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SWP No. 17.2

( Rev. Increase Mather's Report of his Conversation in Prison with Mary Bridges, Sr. )

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Goodwife Bridges said that she had confessed against herself
things which were all utterly false; and that she was brought to
her confession by being told that she certainly was a witch, and so
made to believe it, -- though she had no other grounds so to believe.

( Charles W. Upham, Salem Witchcraft [ Boston, 1867 ] II, 406 .)