Testimony of Richard Coman v. Bridget Bishop

Richard Coman aged aboute 32 years Testifieth that sometime 
aboute Eight yeares Since: I then being in bed with my wife at Salem. 
one fift day of the Weeke at night Either. in the Latter end of May 
or the Begining of June. and a light burneing in our Roome I being awake, 
did then see Bridget Bishop of Salem Alias Olliver come into the 
Roome wee Lay in and two Women more with her. w'ch Two Women 
ware strangers to mee I knew them not. but s'd Bishop came in her 
Red paragon Bodys and the rest of her cloathing that she then 
usually did ware, and I knowing of her well also the garb she did use 
to goe in. did clearely & plainely know her, and Testifieth that as 
 he locked the dore of the house when he went to bed soe he found 
it after wards w'n he did Rise, and quickly after thay appeared the 
light was out, and the Curtaines at the foote of the bed opened 
where I did see her and presently came #[and as I] And lay upon my Brest or 
body and soe oppressed him that he could not speake nor stur noe 
not soe much as to awake his wife althow he Endeavered much soe 
to do itt; the next night thay all appeared againe in like manner and 
she s'd Bishop Alias Oliver tooke hold of him by [ ] throate and al- 
most haled him out of the bed the Satterday night followeing; I 
haveing benne that day telling of what I had seene and how I suffered 
the two nights before, my Kinsman W'm Coman told mee he would 
stay with mee & Lodg with mee and see if thay would come againe 
and advised mee to lay my Sword on thurt my body. quickly after 
Wee Went to bed that s'd night and both well awake and discoursing 
 togather in came all the three women againe and s'd Bishop was the 
first as she had benne the Other two nights, soe I told him; W'm heere 
thay be all Come againe & he #[he] was Immediatly strook speechless 
& could not move hand or foote and Immediatly they gott hold of my 
sword & strived to take it from mee but I held soe fast as thay did 
not gett it away; and I had then Liberty of sp[ ]ch and called W'm. 
also my wife & Sarah phillips th[ ]ith my wife. who all told 
mee af[ ] mee, but had not power to Spea[ ] 
(Reverse) afterwards And the first that spake was Sarah phillips. 
and said in the name of god Goodm Coman w't is the Matter with you, soe 
thay all vanished away

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Sworne Salem June 2'd 1[ ] 
Jurat in Curia 
 Before mee 

*John Hathorn[ ]