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SWP No. 137.16

(Susannah Sheldon v. John Willard and Elizabeth Colson )

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the Evening of the same day Came to mee the Appariton of these three John Willard Elizabeth Colson And one old man which I knew not whom tempted her with their Boocks and money And Afflicted her sorely All the fore parte of the night I saw this willard suckle the Apparition of two black piggs on his breasts And this Colson suckled As it Appeared A yellow bird this old man Which I knew not Suckled A black snake then willard tempted mee Again with his Boocke I said to Willard how long have you binn A wizard hee told mee twenty years and forth with they kneelled to Prayer to the Black man with a loung Crouned hat which then was with them and then they vanished away --

may the -11- being on wensday -- 1692

as I was Coming to the bound by the brige I saw the seaid willard and the olld man coming overe the waters they landed by Gorge hakers In a dish and at the Preasant writige thes three apeared with a booke tempting mee after the sam maner

Susanah Shelton. did this 3. dy of June onid this har testimony before us the Jurrors of Inquest to be the truth

( Essex County Court Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 Page 98 )