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Proceedings of the Council of Maryland, 1636-1667
Volume 3, Page 307   View pdf image (33K)
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Proceedings, of the Council of Maryland, 1648-1655. 307

aforesaid Reasons put the Maste upon a Consultation with mr
Chipsham and this Deponent, and it was thought fitt, Consid-
ering our Said Condition to Satisfie the Seamen in a way of
trying her according to the Usuall Custome in that kind
whether She were a witch or Not and Endeavoured by way of
delay to have the Commanders of other Ships aboard but
Stormy weather prevented, In the Interime two of the Seamen
apprehended her without order and Searched her and found

Liber B.

Some Signall or Marke of a witch upon her, and then calling
the Master mr Chipsham and this Deponent with others to See
it afterwards made her fast to the Capstall betwixt decks, And
in the Morning the Signall was Shrunk into her body for the
Most part, And an Examination was thereupon importuned by
the Seamen which this Deponent was desired to take where-
upon She confessed as by her Confession appeareth, And
upon that the Seamen Importuned the Said Master to put her
to Death (which as it Seemed he was unwilling to doe, and
went into his Cabbinn, but being more Vehemently pressed to
it, he tould them they might doe what they would and went
into his Cabbinn, and Sometime before they were about that
Action he desired this depont to acquaint them that they
Should doe no more then what they Should Justifie which they
Said they would doe by laying all their hands in generall to
the Execution of her, All which herein before Expressed or the
Same in Effect this Depont averreth upon his oath to be true,
And further Sayth not

William Stone Sworne before us the Henry Corbyne
Tho: Hatton day and year above written
Job- Chandler

The Deposition of ffrancis Darby Gent Aged about
39 yeares Sworne and Examined in the Province of
Maryland before the Governour and Councell there
whose Names are hereunto Subscribed the 23 day of
June Anno Domini 1654. Saith

That at Sea upon the Voyage hither about a fortnight or
three weeks before the Arrivall of the Ship called the Charity
of London in this Province of Maryland, whereof mr John Bos-
worth was then Master and upon the Same day that one Mary
Lee was put to Death aboard the Said Ship as a witch he the

Said mr Bosworth Seeing him this Deponent backward to Assist
in the Examination of her asked this Depont why? and tould
him that he was pplext about the busieness Seeing he did not
know how he might doe it by the Law of England afterwards
this deponent being present in the Round house heard the Said
mr Bosworth give Order that nothing Should be done concerning

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