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SWP No. 68.5

( Deposition of John Richards and Jos. Morgan v. Dorcas Hoar )

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[May 23, 1692 ]

The deposition of John Richards aged about 46 yeares saith that some time this last winter past I being required by the constabell of Beverly as one of the Jorores to understand the Reason of the untimely death of William Hoar beeing at the house of william hoar the rest of the Jury beeing their I the said Richards said to the Rest of the Jury that it was nesesary that the naked body of the deceaced should bee veiued and darcus hoar the wife of the decaced brake out in a very greate pashtion wringing of her hands and stamping on the floore with her feete and said you wiked wretch or wiked wretches what doe you think I have murdered my husband: and the Rest of the Jury blaming her for beeing in such a pashon and then shee was something pasified

Joseph Morgan

Sworn by the same

Sworne-Salem Village May 23: 1692

before us. *John Hathorne ] Assists

*Jonathan Corwin ] Assists

(On reverse side of paper) Jno. Richard Con. Hoar & Jos. Morgan

( Essex County Court Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 no. 208 )