January 5, 2012 at 8:28 AM
"While confessions by accused witches propelled the witch hunt forward, petitions signed by the accused, their family, neighbors, and occasionally ministers attesting to their innocence contributed to growing skepticism about the afflicted accusers and the legal process. By October 1692, petitions directed to civil authorities requesting release from jail became more frequent, and civil authorities released some of the accused from jail on recognizance. This petition for release from jail by ten prisoners in the Ipswich jail was written some time between October and December 1692. A transcription appears in Rosenthal, ed., Records of the Salem Witch-Hunt, pp. 697-98. John Davis Batchelder Autograph Collection, Library of Congress, LC-MSS-12021-1"
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