Appendix
The Hartford Witch-hunt:
Additional Texts
Thefive documents thatfollow were inexplicably omittedjrom the
first edition ofWitch-hunting in Seventeenth-Century New En-
gland.
The Hariford, Connecticut, witch-hunt of1662-1665 un-
folded as a series ofaccusations apparently initiated by an ailing
eight-year-old girl, Elizabeth Kelly, who named Goodwife Ayres as
the cause ofher sickness. Ann Cole, a young woman who mani-
fested the symptoms of "diabolical possession, " named others,
including Rebecca Greensmith. Imprisoned on suspicion ofwitch-
crqft, Mrs. Greensmith was visited by two ministers to whom she
''freely confessed" that she "hadfamiliarity with the devil.
"1
At
some point the twice-widowed Mrs. Greensmith named her third
husband Nathaniel, afarmer ofmodest means who had occasion-
allyfallen into trouble with the law,2 as afellow witch. Thereqfter,
Mrs. Greensmith addedfurther details, including an account of
"meetings" in the woods with seven other persons, several of whom
would also be charged by the courtfor engaging in witchcrqft. In
the previous headnote on the Hartford witch-hunt it was suggested
that the Greensmiths were subjected to the swimming test, but since
Rebecca had already confessed this seems unlikely. William Ayres
and his wife were probably the participants.
The Particular Court indicts and tries Andrew Sanford
June 6,1662. Andrew Sanford thou art here indicted by the name of
Andrew Sanford for not having the fear of God before thine eyes
thou has entertained familiarity with Satan the grand enemy of God
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