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, Massachusetts, but had earlier lived in Maine. She left Maine during the Indian wars of the late 17th Century.

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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: John S. H. Fogg autograph collection
  • Object Type: Text

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