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When I first arrived I found this province miserably harassed with a most Horrible witchcraft which had broke in upon several Towns A fair amount of poor people were given preternatural torture some Burned with brimstone some had pins stuck in their flesh others hurried into the fire and water and some were dragged out of their houses and carried over the tops of trees and hills for many Miles together The loud cried and a commotion of the friends of the afflicted people with the advice of the Deputy and many others supported me to give a Commission for discovering what witchcraft might be at the bottom or When the Court came to sit at Salem they convicted more than twenty persons of being guilty of witchcraft some of the convicted confessed their Guilt The Court as I understand began their proceedings with the accusations of the afflicted and then went upon other humane evidences to strengthen that I was questioning myself if the judgement of the Court has the right to proceed in cases of Witchcraft Yet when I came home I found many persons in a strange uproar of dissatisfaction which was increased by some hot Spirits that blew up the flame When on inquiring into the matter I found that the name and shape of several persons were doubtless innocent and to my knowledge of good reputation The committing of any more that shall be accused and those that have been committed I would shelter from any Proceedings against them Where there may be the least suspicion of any wrong to be done unto the Innocent I have also put a stop to the printing of any writing that may increase the needless disputes of people I felt that if this continued I saw a likelihood of kindling an I hereby declare that as soon as I came from fighting against their Majesties Enemies and understood what danger some
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