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SWP No. 133.9

( Joseph Ballard v. Samuel Wardwell )

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The testimony of Joseph Ballard of andover eaged about 41 yeares saith that my brother John ballard told me that Samuel Wardel told him that I had reported that he had bewiched my wife these wordes weare spoken before I had any knolidg of my wife being afflicted by witchcraft after I meting with said Samuel Wardel prisnor at the bar I told him that I douteed that he was gilty of hurting my wife for I had no sutch thoughts nor had spoken any sutch wordes of him or any other parson and thearefore I #)was) doe not know but you are gilty & further that Sam'll Wardwell Owned to this deponent that he had Spoke it to my Brother.

Jurat in Curia.
(Reverse) Joseph Ballard. Depo' ags't Sam'l Wardwell --
( Essex County Court Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 29 )