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SWP No. 20

Hannah Bromage

SWP No. 20.1

(Examination of Hannah Bromage )

[July 30, 1692 ]

30 July

The Examination of Hannah Broomage [before]
Major Gedney Esq'r & other their Majesties justices.

Severall persons present who had not acused her being privatly de-
sired to look on her & take her by the hand, They did the same with-
out receiving any harm. But Mary Walcot & ann Putnam who had
acused her being called, and s'd Broomage being required to look on
them, She Essayeing so to Doe they wer Struck into fitts. & she re-
covered them again by her touch.

s'd Mary Walcot & ann Putnams
testimonys wer read. Ann Putnam being #[afected], in a fit. the rest
of the afflicted s'd they saw Broomage upon her.

Goody Bridges said that Broomage was in her society at Ballards
house telling to her face she was there in her spirit & urged her to
confess, that being the way to eternal life. S'd Bridges said further
that broomage hurt ballards wife by sitting on her breast. And Ann Putnam being in a violent fitt, said Bridges & lacey S'd they saw
Broomage upon her and walcot s'd she saw broomage Stabb Put- nam w'h a Spear.

Said Bridges told Broomage that the devil would
not Leave her untill she did confess and therefore urged her so to

S'd Broomage said she had been under some dead nes w'h re-
spect to the ordnances for the matter of 6 weeks, And a sudden sug-
getion come into her heed sayeing I can help thee with strenth., To
which she answered avoid satan.

she being asked what shap the devil appeared to her answered
she believed the devil was in her heart And being asked severall other
questions, she returned negative answers./

( Suffolk Court Files, vol. 32, docket 2670, p. 3, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, Judicial Archives, Massachusetts State Archives.)

SWP No. 20.2

(Indictment v. Hannah Bromage, for Afflicting Mary Walcott, Returned Ignoramous)

[January 13, 1693 ]

Province of the Massathuteth Bay in New England Essex Anno R R's & Reginae Gulielmi & Mariae Angliae &c Quarto Annoq'e Do[mbar ] : 1692

The Jurors for our Sov'r Lord & Lady the King and Queen Pre-
sents That Hannah Bromage of Haverill wife of Bromage of
Haverill in the Court of Essex afo[rbar ]s'd Upon the Thirtieth Day of July last in the yeare 1692 aforesaid -- and Divers other Days and
Times as well before as after Certaine Detestable Arts called Witch-
craft & Sorceries: Wickedly Mallishously & felloniously hath used
Practised and Exercised at & in the Towne of Salem -- in the County
of Essex aforesaid upon and against one Mary Walcott of Salem afore-
said Single Woman By which Wicked Arts the said Hannah Bro- mage -- The Day and year afore s'd and Divers [other] Days and
Times as well before as after was and is Tortured Afflicted Tor-
mented Consumed Pined & wasted ag't the Peace of our Sov'r Lord
& Lady the King & Queen their Crowne & Dignity and the Lawes
in that case made and Provided.

(Reverse) Ignoramus Robert Payne foreman:

( Suffolk Court Files, vol. 32, docket 2674, p. 5, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, Judicial Archives, Massachusetts State Archives.)