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SWP No. 94.19

( Samuel Parris , Nathaniel Ingersoll , and Thomas Putnam v. Rebecca Nurse )

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The Deposition of Sam: Parris aged about 39. years & Nathanael Ingersoll aged about fifty & eight yeares & Thomas Putman aged about fourty yeares all of Salem -- testifyeth & saith that Ann Putman Sen'r & her daughter Ann, & Mary Walcot & Abigail Williams were severall times & greviously tortured at the Examination of Rebekah Nurse wife to Francis Nurse of Salem before the Honoured Magistrates the. 24.March. 1691/2 & particularly that when her hands were at liberty some of the afflicted were pinched, & upon the motion of her head & fingers some of them were tortured; & farther that some of the afflicted then & there affirmed that they saw a black man whispering in her ear, & that they saw birds fluttering about her,

Jurat in Curia
(Reverse) 6 The Depotion of Sam: Parris &c. ags't Rebek. Nurse
( Essex County Court Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 Page 21 )