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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Worst. Witchhunt. Ever.

Governor John Winthrop's journal, June 15, 1648:

At this court one Margaret Jones, of Charlestown, was indicted and found guilty of witchcraft, and hanged for it. The evidence against her was: —

"1. That she was found to have a malignant touch, as many persons (men, women, and children), whom she stroked or touched with any affection or displeasure, were taken with deafness, or vomiting, or other violent pains or sickness.

"2. She practising physic, and her medicines being such things as (by her own confession) were harmless, as anise-seed, liquors, etc., yet had extraordinary violent effect.

"3. She would use to tell such as would not make use of her physic that they would never be healed; and accordingly their diseases and hurts continued, with relapse, against the ordinary course, and beyond the apprehension of all physicians and surgeons.

"4. Some things which she foretold came to pass accordingly; other things she could tell of (as secret speeches, etc.) which she had no ordinary means to come to the knowledge of.

"5. [Omitted.]  [Ed. note: something about freshly sucked secret teats]

"6. . . . The like child was seen in two other places, to which she had relation"; and one maid saw it, fell sick upon it, and was cured by the said Margaret, who used means to be employed to that end. Her behavior at her trial was very intemperate, lying notoriously, and railing upon the jury and witnesses, and in the like distemper she died. The same day and hour she was executed there xcas a very great tempest at Connecticut, which blew down many trees, ete."

Poor Lord Dampnut...


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