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SWP No. 115

Sarah Rice

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

SWP No. 115.1

(Warrant for apprehension of Sarah Rice )

To The Constables in Reding

You are in theire Majesties names hereby required to apprehend and bring before us Sarah Rice the wife of Nicholas Rice of Reding on Tuesday next being the 31't day of this Instant moneth. at the house of L't Nathan'l Ingersalls at Salem Village aboute ten of the Clock in the forenoon, who stand charged with haveing Committed sundry acts of Witchcraft on the Bodys of Mary Walcot and Abigail Williams & others. to theire great hurt: &c in order to her Examination Relateing to the premises aboves'd faile not Dated Salem May 28'th 1692

[Pbar ] us *John Hathorne ] Assis'ts

*Jonathan. Corwin ]

(Reverse) In obedence to this warant I have brought the Body of Sarah Rice the wife of Nicolas Rice of Redding to the howse of Leu't nathanal Ingersons in Salem Viledg the :31: of this Instant May: 1692

Atest *John Parker Constable for Redding

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


SWP No. 115.2

(Petition of Nicholas Rice )

To the honoured Generall Court now Sitting in Boston

The humble Petition of Nicholas Rist of Reading Sheweth that whereas Sara Rist wife to the petition'r was taken into Custody the first day of June last and ever Since laine in Boston Goal for witchcraft, tho in all this time nothing has been made Appear for w'ch shee deserv'd Imprisonment or death, the petition'r has been a husband to the Said woman above Tweinty years, in all w'ch time he never had reason to accuse her for any Impietie or witchcraft, but the Contrary Shee lived w'th him as a good faithfull dutifull wife and alwise had respect #[to the respect] to the ordinances of God while her Strength Remain'd and the petition'r on that Consideration is obliged in Conscience and Justice #[oblige] to use all lawfull means for the Support and preservation of her life, and it is deplorable that in old Age the poor decriped woman Should ly under Confinment so long in a Stinching Goal when her Circumstances rather requires a Nurse to Attend her

May it therefore #(b)please yo'r hon'rs
to take this matter in to yo'r prudent
Considerations.and derect Some
speedy Methods whereby this ancient
decriped person may not for ever ly
in such Miserie wherein her life is
made more afflictive to her than death,
and the petition'r Shall as #(a)in dutie bound

Ever pray

Dated the 19'th october 1692
(Reverse) 1692 The humble petition of Nicholas Rist #(Linn) of Reading
( Mass. Archives Vol. 135 No. 63 )