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Joseph Emons
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Mary Bridges, Jr.
Sarah Bridges
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Sarah Carrier
Bethia Carter, Sr.
Elizabeth Cary
Sarah Churchill
Mary Clarke
Rachel Clenton
Sarah Cloyce
Sarah Cole (of Lynn)
Sarah Cole (of Salem)
Elizabeth Colson
Mary Black
Sarah Bassett
Mary Barker
John Alden
Bridget Bishop
Sarah Bibber
Martha Corey
Mary Easty

Executed, September 22, 1692
( See also: Sarah Wilds -- Warrant; William Hobbs -- Mittimus .)

(Complaint of John Putnam, Jr. and Benjamin Hutchinson)
Salem May the 20th 1692

There being Complaint this day made before mee by John put-
nam Jun'r. and Benjamin Hutcheson both of Salem Village, for them-
selfes and also for theire Neighbours, in behalfe of theire Majesties
against Marah Easty the wife of Isaac Easty of Topsfield for sundry
acts of witchcrafts by her Committed yesterday and this present
day of the date hereof upon the bodys of Ann putnam Marcy Lewis
Mary Walcot and Abigail Williams of Salem village to the wrong and
Injury of theire bodys therefore crave Justice.


*John putnam Jun
*Benjamin Huchinson

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 Page 117 )


(Warrant for Arrest of Mary Easty)
To the Marshall of the County of Essex or dept or Constables of

Salem You are in theire Majest's names hereby required to appre-
hend and forthwith bring before mee at the house of mr. Thomas
Beadles in Salem the Body of Mary Easty the wife Isaac Easty of
Topsfeild to be Examined Relateing to sundry acts of witchcraft by
her Committed yesterday and this present day according to Com-



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plaint aboves'd and hereof you are not to faile Dated Salem May
20th 1692


May 20th: 1692

*John: Hathorne. Assist
p order of the Councill.

I have taken the body of the above named Mary Estiee and
brought her att the time and place above named

Pe me *Geo: Herrick Marshall of Essex

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 Page 117 )


(Examination of Mary Easty)
The Examination of Mary Eastie .

At a Court held at Salem village 22. Apr. 1692

By the Hon. John Hathorne & Jonathan Corwin.

At the bringing in of the the accused severall fell into fits.

Doth this woman hurt you?

Many mouths were stopt, & several other fits seized them

Abig: Williams said it was Goody Eastie, & she had hurt her, the
like said Mary Walcot, & Ann Putman, John indian said her saw her
with Goody Hobbs.

What do you say, are you guilty?

I can say before Christ Jesus, I am free.

You see these accuse you.

There is a God --

Hath she brought the book to you?

Their mouths were stopt.

What have you done to these children?

I know nothing.

How can you say you know nothing, when you see these tor-
mented , & accuse you that you know nothing?

Would you have me accuse my self?

Yes if you be guilty.

How far have you complyed w'th Satan whereby he takes this
advantage ag't you?


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Sir, I never complyed but prayed against him all my dayes, I
have no complyance with Satan, in this. What would you have
me do?

Confess if you be guilty.

I will say it, if it was my last time, I am clear of this sin.

Of what sin?

Of witchcraft.

Are you certain this is the woman?

Never a one could speak for fits.

By and by Ann Putman said that was the woman, it was like her,
& she told me her name;

It is marvailous to me that #[she] you should sometimes think
they are bewitcht, & sometimes not, when severall confess that they
have been guilty of bewitching them.

Well Sir would you have me confess that that I never knew?

Her hands were clincht together, & then the hands of Mercy
Lewis was clincht

Look now you hands are open, her hands are open.

Is this the woman?

They made signes but could not speak, but Ann Putman after-
wards Betty Hubbard cryed out Oh. Goody Easty, Goody Easty you
are the woman, you are the woman

Put up her head, for while her head is bowed the necks of these
are broken.

What do you say to this?

Why God will know.

Nay God knows now.

I know he dos.

What did you think of the actions of others before your sisters
came out, did you think it was Witchcraft?

I cannot tell.

Why do you not think it is Witchcraft?

It is an evil spirit, but wither it be witchcraft I do not know,
Severall said she brought them the Book & then they fell into fits.

Salem Village March 24'th. 1691/2.

Mr Sam'l parris being desired to take in wrighting the Examina-
tion of Mary Eastie hath delivered itt as aforesaid


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Upon heareing the aforesaid, and seeing what wee then did see,
togeather with the Charge: of the persons then present Wee
Committed s'd. Mary Easte to theire Majest's Goale


*John Hathorne
*Jonathan. Corwin }
Assists

(Reverse) The Examination of Mary Eastie 22. Apr. 1692

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1. Page 120 )


(Indictment v. Mary Easty, No. 1)
Province of the Massachusetts
Bay in New England
Essex ss Anno Regni Regis & Reginae
Gullielmi et Mariae nunc Angliae
&c: Quarto: Anno'qe Dom 1692


The Jurors for our Sovereigne Lord & Lady the King & Queen
pr'sents That Mary Easty wife of Isaack Easty of Topsfield husband-
man on the twenty third day of May in the fourth year of the Reigne
of our Sovereigne Lord and Lady William and Mary by the Grace of
God of England Scottland France and Ireland King & Queen De-
fenders of the faith &c. and divers other Dayes and times as well
before as After, certaine Detestable arts called Witchcrafts and
Sorceries Wickedly and feloniously hath used Practised and Exer-
cised at and within the Towneship of Salem in the County of Essex
aforesaid in upon and against one Marcy Lewis of Salem Villiage
Singlewoman by which said wicked Arts the said Marcy Lewis the
Twenty third day of May in the year abovesaid and Divers other
Dayes and times as well before as after, was and is Tortured Afflicted
Pined Consumed wasted & Tormented ag't: the Peace of our Sover-
eigne Lord and Lady the King and Queen and ag't. the form of the
Statute in that case made and Provided --


Witnesses
Marcy Lewis Jurat
Ann Putman Jurat


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Eliz. Hubbard Jurat
Mary Wolcott Jurat

(Reverse) Indictm't Mary Easty for bewitching Marsy Lewis No. ( I )
Billa No. I Ponet Se

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 Page 118 )


(Indictment v. Mary Easty, No. 2)
Province of the Massachusetts
Bay in New England
Essex ss Anno Regni Regis et Reginae
Gullielmi & Mariae nunc Angliae
&c: Quarto Ano'qe Dom 1692


The Juro's for our Sovereigne Lord and Lady the King and
Queen pr'sents That: Mary Easty wife of Isaack Easty of Topsfeild
husbandman the twenty third day of May -- in the fourth year of the
Reigne of our Sovereigne Lord and Lady -- William & Mary by the
Grace of God of England Scottland France & Ireland King and
Queen Defenders of the faith &c: and Divers other Dayes and times
as well before as after certaine Detestable Arts called witchcrafts
& Sorceries wickedly and felloniously hath used Practised and Exer-
cised at and within the Towneship of Salem in the County of Essex
afores'd: in upon and ag't one Elizabeth Hubbard of Salem Single-
women by which said wicked Arts the said Elizabeth Hubbard the
twenty third Day of May in the fourth year aboves'd: and Divers
other Dayes and times as well before, as after was, and is, Tortured
Afflicted Pined Consumed wasted and Tormented ag't. the Peace of
our Sovereigne Lord and Lady the King and Queen and agt. the form
of the Statute in that case made and Provided


Witnesses
Eliz: Hubbard Jurat
Marcy Lewis Jurat
Ann Putman Jurat

(Reverse) Mary Easty Indictm't for bewitching Eliz Hobard No. (2)
Billa:
Vera Ponet Se

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 Page 118 )



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(Summons for Witnesses)
W'm & Mary by the Grace of God of England Scotland France
& Ireland King & Queen defend'r of the faith &c'a.

To the Constable of Topsfield Greeting Wee Command you to Warn
& Give Notice unto the Wife of Abraham Reddington. Mary Towne
Widow William Towne & Samuel Towne Sons of s'd Mary
Towne Rebecka & Elizabeth Towne dauthters of s'd Widow
Towne that they & Every of them all Excuses set apart be and per-
sonaly appear at the Court of Oyer & Terminer holden at Salem to
Morrow by Twelve of the Clock hereof make return fail not dated
in Salem Sep'r. 6.th 1692 & in the fourth yeare of Our Reign


*Stephen Sewall Cler

( Massachusetts Historical Society )


(Excuse of Mary Towne)

To the Honered Court now Seting in Salem


Right honered: the Constabll of Topsfild hath sarved a warent
one me and too of my sons and too of my dafters: to Apere this day
at Salem I humbly baig that your honers will not Impuet any thing
concarning our not coming as Contempt of athority for ware I my
selfe or any of my famely sent for in any capasete of Coming we
would Com but we are in a Straing condicion and most of us can
scars git of of our beads we are so wake and not abell to Reid at all:
as for my dafter Rebaka she hath Straing fits somtimes she is knoked
downe of a sodin:


*Mary Towne

Dat the 7th of September 1692
( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol 1 Page 123 )



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(Summons for Mary Towne and Rebecca Towne)
W'm & Mary by the Grace of God of England Scotland france &
Ireland King & Queen defend'rs of the faith

To Mary Towne widow & Rebecka Towne her Daughter
Greeting.

Wee Comand you all Excuses Set apart to be & appear at the
Court of Oyer & Terminer holden at Salem to morrow morning
at Eight of the Clock precisely there to Testify the truth to the
best of your knowledge on Sever'll Indictments Exhibited against
Mary Easty hereof fail not at your utmost perill


Dated in Salem Sep'r. 8th. 1692 & in the fourth yeare of Our
Reign

*Stephen Sewall Cler

To the Constable of Topsfield hereof Make return fail not

(Reverse) I have Warned the Widow town and hare dauter to apere
at the corte.acording to time spoken of in the warant as atested.

by me *Ephraim Wildes
contabl of Topsfeld

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 Page 123 )


(Thomas Fosse and Elizabeth Fosse for Mary Easty)
thes may Sartifie home it may cun[cern]
that wee hows names are undor Ritt[en]
Being dasired by some of the Realeations of
mary estweke to give our obsarvation how
she behaved hur self while she Roumain[ed]
in Ipswech prison we dow afarme th[at]
wee sawe noe ell carreg or behav[iour in]



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hure but that hure daportment wosi [torn]
Sobor and civell as wittnes our h[ands this]


5 Saptem 92

thomos [Fosse]
his mark
elesabeth [Fosse]

(Reverse) thomos Fosse tastimoney about marey Astey

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1. Page 123 )


(John and Mary Arnold for Mary Easty and Sarah Cloyce)
These may Cartify home it may Consarne that wee hous names are
underritten being dasired by sum of the Realeations of Mary [estwek]
and sarah Cloise to give our obsarvation how they behaved tham sales
while thay Remained in Bostorn prison we dow affirme [th] at wee
[torn] saw noe ill Carreg or Behavor in tham But that thare daport-
ment wase verey sobere and Civell as wittnes our hands

this is truee copie


John Arnold
Marey Arnold

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 Page 128 )


(George Herrick and John Putnam, Jr., v. Mary Easty)
May 20th 1692 . The testimone of Geo: Herrick aged thirty
four or thereaboutes and John Puttnam Jun'r of Salem Village aged
thirty five yeares or there aboutes and saith that beeing att the
house of the above s'd John Puttnams both saw Mercy Lewis in a
very Dreadfull and Solemn Condition: So that to our aprehention
shee could not continue long in this world without A mittigation
of thoes Torments wee saw her # [in] which Caused us to Expediate
A hasty dispacth to apprehend Mary Estick in hopes if possable
it might save her Life and Returneing the same night to s'd John
Puttnams house aboute middnight wee found the s'd Mercy Lewis
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said what have you brought me the winding Sheet Goodwife Estice,
well I had rather goe into the winding Sheet then Sett my hand to
the Book but affter that her fitts was weaker and weaker but still
Complaining that Shee was very Sick of her Stomake aboute break
of Day She fell a sleep but still Continues Extream sick and was
taken with A Dread fitt Just as wee left her so that wee perceaved
life in her and that was all


Jurat in Curia
Sep'r. 9th. 92:
#[Benj Huchinson testifieth the same as]

Atest *Geo: Herrick
*John.putnam.Jun

(Reverse) George Herrick against mary Estick

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 Page 119 )


(Jonathan Putnam, James Darling, Benjamin Hutchinson
and Samuel Braybrook v. Mary Easty)
The deposition of Jonathan Putman, James Darling, Benja.
Hutchinson & Sam: Braybrook w'o testify & say that we together
with divers others the 20. May. 1692 between eight & eleven aclock
at night being with Mercy Lewes whom we found in a dase as if
death would have quickly followed, & to whom Eliz: Hubbard was
brought (said Mercy being unable to speak most of the day) to dis-
cover what she could see did afflict said Mercy, heard & observed
that these two fell into fits by turns, the one being well whilst the
other was ill, & that each of them complained much of Mary Eastie,
who brought the book to said Mercy severall times as we heard her
say in her trances, & vexed & tortured them both by choking &
seemingly breathless fits & other fits, threatning said Mercy with
a winding sheet & afterwards with a Coffin if said Mercy would not
signe to her book, with abundance more of vexations they both
received from her.

(Reverse) Jonath: Putman James Darlin &c against Mary Esty

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 Page 119 )



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(Mary Walcott v. Mary Easty)
The Depoestion of Mary Walcott: who Testifieth and saith on
the 20th of may 1692: about twelve of the clock: I saw the Appari-
tion of goody: Eastteck come and pinch. & choake me: and terri-
fied me much and she told me that she had blinded al our eyes that
ware afflicted only mersy Lueies for she said that she had not power
to.doe itt on that day she was cleared: on this 20th Instante of may:
92 about an hour by sun I went to mr John Putnams to see mersey
Lueis: and their I saw the apparition of the above said goody Easteck:
a choaking of mersey Lueis and pressing upon hur breast with her;
hands and I saw hur put a chane aboute her nick and choaked her:
and all the while I was their I saw her hurting of her griveiously: and
she told me that she would kill her this night if she could


Sworne Salem Village May 23rd. 1692

before us *John Hathorne
*Jonathan Corwin }
Assists

(Reverse) mary Walcott further testifieth that on 23 may 1692.
mary Estick did most greviously torment me during the time of hir
examination also the day I saw hir or hir Apperanc most greviously
torment mercy lewes Eliz Hubbrt and ann putnam and I veryly be-
leve in my hart that mary Estick is a most dreadfull wicth and that
she hath very often most dreadfully tormented me and parsons
above named by hir acts of wicthcraft.

Mary walcot declared: before the Jury of Inquest that the above
written evidence and that on the other side of this paper: is the
truth: upon oath:

Aug'st 4: 1692

(Reverse) Mary Walcott ver Mary Eastey

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1. Page 121 )


(Sarah Bibber v. Mary Easty)
Sarah: Viber: afirmed upon her oath: that she saw Mary: the
wife of Isaac Esty: upon Jno Nortons:bed: when s'd Norton: was:ill:



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and s'd goody Esty flew out upon her: & afflicted her: s'd Vibber:
and s'd Vibber affirmed: that since the time of the last examination
of s'd Esty: s'd Esty: has hurt & afflicted mercy Lewis: and mary
walcot & Ann:Putman: she or her Apperition: & she s'd Esty has
some times hurt & afflicted her: s'd Vibber also since s'd:Esty
her last examination: also: s'd Vibber: s'd: that: s'd Esty or her
apperition has Afflicted: Eliz: Hubbard: this s'd Vibber owned:
to be: the truth: before the Jury of inquest


Aug'st: 3: 1692
(Reverse) Sarah wiber Mary Eastey

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 Page 121 )


(Mary Warren v. Mary Easty)
Mary: Warin: affirmd: before: the Jury: of Inquest: that: Good-
wife Esty of Topsfeild: has: afflicted her: she or: her Apperition:
And that s'd Esty: hath afflicted Marcy Lewis: Elizabeth: Hubbard:
& Mary Walcot and Ann Putnam: upon: the oath: that she has taken:
Aug'st: 3: 1692

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 Page 121 )


(Abigail Williams and Ann Putnam, Jr. v. Mary Easty,
John Willard, and Mary Witheridge)
The Deposistion of Abigaill williams and Ann putnam who testi-
fieth and saith that we both goeing along with goodman Abby and
Sarah Trask the 20th of may 1692 to the house of Constable Jno:
putnam to se mercy lewes. as we ware in the way we both saw the
Apperishtion of Gooddy Estick the very same woman that was sent
whom the other day: and also the Apperishtion of Goody Estick
tould us both that now she was afflecting of Mircy lewes because
she would not clear hir as others did and w'n came to who laye
speachless and in a sad condition we saw there the Apperishtions of
gooddy Estick and Jno. willard and mary witheridge afflecting and



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choaking mircy lewes in a most dreadfull maner.which did most
greviously affright us and immediatly gooddy Estick did fall upon us
and tortor us allso Redy to choake us to death

Abigail Williams and An putnam Testified to the truth of the
abous'd Evedence


Salem Village May the 23d. 1692

Before us
*John Hathorne
*Jonathan. Corwin }
Assists

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 Page 122 )


(Ann Putnam, Jr. v. Mary Easty)
Ann putnam further testifieth that on 23 may 1692: being the
last day of the examination of mary Estick she did most greviously
torment me dureing the time of hir examination also on the same
day I saw mary Estick or hir Apperane most greviously torment and
afflect mary walcott mercy lewes Eliz Hubburd and abigail william
and I veryly beleve in my hart that mary Estick is a most dreadfull
wicth and that she hath very often afflected me and the persons af-
fore named by hir acts of wictchraft.

Ann Putnam: declared: to the Jury of Inquest: that her above writ-
ten evidence: is the truth upon her oath: Aug'st 4: 1692

(Reverse) Ann Putman &c ver. Eastick

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 Page 122 )


(Elizabeth Hubbard v. Mary Easty, John Willard,
and Mary Witheridge)
The Deposistion of Elizabeth Hubburt who testifieth and saith
I being caryed up to Constable Jno. putnams house on the 20th
of may 1692: to se Mircy lewes who laid speachless and in a sad



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condition: I saw there the apperishtions of gooddy estick the very
same woman that was sent whom the other day: and Jno. willard
and mary witherridge Afflecting and tortoring of Mircy lewes in a
most dreadfull maner.which did affright me most greviously: and
immediatly gooddy Estick did sett upon me most dreadfully and
tortored me almost Ready to choak me to death and urged me
vehemently to writ in hir book


Sworne Salem Village May the 23d: 1692.

Before us
*John Hathorne
*Jonathan. Corwin }
Assists.

we whose names are under writen heaving been along with Eli-
zabeth . Huburd this time above mentioned herd hir declare what is
above writen and we read it to hir when we came away and she
said it was all true this 21 may 1692

Thomas putnam
John.putnam Jun
Jurat in Curia Sept'r. 9th. 1692

Eliz Hubburd further testifieth that on the 23 may 1692 being
the last day of the examination of mary Estick she did most grevious-
ly afflect and torment me dureing the time of hir Examination allso
dureing the time of her examination I saw mary Estick most grev-
iously aflect and torment mary walcott mercy lewes Abigail williams
and ann putnam by twisting and all most choaking them to death
and I verily beleve in my heart that mary estick is a most dreadfull
wicth and that she hath very often afflected and tormented me and
parsons above named by hir acts of wicthcraft

Eliz. Hubbard declared the two above written evidences: in this
paper before the Jury of Inquest: to be the truth:upon oath:

August 4:1692

(Reverse) El. Hubbard Contr. Easty

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(Samuel Abby v. Mary Easty, John Willard,
and Mary Witheridge)
The Deposistion of Samuell Abby aged about 45 years who
testifieth and saith that on the 20th of may 1692 I went to the
house. of constable Jno. putnam:about 9 a clock in the moring and
when I came there: Mircy lewes lay on the bed in a sad condition and
continewing speachless for about an hour: the man not being at
whom: the woman desired me to goe to Tho: putnams to bring Ann
putnam to se if she could se who it was that hurt mircy lewes: ac-
cordingly I went: and found Abigail williams along with ann putnam:
and brought them both to se mircy lewes: and as they ware a goeing
along the way both of them said that they saw the Apperishtion of
Goody Estick and said it was the same woman that was sent whom
the other day: and said also that they saw the Apperishtion of the
other woman that appered with goody estick the other day.and both
of them allso said that the Apperishtion of goody Estick tould them
that now she was afflecting of mircy lewes: and when they came to
Mircy lewes both of them said that they saw the Apperishtion of
goody Estick and Jno. willard and mary witheridge afflecting the
body of mircy lewes: and I continewing along with mircy who con-
tinewed in a sad condition the greatest part of the day being in such
tortors as no toungue can express: but not able to spake: but at last
said Deare lord Receive my soule and againe said Lord let them not
kill me quitt, but att last she came to hir self for a little whille and
was very sensable and [and] then she said that goody estick said
she would kill hir before midnight because she did not cleare hir
so as the Rest did. then againe presently she fell very bad and cried
out pray for the salvation of my soule for they will kil me


Jurat in Curia Sep'r. 9th. 92
( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 Page 124 )


(Sarah Trask v. Mary Easty, John Willard,
and Mary Witheridge)
Sarah Trask ageed about 19 years testifieth that she went along
with Abigaill williams and Ann putnam and also hard them say what



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is above writen they said: and also hard mircy lewes declare what is
above writen she said.

(Reverse) Sam Abbey

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol 1 Page 124 )


(Edward Putnam v. Mary Easty)
the deposistion of Edward Putnam aged abought 38 years ho
testifieth and saith abought 18 day of may 1692 mary easty the
prisner now at the bar being then seat at liberty but one the 20 and
21 days of may marcy lues was so greviously aflicted and tortred by
her (as she her self and mary walcott: an putnam Elizabeth hubbart
abigel williams) said) I my self being ther present with several others
with marcy lues looked for nothing else: but present death with
marcy lues for all most the space of two days and a night she was
choked allmost to death in so much we thought sumtimes she had
banded her mouth and teath shut and all this very often untell
shuch time as we under stood mary easty was laid in Irons, allso
apon the second day of mary estys examination at the vilag marcy
lues mary walcott elizabeth hubbart ann putnam mary warrin and
abigell williams when mary easty came to the [mar'] haile to go to
paryer and in prayer time and sumtime after it they remaned in this
sad condition of being all most choked to death and when they ware
abul again to speak they all with one Consent charged her that she
did them that mischef. I all so have hard sum of them Complain
very often of hur hurting them with the spindall of a wheel.


Jurat in Curia

*Edward putnam

(Reverse) Ed'd. Putm'n

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol 1 Page 125 )


(Samuel Smith v. Mary Easty)
The deposistion of Samuell Smith of Boxford about 25 yers who
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the house of Isaac Estick sen'r. of Topsfeild and I was as farr as
I know to Rude in discorse and the above said Esticks wife said
to me I would not have you be so rude in discorse for I might Rue it
hereafter and as I was agoeing whom that night about a quarter of
a mille from the said Esticks house by a stone wall I Received a
little blow on my shoulder with I know not what and the stone wall
rattleed very much which affrighted me my horse also was affrighted
very much but I cannot give the reson of it.

(Reverse) Sam'll Smith ag'st. G. Easty

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 Page 125 )


(Margaret Reddington v. Mary Easty)
the depesiasian of margret Redengton eged about seventiy
yers testifieth and saith that a bout three yers a gow I was at good
mon Esties and talking with his wife a bout an In fermety I hade
and presantly after I fell Into a most sollom condision and the thres-
day before the thanksgiving that wee hade last. In the afternone I
was exseding elle and that night godey Estiey apered to mee and
profered me a pece of fresh mete and I tolld hare twas not fete for
the doges and I would have non of ite and then she vanished a
waye

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 Page 125 )


(Petition of Mary Easty and Sarah Cloyce)
The humble Request of Mary Esty and Sarah Cloys to the Honoured
Court.

Humbly sheweth, that whereas we two Sisters Mary Esty
& Sarah Cloys stand now before the Honoured court charged with the
suspition of Witchcraft, our humble request is first that seing we are
neither able to plead our owne cause, nor is councell alowed to those
in our condicion; that you who are our Judges, would please to be
of councell to us, to direct us wherein we may stand in neede.



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Secondly that whereas we are not conscious to ourselves of any
guilt in the least degree of that crime, wherof we are now accused
(in the presence of the Living God we speake it, before whose aw-
full Tribunall we know we shall ere Long appeare) nor of any other
scandalouse evill, or miscaryage inconsistant with Christianity, Those
who have had the Longest and best knowledge of us, being persons
of good report, may be suffered to Testifie upon oath what they
know concerning each of us, viz Mr. Capen the pastour and those of
the Towne & Church of Topsfield, who are ready to say somthing
which we hope may be looked upon, as very considerable in this
matter; with the seven children of one of us, viz Mary Esty, and it
may be produced of Like nature in reference to the wife of Peter
Cloys, her sister. Thirdly that the Testimony of witches, or such as
are afflicted, as is supposed, by witches may not be improved to con-
demn us, without other Legal evidence concurring, we hope the
Honoured Court & Jury will be soe tender of the lives of such,
as we are who have for many years Lived under the unblemished
reputation of Christianity, as not to condemne them without a
fayre and equall hearing of what may be sayd for us, as well as
against us. And your poore supplyants shall be bound always to
pray &c.

(Reverse) Easty & Cloyce peticon

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1. Page 127 )


(Petition of Mary Easty)
The humbl petition of mary Eastick unto his Excellencyes S'r W'm
Phipps to the honour'd Judge and Bench now Sitting In Judi-
cature in Salem and the Reverend ministers humbly sheweth

That whereas your poor and humble Petition being condemned
to die Doe humbly begg of you to take it into your Judicious and
pious considerations that your Poor and humble petitioner knowing
my own Innocencye Blised be the Lord for it and seeing plainly
the wiles and subtility of my accusers by my Selfe can not but
Judg charitably of others that are going the same way of my selfe
if the Lord stepps not mightily in i was confined a whole month



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upon the same account that I am condemed now for and then
cleared by the afflicted persons as some of your honours know and
in two dayes time I was cryed out upon by them and have been con-
fined and now am condemned to die the Lord above knows my
Innocencye then and Likewise does now as att the great day will be
known to men and Angells -- I Petition to your honours not for my
own life for I know I must die and my appointed time is sett but the
Lord he knowes it is that if it be possible no more Innocentt blood
may be shed which undoubtidly cannot be Avoydd In the way and
course you goe in I question not but your honours does to the
uttmost of your Powers in the discovery and detecting of witchcraft
and witches and would not be gulty of Innocent blood for the world
but by my own Innocencye I know you are in the wrong way the
Lord in his infinite mercye direct you in this great work if it be his
blessed will that no more Innocent blood be shed I would humbly
begg of you that your honors would be plesed to examine theis
Aflicted Persons strictly and keepe them apart some time and Like-
wise to try some of these confesing wichis I being confident there
is severall of them has belyed themselves and others as will appeare
if not in this wor[l]d I am sure in the world to come whither I am
now agoing and I Question not but youle see an alteration of thes
things they say my selfe and others having made a League with the
Divel we cannot confesse I know and the Lord knowes as will shortly
appeare they belye me and so I Question not but they doe others the
Lord above who is the Searcher of all hearts knowes that as I shall
answer it att the Tribunall seat that I know not the least thinge
of witchcraft therfore I cannot I dare not belye my own soule I
beg your honers not to deny this my humble petition from a poor
dy ing Innocent person and I Question not but the Lord will give
a blesing to yor endevers

(Reverse) To his Excellencye S'r W'm Phipps: Govern'r and to the
honoured Judge and Magistrates now setting in Judicature in
Salem.

(Reverse) Mary Easty Petition

( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1. Page 127 )