(Examination of Bridget Bishop, First Version) The Examination of Bridget Byshop at Salem Village 19. Apr. 1692 By John Hauthorn & Jonath: Corwin Esq'rs
As soon as she came near all fell into fits Bridget Byshop, You are now brought before Authority to Give acco. of what witchcrafts you are conversant in
I take all this people (turning her head & eyes about) to witness that I am clear.
Hath this woman hurt you speaking to the afflicted.
Eliz: Hubbard Ann Putman, Abigail Williams & Mercy Lewes affirmed she had hurt them.
You are here accused by 4.or.5. for hurting them, what do you say to it,
I never saw these persons before, nor I never was in this place before.
Mary Walcot said that her brother Jonathan stroke her appearance & she saw that he had tore her coat in striking, & she heard it tare.
Upon some search in the Court, a rent that seems to answere what was alledged was found.
They say you bewitcht your first husband to death.
If it please your worship I know nothing of it.
She shake her head & the afflicted were tortured.
The like again upon the motion of her head.
Sam: Braybrook affirmed that she told him to day that she had been accounted a Witch these 10 years, but she was no Witch, the Devil cannot hurt her.
I am no witch
Why if you have not wrote in the book, yet tell me how far you have gone? Have you not to do with familiar Spirits?
I have no familiarity with the devil.
How is it then, that your appearance doth hurt these?
I am innocent.
Why you seem to act witchcraft before us, by the motion of your body, which seems to have influence upon the afflicted.
I know nothing of it. I am innocent to a Witch. I know not what a Witch is
How do you know then that you are not a witch
I do not know what you say.
How can you know, you are no Witch, & yet not know what a Witch is.
I am clear: if I were any such person you should know it.
You may threaten, but you can do no more than you are per- mitted .
I am innocent of a witch.
What do you say of those murders you are charged with?
I hope, I am not guilty of Murder
Then she turned up her eyes, the eyes of the afflicted were turned up
It may be you do not know, that any have confessed to day, who have been examined before you, that they are Witches.
No. I know nothing of it.
John Hutchinson & John Lewis in open Court affirmed that they had told her
Why look you, you are taken now in a flat lye.
I did not hear them.
Note Sam: Gold saith that after this examination he askt s'd Bridget Byshop if she were not troubled to see the afflicted persons so tormented, said Byshop answered no, she was not Troubled for them: Then he ask't her whither she thought they were bewitcht, she said she could not tell what to think about them. Will Good, & John Buxton jun'r was by, & he supposeth they heard her also.
Salem Village Aprill the.19'th 1692 mr Sam'l parris being desired to take into wrighting the Examination of Bridget Bishop, hath delivered it as aforesaid. And upon hearing the same, and
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- - 85- seeing what wee did then see, togather with the Charge of the afflic- ted persons then present: Wee Committed said Bridget Olliver --
( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 p. 34 )
(Examination of Bridget Bishop, Second Version) The examination of Bridget Bishop before the Worshipfull John Harthon and Jonathan Curren esq'rs
Bridget Bishop being now coming in to be examined relating to her accusation of Suspicon of sundry acts of witchcrafts the afflicted persons are now dreadfully afflicted by her as they doe say.
(Mr Harthon) Bishop what doe you say you here stand charged with sundry acts of witchcraft by you done or committed upon the bodyes of mercy Lews and An Putnam and others.
(Bishop) I am innocent I know nothing of it I have done no witchcraft
(Mr Har) Looke upon this woman and see if this be the woman that you have seen hurting you. Mercy Lewes and An Putnam and others doe [doe] now charge her to her face with hurting of them.
Mr Harthon What doe you say now you see they charge you to your face
(Bish) I never did hurt them in my life I did never see these persons before I am as innocent as the child unborn
(Mr Harth) is not your coate cut
(Bish) answers no but her garment being Looked upon they find it cut or toren two wayes Jonathan walcoate saith that the sword that he strucke at goode Bishup with was not naked but was within the scabbord so that the rent may very probablie be the very same that mary walcoate did tell that she had in her coate by Jonathans stricking at her apperance
The afflicted persons charge her, with having hurt them many wayes and by tempting them to sine to the devils Booke at which charge she seemed to be very angrie and shaking her head at them
saying it was false they are all greatly tormented (as I conceive) by the shaking of her head
(Mr Har) good Bishop what contract have you made with the devill
(Bish) I have made no contract with the devill I never saw him in my life. An Putnam sayeth that shee calls the devill her God
(Mr Har) what say you to all this that you are charged with can you not find in your heart to tell the truth
(Bish) I doe tell the truth I never hurt these persons in my life I never saw them before.
(Mercy Lewes) oh goode Bishop did you not come to our house the Last night and did you not tell me that your master made you tell more than you were willing to tell
(Mr Har) tell us the truth in this matter how comes these persons to be thus tormented and to charge you with doing
(Bish) I am not come here to say I am a witch to take away my life
(Mr H) who is it that doth it if you doe not they say it is your likenes that comes and torments them and tempts them to write in the booke what Booke is that you tempt them with.
(Bish) I know nothing of it I am innocent.
(Mr Harth) doe you not see how they are tormented you are acting witchcraft before us what doe you say to this why have you not an heart to confese the truth
(Bish) I am innocent I know nothing of it I am no witch I know not what a witch is.
(Mr H) have you not given consent that some evill spirit should doe this in your likenes.
(B) no I am innocent of being a witch I know no man woman or child here
(Marshall Herrik) how came you into my bed chamber one morning then and asked me whether I had any curtains to sell shee is by some of the afflicted persons charged with murder
(Mr Harth) what doe you say to these murders you are charged with
(B) I am innocent I know nothing of it
now shee lifts up her eyes and they are greatly tormented again
(Mr Har) what doe you say to these things here horrible acts of witch craft.
(Bish) I know nothing of it I doe not know whither be any witches or no
(Mr Har) no have you not heard that some have confessed.
(Bish) no I did not. two men told her to her face that they had told her here shee is taken in a plain lie now shee is going away they are dreadfully afflicted 5 afflicted persons doe charge this woman to be the very woman that hurts them
This is a true account of what I have taken down at her examina- tion according to best understanding and observation I have also in her examination taken notice that all her actions have great influence upon the afflicted persons and that have been tortored by her
(Reverse) Examination ag't Bishop
( Essex County Archives, Salem -- Witchcraft Vol. 1 p. 36 )