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SWP No. 31

Mary Clarke

SWP No. 31.1

(Complaint of Robert Swan and John Swan v. Mary Clarke )

[August 3, 1692]

The Complaint of Roburt swane and John swane of Andevor against
Mary Clarke the wife of Edward Clarke of #[Haverhill]: In behalf of
Their Majesties: for themselves and severall of their neighbors: for
High suspition of sundry acts of witchcraft by hir latly commited on
the bodys of Timothy Swwane of Andevor and Mary Walcott and
Ann Putnam of Salem village wherby much hurt hath ben don the
afore said afflicted persons and theirfore they crave justis

*Robert Swan
This Complaint was brought to me (by Robert Swan of Andov'r)
the 3'd day of August Anno Domini 1692 & bond given for the
prossecution thereof before, the Worship'l justices of Peace att salem:
upon which I gave, a writt of Apprehension:
* Dudley Bradstreet Just's Peace
( MS Ch K 1.40, vol. 2, p. 156, Boston Public Library -- Dept. of Rare Books and Manuscripts )

SWP No. 31.2

(Warrant for the apprehension of Mary Clark) [August 3, 1692]

Essex To ye Constable of Haverhill:

This day Complaint being made to me ye Subscriber; by Robert Swan of Andover in ye County of Essex, against Mary Clerk of Haverhill
in ye County aforesd, (that the wife of Edward Clerk,) that she is Highly
suspected to be guilty of severall acts of witchcraft. & more lately
some committed on ye bodys of timothy Swan of Andover: & Mary Wallcutt: & Anne Putnam of Salem Village in ye County aforesd:
Contrary to ye peace of or Souereigne Lord & Lady William & Mary
King & Queen of England Scotland &c: & to ye statutes in that
Case provided, & sd Robert Swan having given bond according to
Law, to prosecute sd Complaint (as he desires) before ye Worshipll
Bartholmew Gedney John Hathorne: Jonathan Corwin & John Higginson Esqs: their Majests: Justices of ye peace in Salem [word crossed out]
These therefore require you upon sight hereof, to ----
apprehend & siese ye body of sd Mary Clerke & here her ----
forthwith safely convey to Salem, before ye abovesd
Justices of ye peace there: there to be examined, & proceeded
with according to Law, for which this shall be yor warrant
Given undr my hand & seal this 3d day of August Anno
Domini 1692: & in ye 4th year of their Majests reigne &c

Dudley Bradstreet justice of peace

By Vertue of this Warrant I have Seised
the Body of Mary Clark and Brought her
down wth mee Wm: Sterling Constable of haveril

(Reverse) Mary Clark
Of Haveril
4: 6.-92

MS Ch K 1.40, vol. 2, p. 244. Dept. of Rare Books and Manuscripts, Boston Public Library

SWP No. 31.3

(Examination of Mary Clark )

[August 4, 1692]

4't Agust 1692.

The Examination of Mary Clark . of. Haverhill Taken before. Jno Hauthorn Esq'r and other their majesties justices of the peace. The
accused mary Clark being called, it was enquyred of Mary walcot if
ever Clark had afflicted her, she answered yes, that is the very wom-
an , and upon mary Clarks #[afflicting Of] Lookeing upon walcott
and others of the afflicted they wer. str[u]ck into fitts. -- The Jus-
tices haveing used severall arguments (for the good of her soul ) to confess if she knew her self, guilty . she absolutely denyed And then
the constable of #[Andover] Haverhill was called, and being asked
of what fame & reputation mary Clark was off; He answered they
had [had] heard #[guilty] she was or had been guilty of such things,
but as to anything in particular he could not say. The justices. asked
mary walcot if she wer not mistaken in this woman/.

Walcot answered this is the very woman I saw afflict Timothy swan ,
and she has aflicted me severall tymes and after a fitt she was then
Imediatly in, she said she saw the above mary Clark afflict Betty hubbard & Ann putnam The said mary Clark Lookeing upon Wal- cott , hubbard putnam, warrin, they wer in fitts.

Mary Walcott haveing a pinn run into her arme suddenly: said that
mary Clark did it, At the same tyme mary warrin had a pinn run
into her throat under her chin which Mr Noice took out, Susanna Shelden upon s'd examination had 4 pinns taken out, of her hand
sayeing that s'd Clark put in two of them & Mr usher the other two.

Richard Carryer a former confessor said he beleeved he saw the
s'd mary Clark with some others and himself baptised at Newburry
falls. Betty hubbard was struck down by her lookeing upon her It
was asked if she could say the lords prayer perfectly she erred much.
Ann putnam said that s'd Clark had afflicted her by pincheing choak-
eing & stricking her in the face, & told her, that her name was
Mistriss Mary Clark , but that people used to call her goody Clark .
Ann putnam said further that She saw the s'd Clark stabb Timothy Swan with a square ragged Speare as long as her hand

(Reverse) and being asked why she called it a Ragged speare, she
said #[it] because it was ragged like a file.

Mary post said she saw this mary Clarke Spirit at the village witch
meeting & that she did eat & drink There as the rest did And fur-
ther she has seen the s'd Mary Clark afflict Timothy Swan/ I under-
written being appoynted by authority to take the within examin-
tion in wryting Doe testify upon oath taken in court, that this is a
true copy of the substance of it, to the best of my knowledge.

(Vertically in right margin)
Mary Clarks Examinan

( Salem Selections, Massachusetts Box, Essex Co., Manuscripts & Archives,New York Public Library )