and her own daughter had already been imprisoned, and her husband had fled to escape a similar fate, when she was arrested on suspicion of witchcraft.
She was long confined in prison, leaving four young children, one of them an infant, to the tender mercies of her neighbors.
What made her case the more deplorable was, that she had long been partially deranged.
During her confinement, her mother
Thomas Andrew, the father of Mrs. within Jacobs, died about 1647, and his widow married Nicholas Wyeth; he died July 19, 1680, and she married Thomas Fox, Dec. 16, 1685; she died in 1698. presented a petition to the court in her behalf, on account of her mental infirmity, but in vain.
She then addressed to the Governor and Council a petition which is still preserved in the archives of the Commonwealth, and which deserves insertion here:—
To his Excellency Sir William Phips, Knt., Governor, and the honorable Council now sitting in Boston, the humble petition of Rebeccah Fox of Camb