The Repentance of a Witchcraft Accuser
I desire to be humbled before God for that sad and humbling providence
that befell my father's family in the year about '92; that I, then being
in my childhood, should, by such a providence of God, be made an instrument
for the accusing of several persons of a grievous crime, whereby their
lives were taken away from them, whom now I have just grounds and good
reason to believe they were innocent persons; and that it was a great delusion
of Satan that deceived me in that sad time, whereby I justly fear I have
been instrumental, with others, though ignorantly and unwittingly, to bring
upon myself and this land the guilt of innocent blood; though what was
said or done by me against any person I can truly and uprightly say, before
God and man, I did it not out of any anger, malice, or ill-will to any
person, for I had no such thing against one of them; but what I did was
ignorantly, being deluded by Satan. And particularly, as I was a chief
instrument of accusing of Goodwife Nurse and her two sisters, I desire
to lie in the dust, and to be humbled for it, in that I was a cause, with
others, of so sad a calamity to them and their families; for which cause
I desire to lie in the dust, and earnestly beg forgiveness of God, and
from all those unto whom I have given just cause of sorrow and offence,
whose relations were taken away or accused.
This confession was read before the congregation, together with her
relation, Aug. 25, 1706; and she acknowledged it.
J. Green, Pastor.
(Upham, Vol. 2, p. 510.)