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Mary Easty, Petition of an Accused Witch 1692

Mary Easty, Petition of an Accused Witch 1692

The humbl petition of Mary Eastick unto his Excellencyes Sir Wm Phipps and to the honourd Judge and Bench now s[i]tting in Judiacature in Salem and the Reverend ministers humbly sheweth.

That wheras your poor and humble Petition[er] 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 subttlity of my accusers by my selfe can not but Judg charitably of Others that are going the same way my selfe if the Lord stepps not mightily in I was confined a whole month upon the same account that I am condemned now for and then cleared by the afflicked persons as some of your honours know and in two dayes times I was cryed out upon by them and have been confined and now am condemend 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 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 be possible no more Innocent blood may be shed which undoubtidly cannot be Avoyd[e]d In the way and course you goe in I Question not buy your honours doesw to the uttmost of your Powers in the discovery and detecting of withcraft and witches and would not be gulty of Innocent blood for the world buy 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 yoru honours would be plesed to examine theis Aflicted persons strictly and keepe them apart some time and likewise 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 world I am sure in the world to come whither I am now agoing and I question not but youll 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 wil thorlly appeare they belye me and so I Question not but tey 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 dying Innocent person and I Question not but the Lord will give a blesing to yor endevers.

Source: Ogram's 17th Century New England Links: Ogram's Website
http://www.rjgeib.com/thoughts/puritan/puritan.html
http://www.ogram.org/17thc/primarysources.shtml


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