November 5 (October 26, o.s.)

Massachusetts: The colonial assembly passes by a vote of 33 to 29 a bill calling for a fast day and a convocation of ministers to decide what to do about the increasingly controversial witchcraft trials.  The governor and council do not approve the bill, rendering it practically ineffectual, but the fact of it passing indicates that public opinion is turning decisively against the Court of Oyer and Terminer, the judges of which are also members of the council.

Mexico/New Mexico: The Conde de Galve writes a letter to Governor Diego de Vargas, noting that he has been receiving reports from the commanders of garrisons in Nueva Vizcaya that they are having trouble defending their territories since they are short of the fifty men they sent to aid in the reconquest of New Mexico.  He orders Vargas to send the fifty soldiers back as soon as possible.

New Mexico: Governor Vargas and his troops depart from their campsite after watering their animals at the newly enhanced water hole there.  They march as far as the next watering hole along the river that descends from Nacimiento Spring.  There they make camp.

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