November 8 (October 29, o.s.)

Massachusetts: Governor Phips, responding to the clear turn of public opinion against the Court of Oyer and Terminer which has been trying witchcraft cases, declares that, rather than meeting for its next session in early November, as scheduled, the court “must fall.”  This finally formalizes the recent gestures by both the assembly and the council in the direction of dissolving the court.

New Mexico: Governor Vargas and his expedition leave their campsite at Las Peñuelas and proceed as far as El Morro, where they find a depression at the foot of the rock thankfully full of collected rainwater with which to water their animals, which have been suffering miserably from the limited water on the journey so far.  They make camp there.  Vargas carves his name into the rock, making sure to note that he is financing the reconquest expedition himself.

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  1. […] December 5 (November 25, o.s.) Massachusetts: The assembly, after a long period of debate and disagreement, finally approves a bill setting up a new judicial system for the colony.  At the top of the system is the Superior Court of Judicature, which now assumes responsibility for the witchcraft cases formerly handled by the Court of Oyer and Terminer which was dissolved on October 29. […]

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