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SWP No. 45.12

( Deposition of Jonathan Putnam , James Darling , Benjamin Hutchinson and Samuel Braybrook v. Mary Esty )

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[+ May 20, 1692 ]

The deposition of Jonathan Putman , James Darling , Benja. Hutchinson & Sam: Braybrook w'o testify & say that we together
with divers others the 20. May. 1692 between eight & eleven aclock
at night being with Mercy Lewes whom we found in a dase as if
death would have quickly followed, & to whom Eliz: Hubbard was
brought (said Mercy being unable to speak most of the day) to dis-
cover what she could see did afflict said Mercy, heard & observed
that these two fell into fits by turns, the one being well whilst the
other was ill, & that each of them complained much of Mary Eastie ,
who brought the book to said Mercy severall times as we heard her
say in her trances, & vexed & tortured them both by choking &
seemingly breathless fits & other fits, threatning said Mercy with
a winding sheet & afterwards with a Coffin if said Mercy would not
signe to her book, with abundance more of vexations they both
received from her.

(Reverse) Jonath: Putman James Darlin &c against Mary Esty

( Essex County Court Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1, no. 279 )