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Additional Documents 1692-1750

SWP No. BoySal3-3.163

Two Letters of Gov. William Phips (1692-1693)

(Letter No. 1)

When I first arrived I found this Province miserably harrassed with a most Horrible witchcraft or Possession of Devills which had broke in upon severall Townes, some scores of poor people were taken with preternaturall torments some scalded with brimstone some had pins stuck in their flesh others hurried into the fire and water and some dragged out of their houses and carried over the tops of trees and hills for many Miles together; it hath been represented to mee much like that of Sweden about thirty years agoe, and there were many committed to prison upon suspicion of Witchcraft before my arrivall. The loud cries and clamours of the friends of the afflicted people with the advice of the Deputy Governor and many others prevailed with mee to give a Commission of Oyer and Terminer for discovering what witchcraft might be at the bottome or whether it were not a possession. The chief Judge in this Commission was the Deputy Governour and the rest were persons of the best prudence and figure that could then be pitched upon. When the Court came to sitt at Salem in the County of Essex they convicted more than twenty persons of being guilty of witchcraft, some of the convicted were such as confessed their Guilt, the Court as I understand began their proceedings with the accusations of the afflicted and then went upon other humane evidences to strengthen that. I was almost the whole time of the proceeding abroad in the service of Their Majesties in the Eastern part of the County and depended upon the Judgment of the Court as to a right method of proceeding in cases of Witchcraft but when I came home I found many persons in a strange ferment of dissatisfaction which was increased by some hott Spiritts that blew up the flame, but on enquiring into the matter I found that the Devill had taken upon him the name and shape of severall persons who were doubtless inocent and to my certain knowledge of good reputation for which cause I have now forbidden the committing of any more that shall be accused without unavoydable necessity, and those that have been committed I would shelter from any Proceedings against them wherein there may be the least suspition of any wrong to be done unto the Innocent. I would also wait for any particular directions or commands if their Majesties please to give mee any for the fuller ordering this perplexed affair. I have also put a stop to the printing of any discourses one way or other, that may increase the needless disputes of people upon this occasion, because I saw a likelyhood of kindling an inextinguishable flame if I should admitt any publique and open Contests and I have grieved to see that some who should have done their Majesties and this Province better service have so far taken Councill of Passion as to desire the precipitancy of these matters, these things have been improved by some to give me many interuptions in their Majesties service and in truth none of my vexations have been greater than this, than that their majesties service has been hereby unhappily clogged, and the Persons who have made soe ill improvement of these matters here are seeking to turne it all upon mee, but I hereby declare that as soon as I came from fighting against their Majesties Enemyes and understood what danger some of their innocent subjects might be exposed to, if the evidence of the afflicted persons only did prevaile either to the committing or trying any of them, I did before any application was made unto me about it put a stop to the proceedings of the Court and they are now stopt till their Majesties pleasure be known. Sir I beg pardon for giving you all this trouble, the reason is because I know my enemies are seeking to turn it all upon me and I take this liberty because I depend upon your friendship, and desire you will please to give a true understanding of the matter if any thing of this kind be urged or made use of against mee. Because the justnesse of my proceeding herein will bee a sufficient defence. Sir

I am with all imaginable respect Your most humble Servt
*William Phips.

Dated at Boston the 12'th of october 1692.

Mem'dm

That my Lord President be pleased to acquaint his Ma'ty in Councill with the account received from New England from Sir Wm. Phips the Governor there touching Proceedings against severall persons for Witchcraft as appears by the Governor's letter concerning those matters.

(George Lincoln Burr, ed., Narratives of the Witchcraft Cases, 1648-1706 [New York, Charles Scribner's Sons, 1914], 196-198. The letter was addressed to William Blathwayt, clerk of the Privy Council, and it is he who added the memorandum.)

(Letter No. 2)

Boston in New England Febry 21st, 1692/3.
May it please yor. Lordshp.

By the Capn. of the Samuell and Henry I gave an account that att my arrival here I found the Prisons full of people committed upon suspition of witchcraft and that continuall complaints were made to me that many persons were grievously tormented by witches and that they cryed out upon severall persons by name, as the cause of their torments. The number of these complaints increasing every day, by advice of the Lieut Govr. and the Councill I gave a Commission of Oyer and Terminer to try the suspected witches and at that time the generality of the people represented to me as reall witchcraft and gave very strange instances of the same. The first in Commission was the Lieut. Govr. and the rest persons of the best prudence and figure that could then be pitched upon and I depended upon the Court for a right method of proceeding in cases of witchcraft. At that time I went to command the army at the Eastern part of the Province, for the French and Indians had made an attack upon some of our Fronteer Towns. I continued there for some time but when I returned I found people much disatisfied at the proceedings of the Court, for about Twenty persons were condemned and executed of which number some were thought by many persons to be innocent. The Court still proceeded in the same method of trying them, which was by the evidence of the afflicted persons who when they were brought into the Court as soon as the suspected witches looked upon them instantly fell to the ground in strange agonies and grievous torments, but when touched by them upon the arme or some other part of their flesh they immediately revived and came to themselves, upon [which] they made oath that the Prisoner at the Bar did afflict them and that they saw their shape or spectre come from their bodies which put them to such paines and torments: When I enquired into the matter I was enformed by the Judges that they begun with this, but had humane testimony against such as were condemned and undoubted proof of their being witches, but at length I found that the Devill did take upon him the shape of Innocent persons and some were accused of whose innocency I was well assured and many considerable persons of unblameable life and conversation were cried out upon as witches and wizards. The Deputy Govr. notwithstanding persisted vigorously in the same method, to the great disatisfaction and disturbance of the people, untill I put an end to the Court and stopped the proceedings, which I did because I saw many innocent persons might otherwise perish and at that time I thought it my duty to give an account thereof that their Ma'ties pleasure might be signifyed, hoping that for the better ordering thereof the Judges learned in the law in England might give such rules and directions as have been practized in England for proceedings in so difficult and so nice a point; When I put an end to the Court there ware at least fifty persons in prison in great misery by reason of the extream cold and their poverty, most of them having only spectre evidence against them, and their mittimusses being defective, I caused some of them to be lett out upon bayle and put the Judges upon considering of a way to reliefe others and prevent them from perishing in prison, upon which some of them were convinced and acknowledged that their former proceedings were too violent and not grounded upon a right foundation but that if they might sit againe, they would proceed after another method, and whereas Mr. Increase Mathew and severall other Divines did give it as their Judgment that the Devill might afflict in the shape of an innocent person and that the look and touch of the suspected persons was not sufficient proofe against them, these things had not the same stress layd upon them as before, and upon this consideration I permitted a spetiall Superior Court to be held at Salem in the County of Essex on the third day of January, the Lieut Govr. being Chief Judge. Their method of proceeding being altered, all that were brought to tryall to the number of fifety two, were cleared saving three, and I was enformed by the Kings Attorny Generall that some of the cleared and the condemned were under the same circumstances or that there was the same reason to clear the three condemned as the rest according to his Judgment. The Deputy Govr. signed a Warrant for their speedy execution and also of five others who were condemned at the former Court of Oyer and terminer, but considering how the matter had been managed I sent a reprieve whereby the execucion was stopped untill their Maj. pleasure be signified and declared. The Lieut. Gov. upon this occasion was inraged and filled with passionate anger and refused to sitt upon the bench in a Superior Court then held at Charles Towne, and indeed hath from the beginning hurried on these matters with great precipitancy and by his warrant hath caused the estates, goods and chattles of the executed to be seized and disposed of without my knowledge or consent. The stop put to the first method of proceedings hath dissipated the blak cloud that threatened this Province with destruccion; for whereas this delusion of the Devill did spread and its dismall effects touched the lives and estates of many of their Ma'ties Subjects and the reputation of some of the principall persons here, and indeed unhappily clogged and interrupted their Ma'ties affaires which hath been a great vexation to me, I have no new complaints but peoples minds before divided and distracted by differing opinions concerning this matter are now well composed.

I am Yor. Lordships most faithfull humble Servant
*William Phips
To the Rt. Honble
The Earle of Nottingham att Whitehall London
R[i. e., received] May 24, 93 abt. Witches
(George L. Burr, ed., Narratives of the Witchcraft Cases, pp. 198-202.)

SWP No. BoySal3-3.164

Preparation for the Court of Oyer and Terminer (May - August 1692)

(Letter of Thomas Newton to Isaac Addington )

Salem 31: May 1692 Worthy S'r

I have herewith sent you the names of the persons that are desired to be transmitted hither by habeas Corpus & have pr'sumed to send you a Coppy thereof being more as I pr'sume #[more] accustomed to that practise then yo'rselfe and beg pardon if I have infringed upon you therein, I fear we shall not this weeke try all that we have sent for, by reason the tryalls will be tedious, & the afflicted persons cannot readily give their testimonyes, being struck dumb & senceless for a season at the name of the accused, I have been all this day at the village with the Gent'n of the Council at the exaicon of [7]: persons where I have beheld most strange things scarce credible but to the spectators and too tedious here to relate, and amongst the rest Capt Alden & Mr English have their Mittimus & I must say according to the pr'sent appearance of things, they are as deeply concerned as the rest, for the afflicted spare no person of what quality soever neither conceale their Crimes tho: never soe hainous, we pray that Tittuba the Indian & Mrs Thatchers maid may be transferred as Evidences but desire they may not come amongst the prison'rs but rather by themselves with the records in the Court of Assis'ts 1679 ag't Bridgett Olliver & the records relating to the first persons comitted left in Mr Webbs hands by the order of the Council I pray pardon that I cannot now further enlarge & with my Cordiall service only add that I am

S'r Yo'r most humble serv't
*Tho: Newton

William & Mary by the Grace of God of England Scottland France & Ireland King & Queen Defend'rs of the faith &c To our sherriffe of our County of Suffolke Greeting We Comand you that the bodyes of Sarah Good the wife of William Good of Salem farmes husb: #[Rebeca] Rebeckah Nurse the wife of francis Nurse of Salem Village husb. John Willard of the same place husb. John Procter of Salem farmes husb. Elizabeth his wife Susanna Martin of Almesbury widdow Bridgett Bishop als Olliver the wife of Edw'd Bishop of Salem Sawyer Alice parker the wife of John parker of Salem seaman & Tittuba Indian in our prison und'r yo'r Custody as it is said detained together with the day & Cause of the taking & detaining of the s'd Sarah &c you have before our Justices of our Court of Oyer & Terminer to be held at salem on thursday the second day of June next for the County of Essex to do & receive what the same our Justices then & there shall thereof consider in that behaffe & have with you then & there this writt wittness Wm. Stoughton Esq'r the 31'st day of May in the fourth year of our Reigne

Addington

[Superscribed] These

To Issac Addington Esq'r at Boston poast hast pr'sent

( Mass. Archives Vol. 135 No. 25 )

(Oath of Thomas Newton as Attorney General)

You Thomas Newton Gent' being apointed to perform the Office of their Maj'ts Attorny-Gen'l in the prosecution of the several persons to be indicted and Tryed before their Maj's Justices of Oyer and Terminer now sitting, and from time to time to sit, by vertue of the Comission now published, and in all other matters that may be requisite in the Execution of the sam [] Do swear, that according to your best skill, you will act truly and faithfully on their Majesties behalf, as to Law and Justice doth appertain, without any favour or Affection. So help you God.

Salem, June 2'd 1692 Thomas Newton tooke the oath abovesayd in open Court before me

*Wm. Stoughton.

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

(Oath of Stephen Sewall as Clerk)

You being Appointed to officiat as Clerk of this Court, Do Swear #[by the] that you will carefully, uprightly & truly execute and perform whatsoever unto your Duty in that Place of a Clerk doth appertain So help you God.

Salem, June 2'd 1692. Stephen Sewall in open Court made oath as above to doe the duty of his place as Clerke.

Coram me *Wm. Stoughton.

(Reverse) The Oathes Given to Mr Tho: Newton & Step. Sewall

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

(Warrant for Jurors)

To the Sherriffe of the County of Essex./

You are Required in their Ma'ties Name to Impannel and return Forty good and lawful men of the freeholders and other Freemen of y'r Bailiwick duely qualified to Serve on the Jury of Tryals of life and death at the next Session of their Ma'ties Special Court of Oyer and Terminer, in Salem upon Tuesday the Sixth day of Septemb'r next at nine in the morning, whome you are by your Selfe, Under Sherriffe, or Deputy; to Summon to attend the said Court. at the time above specified,

You are alike Required in their Ma'ties Name to give Notice (Seal) and Summon the Grandjurors that were Impanneled and

Sworn at the last Session of said Court, to attend again upon Tuesday the said Sixth of September next by the time above mentioned; Hereof you may not faile; Given under my Hand and Seal, At Boston the 31'th day of August. 1692. In the fourth year of their Ma'ties Reign

*Wm. Stoughton

(Reverse) Precepts to the Sheriffe for Impa a Jury

Adj't

Daputy

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


SWP No. BoySal3-3.165

List of Eleven Accused Persons and Their Accusers, May 1692

(List of Eleven Accused Persons and Their Accusers, May 1692)

Complaint of Severall May 28'th 1692

Gooddy Carier of Andevor Tho: Carriers wife -- ]

Mary Walcott Abigail William

Gooddy fosdick of Maldin Goody pain: Mary Waren

Mary Walcott Mircy Lewes Abigail William Ann Putnam

Goody Read of marble head upon the hill by the meet'house

Mary Walcott Mircy Lewes Abigail William Ann Putnam

Gooddy Rice of Reding

Ed. Marshals wife Mary Wal cott Abigall William

Goody How of Topsfield on Ipswich bounds Capt Hows brother wife vis Ja. Hows wife ]

Mary Walcott Abigail Williams Two women there abouts much affleted and suspect hir but canot sartainly say

Capt. Alldin complaind of a long time by

Mary Walcott Mircy lewes Abigail Williams Ann Putnam Susana Sheldon

[in a different hand]

Wm. proctor: Mary Walcot Susana Shelden

Toothakors wife & daughter Mary Walcot Abig. Williams

Capt. Flood Mary Walcot Abigail Williams & the rest

(On reverse)

Arthur Abot in a by place some thing neare Maj. Appletons Farms and lives be tween Ip'h Topsfeild & Wenham

Complained of by Many

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


SWP No. BoySal3-3.166

Death Warrants Folder and Census of Prisoners (May - July 1692)

(Death Warrants Folder)

Warrant for Execuion of Sarah Good Rebecka Nurse Eliz. How Susanna Martin & Sarah Wildes on Tuesday 19'th July 1692

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 89 )

(Census of Prisoners)

Severall sent to Boston

Goale on acco' of witchcraft

Salem March 1'd first Exam sent boston

. Sarah Osburne

. Sarah Good

. Titiba Indian

. Martha Cory

. Rebecka Nurce Aprill 12'th sent to Boston

. Dorothy Good

. Sarah Cloyce

. Eliz. procter

May. Lydia Dastin . Wido' of Rede 2 d. Susannah Martin of Amesb'r

. Dorcas Hoar of Beverly Wido'

. Sarah Murrell of Bev'r

May. Bethya Carter of Woburn all sent to Boston

8'th Ann Seires

. Sarah Dasting

. George Burrows

Salem May 12'th [Pbar ] mittimas w'ch went May 13'th to Boston

  • 1 George Jacobs sen'r
  • 2 Giles Cory
  • 3 W'm Hobs
  • 4 Edw'd Bushop
  • 5 Sarah Bushop his wife
  • 6 Bridget Bushop -- Alias Oliver
  • 7 Sarah Wild
  • 8 Mary Lt Nath putnams negro
  • 9 Mary English
  • 10 Allice. parker
  • 11 Ann pudeater
  • 11

In Salem Prison

Easty

Dele' Hobs

Abigail. Hobs

Mary. Warren

Churchwell

Jacobs #[Margret]

Abigail Soames .

Rebecca Jacobs

Sarah Buckley

Mary Witheridge

Sarah procter _____ X

Sent to Boston Wedensday the 18'th May. 1692

. Thomas Farror of lyn

. Eliz Hart

. John Willard of Salem village

. Roger Toothaker of bilrica

Sent to Salem Goale the 25'th May 1692

Sarah pease --

Sarah procter --

Sent to Boston

Mary Easty

Abigaile Soames

Susannah Rootes

Sarah Bassett

munday the 23'd 1692

Mary Derrich

Benjamin procter

Eliz Cary --

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 62 )


SWP No. BoySal3-3.167

Petitions from Relatives of Prisoners and Others (October 1692 - January 1693)

(Petition of John Osgood and Eight Others -- October 1692)

To the Honored Generall Court Now sitting in Boston this 12 of october 1692

Right honored Gentlemen and fathers We your humble petitioners whose Names are under written petition as followeth: viz: We would Not Trouble Your honours w'th a Tedious diversion: but brieffly spread open our distressed Condition and beg your honours favour and pitty in affording what Relieff may be thought Convenient as for the matter of our Trouble: it is the distressed Condition of our wives and Relations in prison at Salem who are a Company of poore distressed creatures as full of inward grieff and Trouble as thay are able to bear up in life withall and besides That the agrivation of outward Troubles and hardships thay undergo: wants of food Convenient: and the coldness of the winter season that is coming may soon dispatch such out of the way That have Not been used to such hardships: and besides that The exceeding great Charges and expences that we are at upon many accounts which will be two Tedious to give a pertickular account of which will fall heavy upon us especially in a time of so great charge and expence upon a general accout in the Country which is expected of us to bear a part as well as others which if put all together our familys and estates will be brought to Ruin: if it Cannot in time be prevented: having spread open our Condition: we humbly make our adress To your honours to Grant that our wives and Relations being of such That have been approved as penitent Confessors might be Returned home to us upon what bond your honors shall see good we do not petition to take them out of the hands of Justic but to Remain as prisoners under bond in their own familys wher thay may be more tenderly Cared for: and may be redy to apear to Answer farther when the honored Court shall Call for them: we humbly Crave Your Honors favour and pitty for us and ours herin. having lett down our Troubled state before you. we heartyly pray for your honors

petitioners: *John Osgood in behalf of his wife

John frey . in behalf of his wife

John Maston. in behalf of his wife: mary maston

*Christopher Osgood . in behalf of his daughter mary maston

*Joseph Willson: in behalf of his wife #[& children]

John Bridges: in behalf of his wife and children hope Tiler: in behalf of his wife and daughter

* Ebenezer Barker: for his wife

*Nathaniel Dane for his wife

(In left margin)

John Osgood et al.

Petition

( Mass. Archives, Vol. 135 No. 59 )

(Petition of the Andover Ministers and Twenty-Two Others -- October 1692)

To his Excellency the Governour, and Councill, & Representatives, now Assembled at Boston. The Humble Address of the ministers, and of some of the Inhabitants of Andover.

We being deeply sensible of the heavy judgment that the Righteous God hath brought upon this place, thought it our duty (after our earnest prayers to the God of Heaven, to give us help from our trouble) to lay before this Honourable Assembly, our present distressed estate, and to crave a redress of our greivances. It is well known that many persons of this Town, have been accused of witchcraft, by some distempered persons in these parts and upon complaint made have been apprehended and committed to prison. Now though we would not appear as Advocates for any who shall be found guilty of so horrid a crime, but we heartily desire that this place, and the whole land, may be purged from that great wickedness: yet if any of our #[freinds] friends and neighbours have been misrepresented, as tis possible some of them have been; wee would crave leave (if it might be without offence) to speak something in their behalf, haveing no other desighn therein, then that the truth may appear. We can truly give this Testimony of the most of them belonging to this Town, that have been accused, that they never gave the least occasion (as we hear of) to their neerest relations or most intimate acquaintance, to suspect them of witchcraft. Severall of the women that are accused were members of this church in full Communion, and had obtained a good report, for their blameless conversation, and their walking as becometh woemen professing godliness. But whereas it may be alledged, that the most of our people that have been apprehended for witchcraft, have upon Examination confessed it. To which we Answer that we have nothing to plead for those that freely and upon conviction own themselves guilty; but we apprehend the case of some of them to be otherwise. for from the information we have had and the discourse some of us have had with the prisoners, we have reason to think that the extream urgency that was used with some of them by their friends and others who privately examined them, and the fear they were then under, hath been an inducement to them to own such things, as we cannott since find thay are conscious of; and the truth of what we now declare, we judge will in time more plainly appear. And some of them have exprest to their neighbours that it hath been their great trouble, that they have wronged themselves and the truth in their confessions.

We are also very sensible of the disstressed condition of severall poor familyes, on whom this great trouble is fallen; some #[more] of our neighbors are like to be impoverished & ruin'd by the great charge they are at to maintain such of their familyes as are in Prison, and by the fees that are demanded of them, whose case we pray may be considered.

Our troubles which hitherto have been great, we foresee are like to continue and increase, if other methods be not taken then as yet have been, for there are more of our neighb'rs of good reputation & approved integrity, who are still accused, and complaints have been made against them, And we know not who can think himself safe, if the Accusations of children and others who are under a Diabolicall influence shall be received against persons of good fame.

We thought meet also to Signifye that not only persons of good creditt among our selves, but some Honorable & worthy men of other places, do suffer in their names by the acusations of afflicted people in this Town

Thus haveing given your Honors some account of our present troubles, we crave pardon for our boldness in this Address, and humbly pray this Honored Court to take into their serious consideration our low and distressed estate: And that the only wise God may bless yo'r counsels & Endeavors for the welfare of his people, shall be the prayer of

Dated at Andov'r 18'th Oct. 1692.
Your Humble Petitioners
*Timothy Osgood
*Samuel Osgoode
*Samuel Martin
*William Chandler
*William abbutt
*Thomas Chandler
*Christopher osgood
* Ebenezer Barker
* Stephen Barnott
*Joseph Marble
*Ephraim Daviss
*Andrew peeters
*Walter Rice
* hooker osgood
Francis Dane sen'r
* Thomas Barnard
*John Osgood
*Thomas Johnson
*Nathaniel Dane
*Hopestil Tiler
* Ephraim Steevens
*John Aslebee
*James Frie
* Joseph Willson
*Joseph Steevens
*Thomas Chandler Jun'r
( Mass. Archives Vol. 135 No. 61 )

(Petition of John Osgood and Seven Others -- December 1692)

To his Excellency the Governour, and Council now sitting at Boston. The humble Petition, of severall of the Inhabitants of Andover, Sheweth

That whereas our Wives and severall of our neighbours, sometime since, were committed to Salem Prison, (for what cause your Hon'rs have been informed) and during their imprisonment have been exposed to great sufferrings, which daily encrease by reason of the winter comeing on; we had hoped that before this day they would have had a Goal delivery, but since that hath been so long deferred, and we are very sensible of the extream danger the Prisoners are in of perishing, if they are not speedily released: have made bold to make our humble Petition to #[this Honored C] yo'r Honors, to consider the present distressed and suffering condition of our friends in Prison and grant them liberty to come home, upon such terms as yo'r Honors shall Judge most meet. If we might be allowed to plead their Innocency, we think we have sufficient grounds to make such a plea for them, and hope their Innocency will in time appear to the satisfaction of others, however they are at present under uncomfortable circumstances. So craveing pardon for the trouble we have now given your Honors, and humbly requesting that something may be speedily done for the releif of our friends. And yo'r Petition'rs, as in duty bound shall every pray

&c

Andover 6'th Decemb'r 1692
*John Osgood
*Christopher osgood
*John frie
*Nathaniel Dane
* Joseph Willson
*Hopestil Tiler
* John Bridges
* Ebenezer Barker
(Reverse) 1692 Andover petcon
( Mass. Archives Vol. 135 No. 66 )

(Petition of George Herrick -- December 1692)

To his Excelency S'r William Phipps Knight Capt Gen'll & Governor of their Majesties Teritores & Dominion of the Massachusetts Bay In Newengland --

And To: the Hon'ble William Stoughton Esq'r Leut Govern'r of said Province and To: the Rest of the Honored Councell --

The Petition of yo'r Pore Serv't George Herrick -- Most Humbly Sheweth --

That Whereas your Excellency & Hon'rs Porre Petitionor haveing been imployed as Marshall & dep't Sheriff for the County of Essex for the Terme of nine months & upwards, in Serveing of Warrants and Apprehending many prisoners attending Examinations & Courts of Oyer & Terminer, as likewise by mitimus and writts of habeas Corpus have often conveighed Prisoners unto Prison & from Prison to Prisson it hath taken up my whole time and made me Incapeable to gett any thing for the maintainance of my Porre famally, & by that means become so impoverisht that Nesessity hath forcd me to lay downe my Place and must Certainly come to Wante if not in some Measure suplyd Therefore I humbly beseech your Hon'rs to take my case & Condition so fare into Consideration that I may have some supply this hard winter that I and my Porre children may not be destitute of sustenance & so inevitabley Perish for I have been bred A Gent' & not much used To Worke and am become Despicable in thees hard times and that yo'r Excell' & Hon'rs may not immagine that I am Weary of Serving my King & Country were but my habitation Graced with plenty in the Rooms of Pennury; there shall be no servis too dangerous & difficulte but your Pore Petitioner Will Gladly Except & to the best of my Power accomplish: I shall wholely #[through] lay my selfe att your Hon'ble feet for Releife & shall allwayes Pray for yo'r Excell' and Hon'rs health & hapyness and Subscribe my self hopeing for a Gennerus Returne

Dated in Salem this Eigth day of Decemb'r in the year of our Lord 1692

Yo'r Pore & Humble Pettitioner
*George Herrick
(Reverse) Geo: Herrick his Petition 1692
( Mass. Archives Vol. 135 No. 67 )

(Petition of Ten Prisoners at Ipswich)

To the Honourable Governer and Councell and Generall Assembly now sitting at Boston

The humble petition of us whose names are subscribed hereunto now prisoners at Ipswich humbly sheweth, that some of us have Lyen in the prison many monthes, and some of us many weekes, who are charged with witchcraft, and not being consciouse to our selves of any guilt of that nature lying upon our consciences; our earnest request is that seing the winter is soe far come on that it can not be exspected that we should be tryed during this winter season, that we may be released out of prison for the present upon Bayle to answer what we are charged with in the Spring. For we are not in this unwilling nor afrayed to abide the tryall before any Judicature apoynted in convenient season of any crime of that nature; we hope you will put on the bowells of compassion soe far as to concider of our suffering condicion in the present state we are in, being like to perish with cold in lying longer in prison in this cold season of the yeare, some of us being aged either about or nere four score some though younger yet being with Child, and one giving suck to a child not ten weekes old yet, and all of us weake and infirme at the best, and one fettered with irons this halfe yeare and all most distroyed with soe long an Imprisonment: Thus hoping you will grant us a releas at the present that we be not left to perish in this miserable condicion we shall alwayes pray &c.

Widow Penny. Widow Vincent. Widow Princ[e] Goodwife Greene of Havarell, the wife of Hugh Roe of Cape Anne, Mehitabel Dowing. the wife of T[h] imothy Day , Goodwife Dicer of Piscataqua Hanah Brumidge of Havarell Rachel Hafield besides thre or foure men

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

(Statement by the Rev. Francis Dane on the Andover Outbreak -- January 1693)

R'nd Sr; Whereas there have been divers reports raysed, how, and, by what hands I know not, of the Towne of Andover, and the Inhabitants, I thought it my bounden duty to give an account to others, so farr as I had the understanding of anything amongst us. Therefore doe declare, that I beleeve the reports have been Scandalous, and unjust, neither will bear the light, As for that, of the Sive, and Cisers I never heard of it, till this last Summer, and the Sabboth after I spake publiqly concerning it since which I beleeve it hath not been tryed, As for such things of Charmes, and ways to find their cattle, I never heard, nor doe I know any Neighbour that ever did so, neither have I any grounds to beleeve it. I have lived above Fortie fower yeares in the Towne, and have been frequent among the Inhabitants, and should certainely heard if so it had been. That there was a suspicion of Goodwife Carrier among some of us before she was apprehended, I know. As for any other persons, I had no suspicion of them, and had Charity been put on, the Divel would not have had such an advantage against us, and I beleeve many Innocent persons have been accused, & Imprisoned, the Conceit of Spectre Evidence as an infallible mark did too far prevaile with us Hence we so easily parted with our neighbours of honest, & good report, & members in full Co[mbar ]union, hence we so easily parted with our Children, when we knew nothing in their lives, nor any of our neighbours to suspect them and thus things were hurried on, hence such strange breaches in families, -- severall that came before me, that spake with much sobrietie, professing their innocency, though through the Devils subtilty they were too much urged to Confesse, and we thought we did doe well in so doeing, yet they stood their ground professing they knew nothing, never saw the devil, never made a covenant with him, & the like; & some Children that we have cause to feare that dread has overcome them to accuse themselves in that they knew not. Stephen Johnson Mary Barker the daughters of Lieftenant Barker , and some others by what we had from them with suitable affections we have cause to beleeve they were in the truth, and so held to it, if after many indeavours they had #[been dismissed] not been overcome to say w't they never knew

This hath been a trouble to me, considering how oft it hath been sayd you are a witch, you are guilty, & who afflicts this maid or the like, & more then this hath been sayd, charging persons with witchcraft, and what flatteries have past from: & threats and telling them they must goe to prison & this feare have caused many to fall. our Sinne of Ignorance wherein we thought we did well, will not excuse us when we know we did amisse but what ever might be a stumbling block to others must be removed, else we shall procure divine displeasure, & Evills will unavoidably breake in upon us.

Andover Jan 2. 92 Yours Sr who am though unworthie a friend to them that are friends to Sion.

Concerning my Daughter Elizabeth Johnson I never had ground to suspect her: neither have I heard any other to accuse her, till [by] Spectre evidence she was brought forth, but this I must say, she was weake, and incapacious, fearfull. and in that respect I feare she hath. falsely accused her self & others. Not long before that she was sent for she spake as to her owne particular, that she was sure she was no witch, and for her Daughter Elizabeth , she is but simplish at the best, and I feare the comon speech that was frequently spread among us, of their liberty, if they would confesse, and the like expression used by some, have brought many into a snare, the Lord direct & guide those that are in place, and give us all submissive wills, & let the Lord doe with me, & mine, what seems good in his owne eys.

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 Page 142 )


SWP No. BoySal3-3.168

A Bill Against Conjurations, Witchcraft, and Dealing with Evil and Wicked Spirits (December 1692)

(A Bill against Conjuration, Witchcraft and Dealing with Evil and Wicked Spirits)

For more particular direction in the Execution of the Law against Witchcraft.

#[For Explanation of the Law against Witchcraft and more particular direction therein the Execution thereof and for the better restraining the said Offences, and more severe punishing the same,] Be it enacted by the Govern'r Council and Representatives in General Court Assembled and by the Authority of the same, That if any person or persons #[after] shall use, practice or Exercise any Invocation or Conjuration of any evil and wicked Spirit, Or shall consult, covenant with Entertain, Employ, feed or reward any evil and wicked Spirit to or for any intent or purpose; Or take up any dead man woman or Child, out of his, her, or their grave, or any other place where the dead body resteth, or the Skin, bone or any other part of any dead person to be Employed or used in any manner of Witchcraft, Sorcery, Charm or Inchantment, Or shall use, practice or Exercise any Witchcraft, Inchantment charm or Sorcery, whereby any person shall be killed, destroyed, wasted, consumed, pined or lamed in his or her body, or any part thereof, That then every such Offender or Offen-ders, their Aiders, Abetters, and Counsellors being of any the said Offences duly and lawfully convicted and attainted, shall suffer pains of death as a Felon or Felons. And further to the intent that all manner of practice, use or exercise of witchcraft Inchantment, charm or Sorcery, should be henceforth utterly avoided, abolished and taken away, Be it Enacted by the Authority afores'd That if any person or persons shall take upon him or them by Witchcraft, Inoffending, and being thereof lawfully convicted, shall for the said offence suffer Imprisonment by the space of one whole year without bail or mainprise and once in every Quarter of the s'd year shall in some

Shire Town

stand openly upon the pillory by the space of Six houres, and there shall openly confess his or her Error and offence, which said offence shall be written in Capitall Letters & placed upon the breast of said offender And if any person or persons being once convicted of the same Offence, and shall again commit the like Offence and being of any of the said Offences the second time lawfully & duely convicted and attainted as is aforesaid shall Suffer pains of death as a felon or felons.

X'br.14.92 : This Bill read orderly in This house of Representatives and voted passed in the Affirmative & Sent to his Excellency the Governor & Councill for Consent

*William Bond speaker

Read several times in Council, Voted, Ordered to be Engrossed and pass in to an Act, die predict

And is consented unto P *William Phips

( Mass. Archives Vol. 135 No. 68 & 69 )


SWP No. BoySal3-3.169

Superior Court of Judicature: Warrants for Jurors and Returns (December 1692 - January 1693)

(Warrant to the Town of Lynn)

(To try Witches Dec'er 1692)

These are in their maj'ties Names to require you forthwith to Asemble the free holders and other the Inhabitants your towne who are hereby also required to Choose Six good and lawfull men of the Same towne each whereof to have a reall Estate of fourty Shillings [pbar ] Annum or a personall Estate of fifty pounds -- to Serve as Jurors two upon the Grand Jury and four upon the Jury of Tryalls at a Court of Assises and Gen'll Goal Delivery to be held at Salem for the County of Essex on tusday the third day of January next Ensueing the date hereof which persons so chosen you are to Summons to attend the Said Court by nine of the Clock in the Morning of the said day and make returne hereof with the names of the said persons the day before the Said Court and hereof not to faile

Dated in boston the twenty third day of Decem[bbar ]:
To The Constable or Constables of Lyn
[pbar ] Cu[rbar ] *Jona'Elatson Cle[rbar ]
( Mass. Archives Vol. 135 No. 77 )

(Return of the Town of Lynn)

Lyn the 29'th Desem[bbar ]: 92

Accoring to this warrant the town hathe Chose for grand Juryors Robert pottor sen'r Benjemen Rednap forr the Jury of tryalls Cornet Johnson Leften't person John Witt & Benjemen Collins & I have Warned them to appear acording to this within Mencioned Warrant as atest

*Samuel Ingals Constable of lyn

( Mass. Archives Vol. 135 No. 78 )

(Warrant to the Town of Ipswich)

These are in their Maj'ties Names to require you forthwith to Assemble the free holders and other the Inhabitants of your towne who are hereby also required to Choose eleven good & lawfull men of the same towne each wherof to have a reall estate of fourty shillings [pbar ] annum or a personall Estate of fifty pounds to serve as Jurors three upon the Grand Jury & eight upon the Jury of Tryalls at a court of Assises and Gen'll Goal delivery to be held at Salem for the County of Esex on Tusday the Third day of January next Ensueing the date hereof which persons So chosen you are to Summons to attend the said Court by nine of the Clock in the Morning of the said day and make returne hereof with the names. of the said persons the day before the said Court And hereof not to faile Dated in boston the twenty third day of December 1692

To The Constable or Constables of Ipwich or eitheir of them

[pbar ] Cu[rbar ].

*Jona' Elaston Cle[rbar ].

( Mass. Archives Vol. 135 No. 79 )

(Return of the Town of Ipswich)

Rec'd this warrant of Marshall Harris this 31. 10'ber 1692

By Vertue of this warrant the Inhabitants of Ipswich being Lawfully assembled: according to notice before given In order to the Chooseing Eleven Good & Lawfull men to Serve on the Jury to attend at the Court of assizes & Generall Goal Delivery to be holden at Salem in the County of Essex on Tusedy the Third day of January Instant & These persons here under written were Unanimously Chosen & had notice. thereof most of them personally Warned & the rest that were not personally warned. Sumonses was read at thair dwelling houses. to Require them to attend accordingly the which thair severall families had notice of: January: the 2'd 1692:

The Grand Jury are as followes. Mr Robert Paine

Mr Richard Smith

Mr Thomas Boareman ]

The Jury for Tryalls are Ens Thos Jacob.

Sargt Nathaniel Emerson sen'r

Mr Jacob. Perkins ju'r

Mr Mathew. Whipple sen'r

John Pengery

Seth: Story

Thos Edwards

John Lamson

In Testemony whereof we hereto Subscribe our names

*Joseph fuller

*Mathew perkins

*William Baker

*John Chote ]

Constabls of Ipswich

( Mass. Archives Vol. 135 No. 80 )

(Warrant to the Town of Salem)

These are in their Maj'ties Names to require you forthwith to assemble the free holders and other the Inhabitants of your towne who are hereby also required to Choose nine good & Lawfull men of the Same towne each whereof to have a reall Estate of fourty Shillings [pbar ] annum or a personall Estate of fifty pounds to Serve as Jurors three upon the Grand Jury & Six upon the Jury of Tryalls at a Court of Assises & Gen'll Goal Delivery to be held at Salem for the County of Essex on Tusday the third day of January next ensuing the date hereof which persons So Chosen you are to summons to attend the said Court by nine of the Clock in the Morning of the said day and make returne hereof with the names of the said persons the day before the said Court And hereof not to faile Datted In Boston the twenty third Day of December 1692

To the Constable or Constables of Salem or either of them

[pbar ] Cu[rbar ].

*Jona' Elatson Cle[rbar ].

( Mass. Archives Vol. 135 No. 81 )

(Return of the Town of Salem)

In obedience to this warrante I heave warned the inhabitance of this towne to mett together the 30 of Desember 1692 who Acordingliey mett & in orderley prosedinge chose mr Benjamin Browne to be modiator the persens then Choson are as falloeth

Chosen for Gran Jurors

Joshua Ray ]

Job Swinnerton ]

Gilbert Tapley ]

3

This Don by me *Joseph Neall and non of the persons so chosen in my ward I have referred it to the Nex. Constable by me *Joseph Neale Const'l in Salem

for Juris of Trialls 6

Capt Jno Putnam ]

mr Natha'll Howard ]

Jno Traske Junior ]

Ens Edward flintt ]

Edward Hillird ]

Sergt Step Gillis: ]

Non fallinge in my ward I heve transmitted itt to the Nexte constable.

*Peter Osgood constable in Salem

I have warned Gillberd tapley sen'r & Left woord at Edward hilyards hous

31 of dec 92 by me *Richard Princ Constable

This 31'te of December 1692 Then warned mr Edward Flint of Salem to Attend the Court to be held att Salem on the 3'd of January Incewing next upon the Jerury of Trials p'r me *Thomas Rucke Constable at nine of the Clock --

the 31 of december 1692 then I warned Eleaser Giles to a tend on the Jury of tryales at the Cort to be heald at Salem on the 3 of January next insewing by me at nine of the Cloke

*Samuel Stone Constabel in Salem

According to the tene[rbar ] of this warant I have warned as Jueriours

Capt John Putnam

mr Joshua Rea:

Mr Nathaniell Howard

John Trask Jun'r

Capt putnam is Lame and he saith not able to sarve

[pbar ] me *Jonathan putnam Constable in Salem

Accorden to the tener of this warent I have warned Job Sweneton to apere by nine: a Clock in the morning on the 3 Day of Jenerey -- 1692 --

by me. *Jon' putnam Constable of Salam

(Written vertically across the paper on the right hand side)

Returnes of the warr'ts for Choosing Jurymen

( Mass. Archives Vol. 135 Nos. 81 and 82 )

(Warrant to the Town of Gloucester)

These are in theire maj'ties Names to require you forthwith to Asemble the free holders and other the Inhabitants of your towne who are hereby also required to Choose three good & lawfull men of the same towne each wherof to have a reall Esstate of fourty shillings [pbar ] Annum or a personall Estate of fifty pounds to Serve as Jurors one upon the Grand Jury & two upon the Jury of Tryalls at a Court of Assizes & Gen'll Goal delivery to be held at Salem for the County of Essex on Tusday the third day of January next ensueing the date hereof which persons so Chosen you are to Summons to attend the said Court by nine of the Clock in the morning of the said day and make returne hereof with the names of the said persons the day before the said Court and hereof not to faile Dated in Boston the twenty third day of December 1692

To the Constable or constables of Glocester or either of them

[pbar ] Cu[rbar ].

*Jona' Elatson Cle[rbar ].

( Mass. Archives Vol. 135 No. 83 )

(Return of the Town of Gloucester)

According to this warrant the free holders and other the Inhabitants of glocester Asembled togather and Chose James persons to serve upon the grand Jury and William Stevens and John davis to serve upon the Jury of Tryals Att a Court of Assises to be held att Salem the third day of January next Ensuing and these persons that are Chossen I did Summons to Attend the said Court dated in glocester december the 31'th 1692

*Thomas Riggs Constable

( Mass. Archives Vol. 135 No. 83 )

(Warrant to The Town of Marblehead)

These are in their Maj'ties Names to require you forthwith to Assemble the free holders and other the Inhabitants of your towne who are hereby also required to Choose foure good and lawfull men of the same towne each whereof to have a reall Estate of fourty Shillings [pbar ] annum or a personall Estate of fifty pounds to serve as Jurors two upon the grand Jury & two upon the Jury of Tryalls at a Court of Assises and Gen'll Goal delivery to be held at Salem for the County of Essex on Tusday the third day of January next ensueing the date here-of which persons so Chosen you are to sumons to attend the said Court by nine of the Clock in the morning of the said day and make return hereof with the names of the said persons the day before the said Court and hereof not to faile Dated in Boston the twenty third day of December 1692

To #[the] The Constable or Constables of Marblehed or either of them

[pbar ] Cu[rbar ].

*Jona' Elatson Cle[rbar ].

( Mass. Archives Vol. 135 No. 84 )

(Return of the Town of Marblehead)

The inhabitants of our town being assembled made thair Joyc as followeth

for grand Jurors [ Wm Woods Ric: Reed

for Jury of tryals [ Wm Beale Ric: Groce

Des: the 30 'th. 92

*James Smith Const: for Marblehead

The persons above menti' ware sumonsed according to Law [pbar ] mee

*James Smith

( Mass. Archives Vol. 135 No. 85 )

(Warrant to the Town of Topsfield)

These are in their Maj'ties Names to require you fortwith to Assemble the free holders and other Inhabitants of your Towne who are hereby also required to Choose three good & lawfull men of the same towne each whereof to have a reall Estate of fourty Shillings [pbar ] annum or a personall Estate of fifty pounds to serve as Jurors one upon the grand Jury & two upon the Jury of tryalls at a Court of Assises and Gen'll Goal Delivery to be held at Salem for the County of Essex on Tusday The Third day of January next ensueing the date hereof which persons so Chosen you are to summons to attend the said Court by nine of the Clock in the morning of the said day & make returne hereof with the names of the said persons the day before the said Court And hereof not to faile Dated in Boston the twenty third day of December 1692

To the Constable or Constable of Topsfeild or either of them

[pbar ] Cu[rbar ]

*Jona' Elatson Cle[rbar ].

( Mass. Archives Vol. 135 No. 86 )

(Return of the Town of Topsfield)

At a lawfull Towne meeting by order of athoryty on the 30'th of december 1692: Ens Jacob Towne is Chosen to serve on the Grand Jury at Salem and John prichet and Corp'll John Curtiow are Chosen to serve on the Jury of Tryalls at the Court of assise to be houlden at salem the 3'd day of January 1692 or 93

This is a true Coppy taken out of the Towne book p me Ephraim Dorman Recorder for Topsfield

Thes men above menchened Ere chosen acording to the tener of this Warant as atested by me *Ephraim Willdes constabill of topsfild

( Mass. Archives Vol. 135 No. 87 )

(Warrant to the Town of Beverly)

These are in their Maj'ties Names to requrie you forthwith to assemble the free Holders and others the Inhabitants of your Towne who are hereby, allso required to Choose foure Good and Lawfull men of the same Towne Each whereof to have a reall Estate of fourty shillings [pbar ] Annum or a [pbar ]sonall Estate of fifty pounds to serve as Jurors two upon the Grand Jury and Two upon the Jury of Tryalls at a Court of Assises & Gen'll Goal Delivery to be held at Salem for the County of Essex on Tusday the third day of Janua' next Ensuing the day of the date hereof w'ch [pbar ]sons so Chosen you are to sumons to attend the said Court by nine of the Clock in the morning of the said Day. and make returne hereof with the names of the said [pbar ]sons the day before the said Court and hereof not to faile. Dated in Boston the Twenty third day of Decemb'r 1692

To the Constable or Constables of Beverley or either of them

[pbar ] Cu[rbar ][periodbar ]

*Jona' Elatson Cle[rbar ].

( Mass. Archives Vol. 135 No. 88 )

(Return of the Town of Beverly)

Beverly January the 2'd 1692

these are to certifie such Honor'd gentel men as may bee Concerned, that in the persuance of the within written the Inhabytance of our Towne beeing Asembled togeather on the 2'nd of this instant have made choice of John Louit se[n]'r and Roberd Cue for the grand Jury and Samuel Morgan and Edmong Gale for the Jury of Tryals to attend the service of the court within named --

p'r *John Conant

Constable of Beverly

The above s'd persons I have allso summonsd to ated according to the with in written

( Mass. Archives Vol. 135 No. 89 )

(Warrant to the Town of Haverhill)

These are in their Maj' ties Names to Require You forthwith to Assemble the free. holders and other the Inhabitants of yo'r Towne, who are hereby allso required to Choose. Three good and Lawfull men of the same Towne, Each whereof to have a reall Estate of fourty shillings [pbar ] Annum, or a [pbar ]sonall Estate of fifty pounds, to serve as Jurors one upon the Grand Jury, and two upon the Jury of Tryalls, at a Court of Assises and Generall Goal Delivery to be held at Salem for the County of Essex on Tusday the third day of Janua' next Ensuing the day of the date hereof, w'ch [pbar ]sons so Chosen you are to summons to Attend the said Court-by nine of the Clock in the morning of the said Day, and make-Returne hereof w'th the names of the said [pbar ]sons the day before the said Court and hereof not to faile Dated in Boston the Twenty third day of Decemb'r 1692.

To The Constable or Constables of Haverhill or either of Them

[pbar ] Cu[rbar ].

*Jona' Elatson Cle[rbar ].

( Mass. Archives Vol. 135 No. 90 )

(Return of the Town of Haverhill)

Haverhill 31'st Dec 'r 1692 : at a meeting of the free-holders and other the Inhabitants of this Town, they then Chose: (according to the Tenor of this warrant) three Jury men, viz Corn't peter Aires to Serve on the grand jury: and Serg't Josiah Gage & James Sanders to Serve upon the jury of Tryalls, and also have summonsed the s'd three persons to attend the Court of Assises & Gener'll Goal Delivery to be held at Salem, for the County of Essex on Tuesday the third of Janu'r next ensuing as attest by me

*William Starlin

Constable of Haverhill

( Mass. Archives. Vol. 135 No. 91 )

(Warrant to the Town of Andover)

These are in Their Maj'ties Names to Require You forthwith to Assemble the free holders and other the Inhabitants of your Towne who are hereby allso required to Choose foure good and Lawfull men of the same Towne. Each whereof to have a reall Estate of fourty shillings [pbar ] Annum or a [pbar ]sonall Estate of fifty pounds to serve as Jurors Two upon the Grand Jury and two upon the Jury of Tryalls at a Court of Assises and General Goal Delivery to be held at Salem for the County of Essex on Tusday the third day of January next Ensuing the day of the date of w'ch [pbar ]sons so Chosen you are to summons to Attend the said Court by nine of the Clock in the morning of the said Day and make return hereof w'th the names of the said [pbar ]sons the day before the said Court and hereof not to faile Dated in Boston The Twenty third Day of Decemb'r 1692.

To the Constable or Constables of Andover or Either of them

[pbar ] Cu[rbar ]. *Jona' Elatson Cle[rbar ].

(Return of the Town of Andover)

Andover: December 30'th 1692: In Obediance unto this Above Riten worant: I have Asembled the free holders & other the Inhabitance of Our Town Togither & thay Have Chosen #[Samuel] Joseph Marble: Sene'r & henery holt sene'r for the Jury of Tryals for the above mentioned Cort: & have Somonsed Them to apere acording to warant

As atest *Ephraim foster Constable of Andover

( Mass. Archives Vol. 135 No. 92 )

(Warrant to the Town of Newbury)

These are in their Maj'ties Names to require you forthwith to Assemble. the free Holders and other the Inhabitants of your Towne who are hereby allso required to Choose Nine good and Lawefull men of the same Towne. Each whereof to have a reall Estate of fourty shillings [pbar ] Annum or a [pbar ]sonall Estate -- of fifty pounds to serve as Jurors. Three upon the Grand Jury and six upon the Jury of Tryalls at a Court of Assises and Generall Goal Delivery to be held at Salem for the County of Essex on Tusday the third day of Janua' next Ensuing the day of the date hereof w'ch [pbar ]sons so Chosen you are to summons to Attend the said Court by nine of the Clock in the morning of the said Day and make returne hereof w'th the names of the said psons the day before the said Court and hereof faile not Dated in Boston the Twenty third day of Decemb'r 1692

[pbar ] Cu[rbar ].

*Jona' Elatson Cle[rbar ].

To The Constable or Constables of Newbury or either of Them

( Mass. Archives Vol. 135 No. 93 )

(Return of the Town of Newbury)

To the High Sheriff of the County of essex Esqu'r 29 desember 1692, then I warned the freeholders & other inhabi'ts of Newbury to assemble to gether to Choose nine Jurars men and according to warning the s'd freehol: & inhabitants mett together and Cose nine Jurors men to serve according to the teneur of this warant

for the Grand Jury

thomas Hale

Richard Browne

Richard Bartlet sener

Jury of trialls

Sarjant John Hale

Sar't John Kent Sener

Sar't Joseph Little

Benayah titcomb

John Emery Juner

John Ordway

I alsoe Su[mbar ][obar ][nbar ][ebar ]d. the Jurors. a bove named. to make their personall, appearance, at Salem on tusday. next. the thurd of Janawary according to the teneur of the within warant dated. 31. Desember 1692. by me *Samuel Hills , Constable for Newbury

Newbury Decemb'r 1692

At a Meeting of the free hold'rs & Inhabitants of the Towne of Newbury. Convened by the Counstable, by Vertue of a Warant dated Decemb'r 23'd 1692

Then chosen to Serve as jurors at a Court of assises & Gen'll Goale Delivery to be held at Salem for the County of Essex on the third of January next --

For the Grand Jury:

Thomas Hale Richard Bartlett sen'r & Richard Browne --

For the Jury of Trials --

Serj'nt John Kent Serj Joseph Little. Serj John Hale

John Emery Ju'r Benajah Titcomb & John Ordway --

Taken out of the Towne Booke of Newbury pr *Henry Short cler

( Mass. Archives Vol. 135 Nos. 94 and 97 )

(Return of the Town of Rowley)

sir In pursuance of a Warrant to mee derected from the [Court] Requireing mee to Call to Gather and Assemble the free holders of our town and other the inhabitants thereof to Choose juriors to attend the Court of Assices and Gen'll Goall delivery to bee held att Salem the third day of January next Ensueing the date Hereof, and accordingly wee have made Choyse of these men following viz:

Capt Joseph Boynton

James Dickison ]

for the Grand Jury

Jno pickard ]

Jno platts. ]

for the Jury of tryalls

Dated in Rowley the 31'th of decemb'r 1692
[pbar ] mee *Robt Greenough
Constable for the Town of Rowley
(Reverse)
To Mr Jona' Elatson Clark of the Court of Assices to bee held att Salem
The se with Care I pray
( Mass. Archives Vol. 135 No. 95 )

(Warrant to the Town of Wenham)

These are in Theire Maj'ties names to require you forthwith to Asemble the free holders and other Inhabitants of your towne who are hereby also required to Choose foure good and lawfull men of the Same Towne each whereof to have a reall Estate of fourty Shillings [pbar ] Annum or a personall Estate of fifty pounds to Serve as [Jurors] two upon the Grand Jury & two upon the Jury of Tryalls at a Court of assises and Generall Goal Delivery to be held at Salem for the County of Essex on Tusday the third day of January next Ens [torn] the date heareof which persons so Chosen you are to Summon [torn] attend the said Court by nine of the Clock in the Morning of the [torn] day and make returne hereof with the names of the said pers [torn] the day before the said Court And hereof not to faile Dated in Boston the Twenty Third day of December 1692

To The Constable or Constables of Wenham or either of them

[pbar ] Cu[rbar ].

*Jona' Elatson Cle[rbar ].

( Mass. Archives Vol. 135 No. 96 )

(Return of the Town of Wenham)

At a metting of the inhabitants of Wenham this: 30'th of december: 1692: Richard hutten and Samuell Kimball ware Chosen to sarve upon grand jurye and James freind and John abbye on the jurye of tryalls as wittness my hand

*William faierfeild

Constable of wenham

( Mass. Archives Vol. 135 No. 96 )


SWP No. BoySal3-3.170

Superior Court of Judicature: Witchcraft Trials (January - May 1693)

Cases Heard ( in chronological order ):

Rebecca Jacobs

Margaret Jacobs

Sarah Buckley

Mary Witheridge

Job Tookey

Johanna Tyler

Candy

Mary Marston

Elizabeth Johnson, Sr.

Abigail Barker

Mary Tyler

Sarah Hawkes

Mercy Wardwell

Elizabeth Johnson, Jr.

Mary Bridges, Sr.

Mary Post

Hannah Post

Sarah Bridges

Mary Osgood

Mary Lacey, Jr.

Mary Toothaker

Mary Taylor

Sarah Cole ( of Lynn )

Lydia Dustin

Sarah Dustin

John Alden

Susannah Post

Eunice Fry

Mary Bridges, Jr.

Mary Barker

William Barker, Jr.

Suffolk ss.

Att Their Maj'ties Superiour Court of Judicature Court of Assizes & Generall Goal Delivery Holden at Sallem In The County of Essex in their Maj'ties Province of the Massachusets Bay in New England in Amirica. Under the Government of his Excellancy S'r William Phips Knt &c the 3'd January Anno RR's et Reginae Gulielmi et Mariae nunc Angliae &c. Quarto Annoq'e Domini 1692

Grand Jury Sworn

Robert Paine foreman

Job Swinerton

Gilbert Tapley

William Wood

Richard Read

Richard Hutton

John Lovit Sen'r

Robert Cue

Joseph Marble Sen'r

James Persons

Benja Rednap

Robert Potter Sen'r

Richard Browne

Thomas Borman

Joseph Bointon

James Dickeson

Richard Smith

Present

The Hon'ble William Stoughton Esq'r Cheif Jus-

Thomas Danforth Esq'r ]

John Richards Esq'r

Wait Winthrop Esq'r ]

Samuel Sewell Esq'r

The Court being opened the Grand Jury was sworn.

Severall Bills of Indictment against divers persons for felony by Witchcraft were committed to the Grand Jury and then the Court Adjourned to nine of the Clock next morning.

(Case of Rebecca Jacobs )

10 Jury of Tryalls Sworn

Edward Flint fore[mbar ]

Nathaniel Howard

Eliezer Giles

John Hall

John Kent

Joseph Litle

Benayah Tidcomb

Samuel Morgan

Edmund Gale

William Stephens

John Lamson

Seth Story

Rebekah Jacobs wife of George Jacobs of Salem Villedge in the County of Essex husbandman was Arraigned being Indicted by the Jurors for our Soveraigne Lord & Lady the King & Queen upon their Oathes For that the said Rebekah Jacobs upon the Eighteenth day of May 1692 and divers other days and times as well before as after Certain detestable arts called Witchcraft and Sorceries Wickedly Mallitiously and feloneously hath used practised and Exercised at and in Salem Village aforesaid in upon and against one Elizabeth Hobert of Salem Singlewoman, by which said wicked Acts the said Elizabeth Howard the day & year aforesaid & divers other dayes and times as well before as after was and is Tortured Afflicted Consumed pined Wasted & Tormented against the peace of our Soveraigne Lord & Lady their Crowne & dignity & the forme in the Stattute in that Case made & provided.

Upon which indictment the said Rebekah Jacobs was arraigned and to the indictment pleaded not Guilty and put her selfe upon Tryall by God & the Country The first Jury of Tryalls being called whereof mr Edward flint is foreman and the prisoner making no challenge against any of them they were sworn for her Tryall and past upon her The Jury Bring in their Verdict, that is to say That they do not find Rebekah Jacobs Guilty of the felony by Witchcraft she hath been Indicted.

The Court Ordered that the said Rebekah Jacobs be discharged upon her paying fees.

(Case of Margaret Jacobs )

Jury Swoarn

James Freind foreman

Richard Gross

John Emery

John Ordway

John Abby

John Witt

Josiah Gage

James Sanders

Nathan'll Emerson Sen'r

Thomas Edwards

John Pritchard

John Plats

Margaret Jacobs of Salem in the County of Essex Singlewoman was Arraigned being indicted by the Jurors for our Soveraigne Lord and Lady the King and Queen upon their Oaths For that the said Margaret Jacobs upon the Eleventh day of May in the year of our Lord One thousand six hundred Ninety and two and divers other dayes and times as well before as after Certain detestable arts called Witchcraft and Sorceries Wickedly mallitiously and feloniously hath used practised and Excised at and in the Towne of Salem in the County of Essex afores'd in upon and against one Mary Wallcott of Salem afores'd Singlewoman by which said wicked Arts the said Mary Wallcott the day and year aforesaid and divers other dayes and times both before and after was and is Tortured afflicted Consumed Wasted Pined and Tormented and allso for sundry other Acts of witchcraft by the said Margret Jacobs Comitted and don before and since that time against the peace of our Soveraigne Lord and Lady the King and Queen their Crowne and dignity and the forme in the Stattute in that Case made and provided. And upon one other Indictment That the said Margaret Jacobs on the Eleventh day of May aforesaid in the year afores'd and divers other dayes and times as well before as after Certain detestable arts called Witchcraft and Sorcerys wicked-mallitiously hath used practised and Exercised at and in the Towne of Salem in the County of Essex Afores'd in upon & against one Elizabeth Hobert of Salem Singlewoman, by w'ch said wicked Acts the said Elizabeth Hobard the day and year aforesaid and divers other dayes and times both before & after was and is Tortured Afflicted Consumed Wasted Pined and Tormented and also for sundry other Acts of witchcraft by the said Margaret Jacobs Comitted and don before and since that time against our Soveraigne Lord and Lady the King and Queen their Crowne and dignity and the forme in the Stattute in that Case made and Provided.

Upon w'ch Indictments shee was Arraigned and to both the said Indictments pleaded not Guilty and put herselfe upon Tryall by God and the Country The first Jury was Called Edward flint foreman, and #[and] noe objection being made were Sworn to pass upon her Tryall And the Evidences in the Case were read and the Case was Committed to the Jury. The Jury Gave in their Verdict viz't They find that Margaret Jacobs the Prisoner at the Barr is not guilty of the felony by Witchcraft whereof Shee hath been Indicted.

The Court Ordered that the said Margaret Jacobs be discharged paying her fees.

(Case of Sarah Buckley )

Sarah Buckley the wife of William Buckley of Salem in the County of Essex Shoomaker Was Indicted by the Jur'rs for our Soveraigne Lord and Lady the King & Queen upon their Oaths That the said Sarah Buckley upon the Eighteenth day of May in the year of our Lord One thousand six hundred ninety and two and divers other dayes and times as well before as after Certain detestable arts Called Witchcraft and Sorceries wickedly mallitiously and feloneously hath used practised and Exercised At and in the Towne of Salem in the County of Essex afores'd in upon and against one Mary Walcott of Salem in the County of Essex afores'd Singlewoman By which said wicked Acts the said Mary Walcott the day and year aforesaid and divers other dayes and times both before and after was and is Tortured Afflicted Consumed Pined Wasted and Tormented And allso for sundry other acts of witchcraft by the said Sarah Buckley Committed and don before and since that time against our Soveraigne Lord & Lady the King and Queen their Crowne and Dignity And the forme in the Stattute in that Case made & provided. And upon on other Indictment for that the said Sarah Buckley the wife of William Buckley aforesaid of Salem in the County of Essex afores'd in and upon the Eighteenth day of May in the year of our Lord One thousand six hundred Ninety & two and divers other dayes #[other dayes] and times as well before as after Certain detestable arts called Witchcraft or sorceries wickedly malitiously and feloneousely hath used practiced and Exersised at and in the Towne of Salem in the County of Essex Aforesaid in upon and against one Ann Putman of Salem aforesaid Single-woman, by w'ch said wicked Acts the said Ann Putnam the day and year afores'd and divers other dayes and times both before and after was and is Tortured Afflicted Consumed Pined Wasted and Tormen-ted, And allso for Sundry other Acts of witchcraft by the said Sarah Buckley Committed and don both before and since that time against our Soveraigne Lord and Lady the King and Queen their Crowne and Dignity and the forme in the Stattute In that Case made & provided. Upon w'ch Indictments the said Sarah Buckley was araigned and to both of them pleaded not Guilty & put her selfe upon Tryall by God and the County. The second Jury was Called James freind foreman and noe objection being made were sworn to pass upon her Tryall and the Evidences in the Case were read and the Wittnesses appeared The Prisoner made her Defence. The Jury Returne their verdict. The Jury Returne their verdict. The Jury say that the said Sarah Bukley is not Guilty of the felony by witchcraft of which [she] stands indicted in the two Recited Indictments.

The Court Ordered that the said Sarah Buckley be discharged paying her fees.

(Case of Mary Witheridge )

Mary Witheridge was Sett to the Barr and was Indicted by the Jurors for our Soveraigne Lord & Lady for that the said Mary Witheridge of Salem Village alias Salem in the County of Essex the Eighteenth day of May in the year of our Lord One thousand six hundred Ninety two and divers other dayes and times as well [before] as after Certaine detestable arts Called Witchcraft and Sorceries wickedly mallitiously and feloniously hath used practised and Exercised at and in the towne of Salem in the County of Essex aforesaid in upon and against one Elizabeth Hobart of Salem afores'd Singlewoman by w'ch said Wicked Acts the said Elizabeth Hobert the day and year aforesaid and divers other dayes and times both before and after was and is Tortured Afflicted Consumed Wasted Pined & Tormented and allso for sundry other Acts of Witchcraft by the said Mary Witheridge Committed and don before and since that time against the peace of our Soveraigne Lord and Lady the King and Queen their Crowne and Dignity and the form of the Stattute in that Case made and provided.

And the Jurors for our Soveraigne Lord and Lady the King and Queen doe allso upon their oaths indicte the said Mary Witheridge In or upon the Eighteenth day of May in the year of our Lord One Thousand six hundred Ninety & two and divers other dayes and times as well before as after Certain detestable Arts Called Witchcraft and Sorceries Wickedly Mallitiousely and feloniously hath used practised and Exercised at and in the Towne of Salem in the County of Essex afores'd In upon and against one Sarah Vibber wife of John Vibber of Salem aforesaid Husbandman by w'ch said wicked Acts the said Sarah Vibber the day and year aforesaid and divers other dayes and times both before and after was and is Tortured Afflicted Consumed Pined Wasted and Tormented, And allso for Sundry other Acts of Witchcraft by the said Mary Witheridge Committed and don before and since that time against our Soveraigne Lord and Lady the King and Queen their Crowne and dignity And the forme in the Stattute in that Case made and provided. Upon both w'ch Indictements the said Mary Witheridge was Areigned, and to the said Indictments pleaded not Guilty and put herselfe upon Tryall by God and the Country.

Petty Jury

James Freind fo:

Rich'd Gross

John Emery

John Ardway

John Abby

John Witt

Josiah Gage

James Sanders

Nathan'l Emerson

Thomas Edwards

John Prichard

John Plats

The second Jury was Called James Freind foreman and no exception being made were swoarn to pass upon her tryall. The Evidences in the Cace being read and Wittness appearing The Prisoner made her defence. The Jury Returne their verdict. The Jury Say That Mary Witheridge is not Guilty of the felony by Witchcraft of whitch Shee stands Indicted in the two recitted Indictments.

The Court Ordered the said Mary Witheridge be Discharged paying her fees.

(Case of Job Tookey )

January 5th

Jury of Tryall

Edward flint fo[rbar ]m

Nathan'l Howard

Eliazer Gyles

John Hale

John Kent

Joseph Litle

Benayah Tidcomb

Samuel Morgan

Edmund Gale

William Stephens

John Lampson

Seth Storey

Job Tookey of Beverley in the County of Essex Waterman was Indicted by the Jurors for our Soveraign Lord and Lady the King and Queen upon their Oaths For that the said Job Tookey The seventh day of June In the year of our Lord One thousand six hundred Ninety and two and divers other dayes and times as well before as after Certaine detestable Arts Called Witchcraft and Sorceries Wickedly mallitiously and feloniously hath used practised and Exercised at and in the Towne of Salem In the County of Essex aforesaid In upon and against one Mary Warren of Salem aforesaid Single woman by w'ch said wicked Acts the said Mary Warren the day and year aforesaid and divers other dayes and times both before and after was and is Tortured Afflicted Wasted Consumed pined & Tormented And all[so] for Sundry other Acts of witchcrafts by the said Job Tookey Committed and don before and since that time against the peace of our Soveraigne Lord & Lady the King & Queen their Crowne & Dignity and the forme of the Statute in that Case made and provided.

Upon w'ch Indictment the said Job Tookey was Arraigned and upon his Arraignement pleaded not Guilty to the Indictment and put himselfe upon Tryall by God and the Country. A Jury was called being the first Jury Edward flint foreman and were accordingly Swore to pass upon him (the prisoner makeing no Challeng) The Indictment being read as allso the Evidences and Examination the prisoner made his Defence the Jury returne their Verdict. The Jury Say that Job Tookey is not Guilty of the felony by witchcraft of which he stood Indicted.

The Court Ordered Job Tookey to be discharged paying his fees.

(Case of Johannah Tyler )

Hannah Tyler of Andover in the County of Essex Singlewom being Indicted by the Jurors for our Soveraigne Lord and Lady the King and Queen upon their Oaths by Two Severall Indictments, That is to say 1'st That shee the said Hannah Tyler of Andover in the County of Essex Singlewoman some time in the moneth of Aprill last in the year of our Lord One Thousand Six hundred ninety two aforesaid in the Towne of Andover afores'd wickedly mallitiousely and feloneously A Covenant with the Devill did make whereby she Gave both her soule and body to the Devill and signed his booke and by him was Baptized and owned the Devill to be her God and promissed to hon'r and serve him forever And unto the Devill did renounce her Christian Baptisme and God and Christ By which Diab #[ab] ollicall & wicked Covenanting with the Devill as aforesaid the said Hannah Tyler is become a detestable Witch Contrary to the peace of our Soveraigne Lord and Lady the King and Queen their Crowne and Dignity and the Law in that Case made and provided.

2'ly For that She (the said Hannah Tyler ) on or about the seventh day of September last in the year of our Lord One thousand Six hundred ninety Two aforesaid and divers other dayes and times as well before as after certaine detestable arts called Witchcraft and Sorceries wickedly mallitiousely and feloneously hath used practised & Exercised in the Towne of Andover afores'd upon and against one Rose foster of Andover afores'd By which said wicked arts the said Rose foster the day and year aforesaid and divers other dayes and times as well before as after, was and is afflicted Tortured Consumed pined wasted and tormented against the peace of our Soveraigne Lord and Lady the King & [Queen] Their Crowne and dignity and the Lawes in that case made and Provided. --

3'r Jury of Tryalls

nathaniell Howard forem'n

John Hale

James freind

Samuell Morgan

James Sanders

Richard Gross

John Witt

Nathan'll Emerson

John Emery

Benaiah Tidcomb

John Platts

John Lamson

upon the aboves'd Indictments and each of them the said Hannah Tyler was then & there before our Justices of our Lord and Lady the King & Queen afores'd Arraigned & upon her Arraignem't the said Hannah did then and there the said day & year afores'd plead to them & each of them not Guilty & put her selfe upon Tryall by God & her Country.

A Jury being called Nathaniel Howard foreman & accordingly Sworne no Exception made by the prisoner the said Indictments being read together with Evidence & Examination and the Prisoners defence being heard the Jury went out to agree on their verdict who Returning did then and there in open Court deliver their Verdict That the said Hannah Tyler was not Guilty of the felony by Witchcraft for w'ch She stood Indicted in & by the said Indictm'ts & each of them The Court Ordered Hannah Tyler aforesaid to be discharged Paying her fees//

(Case of Candy )

January 6'th

Petty Jurors

Richard Gross foreman

John Emery

John Ardway

James friend

John Abby

John Witt

Josiah Gay

James Sanders

Nathaniel Emerson

Thomas Edwards

John Prick[ard]

John Platts

Candy a Negroe Servant to Mrs Mary Hawkes of Salem, in the County of Essex, being Indicted by the Jurors for our Soveraign Lord and lady the King and Queen upon Oaths by Two Severall Indictments; That is to Say, 1'st For that the Said Candy Negroe Woman Servant to Mrs Mary Hawkes aforesaid of Salem in the County of Essex aforesaid, did upon the Second Day of July last in the year 1692 and diverse other times before and after, certaine detestable Arts called witchcrafts and Sorceries, Wickedly, Malitiously and felloniously, hath used, practised, and Exercised, in the Town of Salem aforesaid, upon and against One Ann Putnam of Salem Single Woman, by which wicked Arts the said Ann Putnam the day and Year aforesaid and divers other dayes and times both before and after was and is tortured, afflicted, consumed, wasted, pined and tormented, contrary to the Peace of our Sovereign Lord and Lady the King and Queen their Crowne and dignity, and the Lawes in that case made, and Provided.

Petty Jurors

Richard Gross foreman

John Emery

John Ardway

James friend

John Abby

John Witt

Josiah Gay

James Sanders

Nathaniel Emerson

Thomas Edwards

John Prickard

John Platts

2dly For that she (the said Candy) in and
upon the second Day of July last in the Year 169[2]
and divers of other dayes and times, as well before as
after, Certaine detestable acts called Witchcraft
and Sorceries wickedly malitiously and felloniously
hath used practised and exercised in the Towne of
Salem aforesaid upon and Against One Mary Wallcot of Salem Single Woman by which wicked
artes the said Mary Wallcot the day and Year --
aforesaid and divers other times as well before --
as after was and is tortured, afflicted, consumed
wasted, pined and tormented contrary to the Peace of
our sovereign Lord and Lady the King and
Queen their Crown and Dignity and the Lawe
in that case made and provided.

Upon the abovesaid Indictements and each of them the said Candy was then and there before the Justices of our Lord and Lady the King and Queen afores'd Arraigned, and upon her Arraignment the said Candy did then and there the Day and Year aforesaid plead to them and each of them Not Guilty and put her self upon triall by God and hur Countrey.

A Jury being called Richard Gross foreman Acordingly Sworne, no Exception made by the Prisoner the said Indictments and Every of them being read together with Evidences and Examinations and the prisoners defence being heard, The Jury went out to agree on their verdict, who Returning, did then and there in open Court deliver their verdict, That the said Candy was not Guilty of the fellony by witchcraft for which she stood Indicted In and by the said Indictments and each of them

The Court Ordered Candy the Negroe Servant abovesaid to be discharged, Paying her fees.

(Case of Mary Marston )

Mary Marston #[wife of John Marston ] wife of John Marston Jun'r of Andover In the County of Essex, husbandman being Indicted by the Jurors for our Soveraigne Lord and Lady the King and Queen upon their Oathes by Two severall Indictments, That is to say. 1'st For that she the said Mary Marston wife of John Marston of Andover husbandman about Three years since in the Towne of Andov'r in the County of Essex afores'd A wicked and diabollicall Covenant wickedly mallitiousely and feloneously with the Devill did make and signe the Devills book, and promis to worship the Devill and serve him by which wicked Covenant with the Devill the said Mary Marston is becom a detestable Witch Contrary to the Peace of our Soveraigne Lord and Lady the King and Queen their Crowne & Dignity and the Lawes in that Case made and provided.

2'dly For that She the said Mary Marston on or about the twenty Eight day of August last in the year of our Lord one thousand Six hundred ninety two and divers other dayes and times as well before as after Certain detestable Arts Called Witchcraft and Sorceries Wickedly Mallitiously and feloneously hath used practised and Exercised at and in the Towne of Andover aforesaid in upon and against one Abigail Martin of Andover aforesaid by w'ch said wicked Acts the said Abigail Martin the day & year aforesaid #[aforesaid] and divers other dayes & times both before and after and is Tortured afflicted Consumed Pined wasted and Tormented against the peace of our Soveraigne Lord and Lady the King and Queen their Crowne and Dignity and the forme of the Stattute in that Case made & Provided. Upon the aforesaid Indictments and Each of them the said Mary Marston was then and there before the Justices of our Lord and Lady the King and Queen aforesaid Arraigned and upon her arraignement did then and there the day and year aforesaid plead to them and each of them not Guilty and put herselfe upon tryall by God & hir Country --

Nath'll Howard fore[mbar ]

John Hale

Sam'll Morgan

James Sanders

Rich'd Gross

John Witt

Natha'll Emerson

John Emery

Benajah Titcomb

John Platts

John Lamson

James Friend.

A Jury being Called Nathaniel Howard foreman and accordingly Sworne no Exception being made by the prisoner the said Indictments and every of them being Read together with Evidences and Examinations and the prisoners defence being heard, the Jury went out to agree on their verdict, Who Returning did then and there in open Court deliver their Verdict, That the said Mary Marston was not Guilty of the felony by witchcraft for which she stood indicted In and by the said Indictments and each of them.

The Court Ordered Mary Marston aforesaid to be discharged Paying fees.

(Case of Elizabeth Johnson )

Elisabeth Johnson of Andivor in the County of Essex Widdow, being Indicted by the Jurors for our Soveraigne Lord & Lady the King and Queen upon their Oathes, by two Severall Indictments,: That is to say: 1'st For that shee the said Elisabeth Johnson of Andover in the County of Essex afores'd Widdow on or about [] and divers other times as well before as after in the Township of Andover aforesaid wickedly, malitiously, and felloniously, A covenant with the Devill did make, by which diabolicall Covenant Shee gave Selfe both Soule and body, to the Devill and Signd the Devills booke, and by him was baptized and unto him renounced her Christian baptism, and God and Christ, And owned the Devill to be her God, and promised to Serve, and obey him for ever, by which wicked Covenant shee the said Elisabeth Johnson is become a detestable witch, contrary to the Peace of our Soveraigne Lord and Lady the King and Queen, their Crowne, and dignity, and the Lawes in that case made, and Provided.

2'dly For that shee the said Elisabeth Johnson of Andivor, in the County of Essex, aforesaid, Widdow, On or about the 30'th Day of August, in the Year 1692 aforesaid, and diverse other days, and times, as well before, as after, certaine detestable Arts called Witchcrafts, and Sorceries wickedly, malitiously and felloniously hath used, practised, and exercised, at, and in the Towne of Andover, in the County of Essex aforesaid, upon, and against, one Sarah Phelps of [] by which said wicked arts the Said Sarah Phelps the day, and Yeare aforesaid, and divers other dayes and times, as well before, as after, was and is, tortured, consumed, wasted, pined, afflicted, and tormented, contrary to the Peace of our Soveraigne Lord and Lady the King and Queen, their Crowne, and dignity, and the Lawes in that case made, and Provided. --

John Blaney fore[mbar ]

Edward flint

Eleazar Giles

John Kent Sen'er

Joseph Litle

John Abby

Edmund Gale

Josiah Gay

Seth Story

John Ordway

Thomas Edwards

John Prickard

Upon the aforesaid Indictments and each of them, the said Elisabeth Johnson , was then & there before the Justices of our Lord and Lady the King and Queen aforesaid, arraigned, and upon her arraignment, did then and there, the day, and Year aforesaid, plead to them and each of them, not Guilty and put her Self upon tryall, by God & her Country

A Jury being called John Blaney foreman a[cbar ]ordingly sworne, no exception made by the Prisoner, the said Indictments, and Every of them being read, together with Evidences, and Examinations, and the Prisoners defence being heard; the Jury went out to agree on their verdict, who returning, did then, and there, in open Court, deliver their verdict; That the said Elisabeth Johnson was Not Guilty of the fellony by witchcraft, for w'ch she stood Indicted, in, and, by, the said Indictments and each of them --

The Court Ordered Elisabeth Johnson aforesaid to be discharged, Paying her fees --

(Case of Abigail Barker )

Abigail Barker wife of Ebenezar Barker of Andover in the County of Essex, being indicted by the Jurors, for our Soveraigne Lord and Lady the King and Queen, upon their Oathes, by three Severall Indictments; That is to Say: 1'st: --

For that shee the said Abigaill Barker wife of Ebenezar Barker of Andover in the County of Essex, about Two yeares Since, at, & in the Towne of Andover aforesaid, wickedly malitiously, and felloniously, a Covenant with the Devill did make, and Signe the Devills Booke, and by the Devill was baptized, and renounced her former christian baptisme, and gave her Selfe up to the Devill, to Serve him and for the Devill, to be her Lord and Master, by which diabolicall, and wicked covenant, Shee the said Abigaill Barker , is become a detestable witch Contrary to the Peace of our Soveraigne Lord and Lady the King and Queen their Crowne, and Dignity, and the Lawes, in that case made, and provided.

2'dly For that the said Abigaill Barker , wife of Ebenezar Barker of Andover, in the County of Essex aforesaid, in and upon the Eighth day of Septemb'r last, in the year of our Lord 1692, and diverse other dayes, and times, as well before, as after; certaine detestable Arts called witchcrafts, and Sorceries, wickedly malitiously, and feloniously, hath used, practised, and exercised, at, and in the Towne of Andover afores'd in the County of Essex aforesaid, upon, and against One Ralph farnum Senior of Andover aforesaid by which said wicked arts aforesaid the said Ralph farnum the day and Yeare aforesaid, and diverse other dayes, and times, both before, and after was, & is, tortured, aflicted, consumed, wasted, pined, and tormented, contrary to the peace of our Soveraigne Lord, and Lady, the King and Queen, their Crowne and Dignity, and the Lawes in that case made, and provided.

Jury of Tryall

Nathan'l Howard for[mbar ]

John Hale

Samuel Morgan

James Sanders

Richard Gross

John Witt

Nathan'l Emerson

John Emery

Benayah Tidcomb

John Platts

John Lamson

James freind

3'dly For that the said Abigaill Barker , wife Ebenezar Barker , of Andover, in, and upon the Eighth day of September last in the year of our Lord 1692 and divers other dayes and times as well before as after certaine detestable arts, called witchcrafts, and Sorceries, wickedly, mallitiously, and felloniously hath used, practised, and Exercised, at, and in the towne of Andover aforesaid, in the County of Essex aforesaid, upon, and against, one Rose foster , of Andover [] by which Said wicked Arts, the said Rose foster , the day, and year aforesaid, and diverse others dayes, and times both before, and after, was, and is, tortured, afflicted consumed,, pined and wasted, and tormented, against the Peace of o'r Soveraigne Lord and Lady the King, and Queen, their Crowne and dignity, and the Lawes, and Acts in that case made and Provided. -- Upon the aforesaid Indictments, and each of them, the said Abigaill Barker was then, and there, before the Justices of our Lord and Lady the King and Queen aforesaid, arraigned, and upon her arraignment, did then, and there, the day, and Year aforesaid, plead to them, and each of them Not Guilty, and put her Selfe, upon triall, by God, and her Countrey --

A Jury being called [] foreman and A[cbar ][obar ]rdingly Sworne, no exception being made by the Prisoner the said Indictments, and each of them, being read, together with Evidences, and Examinations and the Prisoners defence being heard: the Jury went out to agree on their verdict, who returning, did then and there, in open Court, deliver their verdict; That the Said Abigaill Barker was Not Guilty, of the fellony by witchcraft, for which she stood Indicted, in, and by, the said Indictements, and each of them.

The Court Ordered, Abigaill Barker aforesaid, to be discharged, paying her fees.

(Case of Mary Tyler )

January 7'th Mary Tyler wife of hopestill Tyler of Andover, Blacksmith, being Indicted by the Jurors for o'r Soveraigne Lord and Lady the King and Queen, upon their Oathes, by three Severall Indictments; That is to Say 1'st -- For that the said Mary Tyler , wife of hopestill Tyler , of Andover in the County of Essex Blaksmith about Seaven Yeares Since in the towne of Andover aforesaid, wickedly, malitiously and felloniously, a Covenant with the Devill did make and signed the Devills booke, and promised to serve the Devill as long as shee Lived, and by the Devill was baptized; and renounced her former Baptisme, by which Diabolicall, And wicked Covenant with the Devill, Shee the said Mary Tyler is become a detestable witch, contrary to the peace of our Soveraigne Lord and Lady the King and Queen, their Crowne and dignity, and the Lawes in that case made, and Provided. --

2'dly For that shee the said Mary Tyler , wife of Hopestill Tyler of Andover in the County of Essex Blaksmith, on, or about the Seventh day of Septem'r last in the year 1692, and Divers others dayes and times, as well before, as after, certaine detestable Arts called witchcrafts, and Sorceries, wickedly, malitiously, and felloniously hath used, practised, and Exercised, in the Towne of Andover aforesaid, upon, and against, one Ralph farnam Senior of Andover aforesaid by which wicked Arts, the said Ralph farnam Senior , the day and Yeare, aforesaid, and divers other dayes, and times, as well before as after, was and is, tortured, afflicted, consumed, wasted, pined, and Tormented contrary to the Peace of our Soveraigne Lord and Lady the King and Queen their Crowne and dignity, and the Lawes in that case made and Provided. --

3'dly For that she the said Mary Tyler , wife of Hopestill Tyler , of Andover, in the County of Essex Blaksmith, on or about, the Seaventh Day of September last, in the Year 1692, and divers other dayes, and times, as well before, as after, certaine detestable arts, called witchcrafts, and Sorceries, wickedly, malitiously, and felloniously, hath used, practized, and exercised, in the Towne of Andover aforesaid, upon, and against One Hannah Foster , wife of Ephraim Foster , of Andover, aforesaid, by which wicked arts the said Hannah Foster , the day, and year aforesaid and divers other dayes, and times, as well before, as after, was, and is, tortured, afflicted, pined wasted, consumed, and tormented, contrary to the Peace of our Soveraign Lord and Lady the King and Queen, their Crown and Dignity, & the lawes in that case made and provided.

The Jury Sworn

Nath: Howard fore.

John Hall

James freind

Samuell Morgan

James Horner

Richard Gross

John Witt

Nathan'l Emerson

John Emery

Benay Tidcomb

John Platts

John Lampson

Upon the aforesaid Indictments, and each of them the said Mary Tyler , was then, and there, before the Justices of our Lord and Lady, the King and Queen aforesaid, Arraigned and upon her arraignment did then, and there, the day and Year aforesaid plead to them, and each of them, Not Guilty, and put her selve, upon triall by God, and her Countrey. --

A Jury being called Nathaniel Howard foreman and A[cbar ]ordingly Sworne, no Exception made by the Prisoner, the said Indictments, and each of them, being read, together with Evidences, and Examinations and the Prisoners defence being heard; the Jury went out to agree on their verdict, who returning, did then, and there, in open Court deliver their verdict, That the said Mary Tyler , was Not Guilty, of the fellony by witchcraft, for which shee stood Indicted, in & by, the said Indictments and each of them. --

The Court Ordered, Mary Tyler aforesaid, to be discharged, paying her fees. --

(Case of Sarah Wardwell )

January 10'th All the Judges present Except Wait Winthrop who was not at any of the following Tryalls --

Sarah Wardwell of Andover in the County Essex, being Indicted by the Jurors for o'r Soveraigne Lord and Lady, the King and Queen, upon their Oathes by two Severall Indictments --

For that shee the said Sarah Wardwell widow, about Six Yeares past, wickedly, mallitiously, and felloniously, a Covenant with, and Signed, a peece of paper to the Devill, and was baptized by the Devill and gave her Self, Soule and body to him, promised to be his Servant, by which diabolicall and wicked Covenant with the Devill, by her the said Sarah Wardwell made, #[shee the said Sarah Wardwell made,] shee the said Sarah Wardwell, is become a detestable witch, against the Peace of our Soveraigne Lord and Lady, the King and Queen, their Crowne, and Dignity, and the Lawes in that case made and Provided --

2'dly For that shee the said Sarah Wardwell widow, on or about the first Day of September last in the year 1692, aforesaid, and divers other dayes, and times, as well before, as after, certain detestable arts, called witchcrafts, and Sorceries, wickedly, mallitiously, and felloniously, hath used, practised and Exercised, in, upon, and against Martha Sprague , at, and in the Towne of Salem, in the County of Essex aforesaid, by which said wicked Arts, the Said Martha Sprague , the Day, and Year aforesaid, and divers other dayes, and times, as well before, as after, was, and is tortured, afflicted, and tormented, consumed, pined, and wasted, contrary to the Peace of our Souveraigne Lord and Lady The King and Queen, their Crowne, and Dignity, and the Lawes, in that case made, and Provided -- Upon the aforesaid Indictments, and each of them, the said Sarah Wardwell , was then, and there, before the Justices of our Lord and Lady, the King and Queen, aforesaid, arraigned, and upon her arraignment, did then, and there, the day and year aforesaid, plead to them, and each of them, Not Guilty, and put her Selfe upon Triall, by God, and her Countrey. --

Jury Sworn

Nathan'l Howard

John Hale

James freind

Samuel Morgan

John Kent

Richard Gross

John Witt

Nathan'l Emerson

John Emery

Benayah Tidcom

John Platts

John Lamson

A Jury being called Nathan Howard foreman and a[cbar ]ordingly Sworne, no Exception made by the Prisoner, the said Indictements, and each of them, being read, together with Evidences, and Examinations, and the Prisoners defence being heard, the Jury went out to agree on their verdict, who returning did then, and there in open Court, deliver their verdict, that the said Sarah Wardwell was Guilty of covenanting with the Devill, for which she stood Indicted, in the first Indictment as also Guilty of the fellony by witchcraft for which she stood Indicted, in the Second Indictment.

The Court Ordered the Keeper of the Goale to take care of the Prisoner, A[cbar ]ording to Law.

(Case of Sarah Hawkes )

Sarah Hawkes of Andover in the County of Essex being Indicted by the Jurors, for our Sovereigne Lord and Lady, the King and Queen, upon their Oathes, by two Severall Indictments

That is to Say; 1'st --

For that shee the said Sarah Hawkes , of Andover Single woman, sometime in the beginning of this present Yeare 1692, and in the towne of Andover aforesaid, wickedly malitiously and felloniously, a Covenant with the Devill did make and Signed a Paper which he offered to her, and Promised to serve the Devill, and gave to him her Soule and body, and afterwards about the latter end of July or beginning of August last was baptised by the Devill, and renounced her former christian Baptisme, by which diabolicall covenanting with the Devill, shee the said Sarah Hawkes , is become a wicked, and detestable witch, against the peace of our Soveraign Lord and Lady, the King and Queen their Crown, and dignity, and the Lawes in that case made and Provided.

2'dly For that shee the said Sarah Hawkes , of Andover Single woman, On or about the first day of September last A'o 1692 certaine detestable arts called witchcrafts, and Sorceries, wickedly malitiously and felloniously, hath used practized, and Exercised, in the Towne of Salem, in the County of Essex aforesaid, upon, and against Martha Sprague , by which wicked Arts, the said #[Said] Martha Sprague , was, and is tortured, afflicted, and tormented, consumed, pined, and wasted, against the Peace of our Soveraigne Lord and Lady, the King and Queen, their Crowne, and Dignity and the Lawes, in that case made, and Provided. --

Upon the aforesaid Indictements, and each of them the said Sarah Hawkes , was then, and there, before the Justices of our Lord and Lady, the King and Queen aforesaid, arraigned, and upon her arraignment, did then and there, the day, and year abovesaid, plead to them, and each of them, Not Guilty, and putt her Selfe upon Triall by God, and her Countrey. -- A Jury being called Joseph Pike foreman and acordingly sworne, no Exception made by the Prisoner, the said Indictements, and each of them, being read, together with Evidences, and Examinations, and the Prisoners defence being heard; the Jury went out to agree on their verdict, who returning, did then, and there in Open Court, deliver their verdict That the said Sarah Hawkes was not Guilty of the fellony by witchcraft, for which she stood Indicted, in and by the said Indictments and each of them. --

Jury Sworn

Joseph Pike

Edward flint

Eliazer Gyles

Joseph Litle

John Abby

Edmund Gale

Josiah Gage

Seth Storey

John Ordway

John Pickard

Edward Norris

William Becket

The Court Ordered [Mary] Hawkes aforesaid to be discharged, paying her fees --

(Case of Mercy Wardwell )

Marcy Wardwell , daughter of Samuell Wardwell, of Andover, in the County of Essex, being Indicted by the Jurors, for o'r Soveraigne Lord & Lady the King & Queen, upon their Oathes, by two Severall Indictments; That is to say: 1'st For that the said Marcy Wardwell , Daughter of Samuell Wardwell , of Andover, in the County aforesaid, some time in this present yeare 1692, wickedly mallitiously, and felloniously, A Covenant with the Devill did make, and Signed a paper to the Devill with a Red marke, and believed the Devill, and promised to serve him, and was baptized by the Devill, and unto him renounced her former Baptism, by which Diabolicall Covenant, with the Devill, by the said Marcy Wardwell , in forme aforesaid made, she is become a detestable witch contrary to the Peace of our Soveraigne Lord and Lady, the King and Queen, their Crowne and Dignity, and the Lawes in that case made and Provided. --

2'dly For that the said Marcy Wardwell , Daughter of Samuell Wardwell , of Andover in the County of Essex aforesaid, On, or about the month of Aug'st last past, in the yeare aforesaid, and divers other dayes, and times, as well before, as after, certaine detestable Arts, called witchcrafts, and Sorceries, wickedly, mallitiously, and felloniously, hath used, practized, and Exercised, upon, and against Timothy Swan , of Andover aforesaid, by which said Timothy Swan , in the moneth of August aforesaid, and divers other dayes, and times as well before, as after, was, & is tormented, afflicted, and tortured, consumed, wasted, and pined, contrary to the peace of our Soveraigne Lord and Lady, the King and Queen, their Crowne, and Dignity, and the Lawes, in that case made and Provided.

Upon the aforesaid Indictements, and each of them, the Justices of our Lord and #[the] Lady, the King and Queen aforesaid arraigned, and upon her arraignment did then, and there, the day, and Yeare abovesaid, plead to them, and each of them, Not Guilty and put her Self upon Triall by God, and her Country.

Jury Sworn

Edward Flint

Thomas Flint

John Williams

Eleazer Gyles

Joseph Litle

John Abby

Edmund Gale

Seth Storey

John Ordway

John Pickard

Edward Norris

William Becket

A Jury being called Edward Flint foreman and acordingly sworne, no exce[pbar ]con being made by the Prisoner, the said Indictements, and each of them, being read, together with Evidences, and Examinations, and the Prisoners deffence being heard the Jury went out to agree on their verdict, who returning, did then, and there, in open Court deliver the same, That the said Marcy Wardwell , was Not Guilty of the fellony by witchcraft, for which shee stood Indicted, in, and, by the said Indictements, and each of them

The Court Ordered Marcy Wardwell , to be discharged, paying her fees --

(Case of Elizabeth Johnson, Jr. )

11'th [J'y] Elisabeth Johnson Junior of Andover, in the County of Essex, Single Woman, being indicted by the Jurors for our Soveraigne Lord and Lady the King and Queen, upon their Oathes, by two Severall Indictments, That is to Say, 1'st For that shee the said Elizabeth Johnson Junior of Andover Single Woman, about three yeares since, wickedly felloniously and malitiously a Covenant with the Devill did make, and was baptized by the Devill, and Renounced her former Christian Baptisme, and God, and Christ, by which wicked -- and Diabolicall Covenant, with the Devill, in manner and forme aforesaid shee the said Elizabeth Johnson is become a detestable witch, against the Peace of Our Soveraigne Lord and Lady, the King and Queen their Crowne, and Dignity, and the Lawes in that case made and Provided --

2'dly For that shee the said Elisabeth Johnson Junior of Andover in the County of Essex, Single woman on, or about the Elleventh day of August, last in this present Year 1692 aforesaid, and divers other dayes, and times, as well before, as after, certaine detestable Arts, called witch[c] rafts, and Sorceries, wickedly mallitiously, and felloniously, hath used, practised and Exercised, at, and in the Towne of Salem, in the County of Essex aforesaid, upon, and against, One Ann Putnam, of Salem, in the County of Essex, by which wicked Arts, the said Ann Putnam, the Day, and Year aforesaid, and divers other dayes, and times, as well before, as after, is Tortured, afflicted, tormented, consumed, Pined and 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, & Provided. Upon the aforesaid Indictments, and each of them, the said Elisabeth Johnson Junior , was then, and there, before the Justices of our Lord and Lady the King and Queen aforesaid, arraigned, and upon her Arraignment, did then, and there, the day, and Year abovesaid, plead to them, and each of them, Not Guilty, & put her self upon triall, by God, and her Country.

Jury Sworn

Eliazer Gyles

John Hall

Joseph Litle

John Abby

John Witt

Seth Story

John Ordway

John Emery

John Pickard

Benayah Tidcomb

Nathan'l Emerson

Edmund Gale

A Jury being called, Eliazer Gyles foreman, and a[cbar ]ordinly sworne, no exception being made, by the Prisoner, the said Indictments, and each of them, being read, together with Evidences, and Examinations, and the Prisoners defence, being heard; the Jury went out to agree on their verdict, who returning, did then, and there, in Open Court, deliver their verdict, that the said Elizabeth Johnson Junior was Guilty of covenanting with the Devill, for which shee stood Indicted, in the first Indictment, as allso Guilty of the fellony, by witchcraft, for which shee stood Indicted, in the Second Indictment.

The Court Ordered the Keeper of the Goale to take care of the prisoner a[cbar ]ording to law

(Case of Mary Bridges )

12'th [J'y] Mary Bridges wife of John Bridges , of Andover in the County of Essex Blaksmith, being Indicted, by the Jurors for our Soveraigne Lord and Lady the King and Queen, upon their Oathes, by two severall Indictments. That is to say 1'st For that shee the said Mary Bridges , wife of John Bridges , of Andover, in the County of Essex, Blaksmith, Sometime in the Year 1691, malitiously, wickedly, and felloniously, with the Devill, a Covenant did make, and Signed the Devills booke, and promised, and Covenanted, to worship him, and Severall times, hath worshipped the Devill, and frequented, witch meetings, by which Diabolicall Covenant, made by the said Mary Bridges , with the Devill shee the said Mary Bridges , is become a wicked, and detestable witch, contrary to the Peace of our Soveraigne Lord and Lady the King and Queen, their Crowne, and Dignity, and the Lawes, in that case made, and Provided. --

2'dly For that shee, the [said] Mary Bridges , wife of John Bridges , of Andover in the County of Essex Blaksmith, on or about, the 28th day of July last, in the year 1692 aforesaid, and divers other dayes, and times, as well before, as after, certaine, detestable arts, called witchcrafts, and Sorceries, wickedly, malitiously, and felloniously, hath used, practized, and Exercised, at and in the town of Andover, in the County of Essex aforesaid, upon, and against, One Timothy Swan , of Andover, by which said wicked Arts, the said Timothy Swan aforesaid, the Day, and Year aforesaid, and Severall other dayes, and times, as well before, as after, was, and is, Tortured, afflicted, tormented, consumed, pined, and wasted, contrary to 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.

Upon the aforesaid Indictments, and each of them, the s'd Mary Bridges , was then, and there, before the Justices, of our Lord, and Lady the King & Queen aforesaid, arraigned, & upon her arraignment did then, & there, the day & Year aforesaid, plead to them, and each of them, Not Guilty, and put her selfe upon Trial by God, and her Country.

Jury Sworn

Benayah Tidcomb

Eliazer Gyles

John Witt

Joseph Litle

John Pickard

Edmund Gale

John Emery

John Ordway

John Abby

Seth Story

John Hall

Nathaniell Emerson

A Jury being called Benayah Tidcomb foreman and a[cbar ]ordingly sworne, no exception being made, by the Prisoner, the said Indictments, and each of them being read, together with Evidences, and Examinations, and the Prisoners defence, being heard; the Jury went out, to agree on their verdict, who returning, did then, and there, in open Court, deliver their verdict: that the said Mary Bridges , was Not Guilty of the fellony, by witchcraft, for which she stood Indicted, in, and by, the said Indictm'ts and each of them. --

The Court Ordered the said Mary Bridges , to be discharged, paying her fees --

(Case of Mary Post )

Mary Post of Rowley, in the County of Essex, Single woman, being Indicted, by the Jurors, for our Soveraigne Lord and Lady, the King and Queen, upon their Oathes, by two Severall Indictments, That is to say: 1'st For that Shee the said Mary Post , of Rowley, in the County of Essex, Single woman, about three years agoe, In the Towne of Rowley aforesaid, wickedly, malitiously, and felloniously, a Covenant, with the Devill did make, and Signed the devills Booke, and was baptized, by the Devill, and renounced her former Christian Baptisme, by which Diabolicall Covenant, with the Devill made, she the said Mary Post , is become a detestable witch, contrary to the Peace, of our Soveraigne Lord and Lady, the King, and Queen, theire Crowne, and dignity, and the Lawes, in that case made, & Provided.

2'dly For that shee the said Mary Post of Rowley, Single woman, Some time, in the month of July last in the yeare 1692 aforesaid, and divers other dayes, and times, as well before, as after, certain detestable Arts called witchcrafts, and Sorceries, wickedly, malitiously and felloniously, hath used, practized, and Exercised, at, and in the Towne of Andover, in the County of Essex aforesaid, upon, and against, One Timothy Swan of Andover aforesaid, by which said wicked Arts, the said Timothy Swan , the day and Year aforesaid 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 Soveraigne Lord and Lady, the King and Queen, their Crowne, and Dignity, and against the Lawes, in that case made and Provided -- Upon the aforesaid Indictements, and each of them the said Mary Post , was then, and there, before the Justices, of our Lord and Lady, the King, and Queen aforesaid, arraigned, and upon her arraignment, did then and there, the day, and Year afores'd plead to them, and each of them, Not Guilty, and put her Self, upon triall by God, and her Country --

Jury Sworn

Benayah Tidcomb

John Witt

Joseph Litle

John Pickard

Edmund Gale

John Emerson

John Ordway

John Abby

Seth Story

John Hall

Nathan'l Emerson

Eleazer Gyles

A Jury being called Benayah Tidcomb foreman, and a[cbar ]ordingly sworne, no Exeption being made, by the Prisoner, the said Indictments, and each of them, being read, together with Evidences, and Examinations, and the Prisoners defence, being heard; the Jury went out, to agree on their verdict, who returning, did then, and there, in open Cout, deliver their verdict, that the Said Mary Post was Guilty of Covenanting with the Devill, for which Shee stood Indicted, in the first Indictment, as also Guilty of the fellony by witchcraft, for which shee stood Indicted, in the Second Indictement. --

The Court Ordered, the Keeper of the Goale, to take care of the Prisoner a[cbar ]ording to Law.

(Case of Hannah Post )

Hannah Post , of Boxford, in the County of Essex, being Indicted by the Jurors, for our Soveraigne Lord and Lady the King and Queen upon their Oathes, by two severall Indictments, That is to Say: 1'st For that shee the said hannah Post , of Boxford, in the County of Essex aforesaid, sometime in the month of July, or August last, in the Year 1692, aforesaid, at the towne of Boxford, in the County of Essex aforesaid, wickedly, malitiously, and felloniously, a Covenant, with the Devill, did make and Signed the Devills booke, with her blood, and was baptized by the devill, by which wicked diabolicall Covenant with the Devill made, shee the said hannah Post , is become, a detestable witch, against the Peace, of our Soveraigne Lord, and Lady, the King and Queen, their Crowne, and Dignity, and the lawes in that case, made, and Provided. --

Jury Sworn

Beneyah Tidcomb

John Witt

Joseph Litle

John Pickard

Edmund Gale

John Emerson

John Ordway

John Abby

Seth Story

John Hall

Nath'l Emerson

Eleazer Gyles

2'dly For that she the said hannah Post , of Boxford, Singlewoman, in. and upon the 23'd Day of August last in the year of our Lord 1692, and divers other dayes, and times, as well before, as after, certain detestable Arts, called witchcrafts, and Sorceries, wickedly, malitiously, and felloniously, hath used, practized, and Exercised, at and in the towne of Boxford, in the County of Essex aforesaid, upon and against, one Martha Sprague , of Boxford, aforesaid, now wife of [] by which said wicked arts, the said Martha Sprague alias Martha Tyler, was, and is tortured, afflicted, consumed, wasted, pined, and tormented, against the Peace, of Our Soveraigne Lord and Lady the King and Queen, their Crowne, and dignity, and the Lawes, in that case made, and Provided. Upon the aforesaid Indictments, and Each of them, the said hannah Post , was then, and there, before the Justices, of our Lord and Lady, the King and Queen aforesaid, the day, and Year aforesaid plead to them, and each of them, Not Guilty and put her Self upon triall by God and her Country. A Jury being called Benayah Tidcomb foreman and A[cbar ]ordingly Sworne, no Exception being made by the Prisoner, the said Indictments, and each of them being read, together with Evidences, and examinations, and the Prisoners defence being heard; the Jury went out to agree on their verdict, who returning, did then, And there, the day, and year abovesaid, in open Court deliver their verdict, that the said Hannah Post was not Guilty, of the fellony by witchcraft, in, and by the said Indictments, and each of them --

The Court Ordered, Hannah Post aforesaid, to be discharged, paying her fees. --

(Case of Sarah Bridges )

Sarah Bridges of Andover, in the County of Essex, Single woman, being Indicted by the Jurors for o'r Souveraigne Lord and Lady, the King and Queen, upon their Oathes, by two severall Indictements; That is to Say;

1'st For that shee the said Sarah Bridges , of Andover, Singlewoman, sometime in the Year of our Lord, 1691, at Andover aforesaid, in the County aforesaid, wickedly felloniously, and malitiously, a Covenant, with the Evill Spirit the Devill did make, and Signed to his booke, by making a red mark, renouncing God, and Christ, and gave her soule, and body, to the Devill, and was baptized by him, by which diabolicall Covenant, the said Sarah Bridges , is. become a detestable witch, contrary to the peace, of our Soveraigne Lord and Lady, the King and Queen, their Crowne, and dignity, and the Lawes, in that case made and provided --

2'dly For that shee the said Sarah Bridges , of Andover in the County of Essex, Singlewoman, on the 25'th Day of August, in the year of our Lord 1692, in the County aforesaid, and divers other dayes, & times, as well before, as after, certain detestable arts, called witchcrafts, #[and Sorceries] wickedly malitiously, and felloniously, hath used, practised, and Exercised, at, and in the towne of Salem, in the County aforesaid, upon and against, one Martha Sprague alias Tyler, of Boxford in the County aforesaid, by which said wicked arts, the said Martha Sprague alias Tyler, the day and year aforesaid, and diverse other dayes, and times, as well before, as after, was, and is tortured, afflicted pined, consumed, and tormented, against the peace of our Soveraigne Lord, and Lady, the King and Queen, their Crowne, and dignity, and the Lawes, in that case made and Provided -- Upon the aforesaid Indictments and each of them the said Sarah Bridges , was then, and there, before the Justices of our Lord and Lady, the King and Queen aforesaid, arraigned, and upon her arraignment, shee did then, and there, the day, and Year abovesaid, plead to them, and each of them Not Guilty, and put her self upon triall by God, and her Country --

Jury Sworn

Benayah Tidcomb

John Witt

Joseph Litle

John Pickard

Edmund Gale

John Emerson

John Ordway

John Abby

Seth Story

John Hall

Nathan'l Emerson

Eliazar Gyles

A Jury being called Benayah Tidcomb foreman, and a[cbar ]ordingly Sworne, no exeption, being made by the Prisoner, the said Indictments, and each of them, being read, together with Evidences, and Examinacons, and the Prisoners defence being heard; the Jury went out, to agree on their verdict; who returning did then, and there, in open Court deliver their verdict, that the said Sarah Bridges was not Guilty, of the fellony, by witchcraft, for which shee stood Indicted, in, and by the said Indictments, and each of them.

The Court Ordered Sarah Bridges aforesaid, to be discharged, paying her fees.

(Case of Mary Osgood )

Mary Osgood wife of Capn John Osgood of Andover, in the County of Essex. being Indicted by the Jurors, for our Soveraigne Lord and Lady, the King and Queen, upon their Oathes, by two severall Indictments; For that is to say 1'st For that Shee, the said Mary Osgood , wife of Capn John Osgood , of Andover, in the County of Essex, about Elleven Yeares agoe, in the Towne of Andover aforesaid, wickedly, malitiously, and felloniously, a Covenant with the Devill did make, and Signed the Devills Booke and took the Devill to be her God, and consented to serve him and worship him, and was baptized by the Devill and renounced her former Christian baptisme, and promised to be the Devills, both body, and Soule, for Ever, and to serve him, by which diabolicall Covenant, by her made, with the Divell, shee the said Mary Osgood , is become a detestable witch, against the Peace, of our Soveraign Lord and Lady, the King and Queen their Crowne, and Dignity, and the Lawes, in that case made, and Provided --

2'dly For that shee, the said Mary Osgood , wife of Capn John Osgood , of Andover, in the County of Essex aforesaid, sometime about the month of August, or September last, in the yeare of our Lord 1692, and divers other dayes and times, as well before, as after, Certain detestable arts, called witchcrafts, and sorceries, wickedly, malitiously, and felloniously, hath used, practised, and Exercised, at, and in, the town of Boxford, in the County of Essex aforesaid, upon, and against, One Martha Sprague , alias Tyler, by which wicked arts, the said Martha Sprague , alias Tyler, the day, and year aforesaid, and diverse other dayes, and times, as well before, as after, is Tortured, afflicted, tormented, consumed, Pined and wasted, ag'st the Peace of our soveraigne Lord and Lady, the King and Queen, their Crowne, and Dignity, and the Lawes, in that case made, and Provided --

Upon the aforesaid indictments, and each of them, the said Mary Osgood , was then, and there, before the Justices, of our Lord and Lady the King and Queen aforesaid, arraigned, and upon her arraignment, shee did then, and there, the day and Year abovesaid plead to them, and each of them Not Guilty, and put her selfe upon Triall, by God, and her Country --

Jury Sworn

Nathaniel Howard

James freind

Samuel Morgan

John Kent

Richard Gross

John Plats

John Lamson

Edward flint

William Curtis

Josiah Gage

J [] Neal

francis Ellis

A Jury being called Nathaniel Howard foreman, and A[cbar ]ordingly Sworne, no Exce[pbar ]con being made, by the Prisoner, the said Indictments, and each of them being read #[read,] together with Evidences, and Examinations, and the Prisoners defence being heard; the Jury went out to agree on their verdict, who returning, did, then, and there, in open Court, deliver their verdict, that the said Mary Osgood , was not Guilty of the felony of witchcraft for which shee stood Indicted in, and by the said indictments, and each of them --

The Court Ordered Mary Osgood aforesaid, to be discharged, paying her fees.

(Case of Mary Lacey, Jr. )

13'th Janu'y Mary Lacey Junior of Andover in the County of Essex, being Indicted by the Jurors, for o'r soveraign Lord and Lady, the King and Queen, upon their Oathes, by two severall Indictments; For that is to say; 1'st For that Shee, the said Mary Lacey Junior of Andover, Singlewoman, Sometime in the year 1691 at, and in the towne of Andover, in the County of Essex, wickedly, malitiously, and felloniously, with the Devill did make, and renounced her former christian Baptisme, and set her hand to the Devils booke, whereby the said Mary Lacey is become a wicked, and detestable witch, contrary to the Peace, of our Soveraigne Lord and Lady the King and Queen, their Crowne, and dignity, and the Lawes, in that case made, and Provided --

2'dly For that shee, the said Mary Lacey , of Andover, in the County of Essex, Singlewoman, on, or about, the 15'th Day of July last, in the year 1692, and divers other dayes, and times, as well before, as after, certaine detestable arts, called witchcrafts, and Sorceries, wickedly, malitiously, and felloniously, hath used, practized, and Exercised, at, and in the towne of Andover, in the County of Essex aforesaid, upon, And against One Timothy Swan , of Andover in the County of Essex, by which wicked arts, the said Timothy Swan , the day, and year aforesaid, and divers other dayes, and times, as well before, as after was, and is, tortured afflicted, tormented; consumed, Pined, & wasted, against the Peace of our soveraign Lord and Lady, the King and Queen, their Crown and Dignity, and the Lawes, in that case made, and Provided --

Upon the said Indictments, and each of them, the said Mary Lacey, was then, and there, before the Justices, of our Lord and Lady, the King and Queen, arraigned, and upon her arraignment, shee did then, and there, the day, and year abovesaid, plead to them, and each of them, Not Guilty and put her Self upon triall by God, and, her Countrey --

Jury Sworne

Mr Nath'l Howard

James freind

Joseph Litle

Benayah Tidcomb

Sam'l Morgan

John Pickard

Edmund Gale

John Abby

Richard Gross

John Ordway

John Hall

Nathan'l Emerson

A Jury being called Nathaniell Howard foreman and a[cbar ]ordingly sworne, no Excep[cbar ][obar ]n being made, by the Prisoner, the said Indictment, and each of them, being read, together with the Evidences, and Examinations, and the Prisoners, defence being heard; the Jury went out to agree on their verdict, who returning, did then, and there, in open Court, deliver their verdict, that the said Mary Lacy was Not Guilty of the fellony by witchcraft for which she stood Indicted, in, and by the said Indictments, and each of them

The Court Ordered Mary Lacey aforesaid to be discharged paying her fees --

Midlesex. ss.

At a Superiour Court of Judicature Court of Assize & Generall Goall Delivery holden at Charles Towne in the Count [of] Middlesex in the Province of the Massachusets Bay in New England on 31'st day of January being the last Tuesday of s'd Month Anno Do[mbar ]. 1692/3 Annoq'e RR's & Reginae Gulielmi et Mariae Angliae &c Quinto

Grand Jury

Mr Symon Stone for[mbar ]

Samuel Walker

John Pearce

Edward Johnson

John Spring

Thomas Prentice

Rich'd Martin

Edward Willson

Symon Davis

Humphray Barret

Nehamiah Hunt

Rich'd Norcross

John Moss

Henry Spring

John Sharp

#[John Sharp]

John Jackson

Present

William Stoughton Esq'r Cheif Justice

Thomas Danforth Esq'r

Wait Winthrop Esq'r

Samuel Sewell Esq'r

John Richards Esq'r

Febru'y 1'st All the Justices present

(Case of Mary Toothaker)

Mary Toothaker of Billerica in the County of Mid'x Widow being Indicted by the Jurors for our Soveraigne Lord and Lady the King and Queen upon their oaths by one Indictm't That is to Say

1'st Jury of Tryalls

Mr Samuel Hunting for[mbar ]

James Thomson

John Clark

Dan'l Deane

Nathan'l Bassam

Stephen francis

Josiah Converse

Edward Jackson

Jona' Carey

Sam'll Hartwell

Samuel Jones

Sam'l Jenison

For that shee the s'd Mary Toothaker of Billerica in the County of Midlesex Widow on or about [] at & in the Towne of Billerica in the County of Midlesex afores'd Wickedly feloneousely and malitiously a Covenant with the Devill did make and for Confirmation of the s'd Covenant, made a mark upon a peece of Birch Rinde w'ch the Devill brought to her and Promised to serve the Devill and to praise him with her wholl heart by w'ch diabollical Covenant with the Devill made in maner and forme afores'd The s'd Mary Toothacker is become a detestable witch against the peace of our Soveraigne Lord and Lady the King and Queen their Crowne and dignity and the Lawes in that case made and provided

2'd Jury of Tryalls

Henry Green fo:m

Benj'a Symons

George Read

Jona' fuller

William Hides

Sam'l Whitemore

Thomas Welch Jun'r

Thomas Pearce

Thomas Bateman

Abraham Temple

Nathan'l Coolidge

Stephen Willis

Uriah Clark

Upon the afores'd Indictment the s'd Mary Toothaker was then and there before the Justices of o'r Lord and Lady the King & Queen afores'd Arraigned and upon her arraignment did then and there the Day and year aforesaid plead Not Guilty and put her self upon Tryall by God and the Country.

Jury of Tryalls

Samuel Green for:m

Sam'l Whitemore Sen'r

Sam'l Thatcher

Jonathan fuller

Sam'l Hartwell

Stephen Willis

James Lowden

Benja' Willington

William Hides

Joseph Willson

Thomas Welch Jun'r

Uriah Clarke

A Jury being called Samuel Green foreman And accordingly Sworn, no Exception being made by the prisoner, The said Indictment Examinacon and Confession being read, and the prisoners defence being heard, The Jury went out to agree on their verdict who returning did then and there the day and year aboves'd in open Court deliver their verdict that the said Mary Toothacker was Not Guilty of the felony by Covenanting with the Devill in and by the said Indictment

The Court Ordered Mary Toothacker to be discharged paying her fees.

(Case of Mary Taylor )

Mary Taylor of Reding wife of Sebread Taylor of Reding afores'd being Indicted by the Jurors for our Soveraigne Lord and Lady the King and Queen upon their oathes by the Indictment That is to say

For that the s'd Mary Taylor of Reding Wife of Seabread Taylor of Reding aforesaid in or about the last Winter in the year 1691 at and in the Towne of Reding in the County of Midlesex afores'd wickedly mallitiousely and feloneousely a Covenant with the Devill did make and made her mark upon a peece of Birch Rinde to Confirme the said Covenant promising the Devill to serve him and to trust in him and to give up her soule and body to him by w'ch Diabollicall Covenant made with the Devill in maner & forme afores'd the s'd Mary Taylor is become a detestable witch against the peace of our Soveraigne Lord & Lady the King and Queen their Crowne and dignity and the lawes in that Case made and provided --

Upon the aforesaid Indictment the said Mary Taylor was then and there before the Justices of our Lord & Lady the King and Queen afores'd Arraigned & upon her arraignement did then and there the day & year afores'd plead Not Guilty and put herselfe upon Tryall by God and the Country.

Jury Swoarn

Samuel Hunting

Samuel Whitmore

Nathaniel Bassam

Stephen Willis

Henry Green

James Lowden

Nathaniel Coolidge

Thomas Welch Jun'r

Daniel Dean

Samuel Jenison

Joseph Willson

Josiah Convers

A Jury being Called Samuel Hunting foreman And accordingly Sworne no Exception being made by the prisoner the s'd Indictment Examination and Confession being read and the Prisoners defence being heard The Jury went out to agree upon their verdict who returning did then and there the day and year aboves'd in open Court deliver their verdict That the said Mary Taylor was not Guilty of the felony by Covenanting with the Devill in and by the said Indictment

The Court Ordered the said Mary Taylor be discharged paying fees.

(Case of Sarah Cole [of Lynn])

Sarah Cole Wife of John Cole of Lynn in the County of Essex being Indicted by the Jurors for our Soveraign Lord and Lady the King and Queen upon their Oathes by one Indictment That is to say

For that shee the said Sarah Cole wife of John Cole of Lynn in the County of Essex Cooper on or about the Twenty sixth day of September in the Year of Our Lord 1692 and divers other dayes and times as well before as after Certaine detestable Arts called Witchcrafts and Sorcerys Wickedly Mallitiously and feloneously hath used practised and Exersised at and in the Towne of Reding in the County of Midlesex Upon and against one Mary Browne of Reding in the County of Midlesex afores'd by which Wicked Arts the s'd Mary Browne the day and year afores'd and divers other dayes and times as well before as after was and is Tortured, tormented afflicted Consumed pined & wasted against the peace of Our Soveraigne Lord & Lady the King and Queen their Crowne and Dignity & the Laws in that case made and provided. Upon the foresaid Indictment the said Sarah Cole was then and there before the Justices or Our Lord and Lady the King and Queen aforesaid Arrained and upon her Arraignement did then and there the day and year aforesaid plead Not Guilty and put her selfe upon tryall by God and the Country.

Jury Sworne

Samuel Hunting

James Thomson

John Clark

Dan'l Dean

Nathaniel Bassam

Stephen Francis

Josiah Convers

Edward Jackson

Samuel Jenison

Nathan'l Coolidge

John Oldham

Henry Green

A Jury being Called Samuell Hunting foreman Accordingly Swoarn no Exception being made by the prisoner the said Indictment together with Evidences and Examination being read and the prisoners defence being heard the Jury went out to agree on their Verdict who returning did then and there in open Court deliver their Verdict That the said Sarah Cole was Not Guilty of the felony by Witchcraft for w'ch shee stood Indicted in and by the said Indictment.

The Court Ordered the said Sarah Cole to be discharged paying her fees.

(Case of Lydia Dustin )

Lidiah Dastin of Reding in the County of Midlesex widow being Indicted by the Jurors for our Soveraigne Lord and Lady the King & Queen upon their oaths upon one Indictment.

That is to say.

For that shee the said Lydia Dastin of Reding in the County of Middlesex, widow on or about the second day of May the year 1692 and divers other dayes and times as well before as after Certain detestable Arts called witchcrafts and Sorceries wickedly mallitiousely and feloneously hath used practised and exercised at and in the Towne of Malden in the County of Midlesex aforesaid upon and against one Mary Marshall by which wicked arts the said Mary Marshall the day and year aforesaid & divers other dayes and times as well before as after was afflicted Tortured Tormented Consumed pined & wasted Contrary to the peace of Our Soveraign Lord and Lady the King and Queen their Crowne and dignity and the Lawes in that case made and provided.

Upon the aforesaid Indictment the said Lidia Dastin was then and there before the Justices of our Lord and Lady the King and Queen aforesaid Arraigned and upon her Arraignment did then and there the day and year aforesaid Plead Not Guilty and put her selfe upon tryall by God and the Country.

Jury Sworn

Mr Samuel Green fo:m

John francis

Piam Blower

Thomas Pearce

Samuell Jones

Joseph Russell

Benja: Symons

George Read

Jonathan Wyman

Abraham Temple

Samuell Hartwell

David Demmon

A Jury being called Samuel Green foreman and accordingly Sworne no exception being made by the prisoner the said Indictment being read together with the the Evidences and Examination and the prisoners defence being heard The Jury went out to agree on their verdict, who returning did then and there in open Court deliver their verdict, That the said Lidia Dastin was Not Guilty of the felony by witchcraft for which she stood Indicted in and by the s'd Indictm't

The Court Ordered the said Lydia Dastin to be discharged paying her fees.

(Case of Sarah Dustin )

Sarah Dastin of Reding in the County of Midlesex being Indicted by the Jurors for our Soveraigne Lord & Lady the King and Queen upon their Oathes by one Indictment That is to say. For that the said Sarah Dastin of Reding in the County of Midlesex single woman on or about the month of May in the year 1692 And divers other dayes and times as well before as after certain detestable arts called Witchcraft and Sorceries wickedly mallitiously & feloneously hath used practised and Exercised at and in the Towne of Reding in the County of Midlesex aforesaid upon and against one Elizabeth Weston of Reding daughter of John Weston of Reding by which wicked Arts the said Elizabeth Weston the day and year afores'd and divers other dayes and times as well before as after was afflicted tortured tormented pined and wasted against the peace of our Soveraigne Lord & Lady the King & Queen their Crowne and dignity and the Lawes in that case made and provided. Upon the aforesaid Indictment the said Sarah Dastin was then and there before the Justices of our Lord and Lady the King and Queen aforesaid Araigned & upon her Arraignement she did then and there the day and year aforesaid plead to the said Indictment Not Guilty and put her selfe upon Tryall by God and the Country.

Jury Sworn

Mr Samuel Hunting

Samuel Whitmore

Nathaniel Bassam

Stephen Willis

Henry Green

James Lowden

Nathaniel Cooledge

Thomas Welch Jun'r

Daniel Dean

Samuel Jenison

Joseph Willson

Josiah Convers

A Jury being called Samuel Hunting foreman and accordingly sworne no exception being made by the Prisoner The Indictment being read together with the evidences And the prisoners defence being heard The Jury went out to agree upon their verdict Who returning did then and there in open Court deliver their verdict That the said Sarah Dastin was Not Guilty of the felony by witchcraft for which shee stood Indicted in and by the said Indictment.

The Court Ordered the said Sarah Dastin to be discharged paying her fees.

Anno RR's et Reginae Gulielmi et Mariae Quinto At a Superiour Court of Judicature Court of Assize & General Goal Delivery held at Boston for the County of Suffolk on the 25'th day of Aprill 1693

Present

William Stoughton Esq'r Chief Justice

Thomas Danforth Esq'r

John Richards Esq'r

Samuel Sewell Esq'r

(Case of John Alden )

John Alden of Boston Marriner who stood Recognized for his Appearance at this Court upon suspition of Witchcraft being called appeared and was discharged by proclamation.

(Case of Mary Watkins )

Mary Watkins Single woman Being accused of falce and Scandalous reports she had made and forged against her Dame [] Swift of [] as that she was a Witch and had murthered a child The said Mary Watkins being brought to the Barr upon her Examination acknowledged they were falsce reports and that she had ronged her the said Swift Where upon the Court order'd the s'd Watkins to find Suretyes for her good behaviour and her Appearance at the next Court of Assize And Generall Goal Delivery holden for the County of Suffolk and Stand Comitted untill the Same be performd.

Grand Jury

Mr Sam'll Apleton fo[mbar ]

Richard Walker

William Andrews

Benja' Marston

Benja' Allen

John felton

William Haberfield

John Clifford

Thomas Hawkins

William Stone

Samuel Blanchard

William Chandler

James Ordway

Benja' Mors

Thomas Dorman

Abraham Hesleton

Caleb Bointon

At a Superior Court of Judicature Court of Assize & Generall Goal Delivery. holden at Ipswich the second Tuesday in May 1693 for the County of Essex.

Present

Thomas Danforth Esq'r

John Richards Esq'r

Samuel Sewell Esq'r

(Release of Mary Watkins)

To Mr. Caleb Ray Keeper of the Prison in Boston
Greeting.

Whereas Mary Watkins Single woman was lately remanded
to Prison till she should find Sureties for the good Behaviour
wch she hath not been able to procure, by reason of her deep
poverty & want of Friends; And Whereas the said Wat-
-kins is very infirm, and like to prove burdensom to the
-publick if longer continued in Custody. Where-
-fore upon further consideration, these are to order
you to discharge Said Mary Watkins the Prison, she
paying her Fees. Dated in Boston; July, 14. 1693.
Annoquae RR & Reginae Gulielmi & Mariae nunc Angliae
&c Quinto.

Wm Stoughton
Tho: Danforth
John Richards
Sam Sewall
Wait Winthrop

Fogg Collection, Maine Historical Society

(Case of Susannah Post )

1 Jury of Tryalls

Thomas Burnamm ff.

John Whiple

John Mascoll

John Ingarsoll

Jacob Maning

Daniel Hutchins

Edward Holman

Joseph Dodge

Joshua Woodman

John Hovey

John Chandler

James Baley

2'd Jury of Tryalls

Capt Jno Putnam ff.

Samuel Phippen

John Cogswell

Nath'll Browne

Dan'll Needham

Jerem'a Gatchel

William Eliot

Joseph Baly

James Coffin

John Robinson

Sam'll Marble

Thomas Leaver

Susanah Post of Andover in the County of Essex Singlewoeman being Indicted by the Jurors of our Soveraigne Lord & lady the King and Queen upon their oathes by Two Severall Indictments That is to Say 1'st For that she the said Susannah Post of Andover Singlewoman about Three yeares Since in the Towne of Andover in the County of Essex aforesaid Wickedly malitiously & felloniously A Covenant with the Devill did make & Signed the Devills
booke & was Baptized by the Devill & promised to Serve the Devill By which diabolicall Covenanting with the Devill in manner and forme aforesaid by the said Susannah Post made she said Susannah Post is become a Detestable witch against the peace of our Soveraigne Lord and Lady the King and Queen their Crowne [and] dignity & the Laws in that Case made & provided 2'dly For that She the said Susanah Post of Andover in the County of Essex Single woeman, on the 25'th day of Aug'st in the yeare 1692 and divers other dayes and tymes as well before as after Certaine Detestable Artes Called Witchcrafts & Sorceries wickedly Mallitiously and felloniously hath used practised at & in the towne of Salem in the County aforesaid upon and ag'st one Rose foster of Andover Single woeman By which wicked Arts the said Rose Foster the day and yeare afores'd and divers other dayes and times as well as after was and is Tortured afflicted Tormented consumed pined & wasted ag'st the peace of our Soveraigne Lord and Lady the King and Queen their Crowne and dignity and the law in Case made and provided.

Upon the aforesaid indictments and each of them the said Susana Post was then and there before the Justices of our Lord and Lady the King and Queen aforesaid arraigned & upon her arraignm't She did then and there the day and year abovesaid plead to them and each of them not Guilty and put her Selfe upon Tryall by God and her Contrey -- A Jury being called Thomas Burnham foreman and accordingly Sworne noe exception being made by the prisoner The Said Indictm'ts and each of them being read together with Evidences, & Examinations and the prisoners defence being heard, The jury went out to agree on their verdict who returning did then and there in open Court deliver [their verdict] That the said Susannah Post was not Guilty of the fellony by witchcraft for w'ch she stood indicted in and by the s'd Indictm'ts and each of them.

The Court Order'd Susannah Post aforesaid To be Discharged Paying her fees.

(Case of Eunice Fry )

Eunice frie wife of John frie of Andov'r in the County of Essex being Indicted by the Jurors of our Soveraigne Lord and Lady the King and Queen upon their oathes by Two Severall Indictm'ts That is to Say 1'st For that shee the said Eunice frie the wife of John frie of Andov'r in the County of Essex aforesaid about two yeares agoe in the towne of Andover afores'd wickedly felloniously & Malitiously, A Covenant with the Devill did make, and Signed the Devills
book and gave up her Selfe Soul and body to the Devil and by him was baptized and renounced her former baptizme & God & Jesus Christ By which wicked and diabolicall Coven't with the Devil made by her Eunice frie she is become a Damnable Witch against the peace of our Sov[ebar ][rbar ]'n Lord & Lady the King & Queen their Crowne & dignity and the laws in that case made and provided.

2'dly For that she the s'd E[nbar ]ice frie the wife of John frie of Andov'r in the County of Essex, On or about the begining of September last in the year 1692 aforesaid and Divers other dayes and times as well #[well] before and after Certaine Detestable arts called witchcrafts and Sorceries wickedly Malitiously and feloniously hath used practised and Exercised at & in the Towne of Salem in the County of Essex afores'd upon and against one Martha Sprague alias Martha Tyler by w'ch wicked Arts the said Martha Sprague alias Tyler the day and yeare afores'd & divers other dayes and tymes as well before as after was & is Tortured afflicted Tormented Consumed pined and wasted against the peace of our Soveraign Lord & Lady the King & Queen their Crowne and Dignity and against the Lawes in that case made and provided.

Upon the aforesaid Indictm'ts and each of them the said Eunice frie was then and there before the justices of our Lord & Lady the King and Queen afores'd Arraigned and upon her Arraignm't She did then and there the day and year abovesaid plead to them and each of them not Guilty and put her Selfe upon triall by God and her Countrey. A Jury being called Tho: Burnam foreman and accordingly Sworne no exception being made by the prisoner the said Indictm'ts and each of them being read together with Evidences & Examinations and the prisoners defence being heard the jury went out to agree on their verdict who returning did then and there in open Court deliver their verdict That the said Eunice frie was not Guilty of the fellony by Witchcraft for which she stood Indicted in & by the said Indictm'ts and each of them

The Court Ordered Enice frie aforesaid To be Discharged Paying her fees.

(Case of Mary Bridges, Jr. )

Mary Bridges Junior of Andover in the County of Essex Single woman being Indicted by the Jurors of our Sove'n Lord and Lady the King and Queen upon their oathes by Two Severall Indictments That is to Say 1'st

For that the said Mary Bridges Jun'r of Andov'r Single woeman In or about the moneth of July last in the yeare 1692 afores'd in the Towne of Andov'r in the County of Essex afforesaid wickedly malitiously & feloniously A Covenant with the Devil did make and Signed a pap to the Devil and was Baptized by the Devill, By which wicked Diabolical Covenant with the Divell made by the Said Mary Bridges Jun'r , She is become a detestable Witch Contrary to the peace of our Lord & lady the King & Queen their Crowne and dignity and the lawes in that Case made and provided.

2'dly for that she the said Mary Bridges Jun'r of Andover in the County of Essex Single woeman on or about the 25'th day of August in the yeare 1692 aforesaid and divers other days & times as well before as after Certaine detestable Arts called witch crafts and Sorceries wickedly Maliciously and felloniously used Practiced & Exercis'd 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 afores'd and divers other dayes and times as well before as after was and is Tortur'd afflicted Tormented Consumed Pined and wasted ag't the peace of our Sovereigne Lord and Lady the King and Queen their Crown & dignity & ag't the laws in that case made & pr'vided

Upon the aforesaid Indictm'ts and each of them the said Mary Bridges Junior was then and there before the justices of our Lord and Lady the King and Queen afforesaid Arraigned & upon her Arraignment She did then and there the day and year aboves'd plead to them and each of them not Guilty and put her Selfe upon tryall by God and her Country.

A Jury being Called Thomas Burnham foreman & accordingly Sworne no exception being made by the prisoner the s'd Indictm'ts & each of them being read together with Evidences & Examinations and the prisoners defence being heard the jury went out to agree on their verdict who returning did then and there in open Court deliver their verdict That the Said Mary Bridges Jun'r was not Guilty of the fellony by Witchcraft for w'ch she stood Indicted in and by the said Indictments and each of them.

The Court Orderd Mary Bridges Junior to be discharged Paying her fees

(Case of Mary Barker )

Mary Barker of Andover in the County of Essex Single woman being Indicted by the jurors of our Sovereigne Lord and Lady the King and Queen upon their oathes by two Severall Indictments That is to say 1'st

For that the said Mary Barker of Andov'r Single Woeman on or about the 29'th day of August last in the yeare 1692 afores'd and divers other dayes and times both before and after Certaine detestable arts called Witchcraft and Sorceries Wickedly and felloniously & Mallitiously hath used practised and Exercis'd in and upon the body of Abigail Martin of Andivor at and within the Township of Andiv'r afores'd by w'ch said wicked acts the said Abigail Martin the day aforesaid in the year afores'd And at divers other dayes & tymes as well before as after was and is Tortured aflicted and Tormented consumed pined and wasted against the peace of our Sovereigne Lord and Lady King and Queen their Crowne & dignity and the Statute of the first of King James the first in that case made and provided. 2'dly For that she the said Mary Barker of Andover Single woman on or about the 29'th day of Aug'st last in the year aforesaid and divers other dayes and tymes as well before as after Certaine detestable arts Called Witchcraft and Sorceries wickedly Malitiously & felloniously hath used practised & Exercised at and in the Towne of Andover in the County of Essex aforesaid in and upon & against one Rose foster of Andover afores'd Single Woeman by which said Wicked acts the said Rose foster the day and yeare aforesaid & divers other dayes and tymes both before and after was and is Tortured afflicted Consumed pined Wasted and Tormented ag'st the peace of our Sove'n Lord and Lady the King & Queen their Crown and dignity and the forme of the Statute in that case made & provided.

Upon the afores'd Indictm'ts and each of them The said Mary Barker was then and there before the Justices of our Lord and Lady the King and Queen aforesaid arraigned and upon her Arraignment She did then and there the day and yeare abovesaid plead to them and each of them Not Guilty and put her Selfe upon Tryall by God and her Countrey -- A Jury being called Capt Jno Putnam foreman & accordingly Sworne no Exception being made by the prisoner the Said Indictm'ts and each of them being read together with Evidences and examinations and the prisoners Defence being heard The jury went out to agree on their verdict who returning did then and there in Open Court deliver their verdict That the said Mary Barker was not Guilty of the fellony by Witchcraft for which she Stood indicted in and by the said Indictments and each of them.

The Court Orderd Mary Barker aforesaid to be Discharged Paying her fees

(Case of William Barker, Jr. )

William Barker Jun'r of Andover in the County of Essex Being Indicted by the Jurors of o'r Sovereigne Lord and Lady the King and Queen upon their oaths by Two Severall Indictments That is to Say 1'st For that the said William Barker Jun'r of of Andover in the County of Essex Some time in the Month of August last in the yeare 1692 afores'd at or in the Township of Andover in the County of Essex afores'd wickedly Mallitiously & felloniously a Covenant with the Devill did make & Signed the Devills booke and by the Devill was Baptized & before him renounced his former Baptizme and promised to be the Devills for ever & ever, By which wicked and Diabolliacle Covenant the Said William Barker is become a detestable witch against the peace of o'r Sov'n Lord & lady the King and Queen their Crowne and dignity and the laws in that Case Made and Provided. 2'dly for that he the said William Barker Junior of Andover in the County of Essex aforesaid Sometyme in the moneth of August last in the yeare 1692 afores'd and divers other dayes and times as well before as after Certaine detestable arts called Witchcraft and Sorceries Wickedly Malliciously and felloniously hath used Practised and Exercised at and in the Towne of Salem in the County of Essex afforesaid upon and ag'st one Martha Sprague alias Martha Tyler , By w'ch wicked arts the said Martha Sprague alias Tyler the day and year afores'd and divers other dayes and tymes as well before as after was and is Tortured Afflicted Tormented Pined & wasted ag'st the peace of o'r Sov'n Lord & Lady the King and Queen their Crown & Dignity & the laws in that Case made and Provided.

Upon the affores'd Indictments and each of them The said William Barker Jun'r was then and there before the justices of our Lord and Lady the King and Queen aforesaid #[aforesaid] Arraigned and upon his Arraignm't he did then and there the day and yeare abovesaid plead to them and each of them Not Guilty and put himselfe upon his God and his Countrey.

A Jury being Called Thomas Burnam foreman & accordingly Sworne no Exception being made by the prisoner the Said Indictm'ts and each of them being read together with the Evidences and Examinations and the prisoners defence being heard The jury went out to agree on their verdict who returning did then and there in open Court deliver their verdict That he the Said William Barker was Not Guilty of the fellony by witchcraft for w'ch he stood Indicted in and by the Said Indictm'ts and each of them.

The Court Orderd William Barker aforesaid to be Discharg'd Paying his fees --

(All cases in this section from Suffolk County Boston -- Mass. Superior Court of Judicature Records )


SWP No. BoySal3-3.171

Officials' Expense Accounts for 1692 (Submitted 1692 - 1694)

(Order of the Superior Court of Judicature)

At a Superiour Court of Judicature holden at Salem for the County of Essex the 12'th December by Adjournem't from the last Tuesday in November past

Ordered Whereas there hath arisen a great Charge in holding the severall Courts of Oyer and Terminer in the County of Essex in the year 1692 the payment of part of w'ch hath been ordered by the Governour & Councill out of the Publique Treasury and yet there remains due to several persons for their service and disbursem'ts one hundred and thirty pounds in money whose Acco'ts have been Examined and allowed by this Court the discharge of w'ch properly belongs to said County This Court doth therefore Order the Clerk therof to signifie and make known the same unto their Maj'ties Justices of the peace in said County Who are directed at their next Generall Sessions of the peace to make an Assessment on the Inhabitants of said County proportionally for the payment of the said Summ And that by an Order they Cause the same to be paid to the County Tr[ebar ][abar ][rbar ] -- and that he pay the said su[mbar ] to the severall persons unto whom it is due according to the severall Acco'ts herewith Transmitted.

Vera Copia Taken out of the Record of s'd Court.

*Jona' Elatson Cler

Attest.

(Reverse) Order of Super'ur Court

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 82 )

(Superior Court of Judicature: Statement of Sums Due)

An account of what is due to the severall persons hereafter named from the publique for their respective disbursem'ts and services according to their acco'ts Given in and & Examined by the Superiour Court holden at Salem by Adjournem't December the 12'th 1693

viz:

Thomas Beadle Cr by his acco of disbursm'ts £ 58 11 5
Dr to what was p'd by the Sheriff £ 17 17 6
Due to ballance £ 40 13 11
Samuel Beadle Cr by his acco £ 21 0 0
Dr to what p'd by the Sheriff £ 10 0 0
£ 11 0 0
Samuel Shattock Cr as p his accor £ 07 02 00
Dr to whats p'd by the Sheriff £ 03 00 00 £ 04 02 00
John Cook Cr by his acco £ 02 13 00
Mary Gedey Cr by her acco £ 70 00 00
Dr by what's p'd by the Tr[ebar ][abar ][rbar ] & Sherriffe £ 55 13 00 £ 14 07 00
John Stacy Cr by his acco. of disbursem'ts £ 04 00 0
Mr Thomas Newton for his service £ 02 05 0
John Putman Constable 30s & Jonathan Putman 30s for their Extreordinary Service & Travell £ 03 0 0

Joseph Neal for his service and travel £ 02 0 0
Capt. Willard William Murry & Thomas Putnam for their service 5 £ each £ 15 0 0
Nathaniel Ingorsoll his acco of disbursem'ts £ 06 0 0
George Herrick for his Great service £ 25 0 0
£130 00 11

Allowed upon the acco above the severall summes there amounting to The Summ of One hundred and thirty pounds Eleven pence

Wm Stoughton

Vera Copia attest *Jona' Elatson Cle[rbar ].

(Reverse) ord'r from the Superiour Court

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 83 )

( Abraham Perkins' Account)

An Accompt of what was taken upon their Majesties accompt in the yeare 1692

Impr by Geo. Herrick und'r sheriff for him selfe & Priseners viz Jno Jackson sen'r Jno Jackson Jun'r Jno Howard and Guard 00: 08: 00
To Entertainment for the Constables and their Prisoners from Haverill 00: 06: 00
To Entertainement for the Constables & prisoners from Glossester 00: 04: 00

To Haverill Constable another time 00: 02: 00
01: 00: 00

By Abraham Perkins

allow'd

(Reverse) Ab. Perkins Ipswich witch cases Acco allow'd

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2, Page 60 )

( Nathaniel Ingersoll's Account)

March the 1'st 1691/2

Uppon a meeteing of the Majestrates Mr Jno Hathorne and Jonathan Corwin Esq'rs in an Inquirere after Witchcraft Expences upon the Countrys Acco't for Majestrates Marshalls Constables & Asistance at my Howse Vizt --

£ s. d.
Impr To the Majestrate Dinner & Drink ” ” 8 ”
To the Marshalls 2 Constables & Assistance [pbar ] Victeills ” ” 3 ”
To 43d Cakes 6 qts sider ” ” 2 ”
To 2 Constables att 2 qts of 3d Sider on Cake ” ” ” 9
To Rum ” ” ” 6
To Majestrates Horses ” ” ” 6
To the Marshall & Constable Herricks Horses ” ” ” 6
the 3'd Instant the Marshall Expences ” ” ” 6
the Marshall & his Horse 1 pott Sider ” ” ” 6
Upon Examination of Goodwife Corry To the Marshall for Horses & Drink ” ” ” 6
To the Majestrates Horses; Drink and Entertainment ” ” 4 ”
Upon Examination of goodwife Nurse To the Marshalls Horse Standing, Supper Lodging one night and drink for his attendance ” ” 3 ” 6
To Constable Herrick [pbar ] Drink & Cake ” ” ” 6

To the Majestrates Drink & Entertainemts and Horses w'th the Majestrats Horses ” ” 5 ”
Aprill 19: 1692
A further Accont in Examina[cbar ]on of Witchcraft at Salem Villiage before the Worshipfull John Hathorn and Jonathan Corwin Esq'rs & Assist: for the County of Essex.
To the Majestrates Intertainemt & Horses ” ” 6 ”
The 22 Majestrates Minesters & Attendance diners ” ”16 ”
The 22 for 8 Horses Hey & Oates ” ” 4 ”
May 2'd for Majestrates Entertainem't ” ” 4 ”
for Horses hey & Oates ” ” 2 ”
for the Marshall & Assistance Victualls,lb> and Drink ” ” 4 ”
ditto 3'd for Drink for the Guard upon the Committed persons one Night ” ” 3 ” 0
ditto 3'd for Victualls & Drink the Next Morning for the Attendance Guard Committed woman to Boston Goal by order of Mittimus

£ s. d.
ditto 3 for oates for the Cart Horses & Marshalls Horse: ” ” 1 ”
May 9'th for Conveyance Mr Burrows and other Prisoners for Victualls for the Majestrates & tendance & Horses & whole Charge at this Examinacon is ” ”16 ”
May 18 & 19 dayes for Victuall & Drink for the Guard in watching John Willard Tho. Farrier & others ” ”16 ”
Carried over to the other side ” 5 ” 4 ” 9

£ s. d.
Brought over from the other side ” 5 ” 4 ” 9
To drink for the Majestrates & Victualls for Attendance & Horses Pastering ” ” 5 ”
May 20 To Sider for Majestrates & Attendance ” ” 5 ”
May 21 To Vitualls & Drink to Majestrates ” ” 2 ” 6
23'd To Majestrats Horses Meat & Attendanc ” ” 3 ”

24 To Attendance Supper & drink next Morning ” ” 5 ” 6
May the 21 1692
Upon the Examination of William Procter and severall others to their Victualls Drink to the Majestrates & their Attendance & Horse meat and victualls & drink to the Attendance of the Prisoners ” ” 1 ”10
July 15 1692
Upon an Examination to the Majestrates Constables an others to attend the Prisen'rs Meat Drink & Horse meat ” ”15 ”
” 8 ”10 ” 9

(Reverse) Nath'l Ingersolls

Acco expenses in some of the witch cases

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 60 )

( Thomas Manning's Account)

Thomas Manning his Accumpt of work doun by him for the County of in that yare 1692

£ s d
to mending & pouting one Rachalls fetters 00- 01- 6
to John houard 1 pare of fetters 00- 05- 0
to John Jackson sener 1 pare of fetters 00- 05- 0
to John Jackson Juner 1 pear of fetters 00- 05- 0
allow'd 00- 16- 6

(Reverse) Tho. Manning Acco

fetters for prisoners

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 60 )

(Account of Isaac Little and John Harris )

The County of Essex is Dr 1692:

for 18 pound of iron that was prest from Isack £ s. d.
Little: Alle for feetters for the prisoners: at a 4d a pound 0- 6- 0

An Account from John Harris : sherifs: deputy of fondry: Charges: at the Corts of ir and terminer: helld at Sallem in the yere 1692 £ s. d.
Itt presing a hores: & man: to assist in Carring of Sary: good: from Ipswich goalle to Salem 0- 8- 0
Itt for going to Sallem to Carry: a Return: of the Juriars: of ipswich & Rowly: & Attending that siting 0- 4- 6
Itt for a man & horse: that was prest to Remove Sary good & Child from ipswich to Sallem 0- 7- 6
Itt for pressing of hores & man to gard me with: the wife: of John willes: & the widow pudeater 0- 9- 6
from Ipswich to Salem my sellf: & gard for tending the Court at the second siting 0- 04- 00
Itt: for providing a Jury: to make search upon Cori & his wife: & CLenton \#\[Estty\]: Easty: hore: CLoiss: & mrs bradbury 0- 4- 0
Itt: Tending the Court on a Jurnment August the 2'd 1692 from Tuesday till Satterday 04- 0
Itt: for expenc: & Time: to: git 3 paire of feeters made: for the two Jacksons & John howard 2- 0
Itt: for \#\[barring\] Removeing of howard & the two: M Jacksons & Joseph: Emmons: from Ipswich Goall to Sallem & thare: Pending the Courts: pLeasur thre dayes till three of Them was sent back: to ipswich Goall: by me: which time: of: thre dayes: for mysellfe: & exspence: for Thos that assisted me in that sarves 6- 0

for presing of men & horses for This designe: 0- 02- 0
for bringing of mrs bradbury : from Sallem To: ipswich goall: & a man to assist me: 0- 4- 0
2- 18- 6

Att A Gen'll Sessions of the peace holden Ipswich March 27.94

as attest

*John Harris

Deputy Sheref

This account is allowed provided it be not Included in the High Sheriffs acco

attest *St: Sewall Cler

(Reverse) Jno Harris acco Ipswich jailer witch cases.

allow'd Conditio[nbar ][abar ]ly

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 61 )

( Joseph Fuller's Account)

Joseph fuller as cunstablle for the yere 1692 for seasing of Rachall CLenton & bring of har before: Justis According to warrant £ s. d.
for tending the Court of oyer & termener 0- 1- 0
at Salem \#\[two: weeks\] tenn: days 1- 0- 0
Cunstaball Choat for seaseing of good penne & carreing of har to Sallem & bring of har back to Ipswich Goall from sallem by vertu of a mittemas: with one man to assist me 0- 8- 9
for tending at the Court of Oyer & turmener two weeks 1- 0- 0
1692
James fuller & nathanell fuller thre
dayes: a pese: at Salem being summoned

to give evedenc Against Rachell CLenton at the Court of Oyer & Turminer 0- 12- 0
(Reverse) Joseph Fuller bill in witch cases Acc'ots Not Allow'd

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 61 )

( John Arnold's Account)

Boston The Countrey is ...... Dr.
1691/2
March 9. To Chaines for Sarah Good & Sarah Osbourn £ -“ 14” -
14. To Keeping Lewis Hutchings 8 weeks 2s6d £ 1“ -” -
1692
Apr. 5. To 2 blanketts for Sarah Goods Child [pbar ] order £ -“ 10” -
29. To 500 footboards to mend the Goal & prison house £ 1“ 10” -
To 4 locks for the Goal £ -“ 8” -
To 2C Nails £ - “ 3” -
To repairing the prison house £ 2“ 8” -
May 10'th To 3 large Locks for the Goal £ -“ 9” 9
23. To Shackles for 10 prisoners £ 2“ -” -
29. To 1 pr of Irons for Mary Cox £ -“ 7” -
To Sarah Good of Salem villedge from the 7'th of March to ditto 1'st June 12 weeks at 2s -- 6d £ 1“ 10” -
To Rebecca Nurse of same place from the 12'th April 7 weeks and one day at 2s -- 6d £ -“ 17” 10
To George Jacob 6 weeks & 4 dayes from the 12'th May £ -“ 16” 4
To John Procter & Elizabeth his Wife from the 12'th April. to the 1'st of June at 5s £ 1“ 15” -
To Susanna Martin of Amsbury from the 2'd May to the 1'st of June 4 weeks & 2 days £10“ 10” 8

To Bridget Bishop a[lbar ]s Oliver of Salem from the 12'th of May 20 days at 2s“6d week £ “7” -
To Alice Parker of Salem from the 12'th of May to the 1'st of June 20 days at 2s 6d £ -“ 7” -
To George Burroughs 7 weeks from 9'th of May £ - 17“ 6
To Sam'l Passanauton an Indian 8 weeks & 4 days from the 28'th of Aprill at 2s 6d week £ 1“ 1” -5
To Roger Toothaker of Salem villidge 5 week & 5 days from 18'th May £ 1“ 8” -
To John Willard of Salem villidge at 2s 6d p week
To the Keeping of Sarah Osbourn from the 7'th of March to the 10'th of May when she died being the 9 weeks & 2 days £ 1“ 3” -
To yearly Salery £20“ -” -
To mending the Prison £ -“ 13” -
40“ 16” 6

(John Arnold Account for Restitution)

[In pencil, upper left corner: 1693?] [In pencil, upper right corner, Misc. Bd.]

to the [anour?] court now sitting in Salem
the prison keepers acount consarning
the wichcraft for diet
Imprime [several words crossed out]
[Next entire line crossed out, including figures at end of line]

ye 3d for Sa Sarah osborn on month£00:07:00
for Sarah good 6 weeks-- and for hir child on month-£01:01:03
for gils cory and his wife 3 wek£00:ii:03
will hobbs-------3w£00:07:06
Deleverance hobs 12 month£04:10:00
Abigal hobs 12 month£04:10:00
[entire line crossed out]
for Elesabeth scargen 6 monthe£03:00:00
and for her child 4 month£01:00:00
for alles parker01:00:00
for mary toheker 37 w dieat£03:07:00
[line of text and figures crossed out]
[line of text and figures crossed out]
henry salter 4 mounts£02:00:00
Rachel hatfel 10 weeks£01:05:00
the to jacksons 4 weeks each£01:00:00
John hollen 4 weeks£00:10:00
£24:09:00[earlier figures crossed out]

may it pleas this onored court
this acount is only for dieat
your honors may Remember that
ther was 5 pound ayear [seaclead?]
on the the prison keeper of Salem
of which I never Receaved but
twenty 3s not this nin year

I desier the onored Court would
be plesed to conseder me with
Respect to good man [Woleng?]
ther Remaines due to me
for him which h[ave] nothing

of his on to pay--03:00:00
as above24:00 [document torn off]
due27 [document torn off]

(Reverse)
D[ountons] [unclear]
Not allowd
[In pencil: 1694]
[five words unclear, one may be: according]

Salem Witchcraft Papers, Massachusetts Historical Society

( Thomas Fossey's Account)

The Acco't of Thomas fossey Prison Keeper of Ipswich

for Dyeting of Severall prisoners Comited by order of Authority & afterwards discharged by the same as follows £ s. d.
it Dyetting of Rachell Clinton from the 11'th of Aprill until the 12'th of January follow: in the year 1692: 4: 10: 3
it ditto of the two Jacksons from the 27'th of August untill the 12'th of Janu'ry in the same year 4£10 4: 10: 0
it Ditto of John Howard from the 27'th of August until the 12'th of Decem'er in the Same year 2: 0: 0

1693 it Ditto of Tho: Dyer from the 27'th of Aprill until the 8'th of Jully 1: 03: 0
\#\[it Tho: Battis his fees 0: 05: -\]
allow'd 12.3: 3d Total is 12: 03: 3
18
9 s d
4-10-0
4- 2
4- 3
4- 2
4- 3
16- 36
2
18

(Reverse) Tho Fosseys

acco allow'd witch cases

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 88 )

( Samuel Graves' Account)

A note of what. Samell Graves hath bin out a bout the witches Imp: for Keeping Rachel Clinton in Ipswhich £ s. d.
prison two weekes and fees 0. 10. 0
2 Sarah Good with her Child 3 dayes 0- 6- 0
3 Six dayes his wife tended said dayes at Salem as wittnes 1 day to search them 0- 12- 0
Samuell Graves was at the Charge for a hors. and man to bring his wife whome from Salem then Ebin harris to: Sallem to: carry doun one woman: 3- 0
mr graive: carred goodwife Graves to sallem one day 3- 0

the widdow bellsher 5 dayes at sallem to give evdenc 10- 0
mrs. dimand 5 dayes att sallem To give: Evedenc & har hosband to Carry: har 4- 0
a man to carry & fech widdow bellsher 4- 0

(Reverse)

Chargis for the Court of oyr & turmener

Samuel Graves bill in witch cases.

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 89 )

( William Baker's Account)

June th 28 92

Constabel Willam Bakers a Count sarveing at the Cort at salem my salf and my Hors a weeak Riding from salem Betwixt Wenham and Ipswich to fech Sarah Davis and Expencis of mony one shilling Riding from salam to salabery as a marshalls deambity to fech mistris Bradbery June the 29 92 and mony Expencis 2 shillings

July the 4'92 for warning a jury of s d #[of] wiming and Expencenc of money 0 4

August the 2:92 Goode Green Braking out of Prison and Expencis of finding

Hur is one shilling august the 23 1692 Goode Green Braking out of Prison and Expen [c] is of tyme finding hur was one night and one Hafe day

August the 27 1692 I Imprest Simon Adams and His Hors to Cary John Jackson sener to salem and John osborn and His Hors to Cary John Jackson juner to salem and thomas Norton and The widow Davis Hors to Cary John Howard to Salem

Alaxainder Lovell Impresed to Cary old Cory to salem and John Dennison Hors Sarving the 4 Cort at Salem my salf and my Hors one week

1

3

4

4

4

4

20.

1-0-0

(Reverse) Acco'ts of the County William Baker Ipswich witch cases

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 90 )

( Israel Cheever's Account)

An Acc't of the time that the psons Comitted for Witchcraft unto the Custody of Israel Cheever Keeper of the Prison in Cambridge Conti[nbar ]ed in said Prison

Lydia Dastin & Sarah Dastin were Comitted June 18'th 1692 & by the Sheriffe were taken out the 3'd of Janu'ry: following w'ch is 28 weeks & 3 days & amounts to 07 02 00
Mary Colson Widow was Co[mbar ]itted Sept'r 5'th 1692 & was by the Sheriffe taken out said 3'd of Janu'ry is 37 weeks & one day 02 02 10
Elizabeth Colson Co[mbar ]itted Sept'r 14: 1692 was by the Sheriffe taken out 3'd of Janu'ry w'ch is 35 weeks & six days amounting to 01 19 06
Sarah Cole Comitted Octob'r 3'd 1692 was by the Sheriffe taken out said 3'd of Janu'ry w'ch is 12 weeks and 6 days amounting to 01 12 00
Lydia Dastin , Sarah Dastin Elizabeth Colson ,

Sarah Cole Mary Toothaker & Mary Taylor were by order of the Sheriffe Co[mbar ]itted Janu'ry 28'th 1692/3 & taken out by said Sheriffe on the 31'st of sd Janu'ry w'ch is 3 days w'ch amounts to 00 06 04 Lydia Dastin, Sarah Dastin Elizabeth Colson & Sarah Cole were by the Sheriffes warrant (after the tryall of said [pbar ]sons) Comitted febru'ry 11'th 1692/3 -- Elizabeth Colson went out of [Pbar ]rison the 2'd of March following: Lydia Dastin dyed the 10'th of said March: Sarah Cole & Sarah Dastin went out of Prison the 23'd of said March -- the time of said persons Continuance in Prison from said Co[mbar ]ittm't to their going out is as follows vizt

Sarah Cole & Sarah Dastin 5 weeks & 5 days w'ch

amounts to 01 08 04
Lydia Dastin 4 weeks amounts to 00 10 00
Elizabeth Colson two weeks & five days amounts to 00 06 06
15 07 08

( Middlesex County Archives, Cambridge )

( William Dounton's Account)

Salem The County of Essex is Dr to William Dounton Goale 1692 Keeper in Salem Decemb'r The.. 1693

To: Sarah Osburne i mo' dyet in prison Except 3s Rec'd in part 0: 07. 00
To: Sarah Good 6 weekes and for her child Dorit' Good 1 mo' Dyet 1: 01: 03
To: Giles Cory & his wifes dyet 3 weeks remaines due there of : 11: 03
To William Hobs 3 w. dyet : 07: 06
To. Delive' Hobs 12 moneths dyet 4: 10: 00
To: Abigail Hobs 12 mo' dyet 4: 10. 00
To: Eliz Scargen 6 mo' Dyet and for her child 4 mo Dyet 4: 00: 00
To: Alce parker 8 weekes dyet 1: 00: 00
To. Mary Toothaker 37 w dyet 3: 07. 00
To: Hen'y Salter 16 w:dyet 2: 00: 00

To: Rachel Hasell 10 w dyet 1: 05: 00
To: the two Jacksons 4 weeks dyet Each 1: 00: 00
To. Jno Hollen 4 w. dyet 0. 10. 00
To: Ewd Wooland 3. 00: 00
27: 09: 00

To: 9 yeares Salery at 5£ P Anum

*William agreed on & Setled. out of w'ch I

Dounton only Rec'd 23s Rest due 43: 17s 00

Allowed Wm Dounton for

Salery since the Revolution

or S'r Edm'd Andros Gov'r w'th

w't might be due before his

S'd Governm't in full 12: 11: 00
Alowed 40: 00: 00

( Dr. Frank A. Gardner's Papers )

(The Account of The Sheriff of Middlesex County)

Midd'x SS At the Court of Sessions held at
1698 Charlestown by the Speciall Appointment
Aprill 22'd of his Maj'ties Justices for
1692/3 s'd Countey:
Jan 3'd The sheriffs allo'ts of Charges Expended upon prison'rs accused for Witch Craft and tryed at Charlestowne And for Diat to Severall.

£ s d
By Carrying Elizab: Colson to Salem 1 00 00
To Carrying 6 prison'rs to Salem 4 05 00
To Expenses on Prison'rs from Salem to Charlestowne 2 00 00
To money for wood 0 09 00
To the [pbar ]sons Tryalls 0 15 00
To 7 days persuit by Hew and Cry 1 00 00
To the Prison Keeper fo diat 15 00 00

To Henry Somers for diat 00 19 00
To the Cryers fees in the Tryalls 8s To assisting in persuit of the Hew and Cryes 10s 00 18 00
27 02 00

Adjusted and allowed by the Justices Sitting in Court

Att's *Sam'll Phipps Cler [pbar ]a

( Middlesex County Archives, Cambridge )

( Robert Lord's Account)

County Essix Dito July 92:

Ittm for making fouer payer of Iron fetters and two payer of hand Cuffs and puting them on to the Legs and hands of Goodwife Cloys estes, Bromidg and Green all at one pound a loven shillings money

£ s d
28'th 1 11 0
March 28'th 94 A making a letter B att 0 1 0
£ 1 12 0

This work was done by order from athority Requiring me thereunto

attest

Rob'tt Lord Smith.

deduct pd by the Marshall 6s -- rest is 26s allow'd

(Reverse) Robart Lords aco't for fetters & hancuffs in witch time vs

Goodwife Cloys et als

Note. The above is in different handwriting

(Reverse) Robert Lord acco for fetters & handcufs

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 85 )

( William Starling's Petition and Account)

haverhill datt march 26: 1694

to the honouered Courte of quarter sessetions to be houlden att Ipswich on the 22th of this instant

the humble Requst of william starlin constable for haverhill in the yeare 1692 is that this honouered Corte would be pleased to consider me and alow me for my charge expended for the Contreys or County by Comand of Authority to me given which charge is as foloweth on the 23 of july 1692 by warrant from bartholomew girdn John hathorn Jonathan Corwine John higgerson Esquiers for the sesuer of martha emerson I brought her doun to salam by the esistment of bartholomew heath mathew hereman which I did comand to assist me on the 29 of july by vartue of a warrant from the same hands as above: I brought doune to saleme goodwife brumidg and good wife green and by order of Authority: went with them to ipswich haveing to me Josiah heath John givel #[Abraham] Israel hendrick which I did Comand on the 4th of August by varture of a warrant from Cap'n bradstrit of Andver to sese goodwives clarck I allso went with hur to Salam being assisted by John Ayer and helverd williams which I did Comand to assist me August the 18 by warrant by the same cap'n bradstrit goodwife hucthins and Ruth wilford and caried them downe to salam att two times haveing the first time for the first Josiah [gags] for my assistans and [and] peeter pato for the next time: and I was constrain[dbar ] to press horeses every time and two men to wacth with one of them the sabath day and night

expended of my own mony in the performanc of the serves mention of one pound and eight shilings

Your sarvant *William Starling

(Reverse)

s. d.
3 days . . of 2 hands 12: 00
3 days of 3 hands 18: 00
3 days of 2 hands 12: 00
3 days of 2 hands 12: =
for horses 12: =

for 12 days Time of his own And his Expencis ]

1: 10: 00 4: 16: --

(Reverse) this acco allowd. For himselfe. & others herin Named. Petition of William Starlin of Haverhill for allowance in witch case. Acco'ts Respited

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 64 )

(Account of Israel Cheever)

An Acct of ye time that the persons Committed for Witchcraft unto ye Custody of Israel Chever Keeper of the Prison in Cambridge ---- Continued in Said prison ----
Lydia Dastin & Sarah Dastin were Committed June 18th: 1692 --- & by the sherriffe were taken out ye 3d of Janury: following wch is 28 weeks & 3 days & amounts to -------------------------------07:02:00
Mary Colson Widow was Committed Septr: 5th: 1692 and was --- by the sheriffe taken out Said 3d of Janury: wch is 17 weeks & one day-02:02:10
Elizabeth Colson Committed Septr: 14th 1692 was by ye Sheriffe taken out said 3d of Janury: wch is 15 weeks & 6 days amounting to-01:19:06
Sarah Cole Committed Octobr: 3d: 1692 was by ye Sheriffe taken out said 3d of Janury: wch is 12 weeks & six days amounting to --------------01:12:00
Lydia Dastin, Sarah Dastin, Elizabeth Colson, Sarah Cole Mary Toothaker & Mary Taylr: were by order of ye Sheriffe Committed Janury: 28th: 1692/3 & taken out by said Sheriffe- on ye 31st: of ^sd^ Janury wch is 3 days wch amounts to ------------------00:06:04
Lydia Dastin, Sarah Dastin, Elizabeth Colson & Sarah Cole were by the Sheriffs warrant (after the tryall of said persons) Committted Februry: 11th: 1692/3 - Elizabeth Colson went out of Prison ye 2d of March following: Lydia Dastin dyed ye 10th of said March Sarah Cole & Sarah Dastin went out of Prison ye 23d of said March the time of said persons Continuance in Prison from said - Committmt: to their going out is as follows Viz: Sarah Cole & Sarah Dastin 5 weeks & 5 days wch amounts to-01:08:04
Lydia Dastin 4 weeks amounts to -------------------------------------00:10:00
Elizabeth Colson two ^weeks^ & five days amounts to -----------00:06:08
--------- 15:07:08

(Reverse) [(description) in different hand:]
1698 - April [J??y]
Witchcraft
Israel Cheever's (keeper of prison
at Cambridge) account of the expense,
the number of weeks spent in prison,
and when they left the jail, of persons
accused of witchcraft. Lydia & Sarah Dastin,
Mary Colison, Elizabeth Colison, Sarah Cole,
Mary Toothacre, Mary Taylor, Lydia Dastin died.
vol. [words unclear]

Middlesex Archives, Massachusetts

(An Additional Account of the Sheriff of Middlesex County)

Middllsx: 1698At ye Courts of session/ held at Charlestowne
Aprill: 22d:by ye Speciall appointment of his Majsty Justices For sd County-- --
Jan 3d: 1692/3The Sheriffs accots of Charges Expended upon Prisonrs accused of witCrafts and tryd at Charlestown and for [Di? ..severall?]
By Carrying Elizab: Coleson to Salem1:00:00
To Carrying 8 Prisonrs to Salem4:05:00
To Expenses on Prisonrs from Salem to Charlestowne2:00:00
To money for wood00:09:00
To 8 prisons Tryalls00:16:00
To Transporting them to Cambridge00:15:00
To 7 days pursuit by Hue and Cry01:00:00
To ye Prison keeper for diets15:00:00
To Henry Somers for diets00:19:00
Jno [?] For ye Cryers ffees in ye Tryalls & To assisting00:18:00
L27:02:00

[?two words unsure] accd allowed by ye
Justices sitting in Court
[Atts Samll (five words unclear) ?]

[Numbers at bottom appear to be in same hand]

13
5
--
65

10 10
10
25
10
10

(Reverse)
1698-April-(doc)
The sheriff's costs expended upon
prisoners accused of witchcraft
Elizabeth Coleson is mentioned being
taken to Salem
vol ? missing

Middlesex Archives, Massachusetts

(Account of Charges of Timothy Phillips)

Middsx Ss 1692/3 Jan:ry ye 3dAn Accompt of Charges expended upon Prisoners accused for Witchcraft and tryed at Charlestown
To carying Elizabeth Coleson to Salem by Warrant from Charlestown and assistance & ExpensesL:1:11:
To removing 6 prisonrs from Cambridge to Salem by habeas Corpus, 5 men & 5 horses victual & drink upon ye road 22/:9:8:
To expenses for Prisonrs: when brought by Habeas Corpus from Salem to Charlestown for Tryal, for victuals & drink & a keeper for them at Charlestowne:2:4:
To money for Wood when in Charlestown prison0:0:9:
To 8 persons Tryals for my Fees as allowed at Salem 15/pps0:6:0:
To transporting of them after Tryal to Cambridge with Cart and 4 men to guard0:1:0:
To 7 dayes my Selfe Spent with a guard to seize & pursue wth hue & Cry after them0:4:0:
To the County Prison keeper for diet as appears in Particulars15:7:8:
To Mr Henry Summers money due for the Prisoners0:19:8:
To the Keeper 6 bush:ll of Corn at 2/ per bushell0:12:0:
To the Cryers Fees 16/6s. To ye Constables ringing ye Bell 6/1:2:6:
Per me Timo. Phillips SheriffL42:13:10:

A true Copy of the Accompt presented with the Petition
of Timothy Phillips unto the General Assembly. and on file
with the sd Petition
Exam per
Jsa: Addington Secry

(Reverse) [description in modern handwriting]

1692/93
1698 - April - (Group)
Account of the Sheriff, Timothy Phillips of the
charges expended on the persons accused of
witchcraft.

Elizabeth Coleson is mentioned, she being
taken to Salem for trial. Six prisoners taken from
Cambridge. Evidently there were eight persons
taken from Middlesex County at this time.

vol. # missing

Middlesex Archives, Massachusetts

(Report of the Committee: Jonathan Arnold-prison keeper payment)

Boston June 27th 1700

Wee the Subscribers. Being in a Committee appoynted by the great & General Court at their
Session the 13th March 1699/700 to Examin & Audit the accots. Of Jno Arnold Prison keeper in
Boston & to make a Report vnto the General Assembly

In Obedience to said Order we haue carefully Examined said accots. & find that at two shillings
& Six pence per weeke, there is due to said Arnold the Summe of thirty eight pounds eleven
shillings Sixpence for the keeping the Prisoners. committed at the time of the Revolution, wch
Summe he saith hath not been yet allowed him; & by Ordr was to release Sd Prissoners. wth out
Saying they paying ffees So that he could not detain them for there diett amounting as
aforesaid, he is ready to give his oath if required that he was never paid, the two shillings
Six pence per weeke for their dyet neither by them nor the Publick-

Wee alsoe find that in his accot presented to the Honble Assembly in Novr 28th 1693 amounting to
150 li The court see cause to Ordr that he should have but 120 li & that it should be in full,
wch Summe he saith his necessity was Such that he was forced to take that money; he Saith the
only reason of the abatemt of the 30 li was vpon the accot of the prisoners Sent from Salem that
could not be kept there Boston being then a Prison for the whole Province and the said Arnold
affirmes he was never yet paid for their dyet neither by the publick nor the perticuler persons,
& it lieth Only wth this Court to releive him

Wee further find an Article in his last accot presented to this court of Sixteen pounds for
Blanketts. &ea wch by Ordr of Authority he provided for the prisoners wch was an Article not
charged in his former accot the Consideration of the premisses humbly offer to the Consideration
& Determination of this Honble Assembly./

Elisha Hutchinson
Peter Sergeant
John Walley
John Leverett
Samll Phipps

[On the eighth of July this vote was passed concurrently by both branches. The order in Council (Executive Records of the Council, vol. 3, p. 136) for the payment of this allowance was passed July 16, 1700]

Mass. Archives, vol. 40, p. 627, Acts & Resolves, p. 641

Jail Account: John Arnold & Caleb Ray

John Arnold of Boston late keepr of ye Prison pet. vers

Caleb Ray now Prison keeper of yr Majies Gaol } in an Action of ye Case
Defendtfor refusing to pay to ye pet. the Summ of four

pounds seven shillings & six pence: wch he sd Ray recd in August last past
1693 from John Winslow of Boston for Mary Watkins & Susanna Davis for
their prison fees due to ye petr when he was keeper of sd prison the non paymt
whereof being to ye petr dammage five pounds money according to attachmt-
dated June 18th 1694. The Parties appeared. The deft pleads he never estd any mon
-ney as fees belonging to ye pet. The Attachmt & Evidences In the Case produced
were read & committed to ye Jury. The Jury returned their verdict thereon viz.
They find for the pet Three pounds fifteen shillings money & costs of suit-
Therefore it was considered by the Court That yt sd John Arnold should receave of
the sd Caleb Ray The summ of Three pounds, fifteen shillings money & costs of suit
mr John Arnold recd the full of this Judgimt & costs July 21. 1694

[In the right margin:]
Arnold
vers
Ray

Suffolk County Court of Common Pleas, Massachusetts Archives


SWP No. BoySal3-3.171b

Laws Passed

(Province Laws (Resolves etc.) 1696-7. : Call for Day of Prayer with Fasting)

By the Honble the Lt. Govr. Council & assembly of his Majtye Province of ye Massachusetts Bay;
in General Court assembled.

Whereas the Anger of God is not yet turned away; but his Hand is still stretched out against his
people; in manifold judgments; particularly, in drawing out to such a Length, the Troubles of
Europe, by a perplexing War. And more Especially, respecting our selves in this Province, in
that God is pleased still to go on in diminishing our substance cutting short our Harvest;
blasting our most promising Undertakings; more ways than one, Unsettling of us; and by his more
immediate Hand, snatching away many out of our Embraces by suddain & violent deaths; even at
this time when the Sword is devouring so many; both at home and abroad; and that after many Days
of publick and Solemn addressing of Him. And altho, considering the many Sins prevailing in the
midst of us, We cannot but wonder at the Patience and Mercy moderating these Rebukes; yet we
cannot but also Fear, that there is somthing still wanting to accompany our Suplications. And
doubtless there are some particular Sins, which God is angry with our Israel for, that have not
been duely seen and resented by us, about which God expects to be sought, if ever He turn again
our Captivity.

Wherefore its Commandd & Apointd that Thursday the Fourteenth of January next be observed as a
Day of Prayer with Fasting throughout this Province; strictly forbidding all Servile
Labour thereon. That so all God's people may offer up fervent Supplications unto him for ye
preservation & prosperity of his Majtys. Royal person & Governmt and Success to attend his
Affaires both at home & abroad that all Iniquity may be put away, which hath stirred Gods holy
Jealousie against this Land; that He would shew us what we know not, and help us, wherein we
have done amiss, to doe so no more: And Especially, that whatever Mistakes, on either hand, have
been fallen into; either by the body of this People, or any Orders of Men, referring to the late
Tragedie raised amongst us by Satan and his Instruments, through the awfull Judgment of God; he
would humble us therefore, and pardon all the Errors of his Servants and People that desire to
Love his Name, And be attoned to His Land. That He would remove the Rod of the Wicked from off
the Lot of the Righteous; That He would bring the American Heathen, and cause them to hear and
obey his voice;

Acts & Resolves, vol. 7, appendix 2, p. 132.


SWP No. BoySal3-3.172

Petitions to the General Court, with Responses (1696-1725)

(Petition of Elizabeth Proctor )

To the Honourable Generall Court Asembled at Boston may twenty seventh 1696

the Humble petetion of Elizabeth procter widow and Relict of John proctor of salem decesed Humbly sheweth

that in the yere of our Lord 1692 when many persons in salem and in other towns ther about were accused by som evill disposed or strangly Influenced persons, as being witches or for being guilty of acting witchcraft my s'd Husband John procter and my selfe were accused of such and we both: my s'd Husband and my selfe were soe farr proceded against that we were Condemned but in that sad time of darkness before my said husband was executed it is evident som body had Contrived awill and brought it to him to sign wher in his wholl estat is disposed of not having Regard to a contract in wrighting mad with me before mariag with him; but soe it pleased god to order by his providence that although the sentanc was executed on my dere husband yet through gods great goodnes to your petitioner I am yet alive; sinc my husbands death the s'd will is proved and aproved by the Judg of probate and by that kind of desposall the wholl estat is disposed of; and although god hath Granted my life yet those that claime my s'd husbands estate by that which thay Call awill will not suffer me to have one peny of the Estat nither upon the acount of my husbands Contract with me before mariage nor yet upon the acount of the dowr which as I humbly conceive doth belong or ought to belong to me by the law for thay say that I am dead in the law and therfore my humble request and petetion to this Honoured Generall Court is that by an act of his honoured Court as god hath Contenewed my life and through gods goodnes without feare of being put to death upon that sentanc you would be pleased to put me Into acapacity to make use of the law to Recover that which of Right by law I ought to have for my nessesary suply and support that as I your petetioner am one of his majestyes subjects I may have the benifett of his laws soe Humbly prayeng that god would direct your honnours in all things to doe that which may be well pleasing to him I subscrib your honours humble petetioner

Elizabeth procter widow
Read 10th June. 1692 [sic] in Council
(On reverse side of paper)
Elizebeth Procter her petetion 1696
( Mass. Archives Vol. 135 )

(Petition of Sheriff Timothy Phillips )

To the Hon'ble William Stoughton Esq'r Lieutenant Governour and Commander in chief in and over his Ma'tys Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England and the Hon'ble Council of the s'd Province and Representatives of the same convened in General Assembly.

The Petition of Timothy Phillips Sheriffe of the County of Middlesex

Humbly Sheweth

That your Petitioner and the Keeper of his Ma'tys. Goale in Cambridge in the yeares 1692 & 1693 during the time of the great trouble by Witchcraft in the County afores'd. were at great Cost and Charges out of their own Pockets in removing the Persons then in custody for Witchcraft from place to place by writts of Habeas Corpus and in finding such persons with Provisions, besides the great trouble they were at, and time expended in that respect all which they did by order of the Superiour Court &c and have not yet received any Satisfaction for their time or money which they so expended and laid out as afores'd whereby they are in disburse on that Account between thirty and forty pounds, as yo'r Petitioner can make appear.

Your Petition'r therefore humbly prayes this Hon'ble Court to take the premisses into Consideration, and to grant an order for the payment of what your Petitioner and the s'd Prison Keeper have disbursed and expended as afores'd as also such satisfaction as yo'r honours shall think meet for their trouble and time imployed in the affair aforesaid --

And your Pet'r as in duty bound shall ever pray &c

*Timo Phillips Sheriffe
March 18th. 1696/7
( Mass. Archives Vol. 135 No. 110 )

(Response of the General Court to Timothy Phillips' Petition)

Province of the Massachusetts Bay Anno RR Gulielmi Tertii Angliae nono

At a Great and General Court or Assembly begun and held at Boston upon Wednesday the 26th of May 1697 and continued by several prorogations unto Wednesday the 15th of December following & then met

Upon reading the Petition and Accompt presented by Timothy Phillips Sheriff of the County of Middlesex amounting unto Forty two pounds thirteen shillings and ten pence for Dyat Expences and Fees for several Prisoners accused and tryed for Witchcraft within the s'd County in the year 1692

Voted That the Petitioner be allowed the Su[mbar ] of Ten pounds out of the publick Treasury towards his s'd accompt

And the Quarter Sessions of the Peace in s'd County of Middlesex are ordered and impowered to raise on s'd County the Remainder of s'd Accompt and pay the Ballance thereof upon their adjustment

By Order of the Lieut Gov'r Council and Assembly

*Isa Addington Secry

( Middlesex County Archives, Cambridge )

(Order for Payment to Timothy Phillips )

Decemb'r. 17th 1697 In the House of Representatives

Ordered,

That in Answer to the within Petition and Account Ten pounds be allowed and paid out of the publick Treasury towards s'd. Account; And #[that] the Quarter Sessions of the Peace in s'd County of Middlesex #[be] are Ordered and impowered to raise on s'd County the Remainder of s'd Account, and pay the Ballance thereof upon the petitioner their adjustm't --

Sent up for Concurrance Dec'r. 18th 1697.

In Council.

Read & Vot'd a Concurrance.

* Isa: Addington Se[cbar ][rbar ][ybar ].

*Penn Townsend Speak'r.

( Mass. Archives Vol. 135 No. 112 )

(Petition of Francis Faulkner et al.)

To his Excellency the Governour, and Councill, and Representatives now in Generall Court Assembled; at Boston:

The Petition of severall of the Inhabitants of Andover, Salem village & Topsfield, humbly sheweth:

That whereas in the year 1692 some of your Petitioners and the near Relations of others of them, viz: Rebecca Nurse , Mary Estey , Abigail Faulkner , Mary Parker , of Andover John Procter & Elizabeth his wife: Elizabeth How , Samuel Wardwell & Sarah his Wife: were accused of Witchcraft by certain possessed persons, and thereupon were apprehended and Imprisoned, and at a Court held at Salem were condemned upon the Evidence of the aforsaid possessed persons; and sentence of Death hath been executed on them (except Abigail Faulkner , Elizabeth Procter & Sarah Wardwell ) of whose Innocency those that knew them are well satisfyed. And whereas the invalidity of the aforesaid Evidence and the great wrong which (through Errors & mistakes in those tryalls) was then done, hath since plainly appear'd which we doubt not but this Honored Court is sensible of: Your Petitioners being dissatisfyed and grieved, that (besides what the aforesaid condemned persons have suffered in their persons and Estates) their Names are Exposed to Infamy and reproach, while their Tryall & condemnation stands upon Publick Record: We therefore humbly Pray this Honored Court, that something may be Publickly done to take off Infamy from the Names, and memory of those who have suffered as aforesaid, that none of their surviving Relations, nor their Posterity may suffer reproach upon that account. And yo'r Petition'rs shall ever pray &c.

Dated March 2d 1702/3

Francis Faulkner

Abigail Faulkner

Sarah Wardwel

John Parker

Joseph Parker

Nathaniel Dane

Francis Dane

Mary How

Abigail How

Issac Estey

Samuel Nurse

Phebe Robinson

Samuel Wardwell

John Tarbel

John Nurse

Peter Cloys sen'r

Isaac Estey Jun'r

Sarah Gill

Rebecca Preston

Thorndick Procter

Benjamin Procter

In the House of Representatives March. 18th 1702. Read & sent up

(Reverse)

Pet'con of Fra. Faulkner &C.

( Mass. Archives Vol. 135 No. 110 )

(Petition of Abigail Faulkner, Sr. )

To the Hon'rble the Greate and Generall Court of the province of the Massachusets Bay assembled att Boston --

The petition of Abigall the wife of Francis faulkner of Andover in the County of Essex Humbly Sheweth

That Whereas in the yeare 1692 when many were acused & Imprisoned att Salem as Witches and some Executed, my selfe was accused by the afflicted who pretended to See me by theire Spectrall Sight (not with theire bodily Eyes) and that I afflicted them upon whose accusations (and theires only) I was Examined Imprisoned and brought to tryall these being all that gave in anny Evidence against me upon Oath yett the Jewry (upon only theire Testimony) brought me in guilty, & the Sentence of Death was passed upon me, But it pleased god to put it into the heart of his Ex'cy: Sir Will'm Phipps to grant me a repreve and att Length a pardon the Insufficiency of the proofe being in s'd pardon Exprest as the Inducement to the granting there of Soe that Through the greate goodness of God I am yett preserved

The pardon haveing Soe farr had its Efect as that I am as yet Suffred [to] to live but this only as a Malefactor Convict upon record of the most henious Crimes that mankind Can be Supposed to be guilty off, which besides its utter Ruining and Defacing my Reputation, will Certainly Expose my selfe to Iminent Danger by New accusations, which will thereby be the more redily believed will Remaine as a perpetuall brand of Infamy upon my family And I knowing my owne Inocency as to all such Crimes (as will att the last fully appeare) and being soe Defamed in my Reputation and my life Exposed besides the Odium Cast upon my Posterrity

Doe humbly pray that this high hono'ble:
Court will please to take my Case into
Serious Consideration and order the Defacing
of the record against me Soe that I and
mine may be freed from the Evill Consequents
Thereof
And your Petion er : as in duty bound Shall
ever pray

Boston Jun 13: 1703 the Court orderd the Reading of hir tryall

Reverse of Case # 113 & # 114

[Fau] Kner Pet'con

[Ju]ly. 1703

Mess'rs: Sprague

Seabury.. Savage

( Mass. Archives Vol. 135 No. 103 )

(Petition of Eleven Ministers from Essex County)

To his Excellency the Governor, Council and Representatives of the Province of the Massachusets Bay, in Generall Court Assembled June 1703

The Address of severall Ministers of the County of Essex.

Whereas in the year 1692 some of our neighbours of a good conversation, were apprehended and imprisoned upon suspition of Witchcraft, upon the complaint of some young persons under Diabolicall molestations; and upon their Tryall at the Court at Salem were condemned; great weight being layd upon the evidence of the Afflicted persons, their Accusers Sentence of Death was Executed on severall of them, others were Reprieved. But since it is apparent and hath been Acknowledged, that there were Errors and mistakes in the aforesaid Tryalls; and notwithstanding the care and conscientious endeavour of the Honorable Judges to do the thing that is right: yet there is great reason to fear that Innocent persons then suffered, and that God may have a controversy with the Land upon that account.

We would therefore humbly propose to the consideration of this Honored Court, whether something may not, and ought not, to be publickly done to clear the good name and reputation of some who have suffered as aforesaid, against whom there was not as is supposed sufficient evidence to prove the guilt of such a crime and for whom there are good grounds of charity. Some of the condemned persons aforesaid, and others in behalf of their Relations who have suffered, have lately Petitioned this Honoured Court upon this Account. We pray that their case may be duely considered.

* Thomas Barnard

*Joseph Green

*William Hubbard

*Benjamin Rolfe

*Samuel Cheever

*Zech. Sy[mbar ]mes

* Joseph Gerrish

*John Rogers

*Jabez fitch

*Jno Wise

* Joseph Capen

*Thomas Symmes

July 9th 1703 In Council

Read and sent down.

July 16th: 1703. In the House of Representatives

Read.

(Reverse) referring to persons condemn'd for witchcraft. read.

July 8th 1703.

( Mass. Archives Vol. 135 No. 110 )

(Response of the General Court)

In the House of Representatives

July 20th. 1703

In Answer to the Petitions of Abigail faulkner , and Sundry of the Inhabitants of Andover, in the behalfe of sundry persons in and late of s'd Town, & Elsewhere, who in the Year 1692 were Indicted, accused and Condemned, & many of them Executed for the crime of Felony by witchcraft. And whereas it is Conceived by many worthy and pious Persons that the Evidence given against many of the s'd condemned Persons was weak and insufficient as to Taking away the lives of sundry so condemned &ca Wherefore it is thought meet and it is hereby Ordered †That a bill be drawn up for Preventing the like Procedure for the future, and that no Spectre Evidence may hereafter be accounted valid, or Sufficient to take away the life, or good name, of any Person or Persons within this Province, and that the Infamy, and Reproach, cast on the names and Posterity of the s'd accused and Condemned Persons may in some measure be Roll'd away. sent up for Concurrence.

*Jam's Converse Speaker.

(Reverse) Order for bringing in a bill to reverse the attainder of

Abiga' Faulkner &ca of witchcraft.

† That a bill be brought in to acquit mary falkner and the other present petitioners severally of the penaltys to which thay are lyable upon the said Convictions and Judgments in the said Courts and Estate them in their Just Cred't and reputation as if no such Judgment had been had

In Council

July 21, 1703. agreed to.

die [pbar ]dict. agreed to.

( Mass. Archives Vol. 135 No. 109 )

(Declaration of Mary Osgood , Martha (?) Tyler, Deliverance Dane , Abigail Barker , Sarah Wilson , and Hannah Tyler )

We whose names are under-written, inhabitants of Andover; whenas that horrible and tremendous judgment beginning at Salem village in the year 1692, by some called witchcraft, first breaking forth at Mr. Parris's house, several young persons, being seemingly afflicted, did accuse several persons for afflicting them, and many there believing it so to be, we being informed that, if a person was sick, the afflicted person could tell what or who was the cause of that sickness: Joseph Ballard , of Andover, his wife being sick at the same time, he, either from himself or by the advice of others, fetched two of the persons, called the afflicted persons, from Salem village to Andover, which was the beginning of that dreadful calamity that befel us in Andover, believing the said accusations to be true, sent for the said persons to come together to the meeting house in Andover, the afflicted persons being there. After Mr. Barnard had been at prayer, we were blindfolded, and our hands were laid upon the afflicted persons, they being in their fits and falling into their fits at our coming into their presence, as they said; and some led us and laid our hands upon them, and then they said they were well, and that we were guilty of afflicting them: Whereupon, we were all seized, as prisoners, by a warrant from the Justice of the peace and forthwith carried to Salem. And, by reason of that sudden surprizal, we knowing ourselves altogether innocent of the crime, we were all exceedingly astonished and amazed, and consternated and affrighted even out of our reason. and our nearest and dearest relations, seeing us in that dreadful condition, and knowing our great danger, apprehended there was no other way to save our lives, as the case was then circumstanced, but by our confessing ourselves to be such and such persons as the afflicted represented us to be, they, out of tenderness and pity, persuaded us to confess what we did confess. And indeed that confession, that it is said we made, was no other than what was suggested to us by some gentlemen, they telling us that we were witches, and they knew it, and we knew it, which made us think that it was so; and our understandings, our reason, our faculties, almost gone, we were not capable of judging of our condition; as also the hard measures they used with us rendered us incapable of making our defence, but said any thing and every thing which they desired, and most of what we said, was but, in effect, a consenting to what they said. Some time after, when we were better composed, they telling us what we had confessed, we did profess that we were innocent and ignorant of such things; and we hearing that Samuel Wardwell had renounced his confession, and quickly after condemned and executed, some of us were told we were going after Wardwell.

Mary Osgood ,

Mary Tiler,

Deliverance Dane ,

Abigail Barker ,

Sarah Wilson,

Hannah Tiler.

( Thomas Hutchinson , History of Massachusetts-Bay, II, 31-32 )

(Petition of Phillip English et al.)

To his Excelency the Governor and the Honorable Counsell and Generall Asembly for the Province of the Massatusetts Bay in New England Conven'd. at Boston May 25th 1709 The Humble Adress and Motion of Several of the Inhabitants of the s'd Province some of which had their near Relations Either Parents or others who suffered Death in the Dark and Dollfull times that past over this province in the Year 1692 under the suposition and in that Gloumy Day by Some (thought prov'd) of Being Guilty of witchcraft w'ch we have all the Reson in the world to hope and beleive they were Inocent off, and others of us that Either our selves or some of our Relations have Been Imprison'd impared and Blasted in our Reputations and Estates by Reson of the same. its not our Intent Neither Do we Reflect on the Judges or Jurors Concern'd in those Sorrowfull tryals whome we hope #[and beleive] Did that w'ch they thought was Right in that hour of Darkness. but that w'ch we move and pray for is that You Would Pleas to pass some sutable Acts as in Your Wisdom You may think meet and proper that shall (so far as may be) Restore the Reputations to the Posterity of the suffurers and Remunerate them as to what they have been Damnified in their Estates therby we Do not Without Remors and greif Recount these sorrowfull things But we Humbly Conceive that we are Bound in Consience and Duty to god and to our selves Relatives and posterity and Country Humbly to make this Motion praying God to Direct You in this and all Your Weighty Consultations.

We subscribe Your sorrowfull and Distrest Supliants

philip English

Isack Estey sen

John Tarbell

John Parker

Isaac Estey

Joseph esty

Benjamin Procter

John Procter

Thorndik Procter

George Jacobs

Joseph Parker

John Johnson

Francis Faulkner

Samuel Nurs

Benjamin Nurs

john preston

Samuel Nurs ju

(Reverse) Original pe[tbar ][ibar ]on

( Mass. Archives Vol. 135 No. 111 )

(Petition of Isaac Easty et al.)

To his Exelency the Governour and the Honourable Counsell and Generall Assembly for the Province of the Massatusetts Bay in New England convened at Boston May 25, 1709

The Humble adress and motion of several of the Inhabitants of the s'd Province some of which had their near Relations Either Parents or others who suffered Death in the Dark & Dolefull times that past over this province in the year 1692 under the suposition (and in that Gloomy Day) by some thought provd of Being Guilty of Witchcraft w'ch. we have all the Reason in the world to hope & beleive they were Inocent of. and others of us that. Either our selves or some of our Relations have been Imprisoned impared & Blasted in our Reputations and Estates by Reason of the same its not our Intent neither doe we Reflect on the Judges or Jurors Concern'd in those sorrowfull tryalls whome we hope did that w'ch they Thought was Right in that hour of Darkness [but] that which we move & pray for is that you Would Please to pass some suitable Act as in your Wisdome you may think meet & proper that shall so far as may be Restore the Reputations to the Posterity of the Suffurrers & Remunerate them as to what they have been Damnifid in their Estates thereby: we doe not without Remors & greif Recount these sorrowful things But we Humbly Conceive that we are Bound in conscience and duty to god & to our selves Relatives & posterity & County Humbly to Make this Motion praying God to Direct you in this & all your weighty Consultations

Wee subscribe Your sorrowful and Distresst Supliants

Isaac Esty

Jno Nurse

Joseph parker

Thorndick Procter

George Jacobs

In the names & on Behalf of our selves and several others.

(Reverse) Pe'tion May 1709.

Pe'ions about the Witchcraft in 1692.

( Mass. Archives Vol. 135 No. 112 )

(Response of the General Court to Timothy Phillips Petition)

Province of the
Massachusetts Bay
Anno RR Gulielmi Tertii Angliae &c nono [?]

At a Great and General Court or Assemby begun
and held at Boston upon Wednesday the 26th : of May
1697. and continued by several Prorogations unto----
Wednesday the 15th of December following & then met

Upon reading the Petition and Accompt presented by
Timothy Phillips sheriff of the County of Middlesex----
amounting unto Forty two pounds thirteen shillings and -
tenpence for Dyat, Expenses and Fees for several Prisoners
accused and tryed for Witchcraft within the sd County in
the year 1692

Voted That the Petitioner be allowed the Sum of Ten
Pounds out of the publick Treasury towards his sd Accompt
And the Quarter Sessions of the Peace in sd County of
Middlesex are ordered and impowrd to raise on sd County the
Remainder of sd Accompt. and pay the Ballance thereof upon
their adjustment

By Order of the Lieut.
Govr. Council and Assembly
Jja e Addington secry

(Reverse)
1697 May 26 (doc)
Charges for keeping persons accused of witchcraft
The account of Timothy Phillips,
Sheriff of the County of Middlesex,
for money expended on prisoners
accused of witchcraft was approved,
Addington, Sec. ordered that the sum
of ten pounds out of the Treasury was to be
paid on the account, and the rest was
to be raised on the County.

vol x P [?]

Middlesex County
Court (FOLIO Collection),
1698-164-4, Judicial
Archives, MA

Middlesex Archives, Massachusetts

Account of expenses by Timothy Phillips, March 22, 1696/7; Payment for expenses, Dec. 16, 1697

Middsx Ss
1692/3
--------
Janry ye 3d?

An Acount of Charges Expended upon Prisoners Accused for Witchcraft and tryed att
Charlestowne
ExpensesL S d
To Carying Elizebeth Coleson to Salem by warant from Charlstowne & Assistance:01:11:00:
To Removeing 6 Prisoners from Camebridge to Salem by habeasorpus 5 men & 5 horses Vitewall & drink upon ye Road 22 ea.--09:08:00:
To Expenses for prizoners when Brought by habeas corpas from Salem to Charlstowne for Tryall, for Victewalls & Drink & a keeper for them at Charlstowne02:04:10:
To Mony for Wood when in Charlstowne prizon00:09:00:
To 8 persons Tryals for my ffees as alowed att Salem 15 [d?] per peice06:00:00:
To Transporteing of Them after Tryall to Camebridg with Cart & 4 men to guard01:00:00:
To 7 dayes my Self Spent with a guard to Seize and pursue with hue & cry after them 4:00:00:
To the County Prison keeper for Diett as appears in perticulers [? Document is torn here]15:07:08:
To Mr Henry Summers Mony Due for ye Prizoners00:19:08:
To ye Keeper 6 Bushells of Corn att 2s per bushel00:12:00:
To ye Cryers fees 16s 5d. To ye Constabels Ringing ye bell 6s01:02:06:
42:13:10:

Per me Timo: Phillips Sherriffe

[in a different hand, much of this unreadable]
March 22d 1696
[unreadable words, then:] Decembr: 17th: 1697
[unreadable word, then:] that the Consideration hereof be referred to the Court Quarter
Sessions in the County of Middlesex. that if anything be
[two unreadable words, then:] it be discharged as the Law provides
[three unreadable words, then:] for Continuance
Penn Townsend Speaker

(Reverse) unreadable

Massachusetts Archives, vol. 135

(Resolve Allowing L50 to Thos Rich)

A Petition of Thomas Rich of Salem Shewing that his Mother. Martha Carey (who with
her Husband & his Father in Law Gyles Carey Suffered death in the time of the
Witchcraft) had in her hands Sicty pounds of personall Estate, left by his Father, which
She Carefully Kept for the petitioner & which was lost by her Suffering, and therefore
praying this Court to make some allowance to him in Consideration thereof as they have
done to others in the Like Circumstances.
Read & [Accepted]

Resolv'd that the Sum of Fifty pounds, be allowed & paid out of the publick Treasury, to
the petitioner Thomas Rich in full Satisfaction for the Losses he might have Sustained, as
at Large Sett forth. in his petition.

[Passed July 1]

Acts & Resolves 1720-1725, p. 322.


SWP No. BoySal3-3.173

Reversal of Attainder and Restitution (1710 - 1750)

DOCUMENTS INCLUDED IN THIS SECTION:

  • Individual Responses to General Court's Inquiry (September 1710)
  • Recommendations of the General Court Committee (September 1710)
  • Reversal of Attainder (October 17, 1710)
  • Committee's List of Sufferers and Amounts Allowed (November 1711)
  • List of Those Making No Claims (November 1711)
  • Expenses of the Committee (June -- October 1711)
  • Governor's Authorization of Payment (December 1711)
  • Individual Receipts, Etc., (December 1711 -- November 1712)
  • Additional Petitions of George Burroughs' Family (1712 -- 1750)

(Account of Ebenezer Barker -- Case of Abigail Barker )

To the Honorable Comittee

An Account of what Ebenezer Barker of Andover payd for his wife Abigail Barker who was accused of witchcraft and suffered Imprisonment 18 weeks at Salem in the year 1692 Viz To the Keeper of the Goal 1-10-0
it For Court Charges 1- 7-4
The su[mbar ]s abovs'd he was forcid to pay before his wife could be Released. Besides his maintaining his wife wholly in prison with provision and other necessaryes 2-10-0

£ s d

Totall. 5- 7- 4 [pbar ] * Ebenezer Barker

I desire Capt Barker to give in this account

to the Hon'rable Comittee

* Eben. Barker
(Reverse) Abigail Barker of Andover Imprisond not Condemnd
( Mass. Archives. Vol. 135 No. 146 )

(Account of John Barker -- Case of Mary Barker )

An Account of what money was pay'd by John Barker of Andover, for his Daughter Mary Barker who was accused of witchcraft and suffered Imprisonment in the year 1692; which he was forc'd to pay before Releasment could be obtained.

The time of her Imprisonment being six weeks.

Viz £ s d

To the Keeper of the Goal in Salem ]

00-17-6

it To the Sheriffe for the discharge of the prisoner upon Bail ]

(and for Bail Bond)

00- 6-0

it To the Clerk of the Court for Provisions Expended in prison ]

01-17-4

0-15-0

3-15-10

[Pbar ] * John Barker

( Mass. Archives Vol. 135 No. 139 )

(Account of John Barker -- Case of William Barker, Sr. )

An Account of what was payd by John Barker of Andover to the Deputy Sheriff in leiu of Cattel, which he had seised of the Estate of his Brother William Barker who was Imprisoned for Witchcraft, &c in the year 1692

Viz To the Deputy Sheriffe 2-10-0

To the Keeper of Salem Goal 1- 1-0

[Pbar ]'r * John Barker

( Massachusetts Archives Vol. 135 No. 138 )

(Account of John Barker -- Case of William Barker, Jr. )

To the Honourable Committee

An Account of what was payd by John Barker of Andover for his kinsman William Barker Jun'r of Andover who was accused of Witchcraft and suffered Imprisonm't six weeks at Salem; which he was forc't to pay before he could obtain a Release for his Kinsman viz.

To the Keeper of the Goal at Salem ]

00-17-6

To Provisions Expended in prison ]

00-15-0

it To the Sheriffe for Bail Bond

00- 6-0

it To the Clerk of the Court

1-17-0

£ s d [pbar ]'r * John Barker

Totall 3:15:10

(Reverse) Jno Barkers Account of W'm Barker Jun'r charges William Barker Imprisond Not condemnd

( Mass. Archives Vol. 135 No. 149 )

(Account of Edward Bishop -- Cases of Edward and Sarah Bishop )

Rehoboth Septem 9 -- 1710

to the honerabell Jentelmen of the Commitey greating It having plesed the grate and Jenerall cort to apiont your honers a Commitey to in quier who may be proper to be Justified in the bill Refering to the taking of the attainder and what loss and damidg has bene sustained by reason of the tryalls which were for witchcraft In the yere 1692 I with my wife were aprehended and examened and commited to Sallam prison and aftrewards cared to boston prison and in my absanc the Shrefe wente to my hous and tok a way so mutch of my housall goods as afterwards I payed tene pounds for to have It again Sixe cows was caried away which I never had a gain (four and [torn] swine carid away which I never had a gain. Sixe an fortiey Sheep of which I never had eney a gaine: the time that my sellf and wife were prisnors was thirtiey seven wekes all which tim cost me ten shillings pur weeake for our bord be sides other nesecri chardges and preson feese which amounted to five pounds and I was cept from making eney Improufment of my Estate to provide for food for my famiely and had at that time twelve children the which I Could have maintained out of the produce of my Esteat could I have had the liburty to med the Improufment of It which grat damidg I leve to your honers to Judg: -- the hole lose and damedg I compute to be one hundred pounds money praying your honers I may be righted In name and Esteat I Rest your honers humbl sarvant

* Edward Bishop

(On reverse side of paper)

Edward Bishop & Wife long Imprisoned not Condemned

( Mass. Archives Vol. 132 No. 117 )

(Account of Henry and Jane True -- Case of Mary Bradbury )

Honred, Gentle men we have received your Notification & send this to Signify our Desiers that our good mother Mrs Bradburys name may be inserted in the bill proposed for the takeing off the attainder &c She throu faith obtained a good report among all Christians for her Exemplary piety & vertue & was ever Lookt on as an Innosent in Her Suffrings in that dark & gloomi day & we Doubt not but youl -- se cause as far as Can be in this Method to recover her reputation -- She Indured aboute Six months Imprisonment which putt our Honred father & Sum of her Children upon very great Expence of which we have Indeed no purticuler accounte but are well assured by what we have heard our father Capt Bradbury say of the money he Expended on that account or occasion & by our own observation & Concerne in the Case as well as others of the family that it Could not be Less then twenty pounds at the Lowest calculation besids time & trouble: -- we doubt not but Sum others might Suffer more in their Estates & it Semes very just and reasonable that restitution be in Sum measure made as far as the Case will beare & therefore: we wold not discourage so just & good a desine by any Excessive demands but rather Comply with any thing which your Honers shall think meet to allow therefore we not Expressly fix upon any Sum but leave it to your honers faverable Consideration only pray that we may have that reasonable Consideration & allowance which you make to others of Eaquall Surcomstances & which may be Consistant with & rather Incurrage then Discourage the gen' ll Desine now on foot our buisness is Shuch at home we Cant well attend your Honers at this Juncture but hope our writting may as Efectively Answer the Ende being Confident that Such is your Justice & Cander that you will not Improve our Moderation in our Demands to our disadvantage we Subscribe -- your most Humble Servants & petisioners --

Salisbury Sep'r -- 11 - 1710

Henry

& Jane ]

True

Executor to the will of Mrs Mary bradbury

Condemned for Witchcraft Sep'r 1692

Not Executed: made her Escape

(Reverse)

Mary Bradbury Condemned Not Executed

( Mass. Archives Vol. 135 No. 120 )

(Account of Sarah Preston -- Case of Sarah Bridges )

To the Honourable Committee appointed by the Generall Court to Consider the Loss of dammage Sustained by those who Suffered upon the Account of the Supposed witchcraft in the year 1692

An account of what was payd for Sarah Bridges , now the wife of Samuel Preston Jun'r of Andover, who Suffered Imprisonment Six weeks at Salem for the Supposed witchcraft in the yeare 1692

Viz £ s d

To the Keeper of the Goal 1- 0- 0

it To Court Charges upon her Tryall ]

1-17- 4

it money and provisions Expended in Prison, & for A trial bond, and Expences in attending the Court a fortnight, which I judge could not be less then five and fourty shillings ]

2- 5- 0

If I may be allowed four pounds it Will be to my Satisfaction I was not notifyed of the time when the Honorable Committee met at Salem, therefore could not give this account then. I humbly pray this Honourable Committee # [that I] to consider my Loss and damage.

(Account of William Buckley, Jr. -- Cases of Sarah Buckley and Mary Witheridge )

To The Honourable Committee

The humble Representation of Will'm Buckly of the Damage sustained by our family in the year 1692 &c.

1 My Honored Mother Sarah Buckly & my sister Mary Witherige were both in prison from May until January following, dureing which time 2 we were at the whole charge of their Maintenance And when they were 3 cleared & came out of prison we were forced to pay for Each of them five pounds to the officers -- We shall leave Your honours and the honourable Gen'll Court to judge and determine what our damage hath been by these sufferings -- and so Rest

salem Sept 13. 1710
Your Honours humble serv't
*W'm Buckly in the name of our family
If we may be allowed fifteen pounds it will be to our satisfaction 15-00-00
(Reverse) Sarah Buckly & Mary Witheridge Imprisoned &c Not Condemnd
( Massachusetts Archives. Case #160 No. 136 )

(Account of Charles Burroughs -- Case of George Burroughs )

To the Honoured Comitte apoined by the Gennarll Court to Inquire into the Names of Such as may be Meet for takeing of the atta[nbar ]der for the Makeing Some Restitucon & these Humbly & Sorroufully Shew that our Dear & Honourd father Mr George Burrough was aprehened in apriel -- 1692 at wells & Imprisoned Severall Months in Bostone & Salem Goales and at last Condemened & Executed for whichcraft which we have all the reason in the world to bleve he was innocent of by his carefull Chatecizing his Chilldren & upholding religion in his family and by his Solom & Savory written Instructions from prison we were Left a parsell of small Chilldren of us helpless & a mother in Law with one Small Child of her owne to take care of whereby she was not so Capable to take care of us by all which our fathers small Estate was most of it Lost & Expended and we Scattered we cannot tell Certanly what the lose may be but the Least we can Judge by best information was fifty poundes besides the damage that hath acrued to us many wayes thereby is Some hundreds of pounds wee Earnestly pray that the attainder may be taken of & if you please the fifty pounds may be restored

*Charles Burrough

Elder Son In the Name of the reast

(On reverse side of paper)

Mr. George Burroughs Condemned & Executed having been lately of Wells in the Countey of York

( Massachusetts Archives Vol. 135 No. 136 )

(Account of Thomas Carrier -- Case of Martha Carrier )

To the Honorable Committe Sitting at Salem this 13 day of Sept. 1710

These are to Inform your Honours that my wife Martha Carrier was condemned upon an Accusation of witchcraft, and Suffered Death at Salem in the year 1692.

I payd to the Sherriff upon his Demand fifty Shillings.

I payd the prisonkeeper upon his demand for prison fees, for my wife and four children four pounds Sixteen Shillings.

My humble request is that the Attainder may be taken off; and that I may be considered as to the loss and dammage I Sustained in my Estate

Totall 7-6-0

*Thomas Carrier
I found my wife and children provision during their imprisonment
(In margin) Martha Carrier Condemned & Executed
( Massachusetts Archives. Vol. 135 No. 163 )

(Account of Sarah Cole )

Salem -- Sept 13: 1710

Where as the Great & Generall Court has made Choyce of a Committe to hear & Receve the accots of what Damage Severall persons Sustained that were accuesed and Imprisoned for witch Craft; in the yeare 1692. & I the Subscriber being one -- Doe pray Your honers to a Low me a proportion with other under Like Surcumstance. The acco't is as followeth Seventeen week Imprisonment

paid the Goaler ...40s 02- 0- 0
writting bonds .... 6s 0- 6- 0
paid 18 for Court Charges 0-18- 0
Being Imprisoned the Second time writting of bonds 6s 0- 6- 0
Carryed to Ipswig to be Cleared & paid 20 and more 1- 0- 0
I found my self provision 2- 0- 0
6.10.00

*Sarah Cole

(Reverse) Sarah Cole Long Imprison'd not Condemned.

( Massachusetts Archives Vol. 135 No. 132 )

(Account of John Moulton -- Cases of Giles and Martha Corey)

To the Hon'rable Commite Apointed by the Generall Court to make Enquire with Respect to the suferings in The year 1692: &c

these are to give you a short a Count of our sorrows and suferings which was in the yere 1692 some time in march our honerd father and mother Giles Corey & Martha his wife ware acused for soposed wich Craft and imprisoned and ware Removed from on prison to another as from Salem to ipswich & from ipswitch to boston and from boston to Salem againe and soe remained in Close imprisonment about four months we were att the whole Charge of their maintenance which was very Chargable and soe much the more being soe farr a distance from us as also by Reason of soe many removes in all which wee Could doe noe less than Acompanie them. which further added both to our trouble and Charge and although that was very Great is the least of our greavence or cause of Thease lines but that which breakes our hearts and for which wee goe mourning still is that our father was put to soe Cruell and painfull a death as being prest to death our mother was put to death also though in another way.

And as wee Cannot sufficiantly Express our Griffe for the loss of our father and mother in such away -- soe we cannot Compute our Exspences and Coast but Shall Comite to your wisdome to judge of but after our fathers death the sh'rife thretened to Size our fathers Estate and for feare thar of wee Complied with him and paid him Eleaven pound six shillings in monie by all which we have bee[n] greatly damnified & impovershd by being Exsposed to sell Creaturs and other things for litle more than half the worth of them, to get the monie to pay as afores'd and to maintaine our father & mother in prison but that Which is grieveous to us is that wee are not only impoverished but also Reproached and soe may bee to all generatians and that wrongfully two unless something bee done for the removeall thereof all which we humbly Committe to the honorable Court Praying God to direct to that which may bee axceptable in his sight and for the good of this land

September the 13th 1710 --
Wee subscrib your humble searvants in all Christiane obedience

We Cannot Judge our nesessary Expence to be less then Ten pounds
(On reverse side of paper)
*John Moulton who mared Elezabeth Corey daughter of the aboves'd in the behalf of the reast of that familie.
Giles Corey & Martha his wife Condemnd & Executed, both of Salem.
( Mass. Archives, Vol. 135. No. 161 )

(Account of Nathaniel Dane -- Case of Deliverance Dane )

An Account of the Expences of Nathaniel Dane of Andover for his wife Deliverance who was accused of witchcraft and Suffered Imprisonment 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 Acc't to the Hon'rable comittee

[Pbar ]'r *Nathaniel Dane

N.D.

(Reverse) Nathan'll Danes Account

Deliverance Dane Imprisoned Not Condemnd

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

(Account of Rebecca Eames )

Boxford Septem 12-1710

to the honred Jentlmen of the commitey greating It having pleased the greate and Jenaral cort to a piont your honars a commity to inquire who may be propr to bee Justified in the bill refering to the taking ofe the attainder and what loss and damedg has bene sustained by reasen of the tryalls whitch wer for witchcraft In the yere 1692 Rebecka Emes releck of Raborth Ems late of boxford dececed being aprehended for witchcraft In the yere 1692 some time the begineng of Ogust and sufered Imprisnment a bove seven months and condemned and afterwards re preved by gourner feps: I Rebecka[n] emes humbly pray and de sier that the attaintir may be tecken of and my neme may be re stored a gain with the cost and damedges Is sustained there by to [to] my husbands Esteat: paid in moniy to the prision keepr and cort chardges four pounds eaightten shillings for the repreve to the govrners clark 1£-10s-0d. for provisons and other nesecriy chardgs whils inprisened and upon [upon] my tryall expended by my husband for mee whils under those dollful surcomstances I think I may sefly say amounted to ten poundes mor -- 10-00-00 Yete If the attaintur may be taken of and my neme re stored a gaine I am willing to take tene pounds witch I leve to your honers consideration I re maine

your humbell sarvant
Rebeckah Emes
(Reverse) Rebeccah Eames not Executed Extraordinary Confessor
( Mass. Archives, Vol. 135 No. 151 )

(Account of Isaac Easty -- Case of Mary Easty )

Topsfield Septemb'r 8th. 1710

Isaac Esty Sen of Topsfield in the county of Essex in N. E. having been sorely exercis'd through the holy & awful providence of God depriving him of his beloved wife Mary Esty who suffered death in the year 1692 & under the fearfull odium of one of the worst of crimes that can be laid to the charge of mankind, as if she had been guilty of witchcraft a piece of wickedness which I beleeve she did hate with perfect hatred & by all that ever I could see by her never could see any thing by her that should give me any reason in the lest to think her guilty of any thing of that nature but am firmly persuaded that she was as innocent of it as any to such a shameful death -- Upon consideration of a notification from the Honored Generall Court desiring my self & others under like circumstances to give some account of what my Estate was damnify'd by reason of such a hellish molestation do hereby declare which may also be seen by comparing papers & records that my wife was near upon 5 months imprisoned all which time I provided maintenance for her at my own cost & charge, went constantly twice aweek to provide for her what she needed 3 weeks of this 5 months she was in prison at Boston & I was constrained to be at the charge of transporting her to & fro. So that I can not but think my charge in time and mony might amount to 20 pounds besides my trouble & sorrow of heart in being deprived of her after such a manner which this world can never make me any compensation for.

I order & appoint my son Jacob Esty to carry this to the Honored Committee Appointed by the Honored Generall Court & are to meet at Salem

Isak Esty sen'r aged about 82 years

Sept 12 1710

(Reverse) Mary Easty of Topsfield

Dated this 8th of Sept. 1710

Condem'd & Executed.

( Mass. Archives, Vol. 135 No. 115 )

(Petition of Phillip English -- Cases of Phillip English and Mary English )

To the Comittee Appointed to Distribute the money allowed to the Sufferers in 1692......
Gent.

I request the favour of you to represent it to the Gen'll Court what a great Sufferer I have been in my Estate by reason of the Severe prosecution of me & my wife in that Dark time. It Cost me fifty pounds at Boston & we were forced to fly for our Lives at which time my Estate was Seised & Squandred away to a great Value & much of my provision used to Subsist the numerous Company of prisoners -- In the whole I am Exceedingly Damnifyed the most of my personal Estate to the Value of many hundreds of pounds taken from me & Very Little of it Restored againe I pray to Consider my Extroardinary Sufferings

I am Gent yo'r Serva.
(Revse) Mr English
To
the Comitte
( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 86 )

(Account of Phillip English )

To the Honered Commitey A pointed by the Generall Court to Inquire in to the names proper to be Insarted in the Bill for Tacking of the Attander amd What damages thay sustaned by thare prosceution These Are to signify that I Phillip English Whas Imprisoned togather With My Whife in salem Prison and then Carred to Boston Prison, and thare Lay Nine Weeks from Whance Whe Made our Escape in Which time besides our Charge in flying had the Estate heare aftor Menechened Loast and Tacking a Whay In the Ware Hous att the Pint of Rocks

To 20 hogsheds of Soatt 025: 00: 00
To 32-lt 2'-qts 17-lb. of Spanish Iorn bought of Capt John Brown 065: 06: 00
To 43 quantells of Rasedg Cod fish 025: 16: 00
To 2 hogsheds of Melases 015: 00: 00
To 12 New axes 002: 08: 06
In the Weare Hows behind Docktor Roundeys 133: 10: 00
To 500 butchells of Vorginiy Whet 150: 00: 00
To 203 butchells of Engen Corn 027: 00: 00
To 3 pipes of Whine 027: 00: 00
In the Weare Hows in the Lane 137: 12: 6
To 2 Bootts of Suger 024: 00: 00
To 2 hogsheds of Suger 024: 00: 00
To 4 hoggheds of Melases 030: 00: 00
\[torn\] ght Iorn 100: 00: 00

\[torn\] key 036: 00: 00
\[torn\] 18-lt of New Cordeg 060: 00: 00
\[torn\] of Nialls 024: 00: 00
To I Chist of Glass 003: 00: 00
In the Weare Hows Next to Cartors on the Wharlf 683: 12: 6
To I hogshead of Rum 012: 00: 00
To 8 bundells of Twine 014: 00: 00
To 160 butchells of Whet 040: 00: 00
To 500 Whate of Rope 012: 10: 00
To 5 Ketch Ankours Whate 682 ls 017: 01: 00
To 2 Shollops Ankours Whate 64 lb 001: 12: 00
To 1 Bots Ankour Whate 20 lb 000: 10: 00
One the Wharlf 736: 05: 6
To 58 thousands of Bords or More 145: 00: 00
To 10 thousands of Staves 012: 10: 00
To 7 thousands of Slitwoork or more 014: 00: 00
Carried Ower to the Other Side 907: 15: 6
Brought over from the Other Side heare 907: 15: 6
To 2000 of Clabbords 005: 00: 00
To 28 thousands of Shingells 008: 00: 00
In My Dwelling Hous 920: 15: 6
In a pine Chist 6 peses of Canton qt 31 anns 005: 00: 00
To 5 duzen of Wosted Stockens 010: 10: 00
To 40 yards of Broad Cloth 025: 00: 00
To 3 gross of Thimbells 001: 10: 00
To 27 yards of Carsey 006: 05: 00
To 14 yards of Ticking 002: 02: 00
To 43 yards of hiy Brinns 006: 09: 00
In a Nother Chist 977: 11: 6
To 2 half peses of fine Dowlis 015: 00: 00
To 1 half pes of Buckrem 003: 00: 00
To 8 peses Kenton qt 40 anna 007: 10: 00
To 2 Duzen of fine Woosted Stockens 007: 04: 00
To 1 pess of Sarge 003: 10: 00
Luse In The Shop Chamber 1013: 15: 6
To 13\mh\ yards of Sarge 0002: 14: 00
To 11 yards of Broad Cloth 0001: 02: 00
To 1 duzen of Wimons Shews 0002: 08: 00

To 3 Ramnants of fine hollond qt 45\m?\ 0004: 18: 00
To 1 pess of Sant Johns qt 92 anns \[torn\]
To 24 yards of New England Canvis \[torn\]
To 31 yards of Bast Nialls \[torn\]
To 35 yards of hambrow dowlis \[torn\]
To 90 yards of Brinns is 9:£.6:s0 0009: 00: 0
To 29 yards of Navalls 0004: 04: 0
To 74 yards of fagures 0007: 03: 0
To 20 li of Brown Thread 0003: 00: 0
To 2 Small Caske of Stell 0005: 00: 0
To 1 thousand Whate of frantch Lines at Lest 0075: 00: 0
To A bought a thousand Whate of Ladd 0014: 00: 0
To 7 gross of Cod Hucks 0010: 00: 0
To 1500 of Mackrell Hucks 0002: 00: 0
To 6 Swine Sold for 0002: 00: 0
To A Cow 0002: 10: 0
Carred Over to the other Side 1183: 02

Brought ovr here from the other side

The foregoing is a true Account of What I had Seized tacking away Lost and Embezeld whilst I was a prisoner in the yeare 1692 & whilst on my flight for my life besides a Considerable quantity of household goods & other things which I Cannot Exactly give a pertickolar Acco off for all which I Never Reseved any other or further satisfacon for them Then Sixty Pounds 3s payd Me by the Administrators of George Corwine Late Sherife desesd and the Estate was so seisd & Tackin away Chiefly by the Sherife and his under offisers not withstanding I had given fore thousand pound Bond with Surety att Boston

(Account of Abigail Faulkner, Sr. )

To the Honourable Committee Sitting in Salem Sept. 13, 1710 An Account of the Sufferings of Abigail Faulkner of Andover and of 2 of her children for supposed witchcraft, and of the Damage she sustained thereby in the year 1692

1 I suffered imprisonment four moneths and my children were in prison about a moneth. And upon my Tryall I was condemned upon such evidence as is now generally thought to be insufficient, as may be seen in the court Records of my tryal. I humbly pray that the Attaindre may be taken off, and that my name that has been wronged may be restored.

2 I was at the whole charge of provideing for myself and my children during the time of our Imprisonment.

3 Money payed the Sheriffe, Keeper, Kings Attorney [&c] for prison fees, court charges & for Bonds and for my Reprieve & pardon ]

10-0-0

4 My Expences in providing for my self & children while we were in prison; time and expences in journeys and attending the Courts were considerable, which I leave to the Honourable Committe & the Gen'll Court to allow me what may be thought Reasonable, which will be to my Satissaction & If it be but [10£]

*Abigal Faulkner
(Reverse) Abigail Faulkner of Andover Condemnd not Executed
( Mass. Archives Vol. 135 No. 131 )

(Account of Abraham Foster -- Case of Ann Foster )

The Honorable Committee now Sitting at Salem Sept. 13, 1710 Whereas my Mother Anne Foster of Andover suffered Imprisonment 21 weeks and upon her Tryall was condemned for Supposed witchcraft, upon such evidence as is now Generally thought Insufficient And died in Prison. I being well perswaded of my mothers Innocency of the Crime for which she was condemned: Humbly desire that the Attainder may be taken off --

The Account of my charges and expences for my mother During her Imprisonment is as followeth

To money which I was forced to pay the keeper before I could have the dead body of my mother to bury 2-10-0

Money & provisions expended while she was in Prison 4- 0-0

[pbar ]'r *Abraham Foster the Son of the Deceased

(Reverse) Anne foster of Andover Condemned dyed in prison Confessor

( Mass. Archives Vol. 135 No. 159 )

(Account of John Fry -- Case of Eunice Fry )

To the Honorable Committee

An Account of the Expences of John Fry late of Andover for his wife Eunice Fry who suffered Imprisonment 15 weeks upon an accusation of witchcraft, in the year 1692

Viz For Prison fees and money and provisions Expended in prison ]

3- 0-0

it To the clerk for court charges 1-17-4 Totall 4-17-4 [pbar ]'r *John Frie Executor to the deceas'd

I desire Capt John Barker to give in this account to the Honor able Comittee

J. [F]

(Reverse)

John Fry's Account

Eunice Fry Imprisoned Not Condemnd.

( Mass. Archives Vol. 135 No. 148 )

(Account of William Good -- Cases of Sarah Good and Dorcas Good )

To The Honourable Committee

The humble representation of Will'm. Good of the Damage sustained by him in the year 1692. by reason of the sufferings of his family upon the account of supposed Witchcraft

1 My wife Sarah Good was In prison about four months & then Executed.

2 a sucking child dyed in prison before the Mothers Execution.

3 a child of 4 or 5 years old was in prison 7 or 8 months and being chain'd in the dungeon was so hardly used and terrifyed that she hath ever since been very chargeable haveing little or no reason to govern herself. -- And I leave it unto the Honourable Court to Judge what damage I have sustained by such a destruction of my poor family --

And so rest

Your Honours humble servant
*William Good
Salem. Sept. 13. 1710
[And in another hand:] 30.£ proposed for to be allowed
(On reverse side of paper)
Wm Good
Sarah Good of S ale m
Condemned and Executed
( Prof. G. L. Burr Papers -- Ithaca, N. Y. )

(Account of Peter Green -- Case of Mary Green )

September 15 -- 1710

an a Kount of Peter Green of havarell his caust and charge a rising by reason of his wife's being apprehended for wich craft in the eayer 92 which is as foloeth for a sisting tha constabell with my wife to

salam and from thenc to ipswech 0-12-0
for a journey of myself and 1 man with me to give bond for my wife 01- 4-0
and for riting the bond 00- 2-0
and for preson charges 19 weacks 02- 7-6
and upon her triall 01- 2-6
and for my journe 4 days upon her triall 00-16-0

and I would pray youer honners to consider me as to her impresenment but that I desire to leave with youer honners to determen

( Mass. Archives Vol. 135 No. 170 )

(Account of Francis Johnson -- Case of Sarah Hawkes )

To the Honorable Comittee Sitting in Salem Sept. 13. 1710

The Account of Sarah Hawks , now the wife of Francis Johnson of Andover, who suffered Imprisonment 5 moneths in the year 1692 for the Supposed Witchcraft Viz

money payd to the Sheriffe and to the Keeper before she could obtain a Discharge 2-14-0.
it Her Expences for her Provisions while She was in Prison 2-10-0.

which I desire may be allowed

[pbar ]'r Francis Johnson on behalf of his wife.

(Reverse) Sarah Hawks Imprisond Not Condemnd

( Mass. Archives Vol. 135 No. 142 )

(Account of John and Annis King -- Case of Dorcas Hoar )

An account of what Dorkeas whore had Taken from her who was condemned for witchcraft in the year 1692:

to 2 coues & one ox & mare 4- 0-0
to 4 shotes 10s pr 2£ to bed & curtains & beding 5£ 7- 0-0
to other house hold stuf 2£11s 2-11-0
to 11 months diet at 12s per month which they found while she was in prison 6-06-0
To expenses In carrying her from one prison to another and finding her wood and cloths 2- 0-0
S\mb\u Totall 21-17-0

marked p'r John King & Annis

King daughter of the s'd Dorcas Hoar

(On reverse side of paper)
Dorcas Hoar of Beverly Condemned not Executed
( Mass. Archives, Vol. 135 No. 119 )

(Account of William Hobbs -- Case of Abigail Hobbs )

Topsfield 13 of September 1710

Where as the great & Honoured Court have apointed a Comity to consider what damieg persons sustained in there Estats in the yeare 1692 by what thay suffered in that as was called witch craft the odom wherof was as the worst of mankind: William hobs ten month my charges And exspences Amounted to twenty pounds money besids Los of time which my damieg I think can not be less then 40 pounds: yet not withstanding upon Consideration that our names may be Repayred againe I am willing to take 20 pounds so leaveing it to your Honours consideration I remain your unworthy Servant *William Hobs.

(On reverse side of paper)

Abigail Hobbs Condemnd not Executed of Topsfield -- Confessor.

( Mass. Archives, Vol. 135 No. 156 )

(Account of Mary and Abigail How -- Case of Elizabeth How )

Ipswich the 9 of September 1710

Whereas the Honoured Generall Court have apointed a Commity To Consider what damieg persons have sustained in there names & Estats in the yeare 1692 by there sufferings in that as was Caled Witchcraft the odom wherof was as if they ware the worst of mankind We Mary how & Abegill How: we only sirvive in this familey: who doe Groundedly beleive that our honoured mother Elizabeth How suffered as innosent of the crym charged with as any person in the world & as to the damieg done to our Estat We Cannot give a pertiquler acount but This we know that our Honoured father went twise a week the whole Tim of her Emprisonment to carey her maintins which was procured with much difficulty & one of us went with him becaus he could not goe alone for want of sight also one jurny to boston for a Replency & for maintanance five shilling money left with her the first coming down 20 Shilings the secont time & forty Shilings. so that somtimes mo. som less yet never under five shillings per week which we know for charges for her & nesseary charg for our selvs & horses can not be less then 20 pounds mony: yet notwithstand so that the nam may be Repayard we are contented if your honours shall allow us twelve pounds yours to serve.

Mary How & Abigell How
This petition was [pbar ]'sented to sayd Comitte by Capt Jono How & Abraham How uncles to s'd Mary & Abigail P Relief in the [pbar ][spacebar ]mises and pray the s'd p[spacebar ]ons may be allowed the sum.
(Reverse) Eliza How Condemnd & Executed of Ipswich
( Mass. Archives, Vol. 135 No. 116 )

(Account of George Jacobs, Jr. -- Case of George Jacobs, Sr. )

An a compt of what was seised and taken a way from my fathers Estate George Jacobs Sen'r Late of Salem dec'd by Sherif Corwin and his assistants in the yeare 1692 When my s'd father was Executed and I was forced to fly out of the Countrey to my great damige and destress of my fameley my wife and daughter Imprisoned viz my wife 11 months and my daughter Seven months in prison it Cost them twelve pounds money to the officers besides other Charges

five Cows faier Larg Cattle 3£ Per Cow 15-00-0
Eight Loads of English Hay taken out of the Barn 35s per Load 14- 0-0
aparcel of appels that made 24 barils Cider to halves Viz 12 barils Cider 8s per baril 14-16-0
60 bussells of Ind'n Corn 2s-6d per busel 7-10-0
a mare 2- 0-0
2 good feather beds and furniture -- Rugs blankets sheets boulsters and pilous 10- 0-0
2 brass Kittles Cost 6- 0-0
money 12s a Large goold thumb Ringg 20s 1-12-0
five Swine 3-16-0
a qu[abar ]atity of [pbar ]wter which I cannot Exactly know worth por haps 3- 0-0
67-13-0
besides a bundance of small things meat in the hous fowls Chaiers and other things took Clear a way 12- 0-0
79-12-0

Sixty Seven pounds thirteen *Georg Jacob

Shillings my fathers Estate

The Twelve pounds paid for my wife & Children

(On reverse side of paper)

George Jacobs Jun'r his acco/

George Jacobs Sen'r of Salem Condemned & Executed.

( Mass. Archives Vol. 135 Nos. 133, 144 )

(Account of Francis Johnson -- Case of Elizabeth Johnson Jr. )

To the Honourable Committee Sitting in Salem Sept 13. 1710

The Account of Francis Johnson of Andover. Whereas my Sister Elizabeth Johnson Jun'r of Andov'r, was Imprisoned Six moneths, for the supposed witchcraft, and upon her Tryall was condemned by such Evidence as is now Generally thought to be Insufficient In the year 1692.

She the Said Elizabeth Johnson Humbly prayes that the Attainder may be taken off.

My expences for maintaining my Sister with provisions during her Imprisonment was............................. 3-0-0

Which I pray may be allowed.

[pbar ]'r *Francis Johnson on behalf of his sister

(Reverse) Eliza Johnson Jun'r Imprisond not Condemned Confessor

( Mass. Archives, Vol. 135 No. 162 )

(Account of Francis Johnson -- Case of Elizabeth Johnson, Sr. )

To the Honourable Committee Sitting in

Salem Sept 13, 1710

The Account of Elizabeth Johnson, Sen'r of Andover, of her Imprisonment for the Supposed witchcraft in the year 1692:

viz. She was Imprisoned 5 moneths and found her self provision during that time 2-10-0

To money payd to the keeper and the Sheriffe before she could obtain a Release ]

2-14-0

To charges for 2 of her children who were Imprisoned 5 weeks viz. Stephen & Abigail upon the account of the witchcraft

[Pbar ]'r *Francis Johnson by order & one behalf of his mother

Totall 7:10-0

(Reverse) Eliza. Johnson Imprisond Not Condemnd Confessor

( Mass. Archives Vol. 135 No. 133 )

(Account of John Johnson -- Case of Rebecca Johnson )

To the Honourable Committee

An Account of what was payd & expended by Rebecca Johnson of Andover for herself and her Daughter Rebecca who were accused of Witchcraft, and Suffered Imprisonment at Salem thirten weeks in the year 1692

£ s d
viz money & provisions expended while they were in Goal 3-15-0
it To the sheriffe for Bail Bonds for each of them 0- 8-0
it To Court charges which she was forcid to pay for her Self & Daughter before they could obtain a Release
Total 6- 0-4

There were sundry other [Pbar ]'r *John: Johnson Expences that I was at but shall be Satisfyd if Son of the s'd Rebecca this account may be allowed Jno son on behalf of his mother

(Reverse)

Rebecca Johnson of Andover & daughter Imprisoned

( Mass. Archives, Vol. 135 No. 142 )

(Account of Lawrence Lacey -- Case of Mary Lacey, Sr. )

To the Honorable Committee Sitting at Salem Sept. 13, 1710

The Account of Lawrence Lacy of Andovr

Whereas my wife Mary Lacy Suffered Imprisonment above seven moneths and upon her Tryall was condemned for Supposed witchcraft, but Reprieved in the year 1692 I humbly pray that the Attainder may be taken off.

My Expences were viz. To the Keeper of the Goal 03-10-0
For Provisions Expended in Prison and other charges During her Imprisonment 5- 0-0
Total 8-10-0

[pbar ]'r *Lawrence Lacy

I desire Capt Jno Barker to give in this account to the Gent'n. of the Comittee

*Lawrence Lacy
(Reverse) Mary Lacey sen'r Condemned not Executed
( Mass. Archives Vol. 135 No. 134 )

(Account of Lawrence Lacey -- Case of Mary Lacey, Jr. )

To the Hon'r able Committee

An Account of money payd. expended or disburst by Lawrence Lacy of Andover for his Daughter Mary Lacey who was Accused of wicthcraft and Suffered Imprisonment in the year 1692, which he was forced to pay before a Release could be obtained.

The time of her Imprisonment was ten #[moneths] weeks

Viz £. s d
To the keeper of the Goal at Salem 1- 5-0
it To the clerk of the Court 1-17-4

I desire Capt Barker to give in this account to the Hon'rable Comittee

[Pbar ] *Lawrence Lacy

( Mass. Archives Vol. 135 No. 137 )

(Account of John Marston -- Case of Mary Marston )

To the Honorable Committee

An Account of the Expences of John Marston of Andover for his wife Mary who suffered Imprisonment upon Accusation of witchcraft, 20 weeks in the year 1692: which he was forced to pay before his wife could be Released

Viz To the Prison keeper 1-7-0
it For Court Charges 1-7-4
Besides his maintaining his wife with provision during the time of her Imprisonment and for other Expences 2-5-0

Total 4:£ 19s 4d [pbar ]'r *John Marston

I desire capt. Barker to give in this account to the Hon'r able Comittee

(Reverse) John Marstons Account

Mary Marston Imprisond not Condemned

( Mass. Archives, Vol. 135 No. 143 )

(Account of Mary Morey -- Case of Sarah Morey )

To the honered Committy Now Setting apinted by The Ginerall Court

The Humbell pition of Mary Morey Widdow of Peter Morey of bavrly desert [sours] our Dautor Sarey Morey Whas folsly accused & Imprisened for the Sin of Whichcraft The Month of May one Thousand Six Hundred ninty Tew and remaned In prison, Teill Januarey following our Said daftor Whas Treyed & Cleared by Law Which Imprisonment Whas Much more To our Damage Then I Cann Think of know or Cann Speek but what fowlows Now Is What I have pade out of My pocket for her Charges & our Expenes In Jurning to Is Cist her

To 35 Wieks diet in prison att 3s [pbar ] 05: 05: 0
To Savarall Jorneys to Boston & to Salem, 02: 00: 0
To the Keeper 05: 00: 0
12: 05: 0

her Mary Morey marke
(Reverse)
Mary Moreys Acco
( Mass. Archives Vol. 135 No. 150 )

(Account of Samuel Nurse -- Case of Rebecca Nurse )

To the Honourable Committee Appointed to make Enquiry with respect to the Sufferings in the Tryalls in the year 1692

The humble Representation of Sam'll: Nurse of the damage sustained by our family in the year 1692 by reason of the Imprisonment condemnation and Execution of my Honoured Mother Rebekah Nurse for supposed Witchcraft

1. We were at the whole charge of provideing for her dureing her Imprisonm't in Salem and Boston for the space of almost four months

2. And also we spent much time and made many Journys to Boston & Salem & other places in order to have vindicated her Innocency.

3 And altho we produced plentifull testimony that my honoured and Dear mother had led a blameless life from her youth up -- yet she was condemned and executed upon such Evidence as is now Generally thought to be Insufficient, which may be seen in the court record of her tryall.

4 And so her Name and the name of her Posterity lyes under reproach the removeing of which reproach is the principal thing wherein we desire restitution.

5 And as we know not how to express our loss of such a mother in such a way; so we know not how to compute our charge but shall leave it to the judgm't. of others, and shall not be critical but ready to receive such a satisfaction as shall be by the Honourable Court judged sufficient -- so Praying God to Guide unto such Methods as may be for his Glory and the good of this land -- I rest

Salem Septem. 13. 1710
Your Honours In all christian obedience
*Sam'll Nurse
In the name of my brethren
Altho fourty pounds would not repair my Loss and damage in my Estate, yet I shall be satisfyd if may be allowed five and twenty pounds. Provided the Attainder be taken off.
( Mass. Archives Vol. 135 No. 141 )

(Account of Samuel Osgood -- Case of Mary Osgood )

To the Honourable Committee sitting at Salem Sept 13, 1710 An Account of the Expences of Capt John Osgood Late of Andover for his wife Mary Osgood who suffered Imprisonment 15 weeks upon accusation of witchcraft in the year 1692

viz. Money and Provisions Expended in Prison & for Prison fees 3-10-0
it. For Court charges payd to the Clerk 1-17-4
Elatson Totall 5- 7-4

There were other Expences which I do not charge.

p'r *Samuel Osgood by order & on behalf of his mother

(Reverse) Mary Osgood wife of Capt Osgood late Andover Dec'd Imprisond &c

( Mass. Archives. Vol. 135 No. 130 )

(Account of Mary Post )

To the Honorable Committee sitting at Salem Sept 13, 1710 An Account of what was payd by Mary Post of Andover who suffered Imprisonment above eight months, and was condemned upon her tryall for witchcraft at Salem in the year 1692

Viz.

£. s. d
To the Keeper of the Goal. 4- 7- 6
The Court charges to the sheriffe 1-17- 4
for provision I found myself in prison 2-10- 0
The sums aboves'd she was forced to pay before she could obtain a Release 8:14:10

I humbly desire The Attainder may be taken off my Loss and damage by my imprisonment was not less than fourteen pound but I shall be satisfyed with 8-14-0

[pbar ] *Mary Post

I desire Capt Barker to give in this account to the Gentlemen of the Committee

*Mary Post
(Reverse) Mary Post's Account
Mary Post Condemnd not Executed
( Mass. Archives Vol. 135 No. Page 130 )

(Account of Mercy Wright -- Case of Mercy Wardwell )

An Account of what was payd by mercy wardwell , now the wife of John wright of Andover; who suffered Imprisonment upon accusation of witchcraft, above five moneths. in the year 1692

viz. money to the Keeper of the prison 1- 4-0
it Four Court chages 01-10-0
Besides her maintaining herself w'th provision all the time she was in prison 2-10-0

[pbar ]'r *mercy Wright

Totall 5.-4-0

I desire Capt Barker to give in this account to the Hon'rable Comittee

M. W.
(Reverse)
Mercy Wardwels Account Imprisond not Condemned
( Mass. Archives, Vol. 135 No. 141 )

(Account of Samuel Wardwell Jr. -- Cases of Samuel and Sarah Wardwell )

To the Honourable Committee Sitting in Salem Sept 13. 1710. An Account of what was seiz'd and taken away by the Sheriffe or his Deputy and assistants out of the Estate of Samuel Wardwell late of Andover Deceased who suffered the paines of Death under condemnation on the Sorrowfull tryalls for witchcraft in the year 1692.

viz Seis'd and taken away

5 Cowes at 2 P 10-00-00
1 Heifer & a yearling 2- 5-00
1 Horse 3- 0-00
9 Hogs 7- 0- 0
8 Loads of Hay 4- 0- 0
A set of Carpenters Tools 1-10- 0
6 Acres of corn upon the ground. 9-00-00
36.15.00

Sarah Wardwell the wife of Samuell Wardwell aforesaid was condemned upon her Tryall for witchcraft, at Salem in the year 1692 -- I being well Satisfyed in the Innocency of my father and mother of the crime for which they were condemned humbly desire the attainder may be taken off

[pbar ]'r *Samuel Wardwell Eldest son of the Deceased

(Reverse) Samuel Wardwells Account of Andover Condemnd & Executed

( Mass. Archives Vol. 135 No. 140 )

(Account of Ephraim Wilds -- Case of Sarah Wilds )

Topsfield Septem 11. 1710

To the honered Jentell men of the commitey greating: it having pleased the great and Jeneral cort to a piont your honars a comitte to inquier who may be proper to bee Justified in the bill refering to the taking ofe the attainder and what loss and damedg hes been sustained by reason of the tryalls which were for witchcraft in the yer 1692 under which soroful triall my mother Sarah Wild was Condemnd & executed: my father being now disseced and only my self left I here apere to give in som short acount of the cost and damedg we sustained in them tims: my mother was carried to Salem prison sum time in Epral we ware at the cost of it and chardg of ceping har there a considrabl whille and after wards shee was removed to boston prison we wer at the cost of it and chardg of ceping hare ther for about tow months and then from boston shee was removed back to Ipswech prison we ware at the cost of that and after a whill she was removed to Salam again we ware at all the Cost both of caring and pro viding for her maintance whill in all these prisons: be sids ether my father or my self went once a wek to see how she deed and what she wanted and some tims twis a weke which was a grat cost and damedg to our estate my father would often say that the cost and damedg we sustained in our esteate wase twenty pounds and I am in the mind he spok les then it was: besids the los of so dere a frind which cannot be mede up::all which I leve to your honers consideration: I remin your honers humbel sarvant

*Ephraim Willdes
yet not withstanding twas twenty pounds damedg to our Estate considring our nams may be repaired I am willing to take forten pounds
(On reverse side of paper)
Sarah Wilds of Topsfield Condemned & Executed --
( Mass. Archives Vol. 135 No. 133 )

(Account of Margaret Towne -- Case of John Willard )

Topsfield Septemb. 13 1710

To the Honored committee appointed by the Honored Generall Court (to make enquiry into the dammage sustained by any persons in the year 1692 by reason of the great disturbance in our land from the powers of darkness) the Committee aforesaid being to meet at Salem Sept the 14.

Margarett Town of Topsfield in the County of Essex in N. England, formerly Margarett Willard Relict of John Willard Late of Salem who suffered death in that hour of the power of darkness as if he had been guilty of one of the greatest of crimes that ever any of the Sons of Adams have been left of God to fall into, Having been notified by order of the Generall court to appear before your Honors to give an account as near as I can what dammage my self together with my aforesaid former Husband did sustain in our Estate besides the fearfull odium cast on him by imputing to him & causing him to suffer death for such a piece of wickedness as I have not the least reason in the world to thinke he was guilty of I say besides that reproach & the grief & sorrow I was exposed to by that means I do account our dammage as to our outward estate to have been very considerable. for by reason of my said former Husband being seized by order of the civil Authority & imprisoned all our Husbands concerns were laid by for that summer we had not opportunity to plant or sow whereas we were wont to raise our own bread corn I Reckon (which your Honors may please more certainly to Inform your selves from the Records of those unhappy times & things that happened) I say according to my best Remembranc from the time of his first imprisonment to the time of his suffering was near upon half a year all which time I was at the trouble & charge to provide for him in prison what he stood in need of out of our own estate, my aforesaid Husband was 3 weeks a prisoner at Boston which occasioned me to be at yet more charge & trouble & altho I had after his sentence of death was past upon him obtained a Replevin for him for a little time which not coming as was expected at the time appointed I was forced to hire a horse at Salem & go to Boston to see what was the reason of the failure, I have nothing further to add but only to pray your Honors to guess at the dammage as well as you can by the Information I have here given & that God will direct you in & about what you are now concerned about, & so take Leave to subscribe my self Your Honors Humble &

sorrowful servant
the marke of Margarett

Town

I Judge that my Loss and damage in my estate hath not been Less than thirty pounds, But I shall be satisfyed If I may have twenty pounds allowed me.
(On reverse side of paper) John Willard of Salem Condemned & Executed
( Mass. Archives, Vol. 135 No. 143 )

(Account of Joseph Wilson -- Cases of Sarah Wilson, Sr. and Sarah Wilson, Jr. )

To the Honourable Committee.

An Account of what was payd by Joseph Wilson of Andover for his wife Sarah and Daughter Sarah who Suffered Imprisonment at Salem, upon an Accusation of Witchcraft in the year 1692. the one was Imprisoned fifteen weeks the other Six weeks

Viz money and Provisions expended while they were in Prison 2-10-0
it For Bail Bonds, to the Clerk 0- 8-0
it To the Deputy Sheriffe for Court Charges 1-17-4

[pbar ]'r *Joseph willson

I Desire Capt Jno Barker to give in this Account to the Honorable Co[mbar ]itte

(Reverse) Joseph Wilsons account

Sarah Willson Sen'r

Sarah Willson Jun'r

Imprisoned not Condemned

( Mass. Archives Vol. 135 No. 145 )

(Summary of the Amounts Requested by the Victims and Their Relatives)

Mr. Sewall Hon'rd friend

Sr. Respects [pbar ]mised [yo'rs] I received of yo'r son, bearing date the 27th of this Instant mo'th & according to yo'r desire I have drawne out the Names & Sums (of the Respective Sufferers) that the petition'rs pray'd for. 1st of those Executed.

£ s d
Elizabeth How ; Mary & Abigail her daughters pray'd for, 12 0 0
George Jacobs , Georg Jacobs his son pray'd p: 79 0 0
Sarah Wild: Ephraim Wild her son pray'd for 14 0 0
Mary Easty . Isaack Easty her husband pr'd p 20 0 0
Mary parker Joseph & Jno parker her sons pr'd. p 08 0 0
Mr Georg Burroughs , Charles Burroughs his son pr'd. p 50 0 0
Elizabeth Core . & Martha the wife of Jno Molton he pr'd p 21 0 0
Rebecca Nurse . Samuell Nurse her son pr'd p 25 0 0
Jno. Willard. Margeret Towne his relict pr'd p 20 0 0
Sarah Good . William Good her husband pr'd p 30 0 0
Martha Carrier. Thomas Carriar her husband pr'd p 07 6 0
Samuell Wardell. Executed & his wife Sarah Condemned. Samuell wardell their son pr'd p 36 15 0
John procter , Jno. & Thorndick his sons pr'd p 150 0 0

[pbar ]sons Condemned & Not Executed
Mrs. Mary Bradbury . Henry & Sam'l True her sons pr'd p 20 0 0
Abigail Faulkner for her & her children pr'd p 20 0 0
Abigail Hobs. william Hobs her father pr'd p 10 lb 10 0 0
Ann Foster Abraham Foster her son pr'd p 6 10 0
Rebeccah Eames prayes p 10 0 0
Dorcas King alias whore pr'd p 21 12 0
Mary post prayes p 8 14 0
mary Lacy Lawrence her husband pr'd p 8 10 0

Elizabeth procter & Elizabeth Johnson ]

I find their names amongst the above condemned [pbar ]sons & no sum put to them

[Pbar ]sons Imprison'd, & not Condemned petitioned for Allowances for their Imprisonm't charges &c Sarah Buckley & Mary witredg for so much they pay'd 15 0 0
John Johnson for Rebecca his wife & daughter 6 0 4
Capt Osgoods wife Mary 5 7 4
Sarah Cole for hers 6 10 0
Edward Bishop petitions for Jno. Barker p Mary Barker his daughters expences he for her 03 15 10
Rob't pease p his 13 3 0
Nath'l. Dane p his 4 13 0
Jno Fry p his 4 17 4
Joseph Wilson p his 4 15 4
Jno. Wright p his 0 4 0
Mercy Woodell the wife of Jno. wright for hers 5 4 0
Jno. Barker prayes for his Bro. W'm. Barkers 3 11 0

Lawrenc Lasy for his daugher Mary 3 0 4
Jno. Marston p his wife 2 14 4
Ebenezer Barker for his wife 5 7 4
Francis Johnson for his wife then Sarah Hawks 5 4 0
Francis Johnson for his mother 7 12 0
& for his sister Elizabeth 3 00 0
Totall -- 796 18 0

besides Mr English his demaunds Left

to the Courts Consideration & determination

Ips. 28-9-1711

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 67 )

(Letter of Nehemiah Jewett to Samuel Sewell )

Mr. Sewall S'r I thought good to returne you the Names of severall [pbar ]sons that were Condemned & Executed that not any person or relations appeared in the behalf of for the takeing of the Attainder or for other Expences. they I suppose were returned to the Genr'l Courts consideration for to act about according to their best prudence. Bridget Bishop alias Oliver, Susanna Martin . Alice parker An pudeter , Welmot Read Marget Scott .

S'r. I am y'rs Honrs to serve *Neh. Jewet

(Reverse) Mr Jewets Note about the [pbar ]sons condemned & not returned to the Genr'll. Court

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 85 )

(Report of the Committee on the Reversal of Attainder, and Action of the General Court)

To the Hon'rd. Genr'll Court Sitting.

We whose names are subscribed, In Obedience to yo'r Hon'rs Act at a Court held the ult of May 1710; for Inserting the Names of the severall [pbar ]sons who were Condemned for witchcraft in the year 1692. & of the Damages they susteined by their prosecution. Being Mett at Salem the 13th Sept 1710. for the Ends aforesaid upon Examination of the Records of the Severall [pbar ]sons Condemned: Humbly Offer to yo'r Hon'rs the Names as Follow to be Inserted

Executed for the Reversing of their Attinders: Elizabeth How : Georg Jacob Mary Easty . Mary Parker . Mr. George Burroughs : Giles Core & #[Martha Core] his wife. Rebeccah Nurse . John Willard . Sarah Good . Martha Carrier . Samuell Wardell .. John Procter ; Sarah Wild Condemned & not Executed Mrs. Mary Bradbury , Abigail Falker Abigail Hobs . Ann Foster : Rebeccah Eams . Dorcas Hoar , Mary Post Mary Lacey.

And haveing heard the Severall Demaunds of the Damages of the afores'd [pbar ]sons & those in their behalf & upon Conference have soe Moderated their Respective Demaunds that we doubt not but that they will be Readily Complyd w'th by yo'r Hon'rs which Respective demannds are as follow. Elizabeth How 12.£ George Jacob. 79.£ Mary Easty 20.£ Mary Parker . 8.£ Mr. George Burroughs . 50.£ Giles Core . & Martha Core his wife 21.£ Rebeccah Nurse 25.£ John Willard 20.£ Sarah Good . 30.£ Martha Carrier . 7.£ 6'.s Samuel Wardell & Sarah his wife 36.£ 15.s John procter & [] procter his wife 150.£ Sarah Wild 14.£ Mrs. Mary Bradbury . 20£ Abigail Falkner 20.£ Abigail Hobs . 10.£ Ann Foster . 6.£10.s Rebecca Eams . 10.£ Dorcas Hoar . 21.£17.s Mary Post 8.£14.s Mary Lacey 8.£10.s the whole amounting unto. 578.£12.s

Salem. the 15th Sept. 1710.

Yo'r Honrs most Humble Serv'ts.

*John Appleton --

*Thomas Noyes --

*John Burill

*Ne[hbar ]: Jewett

\#\[the Acco't. of yo'r servants. Charges 3 days a peic our selves & horses 4. 0. 0
Entertainment at Salem. Mr pratts . 1. 3. 0
Major Sewals attendance & sending Notifications to all Concerned 1- 3- 0
6- 3. 0\]

Octor:[23] 17ll. Read & Accepted in the House of Representatives, Sent up for Concurrence.

*John Burrill speaker

Octo 26'0. 1711.

In Council

Read and Concurr'd

*Is: a Addington Se[cbar ][rbar ][ybar ][spacebar ]

(Reverse)

The Committies Returne of the Names of persons attained of Witchcraft and Damages Suffered accepted Octob'r. 1711.

( Mass. Archives, Vol. 135 No. 169 )

(Account of John Appleton )

Province Mass'ts -- Bay D'r: to Sundry charges of the Co[mbar ]ittee Appointed by the Generall Court in June 1710, to Inquire what Names were proper to be Inserted in the Bill for the Reversing of the Attainder of Persons condemn'd for Witchcraft. &ca: viz't:

To 3 daies \#\[entertainment of\] themselves and horses being four, \#\[at mr. Prat's at Salem\] £ 4: 0: 0
To Entertainment at Mr. Prats at Salem 1: 3: 0
To Majr. Sewal's Attendance; & sending of Notifications to all concerned 1: 0: 0
6: 3: 0

*John Appleton=

In the House of Representatives

Octo: 27th: 1711. Read &

Resolved That the Sum of Six Pounds & three Shillings be allowed, & Paid out of the publick Treasury to John Appleton Esq; to Discharge the said acco: Sent up for Concurrence.

Octo: 30th: 1711. In Council.

Read and Concurr'd

*John Burrell Speaker

*Isa: Addington Se[cbar ][rbar ][ybar ][spacebar ]

(Reverse) Resolve for paym't of L 6: 3: 0 to Jno

Appleton Esq'r. on behalfe of the Committee ab't the Witchcraft.

( Mass. Archives Vol. 135 No. 147 )

(Reversal of Attainder -- October 17, 1711.)

Province of the Massachusets Bay: Anno Regni Anna Reginae Decimo.

An Act to reverse the attainders of George Burroughs and others for Witchcraft

Forasmuch as in the year of our Lord one Thousand six hundred ninety two several Towns within this Province were Infested with a horrible Witchcraft or possession of devils; And at a Special Court of Oyer and Terminer holden at Salem in the County of Essex in the same year 1692. George Burroughs of Wells, John Procter , George Jacobs , John Willard , Giles Core , and [] his wife, Rebecca Nurse and Sarah Good all of Salem aforesaid Elizabeth How of Ipswich, Mary eastey , Sarah Wild and Abigail Hobbs all of Topsfield, Samuel Wardell , Mary Parker ; Martha Carrier , Abigail Falkner : Anne Foster , Rebecca Eames , Mary Post and Mary Lacey all of Andover, Mary Bradbury , of Salisbury, and Dorcas Hoar of Beverley Were severally Indicted convicted and attainted of Witchcraft and some of them put to death, others lying still under the like sentance of the said Court, and liable to have the same Executed upon them.

The Influence and Energy of the Evil Spirits so great at that time acting in and upon those who were the principal accusers and Witnesses proceeding so far as to cause a Prosecution to be had of persons of known and good reputation, which caused a great disatisfaction and a stop to be put thereunto until theire Majesty's pleasure should be known therein: And upon a Representation thereof accordingly made her late Majesty Queen Mary the second of blessed memory by Her Royal Letter given at her Court at Whitehall the fifteenth of April 1693. was Graciously pleased to approve the care and Circumspection therein; and to Will and require that in all proceedings ag't persons accused for Witchcraft, or being possessed by the devil, the greatest Moderation and all due Circumspection be used, so far as the same may be without Impediment to the Ordinary course of Justice.

And some of the principal Accusers and Witnesses in those dark and severe prosecutions have since discovered themselves to be persons of profligate and vicious conversation.

Upon the humble Petition and suit of several of the s'd persons and of the children of others of them whose Parents were Executed. Be it Declared and Enacted by his Excellency the Governor Council and Representatives in General Court assembled and by the authority of the same That the several convictions Judgments and Attainders against the said George Borroughs , John Procter , George Jacob , John Willard , Giles Core and [] Core , Rebecca Nurse , Sarah Good , Elizabeth How , Mary Easty , Sarah W[ild] Abigail Hobbs , Samuel Wardell , Mary Parker , Martha Carrier , Abigail Falkner , Anne Foster , Rebecca Eame[s,] Mary Post , Mary Lacey , Mary Bradbury , and Dorcas [Hoar] , and every of them Be and hereby are reversed made and d[eclared] to be null and void to all Intents, Constructions and purposes wh[atso] ever, as if no such convictions, Judgments or Attainders had ever [been] had or given. And that no penalties or forfeitures of Goods or Chattels be by the said Judgments and attainders or either of them had or Incurrd.

Any Law Usage or Custom to the contrary notwithstanding. And that no Sheriffe, Constable, Goaler or other officer shall be Liable to any prosecution in the Law for anything they then Legally did in the Execution of their respective offices.

Made and Pass'd by the Great and General Court or Assembly of her Majestys Province of the Massachusets: Bay: in New England held at Boston the 17th day of october. 1711.

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 63 )

(Governor Dudley's Order for Payment)

By his Excellency the Governor

Whereas the Generall Assembly in thier last Session accepted the report of thier comitte appointed to consider of the Damages sustained by Sundry persons prosecuted for Witchcraft in the year 1692 viz't

£ s. d.
To Elizabeth How 12 0 0
George Jacobs 79 0 0
Mary Eastey 20 0 0
Mary Parker 08 0 0
George Burroughs 50 0 0
Giles cory & wife 21 0 0
Rebeccah Nurse 25 0 0
John Willard 20 0 0
Sarah Good 30 0 0
Martha Carrier 7 6 0
Samuel Wardwell & wife 36 15 0
309 1 0
John Procter and wife 150 0 0
Sar\[a\]h Wild 014 0 0
Mary Bradbury 20 0 0
Abigail Faulkner 20 0 0
Abigail Hobbs 10 0 0
Anne Foster 6 10 0
Rebeccah Eames 10 0 0
Dorcas Hoar 21 17 0
Mary Post 8 14 0
Mary Lacey 8 10 0
269 11 0
309 1 0
578 12 0

The whole amounting unto Five hundred seventy eight poundes and Twelve Shillings.

I doe by & with the advice and consent of her Maj'tys council hereby order you to pay the above sum of five hundred seventy eight poundes & Twelve shillings to Stephen Sewall Esq'r. who together with the Gentlemen of the Committe that Estimated and Reported the said Damages are desired & directed to distribute the same in proportion as above to such of the said persons as are Living. and to those that legally represent them that are dead according as the law directs & for which this shall be your Warrant.

Given under my hand at BoSton the 17 Day of December 1711

*J Dudley

(Reverse) Margaret Towne v-12-8

Margert Willard 3-4-6

(Reverse) Allowance to persons who were prosecuted for witchcraft

[To Mr Treasurer Taylor By order of the Governor & Council Isa Addington Secrty.]

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 64 )

(Letter of Thirty-four Victims and Relatives)

Whereas we the subscribers are Informed that His Excellency the Governour: Honorable Council, and Generall assembly of this province have been pleased to hear Our Supplication and answer our Prayer in passing an act in favour of us respecting our Reputations and Estates: Which we humbly and gratefully acknowledge.

And inasmuch as it would be Chargeble and Troublesome for all or many of us to goe to Boston on this affair: -- Wherefore we have and do Authorize. and Request our Trusty Freind the Worshipfule Stephen Sewall Esq'r: To procure us a Coppy of the said act, and to doe what may be further proper and necessary for the reception of what is allowed us and to take and receive the same for us and to Transact any other Thing referring to the Premises on our Behalf that may be requisite or Convenient.

Essex. December 1711 .

John Eames in behalfe of his mother Rebecca Eames

*Abigail Faulkner

Samuel Preston on behalf of his

*Charles Burrough eldest son []

* John Barker

Lawrence Lacy

Abraham Foster

wife Sarah Preston

Samuel Osgood on behalf of his mother mary osgood

Nathaniel Dane

Joseph Wilson

Samuel Wardwell

John Wright

Ebenezer Barker

Francis Johnson on behalf of his mother, Brother & sister Elizabeth

Joseph Emerson on behalf of his wife Martha Emerson of Haverhill

Ephraim Willdes

John moulton on behalf of his wife Elizabeth the daughter of Giles Coree who suferd

Robert Pease on behalf of his wife

Annies King on behalf of hir mother

Doarcas hoare

Willem town

*Samuel nurs

*Jacob estei

* Edward Bishop

John Parker Joseph Parker ]

the sons of mary Parker deceased.

John Marston

Thomas Carrier

*John Frie

Mary Post

*John Johnson in behalf of his mother Rebecca Johnson & his sister

William Barker sen'r

*George Jacob on behalfe of his father who suffered

*Thorndik Procter on behalfe of his father John Procter who suffered

*Benjamin.Procter son of the aboves'd

(Reverse) psons Authorizing me to Transact the Matter about the money

11-14-0

9- 8-0

2- 6-0

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 64 )

(Order of William Good )

S'r yo'r most humble servant
*Nth:Jewet
To The Committee appointed by the Governour & Council for the distribution of the money allowed by the Generall Court to the sufferers in the year 1692.

Please to pay my part & proportion allowed me by the said court unto Deacon Benjamin Putnam whom I have desired to pay my part or share of the necessary charge, And his receipt shall be your full discharge. from your servant

W' m Good

his mark

Salem Vill. Janua: 21.1711/12
Whereas the Governour and Generall Court have been pleased to grant a Considerable su[mbar ] towards Restitution to those who where sufferers in the year 1692, & and have appointed a Committe to distribute the same amongst the persons concerned.
( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 67 )

(Order of Thomas Carrier )

To the Gentlemen of the committee appointed by the Governor and Council to distribute the money allowed by the Gen Court, to such as were Sufferers in the year 1692.

Please to pay and deliver unto Joseph Parker of Andover the su[mbar ] allowed unto me, and his Receipt shall fully discharge you from the same.

Andover January 7, 1711-12
*Thomas Carrier.
(Reverse) To the Gentlemen of the committee appointed by the Gen'll Court Tho. Carrier order to Parker
( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 Page 71 )

(Order of John Parker )

To the Gentlemen of the Committee appointed by the Governour and Council to distribute the money allowed by the Gen'll Court to such as were Sufferers in the year 1692.

Please to pay and deliver unto my Brother Joseph Parker the su[mbar ] allowed unto us, and his receipt shall fully discharge you from the Same. Andover January 7, 1711-12 *John Parker

(Reverse) John Parkers Order

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2, Page 79 )

(Order of Mary Post )

To the Gentlemen of the Committee appointed by the Governour and Council to distribute the money allowed by the General court to such as were sufferers in the year 1692

Please to pay and deliver unto Joseph Parker of Andover the sum allowed unto me, and his Receipt shall fully discharge you from the same

Andover mark Mary post hur
January 7. 1711-12
(Reverse) Mary post order to parker
( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 79 )

(Order of Mary Proctor )

To the Gentlemen of the Committee appointed by the Governour and Council to distribute the money allowed by the General court, to such as were sufferers in the year 1692.

Please to pay and deliver unto my Brother Thorndike Procter the sum allowed unto me, and his Receipt shall fully discharge you from the same.

January 15. 1711-12
-- mary Procter.
(Reverse) Mary Procter
( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 80 )

(Account of Sarah Parker )

To the Gentlemen of the Committee sitting at Salem this 22 of January 1711-12

Whereas I the Subscriber Suffered imprisonment at Salem, 17 weeks in the year 1692. and was put to great charges and Expences before I could obtain a Release And not having an oppertunity to give. your honors an account of my charges during my imprisonment when others of my neighbours and fellow sufferers, put in their accounts: I have thought meet to do it at this time, which is as followeth

To the keeper of the Prison two pounds eight shillings and four pence

For Court charges Thirty shillings & four pence

For necessary Expences while I attended the Court one pound four shillings

For Provisions while I was in Prison four pounds five shillings

*Sarah Parker. of Andover.

(Reverse) Sarah Parker ans of Charges in prison &c

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 80 )

(Account of Mary Rich [De Rich?] )

Mary Rich of Lynn widow in the year 1692 was Imprisoned & lost her bed & pot & other household stuff.in about halfe year

(Reverse)

(Division of the Burroughs Restitution)

Forasmuch as it's made Manifest that the Children of Mr George Burroughs De[cbar ][ebar ][dbar ] by his former wives did in the time of his Imprisonment administer unto him Necessary things & were at considerable charge thereabout & for his Inteerment & that the widow had most or all of the personal Estate.

In Consideration Whereof Wee the Subscribers a Comittee [apointed] by the Generall Court & Consent agree & order that the six pounds 6d money yet re[mbar ][abar ][ibar ][nbar ]g of the fifty pounds alowed by the Government shall by payd to the s'd Children in Equal Shares.

January 3.d 1612

*John Appleton *Thomas Noyes *Stephen Sewall *Neh. Jewett
( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 73 )

(Order of Peter Thomas et al. -- Case of George Burroughs )

Boston New England: Jan'r. 16th: 1711-12

Whereas we are Informed The Generall Court hath Appointed a Committee To Distribute To the Partys Concern'd: what the s'd Court have Allow'd To Make Repare Ation To the Sufferers In The Yere 1692: wherefore we desier And hereby Order: And.Impower Our Brother, Charls Burrough -- To Receive what is Allowed To Each of us And his Receipt shall be A sufficient Discharge

*Peter Thomas *Rebekah Fowle *Jabex Fox *Jeremiah Burrough
(Reverse) Jerem. Burroghs & Sisters order
J & S.Borroughs order
( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 73 )

(Order of Lawrence Lacey )

To the Gentlemen of the Committee appointed by the Governor & Council to distribute the money allowed by the Gen'll Court to such as were sufferers in the year 1692

Please to pay and deliver unto Abraham Foster of Andover the sum allowed unto me and his Receipt shall fully discharge you from the same.

Andover January 7: 1711-12
his mark larance

lace

(Reverse) Lawrence Laceys order
( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 85 )

(Witch Paper Folio)

[Torn] 711

[Torn] verse the Attainder for Witchcraft against George Burroughs & Witch papers Copy Ex 169) 1692

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 85 )

(Order of Rebecca Eames )

To the Gentlemen of the Committee appointed by the Governor and Council to distribute the money allowed by the Gen'll Court to such as were sufferers in the year 1692.

Please to pay and deliver unto my Son John Eames the sum allowed unto me and his receipt Shall fully discharge you from same.

January, 1711-12
mark rebeckah

Ames. har

(Reverse) Reb Eames order
( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 76 )

(Order of William Wardwell et al.)

To the Gentlemen of the Committee appointed by the Governour and Council to distribute the money allowed by the Generall Court to such as were sufferers in the year 1692.

Please to pay and deliver unto Samuel wardel our Eldest Brother the sum allowed unto us, and his Receipt shall fully discharge you from the same.

Andover January. 1711-12.
*William wardell
*John Right
*Eliakim wardel
*Elizabeth wardell
*Ezekiel Osgood.
The children of Samuel wardel deceased.
(Reverse) Wardwells order
( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 76 )

(Account of Samuel Wardwell, Jr. -- Case of Sarah Wardwell )

To the honourable, the Gentlemen of the Committee sitting at Salem Feb. 19. 1711-12

Whereas my mother Sarah Wardel was condemned by the court at Salem sometime in January in the year 1692, as I suppose will appear by the Records of the Tryalls at that Court, but her name is not inserted in the late Act of the Generall Court, for the taking of the Attainder of those that were condemned in that year my mother being since deceased, I thought it my duty to endeavour that her name may have the benefit of that Act. I therefore humbly pray your Honours to Represent this case to the Honourable Gen'll Court, that my mothers name may be inserted in the said Act. And whereas in the account which I gave to your Honors when you met at Salem the Last winter, I mentioned only what was seized of my Father's Estate by the Sherriffe, but gave no account of other charges which did arise from the imprisonment of my Father and mother, they having provided for their own subsistance while they were in Prison, and I suppose there was something considerable payd to the keeper of the prison, though I am not able now to give a particular account how much it was. If your Honours please to allow me something opon that account, It will be thankfully acknowledged by [you] Your honours most humble servant

*Samuel wardel
Feb. 19. 1711-12
(Reverse) Wardwell
( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 76 )

(Petition of Nathaniel Dane et al.)

Whereas severall of the neer Relations of us the Subscribers suffered imprisonment at Salem in the year 1692. And we were put to great charges and expence to provide for them while they were in Prison, and for Prison fees and court charges, which we were forced to pay before we could obtain their Release: An account of which we have put in to the Gentlemen of the Committees appointed by the Gen'll Court: we do unanimously agree to make our supplication to the Gen'll Court to consider the sufferings of our Relations, and the Dammage we then sustained, and to allow us for it, according to the accounts which we have given to the committee aforesaid. And to that end we humbly request the worshipfull Stephen Sewall Esq to write a Petition for us to the General Court at their next session:

Andover January 21. 1711-12
*Nathaniel Dane
*Joseph willson
* Ebenezer Barker
*francis Johnson
*John Johnson
*John: wright
*Samuel Osgood
*Sara parker
(Reverse) Severall Andovr peoples prayer for allowanc
( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 77 )

(Petition of Elizabeth Johnson, Jr. )

To the Honourable the Gentlemen of the Committee sitting in Salem Feb. 19. 1711-12.

Whereas the Honouble Generall Court hath Lately made an Act for the taking off the Attainder of those that were condemned for witchcraft in the year 1692. I thought meet to Inform your Honours, that I was condemned by the Court at Salem. in January. in the year 1692. as will appear by the Records of the Tryalls at said court, but my name is not inserted in said act. Being very desireous of the favour of that Act, am bold humbly to pray your Honours to represent my case to the General court at their next Session, that my name may be Inserted in that Act, if it may be, and that the Honourable Court would please to allow me Something in consideration of my charges by reason of my Long Imprisonment, which will be thankfully acknowledged as a great favour.

by your Honours most humble servant

*Elizabeth Johnson jun'r

Andover Feb. 1711-12
(Reverse) Eliz. Johnson Jun'r petition
( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 77 )

(Order of Mary and Abigail How )

Know all whom it doth or may consarn that we Mary and Abegill How both daughters of James How Juner of Ipswich Late deceast: being informed that the honred Generall Court hath aLowed som money for us in way of Restution for the damig we sustained in the yere 92 by that as was called witch craft, when our honoured mother was executed

We pray your honours to send us the money alowed us: by our Uncle Abraham How whom we have desiered and employed to Recave the same for us dated in Ipswich 22 of January or 12 as witnes our hands

mark Mary How her her Abigill How mark
(Reverse) Mary & Abigal Hows order
( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2, Page 72 )

(Order of George Burroughs, Jr. )

To the Gent'm of the Comittie: to Distribute the Money [that] the Gener'll Court allow'd to the Famelyes of those [that] were Soffarers in the tyme of the Witch Crafte

I request that you woold. deliver my p't of the mony [unto] Colo. John. Appleton: & his Recept shall bee accept'd.

[date] Jan 22. 1711
*p'r George burrouhs
( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 72 )

(Order of Nathaniel Gowing -- Case of John Proctor )

Wherefore inasmuch as I the subscriber Married with Martha Procter one of the daughters of John Procter late of Salem deced doe Request the Gentlemen of the committee to Deliver what part and proportion May belong to Me on behalfe of my said wife, unto Capt. Ebenezar Bancroft of Lynn and his Receipt shall be your full discharge.

from your Serv't.
*Nathanell Gowing
Jan'ry 21st 1711.
( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 68 )

(Order of Elizabeth Very -- Case of John Proctor )

To the Gentelmen of the Comitee appointed by the Governer and Councell to distribute the money allowed by the General Court to such as weare sufferers in the year. 1692.

Please to pay and deliver unto my Brother Thorndik Procter the sume allowed unto me and his Receipt shall fully discharge you from the same

(Order of Joseph and Abigail Proctor )

Whereas wee are Informed the Generall Couart hath a Pointed a Committee to distrubute to the pearties Consearnd what the s'd Court heath alowed to make Reparatian to such as weare sufferers in the yeare 1692. Whearfore wee doe desire-And heareby order and Impower our brother Thorndik Procter to recive what shall bee alowed to each of us and to give receit for the same-which shall fully dischargue you thearof

*Joseph Procter marke the

of abigaill Procter

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 68 )

(Order of Benjamin Nurse )

To the Comittey appointed by the Generall Court to distribute what was allow'd by the s'd Court towards restitution to the relations of those whoe suffered in the Sorrowfull times called the Witchcraft times. pleas to pay & deliver what share & proportion belongs to me on that score unto my Brother Mr Samuel Nurse of Salem & his receipt shall be a full & sufficient discharge from your friend &c.

May 8th. anno Do[mbar ] 1712
*Benjamin Nurse
( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 68 )

(Order of John Nurse et al.)

Wheareas wee are Informed the Generall Court hath apointed a Committe to ditribute to the parties Concearnd what the s'd Court hath alowed to make Reparatian to the Sufferers in the year 1692 Therefore wee doe desire and herby Impowr our Brother Samuel Nurs to receive what is alowed to us and to give receipt for the same

*John nurs

*John tarbell

*Rebeka preston

*willem rusel

* martha boud[e]n

*francis nurs

(Reverse) Nurses's order

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol 2 Page 69 )

(Order of Abigail Hobbs )

Whereas the Governour & Generall Court have been Pleased to grant a Considerable sum towards restitution to those who were sufferers in the year 1692: & have appointed a Committee to Distribute the same amongst the persons Concernd.

Wherefore I the subscriber (being then a sufferer) doe request the Gentlemen of the Committee to Deliver what Part and Proportion may belong to me unto my father William Hobbs , or my brother William Hobbs , (both of Topsfeild) and either of their Receipts shall be your full discharge from your servant.

Thomas Tingley: be[ng]ing:

the marke of Abigaill Hobbs
Jeremiah Ingraham: present: February the 19: 1711/12
(Reverse) Abigail Hobbs p order To W'm Hobbs .who received her Share
( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 69 )

(Petition of Peter Osgood -- Case of Mary Osgood )

To the honourable Comittee Salem february 19th 1711-12

Jentlemen In the Darke and sorroful tims in the yeare 1692 when so maney persons of undoubted Credett were accused of witchcrafte oure famelue as well as others: was under greatt truble & it costue us. veary considerable in owre nessarey Expencue for our Honoured and Tender Mother Duringe hir Imprismente

Wherefore requeste of youre honours to maneft itt to the members of the Jennarall Courte that wee might heave som reasenable allowance, for owre charge therein which will ever oblidge your: Searvent To pray

*Peter osgood in the name of the reaste of the familey..

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 78 )

(Order of John and Mary Stanyan -- Case of Mary Bradbury )

Hampton March 24th 1711-12. Major Sewall S'r this is to desier you to diliver to my Brother Henry True for my wife that part of money that the gen'll Court have allotted to my wife as one of Capt Bradburys Daughters & his receipt thereof shall be your discharge from your frinds and Servants

*John Stanyan
*Mary Stanyan.
(Reverse) Stanyans order to Capt True
( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 78 )

(Order of Joseph Easty )

To the much honrede mager sewell pray f'r be pleased for to pay to the barer hear of John cumins my part of the money that the generall court did geve to the sofferers in the yere 1692 and his receit [and recit] shall be your descharg

S'r I undourstand that you have payed of all my brothars; and so I would pray you for to pay the barer hearof so I rast your frind and sarvent

*Joseph Esti
from Dochestour novembour the 01 day 1712 as wetnes my hand
(Reverse) This for John Comings in Topsfild
( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 71 )

(Petition of Benjamin Proctor )

Salem feb'y. 19th 1711-12 To the Honour'd Committy

The petition: of Benjamin Procter :humbly showeth: That

1. for as much as I your petitioner;was: Imprisoned. for several monthes In the time: they called wichcraft and was by that a great sufferer

2. for as much: as I was the eldest son of my father.& worked hard with my father: till I was about thirty years of age: and helped: bring up all my fathers children: by all his wives: one after another

3. for as much as: after my fathers death: I your petitioner was at great cost and trouble: In the disposition: of my s'd fathers: afairs as to the releiving:his s'd family: some of them: helples: with answering debts charges; legasies &c

All which considered your petitioner; thinketh:he: deservs: a greater share of:this: that: the country hath bin please: to alow us then: the rest of our family. doe which: I leave: to consideration: of your hon'rs: and shall for ever remain yo'r hon'rs most humble serv't

(Reverse) Benja. Proctor's

Pet'o. to Committe

*Benjamin Procter.

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 71 )

(Account of John and Annis King -- Case of Dorcas Hoar )

An account of what John King and Annis his wife one of the Daughters of Dorcas Hoare late of Beverly Deceased. disbursed and expended on their afores'd Mother during the time of her imprisonment and Great Troubles in the year 1692.

Imprimis

£ s d
tt Subsistance for her 9 months when she was in Salem prison 9 0 0
tt a Journey to Boston and money carryed to her while in prison there 10 0
tt my Journey to Boston to carry her to Ipswich & Expence while there 15 0
tt my wife's going two Journeys to Ipswich & Exspence & attendance upon her 10 0
tt two Journeys to Boston to procure a repreive 1 0 0
tt a Journey to fetch her from Ipswich to Salem 5 0
£ 12 0 0

besides considerable cloathing & other things for her necessitys. *John king.

(Order of George and Hannah Abbott -- Case of Mary Easty )

Andover feb the 26: 1711-12 honoured sir thes are to dezier you to deliver to the bearer hereof John Farnum the money that falleth to my share of what the cort alowed to the sufferers in 92

I being the daughter of Goodwife Estey of topsfeeld: and now wife to George Abbut in andover.

*George Abbut *Hannah abut
(Reverse) for the honoured majer Suell in salem
( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 70 )

(Receipts for Sums Paid in Restitution)

Whereas His Excellency the Governour and General court have been pleased to grant to the persons who were Sufferers in the year 1692 some considerable alowance towards restitution with respect to what they suffered in their Estates at that Sorrowfull time & have alsoe appointed a Comitte viz. John Appl[e]ton Esq'r Thomas Noyes Esq'r John Burrel Esq'r Nehemiah Jewet Esq'r. & Stephen Sewall to distribute the Same to & amongst the parties concern'd as in & by the records & Court orders May appear. Now Know yee that wee the Subscribers hereunto being Either the proper parties or such as represent them or have full power & authority from them to Receive thier parts & shares doe acknowledge to Have Received of & from the s'd Comitte the Severall Sums Sett against our respective Names in full of our parts & Shares of the money afores'd & such of us as have orders from some of the parties concerned to receive their parts & shares doe avouch them to be real & good so that for whomsoever wee take upon us to receive any such sum wee doe oblige ourselves to Indemnify the said Comitte to all Intents constructions & purposes, wee say Received this 19th day of February anno Domi 1711- 12 & in the Tenth year of

*Abram How for Mary & Abigail How 4-14- 0
*Ephraim Roberdes for James Martha & Sarah How children of John How 4-14-10
Abraham marke foster for mother 6-10- 0
Abraham marke Foster for Mary lacey by order -- 8-10- 0
*Samuel wardel 36-15- 0
*Benja putnam for Sarah Good 30- 0- 0
William marke of Towne for wife widow of Willard 6-12- 8
*Isac Estey 2- 9- 0
*John Estey 2- 9- 0
William Clews 11- 0- 0
John Ames ten pounds by order of his mother on file 10- 0- 0
*Ephraim Wiles 14- 0- 0
* Abigail Faulkner 20- 0- 0

George marke of Jacobs 46- 0- 0
Anne marke of Andrews 23- 0-0 79- 0- 0
*John foster 08- 7-0
Charge... 01-13-0
*John King for himselfe & Sister Anne
Christopher marke Read
Maried Eliz. Hoar.
Joana marke Green
for selfe *Joseph Parker 8- 0- 0
for Mary post *Joseph Parker 8-14- 0
for M. Carrier *Joseph Parker 7- 6- 0
Received on the foregoing side £ s d
*Samuel Nurs for him selfe & John Nurse & John Tarbell Rebeccah Preston William Russel Martha 21-14- 0
Bowden & francis Nurs

Elizabeth marke

Richards alias Procter

Benjam marke

Procter

*Ebenezer Bancroft for Martha Procter

*William procter

*John procter

*Thorndik Procter. In behalf of my selfe and Joseph procter and Abigail Procter and mary procter and my sister Elizabeth Very .

Sarah marke

Munion alias Procter

Elizabeth marke

Procter

*Charles Burrough for myselfe and for Jeremiah £ s d
Burrough and Rebekah Fowle Hanah Fox & Elizabeth Thomas 4-2-0 each of us 20-10- 0
John Appleton Rec'd for G'o. Burrough the same of fore poundes & two shills.

23d/ Abigail marke Hoar both £ s
Rebeccah marke Hoar 20-4
Feb 23 William marke Hobbs 9-15- 0
1711 for his sister Abigail Hobbs 4- 2
cha. 10
10- 0- 0
Leonard marke Slue for selfe & sister Rachel d
Mary marke Pittman alias How 10- 4
Rec'd as afores'd for George Abbott & Hanah £ s d
his wife daughter of mary Easty 2- 9- 0

March 4, 1711 by their written order forty nine shillings *John farnum

March 5: Rec'd for my selfe forty nine shillings 2 9 0 *Jacob esti

March 6. 1711. Received for my selfe three poundes 4s & 6e for my own share.

Hanah marke

Willard

March 6 Rec'd for our daughter Margaret Willard being under age three pounds four shillings 6d marke William

Town

Margaret marke

Towne wife of s'd W'm Town.

March 22 Received for my daughter Mary Burroughs four pounds 2.s in full for her share. Mary marke Hall alias Burroughs

marke

March 22, 1711-12 Received for Mary Hall my selfe Ten poundes alias Burroughs

April 5 1712 Rec'd of Stephen Sewall as afores'd 6 9 0

John marke

Willard

May 1. 1712. Rec'd on behalfe of my wife Deborah How Two pounds seven Shilling in full.

*Isaac How

Rec'd for Benj. Nurse fifty four shillings & 6 d May 12, 1712. *Samuel nurs

Rec'd for myself the subscriber & for my Bro'r in Law Peter Thomas in right of Elizabeth his wife & my sister Hanah fox wife of mr Jabez fox & Rebecca fowles four pounds Ten shillings.

*George burroughs

Received for my bro'r Jeremiah Burroughs & myselfe Two pounds five shillings. *Charles Burrough

Newbury May 22d, 1712. Rec'ed for & in behalfe of my wife Jane True & Mary Stanion daughters of Mary Bradbury & for John Buss & Eliza Buss Children of Elizabeth Buss , the Sum of Nine Poundes fifteen shillings p me *Henry True

May 22d 1712. Recec. for my Brethren & Sisters being six of us in number Children of Judah Moodey one of the daughters of the afores'd Mary Bradbury Dec'd. thre pounds five shill's

*Caleb Moodey.

May 22d 1712. Rec'd for my Sister Anne Allen & my selfe Children of Wymond Bradbury Dec'ed three pounds five Shillings

p me * Wymond Bradbury .

Reced for my Two Brothers William Bradbury & Jacob Bradbury myself Three pounds five shillings in full p me * Thomas Bradbury.

July 27, 1712. Rec'd on the acct aforesaid Eleven pounds five shillings for my part Rec'd in full Samuel marke

Procter

Sep'r 3d 1712. Received for my Brother Joshua & my selfe 4 18 0 which I ingage to produce his order for & send to Sewall.

*Benjamin Estie

Sept 3d. 1712. Rec'd for my sister Sarah Gills forty nine shillings which I promise to send her receipt for *Benjamin Estie.

Rec'd for Joseph Estie [&] and by his written order forty nine shillings Nov'r 28, 1712

*John Commings.

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 65 )

(Summary of Receipts)

Receipts of the relations &c of the Sufferers in the year 1692 taken February 19th. 1712.

Mr. Burroughs family

Widow

Charles Burroughs

Jeremiah Burroughs

Rebecca Fowle alias Burrougs

Hannah Fox alias Burrougs

Elizabeth Thomas

Mary Burroughs

Mrs. Mary Bradburys progeny has left Wymond Bradbury Decd. ]

Wymond

Anne

Judah Moodey Decd

] Caleb Moodey

] [Hana] Moodey

] Joshua Moody

] Samuel Moodey

] Mary Hale

] Judith Tappan

William Bradbury Decd

Mary Stanian

Jane True

William Bradbury

Thomas Bradbury

Jacob Bradbury

Elizabeth Buss Decd

] John Buss

] Elizabeth Buss

Families Interested in the allowance following

Children of Elizabeth How

viz. ]

Daughters ]

Mary How

Deborah How wife of Isa How of Roxbury

Abigail How

Grandchildren

] James How ]

] Martha How ]

] & Sarah How ]

being the children of her only son John How Decd.

William Hoar Decd left 3 daughters

Dorcas Hoar family Mary Burt widow
Elizabeth Read wife of Christopher Read 4- 0-0
Annis King wife of John King 12- 0-0
Johanna Green \#\[wife of\] widow 1- 0-0

Tobitha Slue left 2 children Leonard Rachel

George Jacobs family. George Jacobs only son 46- 0-0
Anne Andrews 23- 0-0
Margret Jacobs alias Foster for her goods taken away 8- 7-0
The Charge 1-13-0

Mary Easteys family. x Isa Easty
x John Easty
x Ben. Easty
x Jacob Easty
x Joshua Easty
x Joseph Easty
p'd to Benj Sarah Gill daughter
Hanah Abbot of Andover
Rebeccah Nurse family John Nurse
Sarah Bowden
Rebeccah Preston
Samuel Nurse
Mary Tarbel
Francis Nurse
Elizabeth Russel
Benj Nurse of framingham
John Procters family
Widow alias Richards
Benj. Proctor
John Procter
Eliz Verey
Martha Join
Mary Procter
Thorndick Procter
William Procter
Joseph Procter

Samul Procter

Sarah Procter

Eliz Procter

Abigail Procter

(Reverse) Receipts Feb 19th. 1711-12

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 66 )

(Letter of Mary Burroughs )

Attel borow March the 14th 1711-12 Loving brother my Love Remembred unto you hoping that you eare well as I am att this present: I make bold to wright a few Lins unto you desiring you to be so kind unto mee as to send me that which is my right and proper due from the Jenerall court I pray you to send it by my mother which will take som care about it and Let me not be for gotten by you who am your sister till deth

*Mary Burros.

(Reverse) Mary Burroughs

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 74 )

(Petition of the Children of George Burroughs )

Boston, Decem'r: 16th. 1712. To the Honerable Gentlemen Appointed for A Committe Relateing To the affaire of Witchcraft In the yere 1692.

Gentlemen We The Subscribers and Children of Mr Georg Burrough -- Late of wells, who suffered att Salem -- in the Trouble There Humbly offer for your Honours Consideration A few Lines Relateing our Case and Circumstances upon Acco'tt. of Our Mother in Laws Conduct and Carriage Towards us, after Our Father was Apprehended and Taken Away Our Mother in Law Laide hands upon all she Could secure (the Children were Generally unable to shift for Themselvs) and what she Could Lay hands on was her Own without Any Person but her own Daught'r to share with her, whom she Says Was to bring up but may it Please your Honour to Consider there was Seaven Children more besides That that were to bring up the Eldest of which was but Sixteen years old att That Time; but insteed of shareing in what our father Left and she had Secur'd were Turn'd to shift for Our Selves without Any Thing for So much as A Remembrance of Our father. Tho Som of us Can Remember of Considerable in the House, besides his Liberary which she Sold and Rec'd the money for; then Lett it out att Intrest and was afterward Rec'd by another Husband; and not one farthing bestowed upon any Child but her Own: This being matter of fact we Humbly Leave it with your Honours to Consider wheather of what The Honourable Generall Court allow'd &c she have not allredy Rec'd To much And the Children To Little. We Subscribe Our Selves your Honours Humble Ser'tts.

*rebaker fowl.

The

mark of Eliz. Thomas

*Jeremi Burrough
*Charles Burrough
*hannah fox
(Reverse) Petition of George Borroughs
( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2. Page 74 )

(Letter of Rebecca Fowle )

Boston Aprile the 3d Honnoured Sir: the favour which i would humbly ask of your honnour at this time is that you would please to let my brother George Burrough have what remains in your hands on the account of my deceased but Honnoured father Mr. George Burroughs Sir my request is that it may be don with out delay for every disscourse on this malloncely subject doth but give a fresh wound to my bleeding hart-but i desire to sit down in silence and remain: Sir: your Honnours most obedeint servant

*Rebekah: Fowle.

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 75 )

(Petition of the Children of George Burroughs )

To the Gentlemen appointed. A Comitte Relateing to the affairs of WitchCraft &C ]

Boston Apr'll. 8. 1713 Gentlemen we the Subscribers & Chilldren of Mr Georg Burrough

who suffered in the Late Troubles att Salem. in the yere 1692. offer to your Consideration the Conduct of Our mother in Law, affter the Deth of our father: -- she made Sure of all that there was of household Goods &c togather with Our fathers Liberary which was of Som Value, Said Liberary was Sold affterward & part of the mony Came affterward into the hands of a Second husband, but Nothing thereof nor of the household Goods &c Ever Came into our hands. we were Turn'd Out into a wide world to shift for Our Selves haveing nothing to trust into but Divine Providence and the Generosity of frinds (not on the Side of our mother in Law) & som of us So young that we Can give no Acco'tt of perticular CirComstances of the family nor Capeable any of us to Give a perticuler Acco'tt of the wrong Don us Any further then we are informed by Others, but Can assure you we never had the value of Six pence to Remember Our father with when Dead and gon. And we Cannot but observe to you that what the Honerable Court Allowed when Divided among the Chilldren According to the Direction of the Same Amou'tt to but about four pounds apeice, which we think but a poor recompense (Setting aside the Deth of our father) to make good Our Due proportion of his Substance which we were Deprived of by means of his Deth, besides the Dificulties we were put unto & the Charge of bringing up, if the Consideration of w't we relate which is matter of fact well known to many besides our Selves, bee motive sufficient to Enjage yo'r Consideration of us in what you have stopt of the above mentioned Grant of the Honerable Court: we desier you to deliver what you see Cause to allow us to Our brother Georg Burrough . if what we Offer be not worthy of your Consideration or Argument Sufficient that we should have what Remains in your hands, we Only desier the favour of a Speedy Answer: for the Sum as we are inform'd is so small that much trouble in the buisness will Surmount it by far should we be allowed it att Last; So that an information of your resolves in the buisness will Prove more of a favour then Tedious Delays should you Grant itt at Last. Not further att pressent but Remaine to Offer We Remaine Gentlemen your humble Ser'tts.

*Peter Thomas in behalf of my wife.

*Jabez Fox in behalf of my wife.

(Reverse) Children of Mr. Burroughs

Salem may 11th 1713 Majeager Seuell Sir be pleased to let my brother Charles Burrough have my part that was Leaft

So you will oblige your humble Serveant.

*Jeremiah Burrough.

(Reverse) J. Borroughs order

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 75 )

(Appointment of a Committee to Consider Phillip English's Claim -- November 1717)

A Petition of Philip English of Salem, Praying Consideration & Allowance for a great Part of his Estate taken from him (as was said) by lawful Authority in the late sorrowful time of the Witchcraft

In the House of Representatives; Read & Ordered that Mr Speaker Burril , Mr Isaiah Tay & Jonathan Remington Esqr with such as the Hon'ble Board shall appoint be a Committee to Consider of this Petition, & all the Papers relating thereto, & Report what they think proper to be done in Answer thereto to this Court at their next Sexxion:

Read & Concur'd; And the Hon'ble Thomas Fitch & Elisha Cook Esq'r are added to the Committee.

( The Acts and Resolves, Public and Private, of the Province of the Massachusetts Bay [Boston, 1902], IX, 568-569.)

(Continuation of The Committee to Consider Phillip English's Claim -- February 1718)

Upon The Representation of the Committee upon Philip Englishes Petition, That by Reason of the Sickness of the said Philip English , which prevented his Meeting the said Committee at Boston, & other Accidents intervening, They could not come to any Determination nor give a Report on the said Affair this Session;

Ordered that the Committee be continued, And that they make Report as above at the Session of this Court in May next.

( Mass. Acts and Resolves , IX, 574.)

(Continuation of The Committee to Consider Phillip English's Claim -- July 1718)

On The Petition of Philip English , As Enter'd June 14. 1717

Ordered that the Committee on this Petition be continued, And that they make Report to this Court at their Sessions in Autumn next.

( Mass. Acts and Resolves , IX, 607.)

(Final Action on Phillip English's Claim -- November 1718)

The Report of the Committee to consider the Petition of Philip English Enter'd June 14. 1717, & all the Papers relating thereto, & report what they think proper to be done in Answer thereto to this Court, is as follows; viz,

In Obedience to the Order within mentioned, Having had several Meetings on the Affair, At which the Petitioner & sundry of the Evidences have given their Attendance, & were heard & examined; & the Petition & the Papers relating thereto, with the Representation of the Damage & Loss, being duly considered; The Committee are humbly of Opinion, It is reasonable upon the whole, that the Petitioner be allowed & paid out of the publick Treasury Two hundred Pounds, in full Satisfaction for what he may have sustained & suffered as se forth in his Petition Accompts & Papers: Which is humbly submitted

Your Honors most obedient Servt Per Order of the Comm'tee

Read & Accepted. Tho. Fitch

( Mass. Acts and Resolves , IX, 618-619.)

(Appraisal of Philip English, Jr., & Abraham Purchase)

We whose names are hereunto Sub[s]cribed being
requested by George Locker deputy Sherife in Essex
by order & direction of ye Justices to apprise and
vallue a Gun & a Sword of John bych wth a Gun
we vallued [&] apprise to be worth 20s : & ye Sword
to be worth Ten Shillings as wittnes our
hands this 25th day of august 1716

Abrm purchase
Phillh English [Jan? Jun?]

James Duncan Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem

(Petition of the Heirs of George Burroughs )

To His Honour Spencer Phipps Esq'r:

Lieutenant Governor and Commander in Chief in and Over his Majesty's Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England, and to the Honourable the Council, and the Honourable the House of Representatives, in General Court Assembled. --

The Memorial of Thomas Newman , Abia Holbrook and Elias Thomas , Agents for their respective [relatives] the surviving Children and Grandchildren of George Burroughs formerly of Falmoth in the County of York & Province aforesaid, Clerk, Deceased, As a Supplement to the Prayer of their Memorial & Petition humbly Presented to His Excellency Governor Shirley, and the Honourable His Majesty's Council, and this Honourable House of Representatives, on the Thirty first Day of May last. --

Most humbly Suggesteth, --

That their said Memorial and Petition setting forth the Awful and Miserable Condition of the Unhappy Children and Descendants of the Reverend Mr George Burroughs , who as therein set forth, had his Blood shed, and was one of the most deplorable Victims cut off in the fatal Catastrophe in the Year 1692 -- Was by the Honourable Court referred to the Consideration of a Committeee of both Houses in June last to report what might be proper for the Court to Act Thereupon, But so it seems it hath fell out that Honourable Mr Danforth Chairman of the said Committee hath not as yet called them together so much as once to Act thereon even to this Day as some of the Honourable Committee themselves were pleased with real Concern to Signify to your said Petitioners, --

Your Memorialists therefore most humbly Supplicate (they having been put to great Expence already) that their said Memorial & Petition may be again brought forward, Read & Acted upon before the final Rising of this Court, that so a Stop may be put to the Cry of the long oppressed Sufferers --

And Your Memorialists as in Duty bound shall ever Pray &c

*Thomas Newman

* Abia Holbrook jun'r

*Elias Thomas

Boston March 28, 1750. --
(Reverse)
In the House of Rep'ves March 28 1750 Read and Ordered that the Committee within refer'd to be directed to Sit forthwith Consider the Petition to them Committed and Reported as soon as may be
Sent up for concurrence,
*Tho's Hubbard Spk'r: pro Tempore
The Memorial & Petition of Thomas Newman Abia Holbrook & Elias Thomas March 28, 1750 Enter'd:
( Mass. Archives Vol. 135 No. 172 )

(Petition of John Parker & Joseph Parker for restitution for Mary Parker, Sept. 13, 1710)

[in upper right corner: 168]

In
To the Honourable Comittee sitting in
17
Salem Sept 13 1710

The Representation of John Parker and Joseph Parker of Andover, of the Sufferings of their Honored
mother Mary Parker Late of Andover deceased. And
of the Loss and Damage they have sustained in their
Estate thereby

Whereas our mother was Imprisoned, and upon her
Tryall was condemned for supposed witchcraft (upon
such Evidence as is now Generally thought to be Insuffi
--cient ) and Suffered the paines of Death at Salem
in the year 1692. We being well satisfyed not only
of her Innocency of that crime that she was Condemned
for, but of her piety. humbly desire that the Attain
dre may be taken off. that the Reproche that she that so
her name that has suffered may be restored.

The Account of our charges and of the Loss and
damage we have sustained in our Estate is as
followeth.

The money payd the Sheriffe in lieu ofCattle and corn which he had seised2:15:0:
To the Keeper & to the clerk of the Court2:15:0:
Our charges and Expences otherwayes for our mother we compute to be besides our time which we desire nothing for4:16:0:

X [in left margin before this line] We had a sister that suffered Imprisonment
upon the same account whose charges are
included in this Account

Notwithstanding our Loss and damage: hath been so
Great. If we may be allowed Eight pounds we
Shall be Satisfyed

pE
John Parker
Joseph Parker
ye sons of the Deceased

(Reverse)

[Vertically in right margin:]
Mary Parker of
Andover Condemned
& Executed

Massachusetts Archive, vol. 135

(An Act for Reversing the Attainder of Abigail Faulkner, Sarah Wardel, Elizabeth Proctor)

Whereas Abigail Faulkner, wife of Francis Faulkner of Andover in the County of Essex, Sarah Wardel Wife of Samuel Wardel of the same place, Elizabeth Proctor Wife of John Proctor of Salem
Village within the said County. In the Court of Oyer and Terminer and Goal Delivery holden at
Salem within the said County of Essex in the year One Thousand Six hundred ninety two were
arraigned convicted and attainted of Felony for practicing Witchcraft, who have now humbly
petitioned this Court, That the said Attainders may be set aside and made void.---Wherefore

Be it Declared & Enacted by his Excellency the Governor Council and Representatives in General
court Assembled, and by the authority of the same,

That the said Several convictions, Judgements and Attainders of the said Abigail Faulkner, Sarah Wardel, Elizabeth Proctor and every of them be, and are repealed, reversed, made and declared
null and void to all intents, constructions and purposes whatsoever; as if no such convictions,
Judgements or Attainders had ever been had or given. And that no corruption of blood, pains
penalties or Forfeitures of Goods or Chattels be by the said convictions and Attainders or any
of them incurred, But that the said persons and every of them be and hereby are reinstated in
their just Credit and reputation---

Any Law, usage or custom to the contrary notwithstanding

[Passed July 27]

Acts & Resolves . . . of the Province of Massachusetts Bay

(Abigaill Faulkner, Sarah Wardwell & Elizabeth Proctor their & Each Of yr attainders reversed by ye Generall Court)

Att a Great & Generall Court or assembly of Her Majties Province
Of ye Massachusets Bay in New England begun and held at Boston
Upon Wednesday The Twenty sixth of May 1703 & continued by
adjournment unto Wednesday the thirtieth of June following &
Then Mett:
Province of ye Massachusetts Bay} An Act for reversing the attainders of
Abigail Faulkner & others: Whereas Abigail Faulkner Wife
Of Francis Faulkner of Andover in ye Countey of Essex Sarah Wardel Wife of Samuel Wardel of ye same place Elizabeth Proctor
Wife of John Proctor of Salem Village within the said County
In ye Court of Oyer & Terminer & Goal Delivery holden att
Salem within ye said Countey of Essex In the yeare One thousand
Six hundred Ninety two were arraigned convicted & attainted of
Felony for practising Wichcraft who have now humbly Petitioned
This Court that ye said attainders May be set aside & made void
Wherefore be it Declared & Enacted by his Excellency the Governour
Council and Representatives in Generall Court assembled and by the
Authority of ye same That the said severall Convictions Judgments
and attainders of ye said Abigail Faulkner Sarah Wardel Elizabeth Proctor and Every of them be and are repealed reversed made
and declared Null and Void to all Intents Construcons & purposes
Whatsoever as if no such Convictions Judgments or Attainders had Ever
been had or given: And that no corrupcon of blood pains penalties
or Forfeitures of Goods or chattels be by the said Convictions and
Attainders or any of them Incurred but that The Said Persons and
Every of them be and are hereby reinstated in their Just Credit &
Reputacon Any Law usage or Custom to ye Contrary Notwithstanding

A true Copy Examined [by] Jos Addington Secry
Recorded & Examined [by] Stephen Sewall
Recordr

Massachusetts Archives

(An Act to Reverse the Attainders of George Burroughs and Others For WitchCraft)

Forasmuch as in the year of our Lord one Thousand Six hundred ninety two Several Towns within
this Province were Infested with a horrible Witchcraft or Possession of devils: And at a Special
Court of Oyer and Terminer holden at Salem in the County of Essex in the same year 1692. George Burroughs of Wells, John Proctor, George Jacob, John Willard, Giles Core and his wife, Rebecca Nurse, and Sarah Good all of Salem aforesaid. Elizabeth How of Ipswich, Mary Eastey, Sarah Wild
and Abigail Hobbs all of Topsfield, Samuel Wardell, Mary Parker, Martha Carrier, Abigail Falkner, Anne Foster, Rebecca Eames, Mary Post and Mary Lacey all of Andover, mary Bradbury of
Salisbury, and Dorcas Hoar of Beverly Were severally Indicted convicted and attainted of
Witchcraft, and some of them put to death, others lying still under the like Sentence of the
said court, and liable to have [y]e same Executed upon them.----

The Influence and Energy of the Evil Spirits so great at that time acting in and upon those who
were the principal accusers and Witnesses proceeding so far as to cause a Prosecution to be had
of persons of known and good reputation. which caused a great Disatisfaction and a Stop to be
put thereunto until their majesty's pleasure should be known therein.

And upon a Representation thereof accordingly made, Her late Majesty Queen Mary the Second of
blessed Memory, by Her royal Letter given at Her Court at Whitehall the fifteenth of April 1693.
was Graciously pleased to approve the care and Circumspection therein; and to will and require
that in all proceedings agt persons accused for Witchcraft, or being possessed by the devil, the
greatest moderation and all due circumspection be used, So far as the same may be without
Impediment to the ordinary cause of Justice.

And Some of the principal accusers and Witnesses in those dark and severe prosecutions have
since discovered themselves to be persons of profligate and vicious conversation.

Upon the humble Petition and Suit of several of the sd persons and of the Children of others of
them whose Parents were Executed.

Be it Declared and Enacted by his Excellency the Governor Council and Representatives in General
Court assembled and by the Authority of the same

That the several convictions Judgements and Attainders against the said George Burroughs, John Proctor, George Jacob, John Willard, Giles Core and--.Core, Rebecca Nurse, Sarah Good, Elisabeth How, Mary Easty, Sarah W[ild] Abigail Hobbs, Samuel Wardell, Mary Parker, Martha Carrier,
Abigail Falkner, Anne Foster, Rebecca Eame[s], Mary Post, Mary Lacey, Mary Bradbury and Dorcas H[oar] and every of them Be and hereby are reversed made and de[clared] to be null and void to
all Intents, Constructions and purposes wh[atso]ever, as if no such Convictions, Judgments or
Attainders had ever [been] had or given. And that no penalties or fforfeitures of Goods or
Chattels be by the said Judgments and attainders or either of them had or Incurr'd.

Any Law Usage or custom to the contrary notwithstanding.
And that no Sheriffe, Constable Goaler or other officer shall be Liable to any prosecution in
the Law for anything they then Legally did in the Execution of their respective offices.----

[Passed November 2.]

Acts & Resolves . . . of the Province of Massachusetts Bay p.71-72