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From John Winthrop's Journal: An Account of the Exection of Margaret Jones of Charlestown, June 1648.

At this Court one Margaret Jones of Charlestown was indicted and found guilty of witchcraft and hanged for it. * The evidence against her was: 1. that she was found to have such a malignant touch as many persons (men, women, and children) whom she stroked or touched with any affection of displeasure or, etc., were taken with deafness, or vomiting, or other violent pains, or sickness; 2. she practicing physic, and her medicines being such things as (by her own confession) were harmless, as aniseed, licorice, etc., yet had extraordinary violent effects; 3. she would use to tell such as would not make use of her physic that they would never be healed, and accordingly their diseases and hurts continued with relapses against the ordinary course and beyond the apprehension of all physicians and surgeons; 4. some things which she foretold came to pass accordingly; other things she could tell of (as secret speeches, etc.) which she had no ordinary means to come to the knowledge of; 5. she had (upon search) an apparent teat [as] in her secret parts as fresh as if it had been newly sucked, and after it had been searched, upon a second search that was withered, and another began on the opposite side; 6. in the prison in the clear daylight there was seen in her arms, she sitting on the floor and her clothes up, etc., a little child which ran from her into another room, and the officer following it, it was vanished; the like child was seen in 2 other places to which she had relation, and one maid that saw it fell sick upon it, and was cured by the said Margaret who used means to be employed to that end. Her behavior at her trial was very intemperate, lying notoriously, and railing upon the jury and witnesses, etc., and in the like distemper she died. The same day and hour she was executed there was a very great tempest at Connecticut, which blew down many trees, etc....

*Jones was hanged on Lecture day, 14 June 1648, at Boston--one of four women executed for witchcraft in New England in 1647-1648.

[Reprinted by permission of the publisher from JOURNAL OF JOHN WINTHROP 1630-1649, edited by Richard S. Dunn, James Savage, and Laetitia Yeandle, Cambridge, Mass.: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, Copyright 1996 by the President and Fellows of Harvard College.]


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