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This is a testimony about Sarah Carrier saying her mother forced her to be a witch during the Salem witch trials. I WOULD JUST SIMPLY LIKE YOU TO HELP ME UNDERSTAND THIS TESTIMONY A LITTLE BETTER. Please just explain what is being said in this testimony!!


The examination of Sarah Carrier, 1692

It was asked Sarah Carrier by the Magistrates or Justices John Hawthorne Esq; and others: How long hast thou been a witch? 


A. Ever since I was six years old. 

Q. How old are you now? 

A. Near eight years old, brother Richard says, I shall be eight years old in November next. 

Q. Who made you a witch? 

A. My mother, she made me set my hand to a book. 

Q. How did you set your hand to it? 

A. I touched it with my fingers and the book was red, the paper of it was white. She said she never had seen the black man; the place where she did it was in Andrew Foster's pasture and Elizabeth Johnson junior was there. 

Being asked who was there beside, she answered her Aunt Toothaker and her cousin. Being asked when it was, she said, when she was baptized. 

Q. What did they promise to give you? 

A. A black dog. 

Q. Did the dog ever come to you? 

A. No. 

Q. But you said you saw a cat once. What did that say to you? 

A. It said it would tear me in pieces if I would not set my hand to the book. She said her mother baptized her, and the devil or black man was not there, as she saw, and her mother said when she baptized her, thou are mine for ever and ever and amen. 

Q. How did you afflict folks? 

A. I pinched them, and she said she had no puppets, but she went to them that she afflicted. Being asked whether she went in her body or her spirit, she said in her spirit. She said her mother carried her thither to afflict. 

Q. How did your mother carry you when she was in prison? 

A. She came like a black cat. 

Q. How did you know that it was your mother? 

A. The cat told me so that she was my mother. She said she afflicted Phelp's child last saturday, and Elizabeth Johnson joined with her to do it. She had a wooden spear, about as long as her finger, of Elizabeth Johnson, and she had it of the devil. She would not own that she had ever been at the witch meeting at the village. This is the substance.

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