17th Century New England, with special emphasis on the Salem Witchcraft Trials

(Petition of Isaac Easty et al.)

To his Exelency the Governour and the Honourable Counsell and Generall Assembly for the Province of the Massatusetts Bay in New England convened at Boston May 25, 1709

The Humble adress and motion of several of the Inhabitants of the s'd Province some of which had their near Relations Either Parents or others who suffered Death in the Dark & Dolefull times that past over this province in the year 1692 under the suposition (and that Gloomy Day) by some thought provd of Being Guilty of Witchcraft w'ch. we have all the Reason in the world to hope & beleive they were Inocent of. and others of us that. Either our selves or some of our Relations have been Imprisoned impared & Blasted in our Reputations and Estates by Reason of the same its not our Intent neither doe we Reflect on the Judges or Jurors Concern'd in those sorrowfull tryalls whome we hope did that w'ch they Thought was Right in that hour of Darkness [but] that which we move & pray for is that you Would Please to pass some suitable Act as in your Wisdome you may think meet & proper that shall so far as may be Restore the Reputations to the Posterity of the Suffurrers & Remunerate them as to what they have been Damnifid in their Estates thereby: we doe not without Remors & greif Recount these sorrowful things But we Humbly Conceive that we are Bound in conscience and duty to god & to our selves Relatives & posterity & County Humbly to Make this Motion praying God to Direct you in this & all your weighty Consultations

Wee subscribe Your sorrowful and Distresst Supliants

Isaac Esty
Jno Nurse
Joseph parker
Thorndick Procter
George Jacobs

In the names & on Behalf of our selves and several others.

(Reverse) Pe'tion May 1709.
Pe'ions about the Witchcraft in 1692.

(Mass. Archives Vol. 13 5 No. 112)

from The Salem Witchcraft Papers, pp. 973-974

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