This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1870. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... stance I have ever heard of in any of the English colonies." History furnishes us perhaps with as many instances of cruelty proceeding from superstition, as from the most savage barliarous temper of mind. Besides the irregularities which I have already mentioned in these trials, the court admitted evidence to be given of facts, not laid in the indictments, to prove witchcraft eight, ten or fifteen years before; indeed, no other sort of evidence was offered to prove facts in the indictments but the spectral evidence, which, in the opinion of the divines, was not sufficient. It would have been well if they had consulted lawyers" also, who would have told 41 Samuel Sewall, one of the judges in the witchcraft trials, made, on this occasion, the following entrv in his Diary--for the use of which I am indebted to the courtesy of the Massachusetts Historical Society: "Monday, Sept. 19, 1692. About noon, at Salcin, Giles "Corey was pressed to death for standing mute; much pains was used with him two days, "one after another, by the court and Capt. Gardner of Nantucket, who had been his "acquaintance; but nil in vain. Sept 20. Now I hear from Salem, that about eighteen "years ago, he was suspected to have stamped and pressed a man to death; but was cleared. "'Twas not remembered till Ann Putnam was told of it by said Corey's specter, the sab"bath-day night before the execution." The following touching relation of the sufferings of the Corey family during the year 1692, is in Mass. Archives, vol. exxxv. fol. 161. For the purpose of preserving the quaintness of the original document, I have copied it verbatim. "To the Honrable Commite Apointed by the Generall Court to make enquire with Res"pctt to the Suferings in The year 1692 &e "thei-e arc to giue you a Short Acount of ...
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