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SWP No. 71.4

(Recognizance for William Hobbs by John Nichols & Joseph Town)

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[Decemeber 14, 1692 ]


That on the fourteenth day of Decemb'r 1692 in the fowerth year of the reign of our Soveraign Lord & Lady William & Mary by the Grace of God of England &c. King & Queen defenders of the faith personally Appeared before us James Russell & Sam'll: Heyman Esq'r. of their Majests Councill & Province of the Massachusets Bay in New England & Justices of peace within the Same John Niccolls & Joseph Town of Topsfield in the County of Essex Husbandmen Acknowledged them Selves Each of Them to be indebted unto our Said Lord & Lady the King & Queen & the Survivor of Them their Heires & Successors in the Some of Two hundred pounds to be leavied on their or Either of their goods or Chattells Lands or Tennements for the use of our Said Lord & Lady the King & Queen or Survivor of them if default be made in the performance of the Condition und'rwritten viz

The Condition of the Above Recognizance is Such that whereas William Hobs of Topsfield in the County of Essex Aforesaid was committed to Boston Goal on suspition of witchcraft, If therefore the Said William Hobbs shal make his personall Appearance #[Appearance] before the Justices of our Said Lord & Lady the King & Queen at the next Court of Assize Oyer & Terminer & Generall Goal delivery to be holden for or within the County of Essex Afors'd to Answere what Shall be objected against [her] in their Majests. behalf refering to Witchcraft, and to do & receive that. w'ch. by said Court shall be then & there injoined [her] in their Majests behalf refering to Witchcraft, And to do & receive that. which by Said Court shall be then & there injoined [her] & not depart without licence, then the Above Recognizance to be void or Elce to remain & abide in full force & virtue

Capt. & Recognit die [pbar ]dict Coram

*Ja: Russell

*Samuell hayman

( Massachusetts Archive Collection, Vol. 135 No. 70 )