Are you sure of it? What do you say Goody Proctor to these things? I take God in heaven to be my witness, that I know nothing of it, no more than the child unborn. Does she bring the book to you?
John Proctor has been accused and hanged for being a wizard. Whether he is or is not innocent, the answer will be forever lost. John Proctor was born on March 30th, in Ipswich.
John Proctor became one of the wealthiest property owners and was envied and respected by the villagers. John Proctor divorced his first two wives, and had three children with his third wife, Elizabeth Basset. John Proctor came uninvited to her examination, and he stood up for her.
He said that if the afflicted girls were to be believed "we should all be devils and witches quickly. John Proctor was the first man to be accused in the Salem witch trials.
He had his examination on April 11th, Proctor went to jail on July 23 and there he wrote a plea to the clergy of Boston. Proctors letter states, " If it be possible our innocent blood may be spared, which undoubtedly otherwise will be shed, if the lord doth not mercifully step in.
Here are five persons who have lately confessed themselves to be witches, and do accuse some of us of being along with them at a sacrament, since we were committed into close prison, which we know to be lies.
Two of the five are young men, who would not confess anything till they tied them neck and heels till the blood was ready to come out of their noses and "tis credibly believed and reported this was the occasion of making them confess that which they never did, by reason they said one had been a witch a month, and another five weeks, and that their mother had made them so, who has been confined here this nine weeks.
My son William Proctor, when he was examined, because he would not confess that he was guilty, when he was innocent, they tied him neck and heels till the blood gushed out of his nose, and would have kept him so twenty-four hours, if one more merciful than the rest, had not taken pity on him, and caused him to be unbound.
If it cannot be granted that we can have our trials at Boston, we humbly beg that you would endeavor to have these magistrates changed, and others in their rooms, begging also and beseeching you would be pleased to be here, if not all, some of you at our trials, hoping thereby you may be the means of saving the shedding our innocent bloods, desiring your prayers to the lord in our behalf, we rest your poor afflicted servants.
He also stated that people are confessing to be witches because they are being tortured, not because they are actually witches.
He did torture me with a variety of tortures and immediately he vanished away. She said, something very similar about Proctor, and proclaimed that on April 11th the day of Proctors examination"Proctor senior, has most grievously and did torture me most dreadfully, also in the time of his examination he afflicted me very much, and several times since the apparition of John Proctor senior, has most grievously tortured me by pinching and almost choking me urging me to write in his book.
She purported, "I have seen the apparition of John Proctor senior among the witches and he hath often tortured me by pinching me and biting me and chocking me, and pressing me on my stomach till the blood came out of my mouth " Proctor did most grievously torture me with variety of tortures, almost ready to kill me.
It will forever be unknown if he really did this to people or if the afflicted girls were just making it up. We do know that even though there were many people against Proctor, there were also a lot of people for him.
There were two petitions signed in favor of John and Elizabeth Proctor. The first petition got thirty-two signatures and was from Proctors" neighbors. The petition claimed that Proctor was not a wizard and that he worshiped god and was religious and that they, the neighbors had not seen the Proctors doing any strange activity that would prove that they were witches or wizards.
This petition said, " We whose names are underwritten having several years known John Proctor and his wife do testify that we never heard or understood that they were ever suspected to be guilty of the crime now charged upon them and several of us being their near neighbors do testify that to our apprehension they lived a Christian life in their family and were ever ready to help such as stood in need of their help.
He was one of the five hanged that day on Gallows hill. Elizabeth and her son, John Proctor III remained in jail until May 16thwhen a general release freed all prisoners who remained in jail. Even though it was thought that innocent people had been wrongly convicted, Elizabeth was still considered guilty.
Elizabeth also stood up like her husband, but for the rights of women. She petitioned to the court to give her back her property and her legal rights, but nothing was done about her plea for the next seven years.
At the time John wrote his will, he had expected that Elizabeth would be executed already and so he had left her nothing. On September 22, Elizabeth married again to a man named Daniel Richards, moving on from her tragic past.
Even though John Proctor died, he died a fighter, a rebel, and a hero. Nobody knows whether he is or is not a wizard, but we do know he made a difference in the Salem Witch Trials and it cost him his life.The Flower Swift Militia Company Of Montgomery Co., Virginia Reconstruction of a vanished community in today's Carroll and Grayson Counties.
The Salem witch trials were a series of hearings and prosecutions of people accused of witchcraft in colonial Massachusetts between February and May More than people were accused, nineteen of whom were found guilty and executed by hanging (fourteen women and five men).
One other man, Giles Corey, was pressed to death for refusing to plead, and at least five people died in jail. Elizabeth Proctor, wife of Salem Village farmer John Proctor, was accused of witchcraft during the Salem Witch Trials in The Proctors were a wealthy family who lived on a large rented farm on the outskirts of Salem Village, in what is now modern day Peabody.
Mary Ann Warren was the oldest accuser during the Salem witch trials, being in her late teens, or perhaps twenty years old, when the trials began. She was a servant for John and Elizabeth Proctor. Age at time of Salem witch trials: about 40 Dates: - unknown Also known as: Goody Proctor.
Elizabeth Proctor Before the Salem Witch Trials. Elizabeth Proctor was born in Lynn, Massachusetts. Her parents had both emigrated from England and had married in Lynn. + free ebooks online. Did you know that you can help us produce ebooks by proof-reading just one page a day?
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