September 10 (August 31, o.s.)

Connecticut: John Knapp appears before the authorities in Stamford and attests to the truth of Daniel Westcott’s testimony of the previous day, saying that he was present at Westcott’s house when his apparently bewitched maidservant Katharine Branch sprang up off of the bed in the mysterious manner that Westcott described.

Also testifying is David Selleck, who tells a story of another incident at Westcott’s house when he and Abraham Finch were there.  He says they saw Kate go into a fit one night that involved her speaking to the specter of Goodwife Miller and claiming that she was sucking a black dog with a teat under her arm.  He says he then left the room and heard Kate scream out several times; when he returned he found Finch lying on the bed looking pale, with Kate lying across his feet.  When he asked Finch what happened, Finch said he saw a ball of fire as big as his two hands roll across the beam and into the hearth, then vanish.  When Kate came out of her fit the two men asked her what she saw when she was screaming, and she said she saw Elizabeth Clawson come in “with fiery eyes.”  As if that weren’t enough, still later in the night Selleck was lying on the bed next to Kate when he felt a pricking in his side which caused him to sit up.  Finch asked him what the matter was, and when he answered Kate, in a fit, reached over the side of the bed and asked “Goody Crump” to give her the thing she was using to prick Selleck.  Finch grabbed her hand and opened it, finding a pin in it that the men hadn’t seen when she had her hand open before.  When her fit ended Selleck asked her why she pricked him and she answered that she didn’t but Goodwife Miller did.

Massachusetts: Elizabeth Johnson of Andover, accused of witchcraft in William Barker’s confession on August 29, is brought to the Salem magistrates for questioning.  She quickly confesses, as does her fourteen-year-old son Stephen.  They admit to having been baptized by the Devil, attended witch meetings, and afflicted their accusers and others in Andover, but they do not name any new witches; Elizabeth claims that she doesn’t know any except those who have already been accused.

New Mexico: Governor Vargas, encamped at Mejía with the rest of the reconquest expedition, decides to make a dawn raid on the Pueblo of Cochiti the next day.  He gathers forty soldiers, ten citizens of El Paso who have come with the expedition, two Franciscan missionaries, and fifty Indian allies, and has them assemble at the gates of the hacienda at 2:00 pm.  He orders them to rush to Cochiti at dawn, surround the Pueblo, and lay siege to it, but not to open fire until he gives the order to, on pain of death.  He will have the missionaries exhort the enemy to surrender and accept both Christianity and Spanish authority, and only if they are unsuccessful in their appeals will he give the order to open fire.  Since speed is essential to this plan, the troops with Vargas will have to travel light, but he gives orders to Cristóbal Tapia to follow behind with extra horses and supplies to support the siege.

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  1. […] Mexico: Governor Vargas, having left the main body of his troops camped at the hacienda of Mejía the previous afternoon, rides toward Cochiti Pueblo with a small troop to carry out his plan of a dawn attack there.  […]


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