Diary of Samuel Sewall By tiffany.holder Apr 11, 1692 Witch Examinations In Salem, officials examined the persons accused of witchcraft. A big crowd was present. Those being examined were very upset. Sep 19, 1692 Giles Cory Giles Cory was pressed to death for standing mute. Sep 21, 1692 Dorcas Hoar A petition is sent to town in behalf of Dorcas Hoar who confessed. This is the first condemned person who has confessed. Oct 26, 1692 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. Dec 24, 1694 Sam Recites Matthew Sam recites to Samuel in Latin, Mather 12:6-12; the 7th verse brought Samuel's mind to the Salem tragedy.