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SWP No. 17

Mary Bridges, Sr.

SWP No. 17.1

(Warrant for apprehension of Mary Bridges, Sr. ) [July 28, 1692]

To The Sherriff of the County of Essex or dep'y or Constable in

You are in theire Majest's names hereby required to apprehend
& forthwith, or as soone as May be, bring before us, Mary Bridges the
wife of John Bridges of Andover who stands Charged in behalfe of
theire Majest's w'th haveing Committed Sundry acts of Witchcraft
Lately on the Body of Timothy Swan of Andover and others to
theire great hurt, And that in order to her Examination Relating
to the abovesaid Premises and hereof You are not to faile Dated
Salem July the 28'th 1692

*Bartho Gedney
*John: Hathorne
*Jonathan. Corwin
*John Higginson
Just'es Peace

in obedience to this writ I have Seased the Body of Marie Bridges
wife of John Bridges and have brought her to #[the worshifull] answer John hathron] at Sailom
what shall be aledged against her this 28 of July 1692
By mee *John Ballard
constable of andover
( MS Ch K 1.40, vol. 2, p. 349, Rare Books & Manuscripts, Boston Public Library, Boston, MA. )

SWP No. 17.2

( Rev. Increase Mather's Report of his Conversation in Prison with Mary Bridges, Sr. )

[October 19, 1692 ]

Goodwife Bridges said that she had confessed against herself
things which were all utterly false; and that she was brought to
her confession by being told that she certainly was a witch, and so
made to believe it, -- though she had no other grounds so to believe.

( Charles W. Upham, Salem Witchcraft [ Boston, 1867 ] II, 406 .)

SWP No. 17.3

(Recognizance for Mary Bridges, Jr. )

[May 10, 1692 ]


That on the Twelfth Day of January 1692 In the fourth year of the
Reigne of o'r Soveraigne Lord and Lady William and Mary by the
Grace of God of England &c King and Queen Defenders of the faith
&c Personally appeared before William Stoughton Esq'r Chief Justice
of their Maj'ties Province of the Massachusets Bay in New England
Jno Bridges of Andover in the County of Essex Blacksmith and Jno Osgood of the same Towne Husbandman and acknowledged them-
selves to be joyntly and Severally Indebted unto o'r said Soveraigne
Lord and Lady and the Survivor of them Their Heires and Successors
in the Su[mbar ]e of One hundred pounds to be levied on their or Either
of their Lands and Tenem'ts Goods and Chatles for [the] use of our
said Soverainge Lord and Lady the King and Queen or Survivor of
them [th] On Condition that Mary Bridges haveing Stood Comitted for
Suspition of Witchcraft shall make her personall apperance Before
the Justices of o'r s'd Lord and Lady the King and Queen at the
next Court of Assizes and Gen'll Goal Delivery to be held for the
County of Essex Then & There to answer to all such matters and
things as shall in their Maj'ties Behalfe be aledged against her and to
doe and receive that w'ch by the said Court shall be then and there
enjoyned her and thence not to depart without lycence

*Jon Elatson Cler

(Reverse) Recognizance of John Bridges & John Osgood for Mary Bridges
may: 10d Apears

( Mass. Archives Collection, vol. 135, no. 103. Massachusetts State Archives.)