuel Braybrook v. Mary Esty )

[+ May 20, 1692 ]

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 discover 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 Court Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1, no. 279 )

SWP No. 45.13

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(Deposition of Mary Walcott v. Mary Esty )

[May 23, 1692 ]

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 lewesEliz Hubbrt and ann putnam and I veryly beleve 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 Court Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol, no. 284. )

SWP No. 45.14

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(Testimony of Sarah Bibber v. Mary Esty)

[August 3, 1692 ]

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] 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 Court Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1, no. 282. )

SWP No. 45.15

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(Testimony of Mary Warren v. Mary Esty)

[August 3, 1692 ]

Mary: Warin: affirmd: before: the #[grand] 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 Court Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1, no. 283 )

SWP No. 45.16

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(Deposition of Abigail Williams and Ann Putnam, Jr. v. Mary Esty , John Willard , and Mary Witheridge & Testimony of Ann Putnam, Jr. v. Mary Easty )

[May 23, 1692 ]

The Deposistion of Abigaill williams and Ann putnam who testifieth 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

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 affore named by hir acts of wictchraft.

Ann Putnam: declared: to the Jury of Inquest: that her above written evidence: is the truth upon her oath: Aug'st 4: 1692

(Reverse) Ann Putman &c ver. Eastick

( Essex County Court Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1, no. 286. )

SWP No. 45.17

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(Deposition of Elizabeth Hubbard v. Mary Esty , John Willard , & Mary Witheridge)

August 4, 1692

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 Elizabeth . 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 greviously afflect and torment me dureing the time of hir Examination allso dureing the time of her examination I saw mary Estick most greviously 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 Court Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 no. 286 )

SWP No. 45.18

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( Deposition of Samuel Abby & Testimony of Sarah Trask v. Mary Esty , John Willard , & Mary Witheridge )

[September 9, 1692]

+May 23, 1692

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: accordingly 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 con- tinewed 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

Sarah Trask ageed about 19 years testifieth that she went along with Abigaill williams and #[Mircy Lewis] 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 Court Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol 1, no. 290. )

SWP No. 45.19

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( Deposition of Edward Putnam v. Mary Esty )

[++ September 9, 1692]

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. *Edward putnam Jurat in Curia

(Reverse) Ed'd. Putm'n

( Essex County Court Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol 1 no. 291 )

SWP No. 45.20

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(Deposition of Samuel Smith v. Mary Esty )

[++ April 22, 1692]

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 Court Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 no. 292 )

SWP No. 45.21

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( Deposition of Margaret Reddington v. Mary Esty )

[++April 22, 1692]

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 Court Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 no. 293 )

SWP No. 45.22

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(Petition of Mary Esty and Sarah Cloyce )

[September 9, 1692]

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 awfull 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 condemn 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 Court Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1. no. 295 )

SWP No. 45.23

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(Petition of Mary Esty )

[++ September 15, 1692]

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 Petiti[obar ][nbar ] 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 con- fined 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 Court Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1. no. 294 )

Salem Witchcraft Papers