SALEM WITCH TRIALS.
Manuscript Document variously signed, 1 p, oblong 4to, Sudberry, [MA], "in this province and dominion of New England in America," October 3, 1692, signed by James Minott and Thomas Hinchman as Justices; John Loker as the Accused; Isaac Rice and Matthew Rice (his mark) as sureties for Loker, light wear, laid down on tissue.
A WRONGFUL ACCUSER OF "THE HORRID CRIME OF WITCHCRAFT" POSTS BAIL. This document states that John Loker of Sudberry wrongfully accused his fellow townsman Cornet William Brown of "the horrid crime of witchcraft." Loker is required to remain on good behavior and present himself to the county court of Charlestown against a bond of 100 pounds.
Any documents relating to the colonial Witch Trials are extremely rare and especially one naming witchcraft within the text. This document dates to almost precisely the middle of the Salem witch trials which lasted from February 1692 to May 1693 and spread over much of the province. Cornet William Brown was exceedingly lucky in not being condemned, though his gender certainly helped.