July 22 (July 12, o.s.)

Connecticut: John Tash of Greenwich testifies before commissioner John Reynolds that about thirty years before he was at Mr. Laweridge’s house in Newton, Long Island, when Goodman and Goodwife Owen asked him to accompany Goodwife Staples of Fairfield to George Woolsey’s house in Jamaica, Long Island. They rode over on the same horse, Tash in front and Staples behind him, and when they got to a slough along the way the horse blundered a bit and Tash had a mysterious feeling that Staples wasn’t on the horse behind him. When they got to the same slough on the return trip, Tash reached behind him and didn’t feel Staples on the horse, but as soon as they passed the slough she was there. When they returned to Newton Tash told Mr. Laweridge what had happened and that he thought Staples was a “light woman.”

Massachusetts: Lieutenant Governor William Stoughton, chief justice of the Court of Oyer and Terminer established to try the accused witches in Essex County, signs a death warrant for the five women convicted of witchcraft during the court’s second session: Sarah Good, Susannah Martin, Rebecca Nurse (who was initially reprieved by Governor Phips at the request of her family, only to have the reprieve overturned by the easily manipulable governor after pressure from some prominent men in Salem), Elizabeth Howe, and Sarah Wilds.  The warrant orders them to be hanged in Salem on July 19.

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  1. […] Martin, Rebecca Nurse, Elizabeth Howe, and Sarah Wilds, in accordance with the warrant signed on July 12 by the court’s chief justice, Lieutenant Governor William Stoughton, are brought from the […]


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