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SWP No. 13.8

( Deposition of William Stacy v. Bridget Bishop )

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[May 30, 1692]

William Stacey Of the Towne of Salem Aged: Thirty Six Years or
thereaboutes Deposeth and Saith:/.

That about fourteene years agone this Deponant was Visited
with the Small Pox, then Bridget Bishop did give him a Visitt, and
withall Professed a great Love for this Deponant in his Affliction.
more then ordinary, at which this Deponant admired, some time
after this Deponent was well, the said Bishop got him to do some
work for her. for which she gave him three pence, which seemed to
this Depo't as if it had been good Money,: but he had not gone not
above 3 or 4 Rods before he Looked #[on the Said mone againe]
in his Pockett where he put it. for it; but could not find any some
time after this deponent met the said [ ] Bishop: in the Street
agoeing to Mill; she askeing this Deponent whether his father would grind her grist: he put it to the said
Bishop why she Asked: she answered because folks counted her a
witch this Depo't made answear: he did not Question but that his
fathe would grind it: but being gone about 6 Rod from her the said
Bishop; with a small Load in his Cart: Suddenly the Off wheele Slum-
ped or Sunk downe into a hole upon Plain grownd, that this Depon't
was forced to gett one to help him gett the wheele out afterwards
this Depon't went Back to look for said hole where his wheele sunk
in but could not find any hole Some time after in the winter about
midnight #[being awake] this Deponent felt something betweene his lips
Pressing hard ag't his teeth: and withall was very Cold: insomuch that it did
awake him so that he gott up and sat upon his beed: he at the same time
seeing the said Bridgett Bishop sitting at the foot of his bed: being to
his seeming, it was then as light as if it had been day: or one in the
said Bishops shape: she haveing then a black cap, & a black hat, and a
Red Coat with two Eakes of two Coulers. then she the said Bishop
or her shape clapt her coate close to her Leggs. & hopt upon the bed
and about the Roome and then went out: and then it was Dark:
againe some time after the s'd Bishop went to this Depon't and asked
him whither that #[above written] which he had reported was true, that he
had told to severall: he answered that was true & that it was she, and bid her
denigh it if she dare, the said Bishop #[could] did not denigh it. and went
away very Angry and said that this Dep't did her more Mischief: then
any other body he asked Why: she answared because folks would
beleive him before anybody Elce: some time after the said Bishop
thretned this Deponent and told him he was the occasion of bringing
her out about the brass she stole: some time after this Dep't in a
dark night: was goeing to the Barn who was suddenly taken or hoisted
from the Ground & threw ag't a stone wall after that taken up againe
a throwed Down a Bank at the End of his howse: some time after
this Deponent mett the said Bishop by Issaac Sternes Brick Kill [=kiln]:
after he had Passed buy her: this Deponents Horse stood still with a
small load goeing #[along] up the Hill so that the Horse striveing to draw All
his Gears & tackeing flew in Peices. and the Cart fell downe afterward this
Deponent went to lift a Bagg of Corne of about 2 bushells but could not budge it
with all his might: This Deponent hath mett with severall other of her Pranks. at
severall times: which would take up a great time to tell of: This Deponet
doth veryly beleive that the said Bridget Bishop
was Instumentall to his Daughter Prisillas Death: aboute two years
agoe; the Child was a likely Thriveing Child. And sudenly Screaked
out and soe continued in an unusuall Manner for aboute. a fortnight
& soe dyed in that lamentable manner

Sworne Salem May the 30'th 1692
before us

*John Hathorne )
) Assis'ts
*Jonathan. Corwin )

Jurat in Curia June. 2'd 1692/
(Written on side of
paper) William stacy
(Reverse) William Stacy
May 30/92
( Essex County Court Archives, Salem - Witchcraft. vol. 1, nos. 138 & 139.)