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( Testimony of John Louder v. Bridget Bishop )

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[June 2, 1692 ]

John Louder of Salem Aged aboute thurtey two Yeares, Testifieth
and sayth that aboute seaven or Eight yeares since I then Liveing w'th
M'r John Gedney in Salem and haveing had some Controversy with
Bridgett Bushop the wife of Edw'd Bushop of Salem Sawyer aboate
her fowles that used to Come into our orchard or garden. Some little
tyme after which, I goeing well to bed; aboute the dead of the night
felt a great weight upon my Breast and awakening looked and it
being bright moon: light did clearely see s'd Bridget Bushop -- or her
likeness sitting upon my stomake and puting my Armes of of the
bed to free myselfe from that great oppression she presently layd
hold of my throat and almost Choa[ ] mee and I had noe strenth
or power in my hands to resist or help my selfe, and in this Condittion
she held mee to almost day, some tyme after this, my Mistress
Susannah Gedney was in our orchard and I was then with her. and
s'd #[s'd] Bridget Bushop being then in her Orchard w'ch was next ad-
joyneing to ours my Mistress told s'd Bridget. that I said or afirmed
that she cume one night & satt upon my brest as afores'd which she
denyed and I Afirmed to her face to be tru and that I did plainely
see her. upon w'ch discourse with her she Threatened mee. And
some tyme after that I being not very well stayed at #[w]home on a Lords
day and on the after noon of s'd day the dores being shutt I did see a
black pig in the Roome Comeing towards mee soe I went towards itt
to kick it and it vanished away

Immediately after I satt down in a Narrow Bar and did see a
black thing Jump into the window and came & stood Just before my
face, upon the bar the body of itt looked like a Munky only the feete
ware like a Cocks feete w'th Claws and the face somewhat more like
a mans than a Munkies. and I being greatly affrighted not being able
to speake or help my selfe by Reason of feare I suppose, soe the thing
spake to mee and said I am a Messenger sent to y'u for I understand
you are trobled in mind, and if you will be Ruled by mee you shall
want for Nothing in this world upon which I Endeavered to clap my
hands upon itt, and sayd You devill I will Kill you. but could feale
noe substance and itt Jumped out of the window againe. and Imediatly
Came in by the porch althow the dores ware shutt. and sayd you
had Better take my Councill, where upon I strook at it with a stick
butt strook the Groundsill and broak the stick, (Reverse)but felt noe Substance,
and that arme with which I strook was presently disenabled, then it
vanished away and I opened the back dore and Went out and goeing
towards the house End I Espied s'd Bridget Bushop in her orchard
goeing towards her house, and seing her had not power to set one
foote forward but returned in againe and goeing to shutt the dore. I
Againe did see that or the like creture that I before did see within
dores, in such a posture as it seemed to be agoeing to fly at mee, up-
on which I cryed. out; the whole armor of god be between mee and
You. soe itt sprang back and flew over the apple tree flinging the
dust w'th its feet against my stomake, upon which I was struck dumb
and soe Continued for aboute three days tyme and also shook many
of the apples of, from the tree w'ch it flu over:

John louder apearid before us this 2. dy of June 1692
and one the oath that he had taken did owne this testimony to be the
truth before us the Jarris of Inquest

Jurat in Curia
(Reverse) Evidences ag't Br. Bishop.
Jn'o Loader
+ On her Tryall Bridget Bishop alias Olliver denied that she knew this
deponent though #[their] the orchard of this depon't & the orchard of s'd
Bishop Joined & they often had difference for Some yeares together
John Loader ( Essex County Court Archives, Salem - Witchcraft Salem - Witchcraft. vol. 1, no. 145.)