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SWP No. 20.1

(Examination of Hannah Bromage )

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[July 30, 1692 ]

30 July

The Examination of Hannah Broomage [before]
Major Gedney Esq'r & other their Majesties justices.

Severall persons present who had not acused her being privatly de-
sired to look on her & take her by the hand, They did the same with-
out receiving any harm. But Mary Walcot & ann Putnam who had
acused her being called, and s'd Broomage being required to look on
them, She Essayeing so to Doe they wer Struck into fitts. & she re-
covered them again by her touch.

s'd Mary Walcot & ann Putnams
testimonys wer read. Ann Putnam being #[afected], in a fit. the rest
of the afflicted s'd they saw Broomage upon her.

Goody Bridges said that Broomage was in her society at Ballards
house telling to her face she was there in her spirit & urged her to
confess, that being the way to eternal life. S'd Bridges said further
that broomage hurt ballards wife by sitting on her breast. And Ann Putnam being in a violent fitt, said Bridges & lacey S'd they saw
Broomage upon her and walcot s'd she saw broomage Stabb Put- nam w'h a Spear.

Said Bridges told Broomage that the devil would
not Leave her untill she did confess and therefore urged her so to

S'd Broomage said she had been under some dead nes w'h re-
spect to the ordnances for the matter of 6 weeks, And a sudden sug-
getion come into her heed sayeing I can help thee with strenth., To
which she answered avoid satan.

she being asked what shap the devil appeared to her answered
she believed the devil was in her heart And being asked severall other
questions, she returned negative answers./

( Suffolk Court Files, vol. 32, docket 2670, p. 3, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, Judicial Archives, Massachusetts State Archives.)