May 4 (April 24, o.s.)

Massachusetts: Susannah Sheldon, an eighteen-year-old refugee from the war-ravaged Maine frontier now living in Salem Town, is stricken by fits during services at the Salem Town church.  She blames her suffering on Philip English, a prominent Salem merchant originally from Jersey in the Channel Islands.  She says that his specter stepped over his pew during the service and pinched her.  On her way home from the church afterward she again sees English’s apparition, this time accompanied by “a black man with a high-crowned hat on his head and a book in his hand,” who English says is “her god” and that if she were to touch the book no one would pinch her anymore.

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  1. […] in Salem Town who claims to have been afflicted by the prominent merchant Philip English in church the previous day, suffers more fits which she blames on English, this time saying that he told her he would kill her […]

  2. […] Sheldon.  The six are Philip English, the Salem merchant first accused by Susannah Sheldon on April 24; George Burroughs, the minister in Maine first accused by Ann Putnam on April 20; Sarah Morrell, a […]

  3. […] who first claimed to be tormented by the specter of the wealthy Salem merchant Philip English on April 24 and has continued to accuse him frequently since then, complains of being visited again by the […]

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