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SWP No. 37.17

(Letter from Thomas Putnam to Judge Samuel Sewall -- Extract)

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The Last Night my Daughter Ann was grievously Tormented by
Witches, Threatning that she should be Pressed to Death, before Giles Cory . But thro' the Goodness of a Gracious God, she had at last a
little Respite. Whereupon there appeared unto her (she said) a man
in a Winding Sheet; who told her that Giles Cory had Murdered him,
by Pressing him to Death with his Feet; but that the Devil there
appeared unto him, and Covenented with him, and promised him,
He should not be Hanged. The Apparition said, God Hardened his
Heart, that he should not hearken to the Advice of the Court, and so
Dy an easy Death; because as it said, “It must be done to him as he
has done to me.” The Apparition also said, That Giles Cory was
Carry'd to the Court for this, and that the Jury had found the
Murder, and that her Father knew the man, and the thing was done
before she was born. Now Sir, This is not a little strange to us; that
no body should Remember these things, all the while that Giles Cory was in Prison, and so often before the Court. For all people
now Remember very well, (and the Records of the Court also men-
tion it,) That about Seventeen Years ago, Giles Cory kept a man
in his House, that was almost a Natural Fool: which Man Dy'd
suddenly. A Jury was Impannel'd upon him, among whom was
Dr. Zorobbabel Endicot ; who found the man bruised to Death, and
having clodders of Blood about his Heart. The Jury, whereof sev-
eral are yet alive, brought in the man Murdered; but as if some
Enchantment had hindred the Prosecution of the Matter, the Court
Proceeded not against Giles Cory , tho' it cost him a great deal of
Mony to get off.

( Cotton Mather, Wonders of the Invisible World. Boston, 1693, p. 47. )