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SWP No. 31.3

(Warrant for the apprehension of Mary Clark) [August 3, 1692]

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Essex To ye Constable of Haverhill:

This day Complaint being made to me ye Subscriber; by Robert Swan of Andover in ye County of Essex, against Mary Clerk of Haverhill
in ye County aforesd, (that the wife of Edward Clerk,) that she is Highly
suspected to be guilty of severall acts of witchcraft. & more lately
some committed on ye bodys of timothy Swan of Andover: & Mary Wallcutt: & Anne Putnam of Salem Village in ye County aforesd:
Contrary to ye peace of or Souereigne Lord & Lady William & Mary
King & Queen of England Scotland &c: & to ye statutes in that
Case provided, & sd Robert Swan having given bond according to
Law, to prosecute sd Complaint (as he desires) before ye Worshipll
Bartholmew Gedney John Hathorne: Jonathan Corwin & John Higginson Esqs: their Majests: Justices of ye peace in Salem [word crossed out]
These therefore require you upon sight hereof, to ----
apprehend & siese ye body of sd Mary Clerke & here her ----
forthwith safely convey to Salem, before ye abovesd
Justices of ye peace there: there to be examined, & proceeded
with according to Law, for which this shall be yor warrant
Given undr my hand & seal this 3d day of August Anno
Domini 1692: & in ye 4th year of their Majests reigne &c

Dudley Bradstreet justice of peace

By Vertue of this Warrant I have Seised
the Body of Mary Clark and Brought her
down wth mee Wm: Sterling Constable of haveril

(Reverse) Mary Clark
Of Haveril
4: 6.-92

MS Ch K 1.40, vol. 2, p. 244. Dept. of Rare Books and Manuscripts, Boston Public Library