October 23 (October 13, o.s.)

Connecticut: Governor Robert Treat, the chief justice of the Court of Oyer and Terminer convened in Fairfield on September 14 to try the witchcraft suspects Elizabeth Clawson and Mercy Disborough, reports to the Council on the inability of the trial jury to come to a verdict.  The Council decides that Treat should reconvene the court and conduct another trial.

New Mexico: Diego Varela, the courier who left Santa Fe on October 16 with the documents sent by Governor Vargas, arrives in El Paso.  Lieutenant Governor Luis Granillo is delighted by the news he brings of the successful reconquest, and sends him on to Mexico City to deliver the letters addressed to the viceroy, adding his own brief letter relating that all is well in El Paso.

Meanwhile, Governor Vargas prepares to leave his campsite at the abandoned hacienda of Cristóbal de Anaya.  He sends the artillery captain south with two squads of men, as well as the tired horses and most of the provisions, to the hacienda of Mejía to meet up with Rafael Téllez Girón, whom Vargas left there on September 9 with the supplies and livestock unnecessary for the expedition in the north.  Vargas himself takes the rest of the soldiers and goes west to Zia Pueblo, which he finds in ruins, having been destroyed by Governor Domingo Jironza Petrís de Cruzate in 1689.  One of the soldiers finds buried at the pueblo a large bell, which Vargas orders Captain Roque Madrid to rebury.  The troops then camp for the night.

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  1. […] by Governor Treat in preparation for reconvening the court there as suggested by the Council on October 13, reply that they have a few objections to the types of evidence offered at the trials.  They find […]

  2. […] Connecticut: The Court of Oyer and Terminer, in accordance with the order of the Council given on October 13, meets in Fairfield to conduct a new trial of Elizabeth Clawson and Mercy Disborough on witchcraft […]

  3. […] to him by Governor Vargas on October 16 and by the secular and religious authorities in El Paso on October 23 and 24.  He sends them on to the royal prosecutor, Juan de Escalante y Mendoza, who reads them […]

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