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To the child of my Wife I write this only a short while before I am hung I am John Proctor the father you will never know I regret that I shall not live long enough to see thy birth but I cannot damn myself to lies to do so As I am sure you know I am a convicted witch It is a lie I am a Christian man By all means I am not good but I have enough good in me to hang today I am one of 19 to hang this year Many more were accused but they admitted it and threw the blame on others as much as they could and were therefore only thrown in jail At first I planned to do the same I felt I could not hang besides such good people as Rebecca Nurse and Martha Corey I have black sins and I felt I was not worth the dust on their shoes I confessed that I was a witch but the officials of the court first demanded I say that I saw several people with the Devil It is one thing to lie and therefore be sinned but another to condemn to women so close to God with that lie Despite my refusal to implicate others I was nearly released when they brought out a paper to sign It was my written confession I signed the paper slowly but as I finished writing my name I took the paper and tore it in two I may lie for God forgives my lies but I cannot give the court my name It is my own name and to sign it to lies would be giving it away It is why I must hang to save my friends my family myself Others have managed to do so in other ways An unknown person in the village said that the trials were false and that witches never
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