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Salem Witch Trials Aftermath 1711


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Reversing the Attainders on Convicted Witches 1711
1711 Reversals of Attainder

Massachusetts reversed the attainders of George Burroughs and others for witchcraft -- almost 20 years after they'd been executed.

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Salem Witch Trials Aftermath 1711

This 2-page document (images and text included here) document the removal of attainders (the legal consequences of being found guilty of a crime, including a death sentence) and thus the full restoration of civil rights for many of those found guilty of witchcraft during the Salem Witch Trials of 1692.

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Regni ANNÆ Reginæ Decimo.

Province of the


Made and Passed by the Great and General Court or Assembly of Her Majesty's Province of the Massachusetts-Bay in New-England, Held at Boston the 17th Day of October, 1711.

Nal Lambert Salem

Jany 28th, 1808

An Act of Reverse the Attainders the Attainders of George Burroughs and others Witchcraft.

FOR AS MUCH as in the Year of our Lord One Thousand Six Hundred Ninety Two, Several Towns within this Province were Insested with a horrible Witchcraft or Possession of Devils; and at a Special Court of Oyer and Terminer holden at Salem, in the County of Essex in the same Year One Thousand Six Hundred Ninety Two, George Burroughs of Wells, John Procter, George Jacob, John Willard, Giles Core, and his Wife, Rebecca Nurse, and Sarah Good, all of Salem aforesaid: Elizabeth How, of Ipswich, Mary Eastey, Sarah Wild and Abigail Hobbs all of Topsfield: Samuel Wardell, Mary Parker, Martha Carrier, Abigail Falkner, Anne Foster, Rebecca Eames, Mary Post, and Mary Lacey, all of Andover: Mary Bradbury of Salisbury, and Dorcas Hoar of Beverly; Were severally Indicted, Convicted and Attained of Witchcraft, and some of them put to Death, Others lying still under the like sentence of the said Court, and liable to have the same Executed upon them.

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