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SWP No. 94.20

( Samuel Parris and John Putnam, Sr. v. Rebecca Nurse and Martha Carrier )

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The Deposition of Sam: Parris aged about 39. years and John Putman Sen'r aged about 63. years both of Salem Village testifieth & saith that this 18. instant June being at the house of Jonathan Putman whom we found very ill, after a little while Mercy Lewes sent for on purpose came into said Jonathan Putmans house & was presently struck dumb, but being bid to hold up her hand if she saw any of the witches afflict said Jonathan, whereupon she presently lift up her hand, & after fell into a Trance, & when said Mercy came to her self, she said she saw Goody Nurse & Goody Carrier holding said Jonathans head & farther saith not

Jurat in Curia
(Reverse) Sam: Parris & Capt Putman Contra Reb: Nurse
( Essex County Court Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 Page 21 )