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SWP No. 24.17

( Deposition of Thomas Putnam and John Putnam, Jr. v. Martha Carrier )

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[+ August 3, 1692]

The Deposistion of Thomas putnam agged 40 years and Jno putnam
aged 36 years -- who testifie and saith that we haveing ben conversant
with divers of the afflected parsons as namely Mary Walcott mercy lewes Abigail williams Eliz. Hubburt and Ann putnam and we have
seen tham often most greviously tormented by biting pinching and
being almost Choak to death often Complaining of one goody Carrier for hirting them: but on the 31: may 1692 being the day of
the Examination of martha Carrier the afforementioned parsons
ware most dreadfully tormented dureing the time of hir exami-
nation that had not the Hon'd Majestrats commanded hir to be
bound we ware redy to think she would quickly have kiled sum of
them: also severall times sence we have seen the affore mentioned
most dreadfully affleted and tormented as if all their bones would
have been disjoyned or [their] bodyes twisted all to peces com-
plaining most dreadfully of Martha Carrier for hurting them and we
beleve in our hearts that Martha Carrier the prizsoner att the barr
has most dreadfully tormented and most greviously afflected the
affore mentioned parsons by acts of wicthcraft