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SWP No. 25

Richard Carrier

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

SWP No. BoySal1-1.48

(Warrant for Arrest of Richard Carrier and Andrew Carrier )

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

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

Dated in Salem 21 July 1692
in obedience to this warrant I have
sessed the body of richard carier and
andrew carier and have brought them
to the house of Mr Thomas [Beadle]:
By me *John Ballard
Constable in Andover
( Boston Public Library -- Dept. of Rare Books and Manuscripts )

SWP No. BoySal1-1.49

(Examination of Richard Carrier )

Richard Carriers: Confession July 22: 1692

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

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


SWP No. BoySal1-1.50

(Indictment v. Richard Carrier )

Province of the Massatutchetts Bay in New England Essex Anno RR's & Reginae Gulielmi & Mariae Angliae &c Quarto Annoq'e \ D[mbar ] : 1692

The Jurors for our Sov'r Lord & Lady the King & Queen Presents
That Richard Carier of Andvor in the County of Essex Son of
Andrew Carier of Andivor aforesaid Husbandman Sometime in the
month of June in the Yeare 1692 aforesaid -- And Divers other
Dayes and times as well before as after Certaine Detestable Arts
called Witchcrafts & Sorceries Wickedly Mallishiously & felloniously
hath Used Practised and Excercised at & in the Towne of Andivor in
the County of Essex afores'd upon & against one Timothy Swann --
the Day and year afores'd and Divers other Dayes and times as well
before as after, was and is Tortured Afflicted Tormented Consumed
Pined and wasted against the Peace of our Sovereigne Lord and Lady
the King & Queen their Crowne & Dignity and the Lawes in that Case
made and Provided

(Reverse) Richard Carryer for Afflicting Timothy Swan

Billa vera *Richard Payne foreman

( Mass. Archives. Vol. 135 No. 163 )


SWP No. BoySal1-1.50b

(Fragment of an Examination of Richard Carrier)

We met in a green, which was the minister's pasture-we were in two companies at last.
I think there was a few men with them.-I heard Sarah Good talk of a minister or two.-
One of them was she that had been at the eastward; his name is Burroughs, and is a little
man.-I remember not the other's name.

The New England Historical & Genealogical Register and Antiquarian Journal, 1870 edition, p. 401: "The Witchcraft Delusion of 1692" by Gov. Thomas Hutchinson, from manuscript draft of his The History of the Province of Massachusetts Bay (1760s).