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SWP No. 106.25

( Deposition of Samuel Parris , Nathaniel Ingersoll and Thomas Putnam v. Elizabeth Proctor )

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[+ April 11, 1692]

The Deposition of Sam: Parris aged about.39.years, & Nathanael Ingersol aged about fifty & eight year, & Thomas Putnam aged about fourty years all of Salem --

testifyeth & saith that John Indian , Ann Putman & Abigail Williams & others of the bewitched persons were severall times & greivously tortured at the Examination of Elizabeth Proctor wife to John Proctor of Salem Farmes before the Honoured Magistrates the. II'th April. 1692 . & particularly that Eliz: Hubbard was in a Trance during the whole examination unable to speak a word tho often called upon by s'd Magistrates, & also the said Abigail Williams & Ann Putman then testifyed that they saw this Eliz: Proctor & her husband John Proctor severall times afflicting of Bathshua Pope the wife of Joseph Pope of Salem Yeoman, at which times the said Bathshua Pope was seized with violent fits: & farther that the said Abigail Williams & Ann Putnam, both of them made offer to strike at said Eliz. Proctor , but when said Abigails hand came near to said Eliz: Proctor it opend (whereas it was made up into a fist before) & came down exceeding lightly as it drew near to said Proctor , & at length with open & extended fingers touche said Proctors hood very lightly, & immediately said Abigail cryed out, Oh! my fingers, my fingers, my fingers burne, & Ann Putman took on most greviously of her head, & sunk down, as far as she could being held up by such as tended her.

Nath: Ingatson and thom. Putman did on their oaths owne this their testimonies to be the truth be fore the Juriors of Inques this 30 of June 1692.

( Essex Institute Collection, No. 18. Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA. Also Rare Books & Manuscripts, MsCh.2.500, Boston Public Library, Boston, MA. )