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SWP No. 132.1

(Examination of Mercy Wardwell )

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1th Sept 1692. Before Maj'r Gidney Mr Hathorne Mr Corwin & Jno Higginson Esq'r

The Examination & Confession of Mercy Wardwel Daughter of Sam'll Wardwell of Andivor

She Confesses she hath been in the Snare of the Divel a quartter of a Year the Cause of her being Inticed was her discontent & the occation of her discontent was because that people told her that she should Never hath such a Young Man who Loved her & he finding no Encouragement threatned to drowne himself at w'ch She was much troubled Somtime after to her Apprehention he that mad love to her Came & Intreated her to be his & She did not then Consent & Soe dismist him w'th that Awnswer the Next time he appeared in the Shame [shape] of a dogg & told her She Must be his for he was god & Christ & She Should want for no thing if She would Serve him and she did then beleve him. & promised to Serve him He told her She must always wish the Divel had this or that & that She must Curse & lye she Confeses she Cuevenanted to Serve the Divel twenty Years & he promised that She Should be happy & She Made a red Mark Upon a peece of Paper wher She Saw no other Names And thinks he keeps thee paper becaue He #(paper) Carried it away w'th him, She owned She Afflicted Martha Spraug & Rose fostter butt Never any before -- Here Companians ware her father Mother Sister Sarah hawks & Wm Barker She Sd furth'r (w'ch is Remarkable) that when She lookt dwone Upon the Table she Could Conffese nothing -- She Conffesses She was Baptized at home in a pale of Watt'r in Which He dipt her face telling her She must Serve him & that it is about a Quarter of a Year agoe Since She was Baptized She says also that She afflicted Timo Swan by Squeezing her hands & Thinking Upon him & the Divel made #[him] her doe it whome She hath not seen @ 4 Times -- Noate Here a thing Remarkable that Notwithstanding all this Confession yett the afflicted [Pbar ]'rsons Could Nott Come Near her But upon the Maj'r asking of her if the Divel had not made her Renounce her former baptizime And She Answering Yes then they Could all take one another by the Hand without any hurt

Marcy Wardwell Signed & owned the above S'd Examination & Conffession before Me *Jno Higginson Just'e peace 15 Septemb'r 1692 -- [

Marcy Wardwell owned all the above S'd Examination & Conffession (only S'd she did not know her farther & Mother ware witches as witness her hand


Mark of March Wardwell X

( Essex Institute MSS. Collection )