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SWP No. 22.26

(Susannah Sheldon v. George Burroughs )

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[+ May 9, 1692 ]

The Complaint of Susannah Shelden against mr burroos which
brought a book to-mee and told mee if i would not set my hand too
if hee would tear mee to peesses i told him i would not then hee
told mee hee would starve me to death then the next morning he
told mee hee could not starve mee. to death, but hee would choake
me that my vittals should doe me but litl good then he told mee
his name was borros which had preached at the vliage the last night
hee Came to mee and asked mee whether i would goe to the village
to morrow to witnes against him i asked him if hee was exsamened
then hee told hee was then i told him i would goe then hee told mee
hee would kil mee beefoar morning then hee apeared to mee at
the hous of nathanniel ingolson and told mee hee had been the
death of three children at the eastward and had kiled two of his
wifes the first hee smouthered and the second he choaked and killed
tow of his own children

(Reverse) Susannah Shelden against G. Burroughs

( Essex County Court Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2, no. 34 )