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SWP No. 14.1

(The Rev. John Hale et al. v. Sarah Bishop )

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[May 20, 1692 ]

John Hale of Beverly aged about 56 yeares [torn] & saith that
about 5 or 6 years ago e Christian the wife of John Trask (living in
Salem bounds bordering on the abovesaid Beverly) beeing in full
comunion in o'r Church came to me to [de] sier that Goodwife Bish- op her Neighb'r wife of Edw: Bishop Jun'r might not be permitted
to receive the Lords Supper in our church till she had given her the
said Trask satisfaction for some offences that were against her.viz be-
cause the said Bishop did entertaine people in her house at unseason-
able houres in the night to keep drinking and playing at shovel-board
whereby discord did arise in other families & young people were in
danger to bee corrupted & that the s'd Trask knew these things
& had once gon into the house & fynding some at shovel-board had
taken the peices thay played with & thrown them into the fyre
& had reprooved the said Bishop for promoting such disorders, But re-
ceived no satisfaction from her about it.

I gave s'd Christian Trask direction how to proceed farther in
this matter if it were clearly prooved And indeed by the information
I have had otherwise I doe fear that if a stop had not been putt to
those disorders s'd Edw. Bishop's house would have been a house of
great prophainness & iniquity.

But as to Christian Trask the next news I heard of her was that
she was distracted & asking her husband Trask when she was so taken
[he told] mee shee was taken distracted that night after shee [came
from] my house when shee complained against Goody Bishop .

She continueing some time Distracted wee sought the Lord by
fasting & prayer & the Lord was pleased to restore the s'd [Trask]
to the use of her reason agen. I was s'th her often in [her] distraction
(& took it then to bee only distraction, yet fearing sometimes
somw't worse) but since I have seen the fitts of those bewitched at
Salem Village I call to mind some of hers to be much like some of
theirs.

The said Trask when recovered as I understood it did manifest
strong suspicion that shee had been bewitched by the s'd Bishop's
wife & showed so much aversness from having any conversation that
I was then troubled at it hopeing better of s'd Goody Bishop at that
time for wee have since [torn] At length s'd Christian Trask [was]
agen in a distracted fit on a Sabboth day in the forenoon at the pub-
l [i]ck meeting to o'r public desturbance & so continued sometimes
better sometimes worse unto her death, manifesting that shee under
temptation to kill her selfe or somebody else.

I enquired of Marg'rt Ring who kept at or nigh the house, what
shee had observed of s'd Trask before this last distraction shee told
[mee.] Goody Trask was much given to reading & search the pro-
phecys of scrip[ture].

The day before shee made that disturbance in the meeting [house
she[e] came home & said shee had been w'th Goody Bishop & that
they two were now friend or to that effect.

I was oft praying w'th & councelling of Goody Trask before her
death and not many days before her end being there shee seemed
more rationall & earnestly desired Edw: Bishop might be sent for
that shee might make friends with him, I asked her if shee had
wronged Edw. Bishop shee said not that shee knew of unless it were
in taking his shovel-board pieces when people were at play w'th them
& throwing them into the fyre & if she did evill in it she was very
sorry for it & desiered he would be friends with her or forgive her.
this was the very day before she dyed, or a few days before.

Her distraction (or bewitching) continued about a month and in
those intervalls wherein shee was better shee earnestly desired prayers
& the Sabboth befere she dyed I received a note for prayers on her
behalf w'ch her husband said was written by her selfe & I judge was
her owne hand writing beeing well acquainted with her hand.

As to the wounds she dyed of I observed 3 deadly ones; apeice
of her wind pipe cutt out. & another wound above that threww the
windpipe & Gullet & the veine they call jugular. So that I then judge
& still doe apprehend it impossible for her w'th so short a pair of
cissars to mangle her selfe so without some extraordinary work of
the devill or witchcraft

signed. 20. may 1692 by
*John Hale.
To severall parts of this testimony can wittness Maj'r Gidney .
Mr Paris Joseph Hirrek Ju'r & his wife Thomas Raiment & his wife
John Traske Marget King , Hanah wife of Cornell Baker , []
Miles & others.
As also about the s'd Goody Bishop Capt W'm Raiment , his son
W'm Raiment about creatures strangely dying. James Kettle , & the
abovs'd Jos: Hirreck & Tho: Raiment about sundry actions that
[have] the apearance of witchcraft.
(Reverse) Deposition 16 John Hale
( Essex County Court Archives, Salem - Witchcraft vol. 1, no. 142.)