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SWP No. 49

Phillip English

(See also: George Burroughs -- Complaint)

SWP No. 49.1

(Warrant for the Apprehension of Phillip English , Sarah Morey , & Dorcas Hoar, and Officer's Return )

[April 30, 1692 ]
To the Marshall of the County of Essex or his Lawfull Deputy

You are in theire Majest's names hereby required to Apprehend
and bring before us phillip English of Salem Merchant, Sarah Murrell
of Beverly and Darcas Hoare of Beverly Widdow all in the County of
Essex on Munday next being the second day of the Moneth of May
next Ensueing the date hereof, aboute Eleven of the Clock in the
forenoon at the house of L't Nathaniell Ingersalls in Salem Village in
order to theire Examination Relateing to high Suspition of Sundry
acts of Witchcraft donne or Committed by them upon the Bodys of
Mary Walcott Marcy Lewis Abigail Williams Ann putnam and Eli- zabeth Hubbert and Susanah Sheldon (viz) upon some or all of
them, belonging to Salem village or farmes whereby great hurt
& dammage hath benne donne to the Bodys, of s'd persons according
to Complaint of Capt Jonathan Walcot and Serjent Thomas putnam ,
in behalfe of theire Majesties, for themselfes and also for severall of
theire Neighbours And hereof you are not to faile at your perill

Dated Salem Aprill 30th. 1692

pe'r us
*John. Hathorne
*Jonathan. Corwin {

May 2d: 1692 I have taken the bodys of the above named Sarah Murrell and Darcas Hoare and brought them unto the house of leut Nathaneill Ingersoll att the time aboves'd
pe'r mee *George Herrick
Marshall of Essex

Mr Phillip English not beeing to bee found
m'r G H
(Reverse) P. English S. Murrell Dorcas Hoar
( Essex County Court Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol 1 no. 169 )

SWP No. 49.2

(Warrant No. 2 for the Apprehension of Phillip English, and Officer's Return) [May 6, 1692]

To the Marshall Generall or his Lawfull Deputie

Whereas Complaint hath bi[nbar ] made by Capt Jonathan Walcott
and Thomas putnam of Salem Village upon the 30th of April Last
past in behalfe of theire Majesties against phillip English of Salem
Merchant for high Suspition of Divers acts of Witchcraft donne or
Committed by him upon the Bodys of Ann putnam Marcy Lewis
Susannah Sheldon &c of Salem village or farmes and whereas War-
rant hath benne for some tyme since granted out for the apprehend-
ing of the said phillip English to bring him upon Examination and he
not appeareing or found since in the County of Essex

You are therefore in theire Majest's. names hereby required to
apprehend the s'd phillip English of Salem Merc't. and him Convey
unto Salem in the County of Essex and deliver him into the Custody
of the Marshall of s'd County of Essex or some Lawfull Authority
there, that he may be Examined Relateing to the aboves'd premises
Either by such as shall be appointed thereunto or to the Magestrates
in s'd place and hereof you are not to faile Dated Boston May
6t. 1692

per us
*Jonathan. Corwin

(Reverse) In obedience to the within written warr't. the within
menconed phillip English was apprehensioned & committed by the Marshall
Generall to the Marshall of Essex on the 30th. of May instant and
in pursuance of the s'd. warrant the s'd phillipp English was brought
before the within men[cbar ][obar ]ned Johnathan Corwin Esq'rs the 31st. May
1692 to answer the within accusation by me
p me * Jacob Manning marsell depay
(Reverse) Warrant P. English
( Essex County Court Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 no. 170. )

SWP No. 49.3

(Indictment No. 1 v. Phillip English for Afflicting Mary Wallcott)

[+ January 12, 1693 ]

Essex in the Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England ss. Anno RRs. & Reginae Gulielmi & Mariae Angliae &c. Quarto: Anno'qe Domini 1692

The Jurors for o'r Sov'r Lord and Lady the King and Queen doe
present that Phillip English of Salem -- In the County of Essex
M'rchant upon the Thirty first day of May -- In the year afore-
said said and divers other dayes and times as well before as after Cer-
taine Detestable, arts Called Witchcraft and sorceries Wickedly
Mallistiously and felloniously hath used practised and Exercised
at and in the Towne of Salem in the County of Essex -- aforesaid
in upon and against one Mary Wallcott of Salem -- aforesaid
Single Woman -- by Said Wicked Acts the Said Mary Wallcott
the Day & Year aforesaid and divers other dayes and Times both
before and after was and is Tortured afflicted Consumed Pined
Wasted & Tormented #[and also for Sundry other Acts of
witchcraft by the Said Phillip English Comitted and done before
and Since that Time,] against the Peace of o'r Sov'r Lord and
Lady the King and Queen theire Crowne and dignity and the laws
#[forme of the Stattute] in that Case made and Provided

(Reverse) Indictm't agst Phillip English for bewitching Mary Wallcott

SWP No. 49.4

(Indictment No. 2 v. Phillip English for Afflicting Elizabeth Booth )

[+ January 12, 1693 ]

. Essex in the Province of the Massachusett Bay in New England nno RRs & Reginae Gulielmi & Mariae Angliae &c Quarto Anno'qe \ Do[mbar ] 1692


The Jurors for our Sov'r Lord and Lady the
King and Queen doe [pbar ]'sent That Phillip English of Salem -- In the County of Essex
Merchant, upon the Thirty first day of May

In the Yeare aforesaid and divers
other days and times as well before as after
Certain detestable Arts called Witchcraft
and Sorceries Wickedly Mallitiously and
felloniously hath used practised and Ex-
ercised At and in the Towne of Salem in
the County of Essex Aforesaid in upon and
against one Elizabeth Booth of Salem --
aforesaid Single Woman... by which said
Wicked Acts the said Eliza: Booth the day
& Yeare aforesaid and divers other days
and times both before and after was and is
Tortured Aflicted Consumed Pined Wasted
and Tormented #[and also for Sundry
other Acts of Witchcraft by the said
Phillip English -- Comitted and done before
and Since that time] Against the Peace of
our Sov'r Lord and Lady the King and
Queen theire Crowne and Dignity and the
#[forme of the Stattute] law In that case
made and Provided.


Indict: ag'st Phillip English for bewitching

Eliza: Booth Ignoramus Robert:Payne foreman

( Thomas Madigan Collection, Manuscript & Archives, New York Public Library. )

SWP No. 49.5

( William Beale v. Phillip English )

[ August 8, 1692]

William Beale of Marbllee Head aged upward of Sixty yeares
testifieth & sayeth that last March past was twelve moenth towards
the latter end of the moenth then my self beeinge in the house of
George Bonfeilds of Marbllee Head whither I repaired that I mighte
have helpe to nurse or loake after mee because of A very greate
& wracking paine had seized uppon my body & the distemper of the
small pox then beeing in my house & my son James at the same time
then in my house lying sick then towards the latter end of that
moenth Aforesayed in that house as [as] I lay in my bed in the
morneinge presently after it was faiere lighte abroade in the roome
Where I lay in my bed which was layed low & neire unto the fire to-
wards the norward parte of the roome I beeing broade Awake I then
saw up on the south jaame of that Chimny A darke shade w'ch
covered the jaam of that chimney aforesayed from the under floore
to the upper floore & alsoe a dar[k] ness more then it was beefore
in the southerne part of the house & alsoe in the middlee of the dark-
ness in the shade uppon the jaame of the chimny aforesayed I bee-
held somethinge of the forme or shape of A man I tooke most notice
of his legs because they weere of a very greate stature or bigness I
wondred at the sighte & therefore I turned my head as I lay in my
bed & cast my eyes towards the south side of the house to see if the
sun weer risen or whether there weere any person or anythinge in
the house w'ch by the help of the sun mi[ght] cause such A shade
or shape but I saw non nor any lighte of the sun in that roome then
& then turned my head uppon the pillow where it was before I saw
in the darkness aforesayed the plaine shape or els the person of
phillip English of Salem the w'ch reports say maried with william hollingworths daughter of Salem ackcordinge to my best judgment
knoledg & understandeinge of him as I had formerly knoledg
& ackquaintance with him. my conjecktures of him & these passages
aforesayed were as followeth what is this mans business heere now I
remember not that ever I bought or should with him either more or
less or w'ch way came hee hither so soone this morneinge by land
or by water or hath hee been at marbllee Head all nighte & then
laboring to correct my [torn] not to thinke that hee was a wich;
& flyinge to Our omnipotent Jehovah for his blessing & protecktion
by secret ejaculations instantly the roome aforesayed became clear
& the shape shade or person vanished & this was about the time
that newes was brought to mee in the morneinge that my son James
was very like to recover of the small pox w'ch I left at home sick:
& the same day in the after noone came news that hee was sud-
denly strooke with A paine on his sidde & did not expeck to live
three houres & ackCording to my judgment before three houres
weere ended newes came that hee was departed this life at w'ch
docktor Jackson w'ch was his docktor & william dagget w'ch was
his narse both of marbllH'd told mee that they admired & wondred,
& it was not many moenths before that my son George Beale de-
parted this life in the same house & complained of A stoping in his
throate after he was Recovered of the small pox hee deceased janu-
ary the 23 before my son James Beale aforesayede

Marbllee head
August the

Attetsed to this truth by
mee *William Beale

far this deponent testifieth that in the springe of the yeare be-
fore the new england forces went for cannady; phillip english afore-
sayed came into A neighbors house where this deponent then was
present & then in A fauneing & flattering manner sayed to mee: you
are him w'ch can give mee A good evidence in shewing mee the
bounds of my lande; this deponant replyed & sayed I know not of
any you have; phillip english replyed yes you doe & if you will Ile
pay you well I have a peice of eighte in my pocket for you & named
A peice of land by A certaine distance from my house w'ch I think
Mr. Richard Reede of marblle[head] was then & is now in posses-
sion of it; this deponent replyed, doe not tell mee of your peice of
eight for if I bee called I must give evidence against you & told
him what I must say at w'ch hee seemed to bee moved & told mee
that I lyed.with more discourse aboute I so then wee departed; then
the next fa[ll] ensuing w'ch was about the time that the forces be-
gan to com from Cannady I then haveinge heard that phillip english
aforesayed had apprehensioned Mr Reade aforesayed aboute the land afore-
sayed I then as I thought it my duty in concience adkquinted Mr Reeds son with what I could say concerninge the titllee of the lande
aforesayed & withall told him of another witness as namely Thomas farar sen'r of linn; then afterward upon their request I rode to lin
& at Lyn Mill there I found Thomas farar Aforesayed & as wee
rode alonge lin Commons; then beetwixt the reverende Mr Sheap- ards house & Mr Leytons then beeinge in discours aboute the titllee
of the lande aforesayed my nose gushed out bleedeinge in A most
extraordinary manner so that I bllodyed A hankershiff of an Con-
siderablle biggnes & allsoe ran downe uppon my cloaths & uppon
my horse mane. I lighted of my hors thinking the jodinge of horse
mighte cause it but it kept on Allthough not alltoger so bad till I
came to Mr Reades at marbllee head & it hath blead not as I can
Remember never since I was a boy; exept about that time nor since
that time exept by ackcident that it was hurt

thiese things that are set down last were before the former

*William Beale
owned the Above written before the Grand jury up-
on the Oath hee had taken in Court Jen'y 12th 1692
(Endorsed) Beale ag't. Phillip English *Robert: Payne
( Thomas Madigan Collection, Manuscript & Archives, New York Public Library. )

SWP No. 49.6

(Mercy Lewis v. Phillip English , Mary English , Lydia Dustin , Elizabeth Johnson Jr, & Thomas Farrer )

[January 12, 1693]

The Deposition of Mercy Lewis Aged [illegible] this De-
ponant Testifieth & saith that Last night Philip English & his Wife
came to mee also Goodwife Dassten Eliz Johnson & old pharoh of
Linn: s'd Mrs English urged mee to set my hand to a Booke & told
mee she would Afflict mee Dreadfully & kill mee if I did not, s'd also
if I would but touch the Booke I should bee well, or else I should
never, s'd Mrs English s'd she might bring the Book now she thought
ever one of them would bee Cleared, & now at this present time be-
fore the Grandjury s'd Philip English , his Wife, & old pharoh, come
into the Roome or their shape & Stroke mee on the Brest: & almost
Choaked mee & s'd they would Strangle mee if they Could

owned before the Granjury upon the
oath she had taken Jen'y 12th 1692/3

Attests *Robert.Payne

( Salem Selections, Massachusetts Box, Essex Co., Manuscripts & Archives, New York Public Library. )
SWP No. 49.7

(Susannah Sheldon v. Phillip English , Sarah Buckley , and Mary Witheridge )

[++ May 17 1692 ]

The complaint of Susanna Shelden against phillip english the s'd
Susanah Shelden being at meetting on the Sabboth day being the 24 of aprill shee beeing aflicted in a very sad manner she saw phillip english step over his pew and pinshed her and a womand which came
from boston wich saith her name is [goodwy] when shee were com-
ing home against william Shaws house their met her phillip english
and a black man with a hy crouned hatt on his head and a book in
hish hand houlding the book to her and phillip english told her that
black man were her god and if shee would touch that boock hee
would not pinsh her no more nor no bodie els should

on the next day phillip english .came againe and pinshed her and
told her that if shee would not toutch the book hee would kill her --

on the second day at night apered to her two women and a man
and brought their books and bid her touct them shee told them
shee would not shee did not know wher they lived on of them
told her they lived at the villadge and held the book to her again and
bid her touch it shee told her shee did not know their nams on of
them told her shee was old good man buck lyes wife and the other
woman was her daughter mary and bid her touch the book shee told
no shee had not told her hou long shee had beene a witch then shee
told her shee had been a witch ten years and then shee opened her
brest and the black man gav her two litle things like yong cats and
she pit them to her brest and suckled them they had no hair on them
and had ears like a man

then they ofered her their books and shee refused the[m] then
they pinsh her and the man struck her on the head and went away --

on the third day their apeared a woman with out the dore sat
lafeing at her and came into the house and hopted upan-doun and
profered her the book and told her if shee would touch it shee would
not pinsh her shee told her wud.not she did not know her lived
told her she lived at Boston shee held her book [to] to her again
shee told her shee did not know her name shee told her her name was
good wife whits

the same day came goody buckly and her daughter and brought
books with them and told her if shee would touch their books they
would not pinsh her but shee refused then they pinshed her and went

then i was siting on the inside of the dore sill and goody buckly
came and stoped my mouth and Caried mee awai i know not how an
near a mile and told mee that now shee had mee at her Command if
i would not set my hand to her booke shee would kil mee then
william Shaw beeing plowing in his fathers feild heard a fearfull Cry
in a thicket of yong wod went to it and found her in a terribel maner
screaming and breacking of sticks and fighting in a violent manner

(Reverse) Susanah Shelden goody bucklie and her daughter
Phillip English

( Essex County Court Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 nos. 153, 154, 168 )