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SWP No. 13.2

(Examination of Bridget Bishop, as Recorded by Ezekiel Cheever.)

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[April 19, 1692]

The examination of Bridget Bishop before the Worshipfull
John Harthon and Jonathan Curren esq'rs

Bridget Bishop being now comeing in to be examined relating
to her accusation of suspicon of sundry acts of witchcrafts the
afflicted persons are now dreadfully afflicted by her as they doe

Bishop what doe you say you here stand charged
with sundry acts of witchcraft by you done or commited upon the
bodyes of mercy Lews and An Putnum and others

I am innocent I know nothing of it I have done no

Looke upon this woman and see if this be the woman
that you have seen hurting you mercy Lewes and An Putnum and
others doe doe now charge her to her face with hurting of them

M'r Harthon ) what doe you say now you see they charge you to
your face

I never did hurt them in my life I did never see these
persons before I am as innocent as the child unborn

is not your coate cut

answers no but her garment being Looked upon they find
#[l] it cut or toren two wayes Jo#[h]nathan walcoa[]te saith that the sword
that he strucke at goo#o]de Bishop with was not naked but was within
the #[scab] scabberd so that the rent may very probablie be the very same
that mary walcoate #[tell] did tell that shee had in her coate by Jonathans
stricking at her apperance

The afflicted persons charge her, with having hurt them
many wayes and by tempting them to sine to the devils Booke at which
charge shee seemed to be very angrie and shaking her head at them
saying it was false they are all greatly tormented (as I conceive) by
the shaking of her head

good Bishop what contract have you made with the

I have made no contract with the devill I never saw him in
my life. An Putnam sayeth that shee calls the devill her God

what say you to all this that you are charged with can
you not find in your []art to tell the truth

I doe tell the truth I never hurt these persons in [ ]y life
I never saw them before.

(Mercy Lewis) oh goode Bishop did you not come to our house
the Last night and did you not tell me that your master made you
tell more then you were willing to tell

(Mr H) tell us the truth in this matter how comes these persons
to be thus tormented and to charge you with doing

(Bish) I am not come here to say I am a witch to take away my

(Mr H) who is it that doth it if you doe not they say it is your
likenes that comes and torments them and tempts them to write in
the booke what Booke is that you tempt them with.

(Bish)I know nothing of it I am innocent.

doe you not see how they are tormented you are
acting witchcraft before us what doe you say to this why have you
not an heart to confese the truth

I am innocent I know nothing of it I am no witch I know
not what a witch is.

have you not given consent that some evill spirit should
doe this in your likenes.

no I am innocent of being a witch I know no man woman or
child here

how came you into my bedchamber one
morning then and asked me whither I had any curtains to sell shee
is by some of the afflicted persons charged with murder

what doe you say to these murders you are charged

(B) I am innocent I know nothing #[about] of it

now shee lifts up her eyes and they are greatly tormented #[again]

( m'r Har ) what doe you say to these things here horrible acts of
witch craft

I know nothing of it I doe not know whither be any
witches or no

no have you not heard that some have confessed.

no I did not. two men told her to her face that they had
told her here shee is taken in a plain lie now shee is going away they
are dreadfully afflicted 5 afflicted persons doe charge this woman to
be the very #[w]woman that hurts them

[This] is a true account of what I have taken down at her examina-
tion according to best [un]derstanding and observation I have also in
her examination taken notice that all her actions [ ]e great influence
upon the afflicted persons and that have ben tortered by her

*Ezekiel Cheever.
(Reverse) Examinacon ag't B B[ ]
( Essex County Court Archives, vol. 1, no. 137.)