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.

New Mexico: Governor Vargas and his troops awake at their campsite after a harsh, stormy night to find that, while the snow has stopped, the cold winds continue.  Vargas nevertheless orders his men to break camp and continue their march.  Their route takes them further down the canyon they are in and over some hills and mesas.  When they get to the top of one mesa they can see the Sandia and Manzano mountains off in the distance ahead of them.  The way down from that mesa is very steep and rocky, but they make it and reach a broad plain at the bottom.  At this point it is becoming late and Vargas orders a halt to camp for the night at a place where there is no water.  He is a little irritated at the promises made by his Zuni guide, Agustín, about the number and quality of water holes along the shortcut he is taking them through, and figures he should have brought some water along.  There’s nothing he can do about it now, though.

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  1. […] Superior Court of Judicature set up as part of the new judicial system approved by the assembly on November 25.  Lieutenant Governor William Stoughton is appointed chief justice, the same position he held in […]


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