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Samuel Sewall letter regarding female prisoner, 1693

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Samuel Sewall letter to Caleb Ray regarding Mary Watkins' imprisonment in the Boston Prison. This letter asks for her release due to her infirm health and poverty.

She was imprisoned for falsely accusing Goody Swift of being a witch and murdering her child. She also accused herself of being a witch, but was not indicted.

She lived in Milton, but had earlier lived in Maine and was in Maine during the Indian conflicts and left Maine as a result.


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  • Title: Samuel Sewall letter regarding female prisoner, 1693
  • Creator: Sewall, Samuel
  • Creation Date: 1693-07-14
  • Subject Date: 1693-07-14
  • Town: Boston
  • County: Suffolk
  • State: MA
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Local Code: Coll. 420, Box 8/59, MS00-20.0434
  • Collection: Fogg, John Samuel Hill autograph collection
  • Object Type: Text

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