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SWP No. 18.4

(Recognizance for Mary Bridges, Jr. )

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[October 15, 1692 ]

Know All Men By these presents That I John Bridges of Andover in
the Cownty of Essex in New England Blacksmith And John Osgood Sen'r of the Same Towne & Cownty afforesaid Husbandman, Are
Holden And firmely Bownd Joyntly & Sevirally to there Maj'es King
William And Queen Mary of England Scottland France And Ireland
King & Queen Defenders of the faith in the full & Juste Sum of five
hundrid Pownds Sterling, for the True & Juste payments of w'ch
Said Sum of five hundrid pownds to there Maj'es King William And
Queen Mary Wee do Bind our Selves Our heires Executtors Adminis-
trators & Assignes firmely by these presents, Dated in Salem the fife-
teenth day of October in the year of Our Lord One thowsand Six
hundrid Ninety and Two And in the fourth Year of theire Maj'es
Reigne of King William & Queen Mary King & Queen of England
Scottland France & Ireland Defenders of the faith --

The Condition of this Obligation is Such that Whereas the above
named Jno Osgood Sen'r & John Bridges Both of the Towne of And-
ever in the County of Essex in New England have Taken into theire
Care & Custodye the Bodye of Mary Bridges Aged about Twelve
yeares who was Comited to theire Maj'es Goale in Salem in the
Cownty of Essex in New England for havinge used practised & Com-
itted Divers Acts of Witchcrafte Upon the Bodyes of Sundry persons
who her Selfe hath also Conffessed the same, is that the Abovesaid
John Bridges Blacksmith & John Osgood Sen'r , Aforesaid husband-
man Shall Well & Truely keep the Aforesaid Mary Bridges & Them
Secure Untill they Shall Receive Order from George Corwin Sherriff
of the Cownty of Essex to deliver the Aforesaid Mary Bridges Unto
William Dowton Now Keeper of theire Maj'es Goale in Salem Or to
Any Other Whome the Aforesaid George Corwin Shall Appointe,
that then they Shall forthwith deliver the Same Mary Bridges Accord-
ing to his Order -- And if the Above Bownd do perform the Above
mentioned Articles, And shall pay Unto George Corwin the Sheriff
Afforesaid, the forfieture of Said Bond for there Maj'es Use in Case
of Default then this Obligation shall be Void & of None Effect Or
Otherwise To Stand in full force & Virtue, In Wittness hereof we
have Sett to Our hands & Seals this fifetenth day of October One
thowsand Six hundrid Ninety & Two And in the fourth year of theire
Maj'es Reigne --

*Jno Turner
*Thomas Gardner Jun'r
* John Bridge
*John Osgood
[L. S.]
[L. S.]

( Massachusetts Archives Collection, vol. 135, no. 60. Massachusetts State Archives. )