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SWP No. 9.3

(Examination of William Barker, Sr. , copy)

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[August 29, 1692 ]

29 August 1692 Wm Barker Sen'r of Andivers Examination

Confession
Before Maj'r Gidney M'r Hathorne M'r Corwine Jn'o Higginson Esq'rs
He Confesses he has been in the Snare of the Divel @ Three
Years that the Divel first apeared to Her
in the Shape of a black man & perceived he had a Cloved
foott that the Divel demand of him to give
up himself Soul & body to him w'ch he promised to doe he
Said he had a greate family the world went hard w'th him & was
willing to pay Every Man his owne & the Divel told him he would
pay all his Debts & he Should live Comfortably He Confesses
he has afflicted Sprauge fostter & Martin his three akusers that he
did Sign the Divel book w'th blood brought to him In a thing like
an Inkhorn that he dipt his finger therin and made a bloot #[therein] in the
book w'ch was a Confermation of the Covenant Made w'th the divel --
He Confesses he was at a metting of the witches at Salem Village
where he Judges there was about a hundred of them that the Mett-
ing was Upon a green peice of ground Near the Ministers house he
Says they Meet their to destroy that place by reason of the peoples
being devided & their differing w'th there Ministers -- Satans desire
was to Sett up his one worship, abolish all the Churches in the Land
to fall next Upon Salem & Soe goe through the Country he Saith
the Divel promised al his people Should live Bravely that al p'rsons
Should be Equal that their Should be no day of resurection or
Judgment And Nither Punishment nor Shame for Sin -- he Saith
their was a Sacrement at the Metting there was also bread & wine M'r
Burseughs was a Ring Leader in that Metting & Named Several p'rsons
that ware there at the Metting It was proposed at the Metting to
Make as Many witches as they Could & they were al by M'r Burseughs
& the black Man Exhorted to pull dwone ye Kingdome of of Christ
& Sett Up the Kingdome of the Divel, He S'd he knew M'r Burooughs
& Goode How to be Such p'rsons & that he heard a trumpet Sounded
at the Metting & thinks it Was Burse that did it the Sound is heard
Many miles of and then they all Come one after another -- In the
Spring of the Year the witches Came from Connecticut to afflict at
Salem Village butt now they have left it of, & that he has been In-
formed by Some of the Grandees that there is @ 307 witches in
the Country
He Saith the witches are much disturbed w'th the
afflicted p'rsons because they are Discovered by them, they Curse
the Judges because their Society is brought under they would have
the afflicted p'rsons Counted as witches but hee thinks they the afflicted
p'rsons are Inocent & that they doe god good Service & that he has
not knowne or heard of one Inocent p'rson taken up And "Yett putt In prison -- he Saith he is hartyly Sorry for w't he
has done & for hurting the afflicted p'rsons his accusers, prays there
forgivenes: desire prayers for him Self promises to Renounce the Divel & al
his works & then he could take them all by the hand w'thout any
harme by his Eye or otherwise the above Said is the truth as wittnese my hand --