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SWP No. 100.2

(Warrant for the Apprehension of Joan Peney & Officer's Return)

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[September 20, 1692] To the sherife of the County of Essex his Deputy or the Constable of Chebaco

Complaint haveing ben made to us whose names are underwritten Justices of the Peace in the County of Essex by Zebulon Hill of Salem against Joan Peny. widow of Thomas Peney Late of Gloster for that she the Said Joan Peney hath feloniously comitted Severall acts of witchcraft. on the Body of Mary Hill of Salem Singlewoman. to her great hurt & Torment. the Said Zb Hill haveing given sufficient bond for the procecution of the Said Complaint to Effect. These are therefore in their Majesties name to require you forthwith to Aprehend & seize. the Body of Joane Peney widow as abovesaid & bring her. before their Majesties Justices of the Peace to be examined & proceded w'th according to law for w'ch this shall be your sufficient warant Dated in Salem this 20: September 1692:

The. 21: of September 1692: I have seased the body of wedowe peni and have brought hur to Salem by me

*John Chote Constable of Ipswich

*Bartho' Gedney

*John Hathorne

*Jonathan. Corwin

*John Higginson

( MS Ch K 1.40, vol. 2, p. 248, Rare Books & Manuscripts, Boston Public Library, Boston, MA. Boston, MA.)