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SWP No. 120.1

(Warrant for apprehension of Ann Sears , Bethiah Carter, Sr. , and Bethiah Carter, Jr. )

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Whereas Complaint hath benne this day Exhibited (before us) by Thomas Putnam and John Putnam Jun'r both of Salem Village Yeoman on behalfe of theire Majesties Against Ann Seeres the wife of John Seeres of Woburne and Bethiah Carter of s'd Towne of Woburne Widdow and Bethya Carter the daugter of s'd Carter Widdow. for high Suspition of Sundry acts of Witchcraft donne by them upon the Bodys of Ann Putnam Marcy Lewis Mary Walcot &c of Salem Village whereby much hurt and wrong is donne unto them therefore Craved Justice.

These are therefore in theire Majest's names to require you, to apprehand and forthwith bring the persons of the abovenamed before us at Salem Village at the house of L't Nathaniell Ingersalls in order to theire Examination Relateing to the abovesaid premises and hereof you are not to faile Dated Salem May 8'th 1692

To the Constable of Woburne

[pbar ] us *John: Hathorne ] Assis'ts

*Jonathan. Corwin ] Assis'ts

(Reverse) I Ephraim bouck counstabel of Woburn have sarved this warant acording to Law hav apurhanded the parson of anah Sauris and of the wado cartter and hauf broit tham to Lautanant ingursons hois as warant due exprest

In pursuance to the within specifyed warrant I have apprehended the bodies of the within mentioned Anna Seers and Bethia Carter sen'r and brought them to the place within ordered this 9 May 1692

*Ephraim Bock Constable of Woburn

( Essex County Court Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 2 Page 48 )