May 24 (May 14, o.s.)

Massachusetts: Thomas Putnam and Nathaniel Ingersoll appear before the Salem magistrates, John Hathorne and Jonathan Corwin, to file charges against eight people for bewitching Ann Putnam (Thomas Putnam’s daughter), Mercy Lewis, Mary Walcott, Abigail Williams, “and others of Salem Village.” The eight accused people are Daniel Andrew, a bricklayer from Salem Village; George Jacobs Jr., the son of the previously accused George Jacobs Sr.; Rebecca Jacobs, the wife of George Jacobs Jr. and sister of Daniel Andrew; Sarah Buckley of Salem Village, accused by Susannah Sheldon in a statement that she later turned against Dorcas Hoar at Hoar’s examination on May 2; Buckley’s daughter Mary Witheridge; Elizabeth Hart of Lynn; Thomas Farrar, also of Lynn; Elizabeth Colson of Reading, granddaughter of the previously accused Lydia Dustin; and Bethia Carter of Woburn. The magistrates immediately issue warrants for the arrest of all eight ordering them to be brought for questioning to Ingersoll’s tavern in Salem Village at 10 am on May 17.

Farrar, Hart, Buckley, Witheridge and Rebecca Jacobs are quickly found and arrested, but Carter, Colson, Andrew and George Jacobs Jr. have fled and cannot be located. John Parker, the constable of Reading, concludes that Colson is in Boston preparing to flee the colony by ship.

In the evening, the afflicted girl Mercy Lewis comes to the house of the Wilkins family in Salem Village to see if there are any apparitions troubling Bray Wilkins, grandfather-in-law of the accused witch John Willard who was charged on May 10 but fled before he could be arrested and is still at large, and his grandson Daniel Wilkins, who is gravely ill.  Mercy says that she sees the specter of Willard attacking both Bray and Daniel.

Also in the evening, the frigate Nonesuch arrives in Boston harbor bearing the newly appointed governor of Massachusetts, Sir William Phips, and the new charter for the colony restoring to it much of its original autonomy.

Mexico/New Mexico: Governor Pardiñas of Nueva Vizcaya, in response to the viceroy’s request for his opinion and those of the presidio commanders in his province on Governor Vargas’s plans for reconquest of New Mexico, sends along letters and statements from the commanders dated March 15 and 16, April 29, and May 19 and 20. Most of these soldiers, some of whom have experience in New Mexico itself, do not doubt that Vargas can successfully reconquer it, but they all express doubt about whether it can be held without great expense to the royal treasury. They generally suggest that pacifying the Apaches in the El Paso area would be a better use of resources and that, if New Mexico is to be reconquered, securing its frontiers and populating it with Spanish civilians will be essential to keep it. Pardiñas himself concurs with these opinions, although he notes that he has little information about New Mexico.

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