The Humble, & Sincere Declaration of us, Subscri–
bers, Inhabitants, in Ipswich, on ye behalf of oE Neigh
bEs Jno Procter & his wife now in Trouble & undE Suspit
ion of Witchcraft.

To the HonEable Court of Assistants now Sitting In

<?>HonEed, & Right Worshipfull<?>!
The foresd John Procter: may have Greate Reason<?>
to Justifie the Divine Sovereigntie of God undE thes S<e>–
vere RemarquEs of Providenc upon his Peac & HonE;
undE A due Reflection upon his Life Past; And so the
Best of us have Reason to Adoar the Great Pittie &
Indulgenc of Gods Providenc, that we are not a<s>

Exposed to the utmost Shame, yt the Divell Can
Invent undE the pEmissions of Sovereigntie, tho not
for yt Sin fore Named; yet for oE many Trans–
gretions; for we Do at present Suppose that it
may be A Method wthin the Seveerer, But Just
Transactions of the Infinite Majestie of God; yt he
Some times may pEmitte Sathan to pEsonate, Dissem–
ble, & therby abuse Inocents, & Such as Do in the fear
of God Defie the Devill and all his works. The Great
Rage he is pEmitted to attempt holy Job wth
The Abuse he Does the famous Samuell, In Disqui–
eting his Silent Dust, by Shaddowing his venerable
PEson in Answer to the Charmes of witch Craft, &
other Instances from Good hands; may be Argt<s> Besides
the unsearcheable footstepps of Gods Judgments yt
are brought to Light Every Morning yt Astonish
oE weaker Reasons, To teach us Adoration, Tremb–
ling, & Dependanc, &ca But

We must not Trouble yE HonrEs by being Tedious,
Therfore we being Smitten with the Notice of
what hath happened, we Recoon it wthin the Duties
of oE Charitie, that Teacheth us to do, as we would
be done by; to offer thus much for the Clearing of
oE NeighboEs Inocencie; viz That we never
had the Least Knowledge of Such a Nefandous wickedness
in oE Said Neighbours, Sinc they have been wthin our
acquaintanc; Neither do we remember any Such
Thoughts in us Concerning them; or Any Action by them
or either of them Directly tending that way; no more
than might be in the <li>ves of any other pEsons

of the Clearest Reputation as to Any Such Evill<s>
What God may have Left them to, we Cannot Go into
Gods pavillions Cloathed wth Cloudes of Darknesse Round
About. But as to what we have Ever heard
seen, or heard of them [ ]
upon oE Consciences we Judge them Innocent
of ye Crime objected.

His Breading hath been Amongst us; and was
of Religious Parents in oE place; & by Reason of
Relations, & PropEties wthin oE Towne hath had
Constant Intercourse wth us.

We speak upon oE pEsonall acquaintanc, & obser–
vation: & So Leave our Neighbours, & this our
Testimonie on their Behalfe to the wise Thoughts
of yE Honours, &
Subscribe &ca

Jno Wise
William Story Senr
Reienallde ffoster:
Thos: Chote
John Burnum Sr
william: Thomsonn.
Tho. Low. sanor
Isaac ffoster
John Burnum junE
William Goodhew
Isaac perkins
Nathanill Perkins
Thomas Lovkine.
William Cogswell
Thomas Warny
John ffellows
william Cogswell Sen
Jonathan Cogswell

John Cogswell Ju
John Cogswell
Thomas Andrews
Joseph Andrews
Benjamin marshall
John Andrews Jur
william Butler
William Andrews
John Andr Andrews
John Chote Ser
Joseph prockter
Samuell Gidding
Jseph Euleth
Jems: White.

Petition in favor of John Proctor & wife

Petition in support of John Proctor and Elizabeth Proctor, about August 5, 1692, Phillips Library, on deposit from the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Archives, DEP 01, box 2, folder 20