Manuscript/Mixed Material Image 1 of Petition for bail from accused witches, ca. 1692.

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Title
Petition for bail from accused witches, ca. 1692.
Created / Published
ca. 1692
Subject Headings
-  Imprisonment
-  Witchcraft
-  Massachusetts
-  Law
-  Prisons
-  Salem (Mass.)
-  Manuscripts
Genre
Manuscripts
Notes
-  Reproduction number: A7 (color slide of original); LC-MSS-12021-1 (B&W negative of original); LC-MSS-12021-2 (B&W negative of typescript)
-  Many American colonists brought with them from Europe a belief in witches and a fascination with alleged conspiracies with the devil. During the seventeenth century, people were executed for witchcraft throughout the colonies, especially in Massachusetts. Many of the accused were women, prompting some recent historians to suggest that charges of witchcraft were a way of controlling women who threatened the existing economic and social order. In 1692 the famous Salem, Massachusetts, witchcraft trials took place, and that summer hundreds of people in the colony were arrested. Shown here is an appeal from ten women "besides thre or foure men" who were confined without trial in the Ipswich jail for many months. The petitioners--some "fettered with irons," some pregnant, and all "weake and infirme"--request that they be released on "bayle" to stand trial the following spring so that they do not "perish with cold" during the winter months.
Source Collection
John Davis Batchelder Autograph Collection
Repository
Manuscript Division
Language
English
Online Format
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Original Format
manuscript/mixed material
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