The Examination of Eliz: How. 31. May. 1692

Mercy Lewes & Mary Walcot fell in a fit quickly after the Examinant came in
Mary Walcot said that this woman the examinant had pincht her & choakt thi[Lost] [= this]
month. Ann Putman said she had hurt her three times.
What say you to this charge? Here are them that charge you of ^{with} witchcraft
If<?> If it was the last moment I was to live, God knows I am innocent
of any thing in this nature
Did not you take notice that now when you lookt upon Mercy Lewes she was struck
du{Lost} {= dumb}
I cannot help it.
You are chargid here; what doe you say?
I am innocent of any thing of this natur<e>.
Is this the first time that ever you were accused?
Yes Sr
Do not you know that one at Ipswitch hath accused you?
This is the first time that ever I heard of it
You say that you never heard of these folks before.

Mercy Lewis at length spake, & charged this woman with hurting & pinching
her: And then Abigail Williams cryed she hath hurt me a great many
times, a great while & she hath brought the me the book.
Ann Putman had a pin stuck in her hand
What do you say to this?
I cannot help it.
What consent have you given?
Mary Warren cryed out she was prickt
Abig: Williams cryed out that she was pincht, & great prints were seen
in her arm
Have not you seen some apparition?
No, never in all my life
Those that have confessed, they tell us they used images & pins, now tell
what you have used.
You would not have me confess that which I know not
She lookt upon Mary Warren, & said Warren violently fell downe.
Look upon this maid viz: Mary Walcot, her back being towards the Examinant
Mary Warren & Ann Putman said they saw this woman upon her.
Susan: Sheldon saith this was the woman that carryed her yesterday to the Pond
Sus: Sheldon carried to the Examinant in a fit & was well upon grasping her arm.
You said you never heard before of these people
Not before the warrant was served upon me last sabbath day
John Indian cryed out Oh she bites, & fell into a grievous fit, & so carried to her
in his fit & was well upon her grasping him.
What do you say to these things, they cannot come to you?
Sr I am not able to give ac<c>ount of it
Cannot you tell what keeps them off from your body?
I cannot tell, I know not what it is?
That is strange that you should do these things & not be able to tell how.

This is a true account of the examination of Eliz: How taken from my
characters ^{written} at the time thereof Witness my hand Sam: Parris

Eliza. How Exam.

June .30 92.


Examination of Elizabeth How, May 31, 1692, Phillips Library, on deposit from the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Archives, DEP 01, box 8, folder 9