Salem Witch Trials Aftermath 1711

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Reversing the Attainders on Convicted Witches 1711

1711 Reversals of Attainder
Massachusetts reversed the attainders of George Burroughs and others for witchcraft -- almost 20 years after they'd been executed. Courtesy Library of Congress

Salem Witch Trials Aftermath 1711

This 2-page document (images and text included here) document the removal of attainders (the legal consequences of being found guilty of a crime, including a death sentence) and thus the full restoration of civil rights for many of those found guilty of witchcraft during the Salem Witch Trials of 1692.

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Regni ANNÆ Reginæ Decimo.

Province of the
Massachusetts-Bay.

AN ACT,

Made and Passed by the Great and General Court or Assembly of Her Majesty's Province of the Massachusetts-Bay in New-England, Held at Boston the 17th Day of October, 1711.

Nal Lambert Salem

Jany 28th, 1808

An Act of Reverse the Attainders the Attainders of George Burroughs and others Witchcraft.

FOR AS MUCH as in the Year of our Lord One Thousand Six Hundred Ninety Two, Several Towns within this Province were Insested with a horrible Witchcraft or Possession of Devils; and at a Special Court of Oyer and Terminer holden at Salem, in the County of Essex in the same Year One Thousand Six Hundred Ninety Two, George Burroughs of Wells, John Procter, George Jacob, John Willard, Giles Core, and his Wife, Rebecca Nurse, and Sarah Good, all of Salem aforesaid: Elizabeth How, of Ipswich, Mary Eastey, Sarah Wild and Abigail Hobbs all of Topsfield: Samuel Wardell, Mary Parker, Martha Carrier, Abigail Falkner, Anne Foster, Rebecca Eames, Mary Post, and Mary Lacey, all of Andover: Mary Bradbury of Salisbury, and  Dorcas Hoar of Beverly; Were severally Indicted, Convicted and Attained of Witchcraft, and some of them put to Death, Others lying still under the like sentence of the said Court, and liable to have the same Executed upon them.

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Reversing the Attainders on Convicted Witches 1711 - Page 2

1711 Reversals of Attainder
Massachusetts reversed the attainders of George Burroughs and others for witchcraft -- almost 20 years after they'd been executed. Courtesy Library of Congress

Salem Witch Trials Aftermath 1711

This 2-page document (images and text included here) document the removal of attainders (the legal consequences of being found guilty of a crime, including a death sentence) and thus the full restoration of civil rights for many of those found guilty of witchcraft during the Salem Witch Trials of 1692.

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The Influence and Energy of the Evil Spirits so great at that time acting in and upon those who were the Principal Accusers and Witnesses, proceeding so far as to cause a Prosecution to be had of Persons of known and good Reputation, which caused a great Dissatisfaction and a flop to be put thereunto, until Their Majesties Pleasure should be known therein.

And upon a Representation thereof accordingly made, Her late Majesty Queen MARY the Second, of blessed Memory, by Her Royal Letter given at Her Court at Whitehall the Fifteenth of April 1663. was Graciously. Pleas'd to approve the Care and Circumspection therein; and to Will and Require that in all proceedings against Persons Accused for Witchcraft, or being possessed by the Devil, the greatest Moderation, and all due Circumspection be Used, so far as the same may be without Impediment to the ordinary Course of Justice.

And some of the Principal Accusers and Witnesses in those dark and severe Prosecutions have since discovered themselves to be Persons of Profligate and Vicious Conversation.

Upon the humble Petition and Suit of several of said Persons, and of t be Children of others of them whose Parents were Executed.

Be it Declared and Enacted by His Excellency the Governour, Council and Representatives, in General Court Assembled and by the Authority of the same, That the several Convictions, Judgements and Attainders against the said George Burroughs, John Procter, George Jacob, John Willard, Giles Core, and..........Core, Rebecca Nurse, Sarah Good, Elizabeth How, Mary Eastey, Sarah Wild, Abigail Hobbs, Samuel Wardell, Mary Parker, Martha Carrier, Abigail Falkner, Anne Foster, Rebecca Eames, Mary Post, Mary Lacey, Mary Bradbury and Dorcas Hoar, and every of them, Be and hereby are Reversed, Made and Declared to be Null and Void to all Intents, Constructions and Purposes whatsoever, as if no such Convictions, Judgments or Attainders had ever been had or given. And that no Penalties or Forfeitures of Goods or Chattels be by the said Judgements and Attainders, or either of them had or incurr'd.

Any Law, Usage or Custom to the contrary notwithstanding.

And that no Sheriff, Constable, Goaler, or other Officer shall be liable to any Prosecution in the Law for anything they then Legally did in the Execution of their respective Offices.

BOSTON: Printed by B. Green, Printer to His Excellency the GOVERNOUR and COUNCIL. 1713.