9781319088132

The Salem Witch Hunt A Brief History with Documents

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  • Edition: 2nd
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  • Copyright: 2017-09-08
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's

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Table of Contents

Foreword


Preface


A Note about the Documents



Part One: Introduction: Explaining the Salem Witch Hunt


Putting Salem into a Larger Context


Puritanism and the Supernatural World


Dangerous Women


Malevolent Neighbors


The Witch Panic of 1692


The Afflicted Girls


Trying a Witch


The Collapse of the Trials



Part Two: The Documents


1. Signs and Assaults from the Supernatural World


1. The Arrival of a Comet and the Death of a Star Preacher


2. Samuel Sewall Finds Reassurance in a Rainbow


3. The Death of Cotton Mather’s Infant Son


4. Strange Afflictions in the Goodwin Household


5. The Horseshoe Controversy in Newberry, Massachusetts


6. Mary Rowlandson’s Account of the Indian Attack on Lancaster


7. Cotton Mather on the Quaker Threat


8. The Dominion of New England


9. Cotton Mather on the Recent History of New England


2. Beginnings


10. John Hale’s Account, 1702


11. Deodat Lawson’s Account, 1692


12. Samuel Parris on the Outbreak of Witchcraft Accusations in Salem Village, March 27, 1692


13. Samuel Parris’s Statement to His Congregation about Mary Sibley’s Use of Countermagic, March 27, 1692


3. Witches on Trial


Sarah Good


14. Arrest Warrant for Sarah Good, February 29, 1692


15. Examination of Sarah Good (as Recorded by Ezekiel Cheever), March 1, 1692


16. Elizabeth Hubbard against Sarah Good, March 1, 1692


17. Ann Putnam Jr. against Sarah Good, March 1, 1692


18. William Allen, John Hughes, William Good, and Samuel Braybrook against Sarah Good, Sarah Osborne, and Tituba, March 5, 1692


19. Abigail Williams against Sarah Good, Sarah Osborne, and Tituba, May 23, 1692


20. Indictment against Sarah Good for Afflicting Sarah Bibber, June 28, 1692


21. Sarah Bibber against Sarah Good, June 28, 1692


22. Sarah Gadge and Thomas Gadge against Sarah Good, June 28, 1692


23. Joseph Herrick Sr. and Mary Herrick against Sarah Good, June 28, 1692


24. Samuel Abbey and Mary Abbey against Sarah Good, June 29, 1692


25. Henry Herrick and Jonathan Batchelor against Sarah Good, June 29, 1692


26. Samuel Sibley against Sarah Good, June 29, 1692


27. Death Warrant for Sarah Good, Rebecca Nurse, Susannah Martin, Elizabeth How, and Sarah Wilds (June 12, 1692) and Officer’s Return (July 19, 1692)


Tituba


28. First Examination of Tituba (as Recorded by Jonathan Corwin), March 1, 1692


29. Second Examination of Tituba (as Recorded by Jonathan Corwin), March 2, 1692


30. Elizabeth Hubbard against Tituba, March 1, 1692


31. Ann Putnam Jr. against Tituba, March 1, 1692


32. Indictment against Tituba for Covenanting with the Devil, May 9, 1693


John Proctor


33. Elizabeth Booth against John Proctor, April 11, 1692


34. Abigail Williams against John Proctor, May 31, 1692


35. Physical Examination of John Proctor and John Willard, June 2, 1692


36. Mary Warren against John Proctor, June 30, 1692


37. Petition of John Proctor, July 23, 1692


38. Samuel Sibley against John Proctor, August 5, 1692


39. Petition for John Proctor and Elizabeth Proctor, August 5, 1692


40. Petition for John Proctor and Elizabeth Proctor, August 5, 1692


Bridget Bishop


41. Examination of Bridget Bishop (as Recorded by Ezekiel Cheever), April 19, 1692


42. William Stacy against Bridget Bishop, May 30, 1692


43. Sarah Churchill and Mary Warren against Bridget Bishop and Others, June 1, 1692


44. Physical Examinations of Bridget Bishop and Others, June 2, 1692


45. John Bly Sr. and Rebecca Bly against Bridget Bishop, June 2, 1692


46. John Bly Sr. and William Bly against Bridget Bishop, June 2, 1692


47. Richard Coman against Bridget Bishop, June 2, 1692


48. John Louder against Bridget Bishop, June 2, 1692


49. Samuel Shattuck and Sarah Shattuck against Bridget Bishop, June 2, 1692


50. Susannah Sheldon against Bridget bishop and Others, June 3, 1692


Dorcas Hoar


51. Examination of Dorcas Hoar (as Recorded by Samuel Parris), May 2, 1692


52. Sarah Bibber against Dorcas Hoar, July 2, 1692


53. Elizabeth Hubbard against Dorcas Hoar, July 2, 1692


54. Ann Putnam Jr. against Dorcas Hoar, July 2, 1692


55. Mary Walcott against Dorcas Hoar, July 2, 1692


56. Mary Gage against Dorcas Hoar and Others, September 6, 1692


57. John Hale against Dorcas Hoar, September 6, 1692


58. Joseph Morgan and Deborah Morgan against Dorcas Hoar, September 6, 1692


59. John Tuck against Dorcas Hoar, September 6, 1692


60. Petition of John Hale, Nicholas Noyes, Daniel Epes, and John Emerson Jr., September 21, 1692


George Burroughs


61. Benjamin Hutchinson against George Burroughs and Others, April 22, 1692


62. Examination of George Burroughs (as Recorded by Samuel Parris), May 9, 1692


63. Elizar Keyser against George Burroughs, May 9, 1692


64. Mercy Lewis against George Burroughs, May 9, 1692


65. John Putnam Sr. and Rebecca Putnam against George Burroughs, May 9, 1692


66. Mary Walcott against George Burroughs, May 9, 1692


67. Simon Willard and William Wormall against George Burroughs, May 9, 1692


68. Abigail Hobbs, Deliverance Hobbs, and Mary Warren against George Burroughs and Others, June 1, 1692


69. Mary Webber against George Burroughs, August 2, 1692


70. Ann Putnam Jr. against George Burroughs, August 3, 1692


71. Hannah Harris against George Burroughs, August 5, 1692


72. Thomas Greenslit against George Burroughs, September 15, 1692


73. Sarah Wilson and Martha Tyler against George Burroughs, September 15, 1692


Samuel Wardwell


74. Examination of Samuel Wardwell (as recorded by William Murray), September 1, 1692


75. Abigail Martin and John Bridges against Samuel Wardwell, September 14, 1692


76. Thomas Chandler against Samuel Wardwell, September 14, 1692


77. Ephraim Foster against Samuel Wardwell, September 14, 1692


78. Joseph Ballard against Samuel Wardwell, September 14, 1692


79. Martha Sprague, Mary Walcott, and Mary Warren against Samuel Wardwell, September 14, 1692


80. Petition from Andover Selectmen, September 26, 1692


4. The Witch Court under Attack


81. Confession of William Barker Sr., August 29, 1692


82. Recantation of Margaret Jacobs, undated


83. Declaration of Mary Osgood, Mary Tyler, Deliverance Dane, Abigail Barker, Sarah Wilson, and Hannah Tyler, undated


84. Increase Mather’s Conversation in Prison with Mary Tyler, undated


85. The Return of Several Ministers Consulted by His Excellency and the Honorable Council upon the Present Witchcrafts in Salem Village, June 15, 1692


86. Letter from Cotton Mather to John Foster, August 17, 1692


87. Letter from Robert Pike to Jonathan Corwin, August 9, 1692


88. Letter from Thomas Brattle to an Unnamed Clergyman, October 8, 1692


89. Letter from William Phips to William Blathwayt, Clerk of the Privy Council in London, October 12, 1692


5. Aftermath


90. Samuel Parris’s Meditations for Peace, Read to the Congregation at the Salem Village Church, November 18, 1694


91. Summary of Grievances against Samuel Parris, Read to the Congregation at the Salem Village Church, November 26, 1694


92. A Proclamation, December 17, 1696


93. Public Apology by Samuel Sewall, January 14, 1697


94. Public Apology by Jurymen, undated


95. The Public Confession of Ann Putnam, August 25, 1706


96. Reversals of Conviction, Judgment, and Attainder, October 17, 1711


97. The Massachusetts General Court Makes Restitution, December 17, 1711


98. Reversals of Excommunication at the Church in Salem Town, March 6, 1712


99. John Hale on "Hidden Works of Darkness," 1702



Appendixes


A Chronology of the Salem Witch Hunt (1692-1712)


Questions for Consideration


Selected Bibliography


Index


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