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SWP No. 45.24

(Petition of Mary Esty and Sarah Cloyce )

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September 9, 1692

The humble Request of Mary Esty and Sarah Cloys to the Honoured
Court.

Humbly sheweth, that whereas we two Sisters Mary Esty
& Sarah Cloys stand now before the Honoured court charged with the
suspition of Witchcraft, our humble request is first that seing we are
neither able to plead our owne cause, nor is councell alowed to those
in our condicion; that you who are our Judges, would please to be
of councell to us, to direct us wherein we may stand in neede.
Secondly that whereas we are not conscious to ourselves of any
guilt in the least degree of that crime, wherof we are now accused
(in the presence of the Living God we speake it, before whose aw-
full Tribunall we know we shall ere Long appeare) nor of any other
scandalouse evill, or miscaryage inconsistant with Christianity, Those
who have had the Longest and best knowledge of us, being persons
of good report, may be suffered to Testifie upon oath what they
know concerning each of us, viz Mr. Capen the pastour and those of
the Towne & Church of Topsfield, who are ready to say somthing
which we hope may be looked upon, as very considerable in this
matter; with the seven children of one of us, viz Mary Esty , and it
may be produced of Like nature in reference to the wife of Peter Cloys , her sister. Thirdly that the Testimony of witches, or such as
are afflicted, as is supposed, by witches may not be improved to con-
demn us, without other Legal evidence concurring, we hope the
Honoured Court & Jury will be soe tender of the lives of such,
as we are who have for many years Lived under the unblemished
reputation of Christianity, as not to condemne them without a
fayre and equall hearing of what may be sayd for us, as well as
against us. And your poore supplyants shall be bound always to
pray &c.

(Reverse) Easty & Cloyce peticon

( Essex County Court Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1. no. 295 )