Diary of Samuel Sewall

  • Witch Examinations

    In Salem, officials examined the persons accused of witchcraft. A big crowd was present. Those being examined were very upset.
  • Giles Cory

    Giles Cory was pressed to death for standing mute.
  • Dorcas Hoar

    A petition is sent to town in behalf of Dorcas Hoar who confessed. This is the first condemned person who has confessed.
  • Bill is Called

    A bill is sent in about calling a fast, and convocation of ministers, that may be led in the right way as to the witchcrafts.
  • Sam Recites Matthew

    Sam recites to Samuel in Latin, Mather 12:6-12; the 7th verse brought Samuel's mind to the Salem tragedy.