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SWP No. 46.1

(Warrant for apprehension of Esther Elwell , Abigail Roe , and Rebecca Dike )

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[November 5, 1692 ]

To the Sheriffe of Our County of Essex, his under Sheriffe or De-
puty . or Constable of Glocester, or Constable. Whereas Complaint
Is made by Leut. James Stevens & William Stevens & Nathaniel Coyt
all of Glocester, In the County of Essex In behalfe of their Majes-
ties , unto -- thair Majesties Justices. of the peace. against Esther Ellwell the wife of Samuel Elwell , & Abigail Roe daughter of Hugh Roe: #[Robta] & Rebecka Dike , the wife of Richard Dike . #[both] all of Gloster, af-
foresaid , for that they have Grounded suspicion that the Said Elwell Dike & Roe have wickedly & felloniously Comitted Sundry acts of
witchcraft upon the body of Mrs. Mary fitch the wife of Mr. John fitch of Gloaster afforesaid, unto the Wasteing pineing & Consume-
ing of her body Contrary to the peace of our sovereigne Lord & Lady
the King & Queen & Contrary to the forme of the statutes in that
Case made & Provided. & have Craved Justice & have Entered into
Recognisance, to prosecute the Said Complaint to Effect. the which
is therefore In their Majesties Names. William & Mary of England &c
King & Queen to Require you by vertue hereof forwith or as soon as
may be, to Apprehend Seize & Secure the Said Esther Ellwell Re- becka Dike & Abigall Roe & them haveing So Secured You are the
first Convenient time to bring before their Majesties Justices of the
Peace for the County of Essex that thay may be Examined & Pro-
vided with as the Law Directs of which You are not to faile at your
Perrill & for So Doeing this shall be Your sufficient Warrant,
& make a true Returne under Your hand according to Law --

Ipswich Novemb'r. 5th 1692 Given under my hand

*Tho's. Wade . J: P.
( Suffolk Court Files vol. 32, docket No. 2689 p. 17 )