About Samuel Sewall (Sewell)
1681-4 Managed the Colony's Printing Press
1692 Appointed as one of several Commissioners to try the cases of witchcraft in Salem. During July and August the Court sentenced 19 people to death. He was the only one of the Judges who publicly admitted that he had been in error in the matter. On Jan 14, 1697, Sewall stood up in the old South Church in Boston while Rev. Samuel Willard read a confession of error and guilt which Sewall wished to make for himself publically. Commissioner of the "Society for the propagation of the Gospel in New England" in 1699. He was local Secretary and Treasurer. He published "The Selling of Joseph" one of the earliest appeals in the anti-slavery cause. Judge of Probate for Suffolk County in 1715. Chief Justice of the Superior Court of Judicature in 1718, for ten years. Author of a great many notable works.