John Hathorne's Account

The Examination of Bridget Byshop at Salem village 19. Apr. 1692  

By John Hauthorn & Jonath: Corwin Esq'rs

As soon as she came near all fell into fits 


Bridget Byshop, You are now brought before Authority to give acc'o of what witchcrafts you are conversant in

I take all this people (turning her head & eyes about) to witness that I am clear.

Hath this woman hurt you speaking to the afflicted.

Eliz: Hubbard, Ann Putman, Abigail Williams, & Mercy Lewes affirmed she had hurt them.

You are here accused by 4. or .5. for hurting them, what do you say to it?

I never saw these persons before; nor I never was in this place before.

Mary Walcot sais that her brother Jonathan stroke her appearance & she saw that he had tore her coat in striking, & she heard it tare.

Upon some search in the Court, a rent that seems to answere what was alledged was found.

They say you bewitcht your first husband to death.

If it please your worship I know nothing of it.

She shake her head & the afflicted were tortured.

The like again upon the motion of her head.

Sam: Braybrook affirmed that she told him to day that she had been accounted a Witch these .10. years, but she was no Witch, the Devil cannot hurt her.

I am no Witch.

Why if you have not wrote in the book, yet tell me how far you have gone? Have you not to do with familiar Spirits?

I have no familiarity with the Devil.

How is it then, that your appearance doth hurt these?

I am innocent.

Why you seem to act Witchcraft before us, by the motion of your  body, which seems to have influence fluence upon the afflicted.

I know nothing of it. I am innocent to a Witch. I know not what 
a Witch is.

How do you know then that you are not a witch? and yet know not what a Witch is?

I do not know what you say.

How can you know, you are no Witch, & yet not know what a Witch is:

I am clear: if I were any such person you should know it.

You may threaten, but you can do no more than you are per-mitted.

I am innocent of a Witch.

What do you say of those murders you are charged with?

I hope, I am not guilty of Murder.

Then she turned up her eyes, & the eyes of the afflicted were turned up

It may be you do not know, that any have confessed to day, who have been examined before you, that they are Witches.

No, I know nothing of it.

John Hutchinson & John Hewes in open Court affirmed that they had told her

Why look you, you are taken now in a flat lye.

I did not hear them.

Note Sam: Gold saith that after this examination he ask't s'd 
Bridget Byshop if she were not troubled to see the afflicted persons 
so tormented, said Byshop answered no, she was not troubled for 
them: Then he ask't her whither she thought they were bewitcht, 
she said she could not tell what to think about them. Will Good, 
& John Buxton jun'r was by, & he supposeth they heard her also.

Salem Village Aprill the .19'th 1692 m'r Sam'l Parris being 
desired to take into Wrighting the Examination of Bridget Bishop, 
hath delivered it as aforesaid And upon hearing the same, and 
seeing what wee did then see, togather wit[] the Charge of the afflic- 
ted persons th[] present; Wee Committed s'd Bridg[] Olliver --

*John Hathorne 

(Reverse) The Examocon of Bridget Byshop 19. Apr 1692