Ann Putnam, "Deposition," April 20, 1692
Who testifieth and saith that on 20th of April, 1692 at evening she saw the Apparishton of a minister at which she was grieviously affrighted and cried out oh dreadfull: dreadfull her is a minister com, what are Ministers wicthes to: whence com you and What is your name for I will complains of you tho you be a Minister: if you be a wizzard.... and Immediately I was tortored by him being Racked and allmost choaked by him: and he tempted me to write in his book which I Refused with loud out cries and said I would not writ in his book tho he tore me al to peaces but tould him that it was a dreadfull thing: that he which was a Minister that should teach children to feare God should com to perswad poor creatures to give their souls to the devill; oh, dreadfull, dreadfull, tell me your name that I may know who you are; then againe he tortored me and urged me to writ in his book; which I refused and then presently he tould me that his name was George Burroughs, and that he had had three wives: and that he had bewicthed the Two first of them to death; and that he had kiled Miss T. Lawson because she was so unwilling to goe from the village, and also killed Mr Lawson's child because he went to the eastward with Sir Edmon and preached to the souldiers and that he had made Abigail Hobbs a wicth and several wicthes more: and he has contin- wed ever sence; by times tempting me to write in his book and grievously tortoring me by beating, pinching and almost choaking me severall times a day and he also tould me that he was above a wicth he was a conjuror. . . .