July 24 (July 14, o.s.)

Massachusetts: Joseph Ballard of Andover, whose wife Elizabeth has been ill for several months, asks around Salem Village for some of the afflicted girls there to come back with him to see if there is any witchcraft involved. Mercy Lewis and Betty Hubbard agree to help him, and the three of them return to Andover. When they reach Ballard’s house, the girls report that they do indeed see witches tormenting Elizabeth Ballard, and they name three Andover residents: the elderly widow Ann Foster, and her daughter and granddaughter, both named Mary Lacey. When he returns to Salem to bring the girls back, Joseph Ballard appears before the magistrates to file a witchcraft complaint against Foster. The justices obligingly issue a warrant for her to appear for questioning the next day.

New Mexico: The viceroy, the Conde de Galve, receives Governor Vargas’s letters of June 17 and 19 setting forth his side of his dispute with Father Hinojosa over the lands of the Indians.  He sends them on to the royal prosecutor, Benito de Noboa Salgado, with the request that Noboa order a search for the decree of the Conde de Monterrey mentioned in the June 19 letter.  If it is found, he wants a copy of it, and if it cannot be found, he wants to know that.

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  1. […] Ann Foster, the elderly Andover widow implicated by two of the afflicted girls of Salem the previous day in the illness of Elizabeth Ballard, is summoned before the Salem magistrates for questioning.  […]

  2. […] Mexico: In accordance with the viceroy’s instructions on July 24, the government officials Diego José de Bustos and Juan de Aguirre Vidaurreta write to him to […]

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