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SWP No. BoySal1-1.159

(Petition of Mary Easty )

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The humbl petition of mary Eastick unto his Excellencyes S'r W'm Phipps to the honour'd Judge and Bench now Sitting In Judi-
cature in Salem and the Reverend ministers humbly sheweth

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

(Reverse) To his Excellencye S'r W'm Phipps: Govern'r and to the
honoured Judge and Magistrates now setting in Judicature in
Salem.

(Reverse) Mary Easty Petition

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