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SWP No. 137.1

(Warrant for apprehension of John Willard )

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To the Constable of Salem

You are in theyr Majestyes Names Required to Apprehend & Bring before us the Body of John. Willard of Salem Village husbandman to morrow being the Tenth {Eleventh} day of this Instant May by one of the Clock afternoone att the house of Thomas. Beadle in Salem, whoe Stand accused of high Suspition of Severall Acts of Witchcraft done or Comitted upon the Bodyes of Sundry persons in Salem Village to theyr great hurt & injury & hereof you are nott to fayle.

dated Salem May. 10'th 1692
*John Hathorne ] Assis'ts
*Jonathan. Corwin ]
(Reverse) In prosecution of this warrant I went to the house of the usuall abode of John Willards and made search for him, and in Severall other houses and places butt could not find him; and his relations and freinds then gave me accompt that to theire best knowledg he was fleed
Salem May 12'th 1692.
*John Putnam. Jun Constable Salem
John Willard, Warrant
( Essex County Court Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 Page 91 )