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SWP No. 86.1

(Complaint v. Mary Lacey Sr. , and Mary Lacey, Jr. )

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[July 19, 1692. ]

Joseph Ballard of Andover husbandman Complaineth of Mary Lacy wife of Lawrence Lacy of Andover and of Mary Lacy daughter of s'd Lawrence Lacy of Andover afores'd Singlewoman: as followeth that whereas this Complainers Wife Elizabeth Ballard hath been this Severall monthes Sorely aflicted & visited w'th Strange pains and pressures & remains so to this day which I verily beleive is Occasioned by Witchcraft and have cause to Suspect the above Mencioned Mary Lacy & her daughter Mary to be the Actors of it & accordingly Enter this my Complaint against them & acknowledge my Selfe Indebted to Our Soveraign Lord & Lady the King & Queen One hundred poundes Currant money of New England On Condition to prosecute this my Complaint to Effect as the law directs: in witness whereof I have hereunto Set my hand this 19th day July: 1692.

[Joseph Ballard]

This Comlt was Exhibited Salem July the 19th. 1692 by Jos'h. Ballard abovesaid before
Barth. Gedney
Jona'h Corwin
Jno Hathorne
Jno Higginson ]

Jus Peace

( MS Ch K 1.40, vol. 2, p. 400, Rare Books and Manuscripts, Boston Public Library. Boston. )