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till January of the following year. Thus an interval of more than three months from the last executions gave the public mind security and freedom; and, though Phipps still conferred the place of chiefjudge on Stoughton, yet jurors, representing the public mind, acted independently. When the court met at Salem, six women of 1693. Jan. Andover, at once renouncing their confessions, treated the witchcraft but as something so called, the bewildered but as seemingly afflicted. A memorial of Abbot's Andover, 164 like tenor came from the inhabitants of Andover. Of the presentments the grand jury dismissed more than half, and, if it found bills against twenty-six, the trials did but show the feebleness of the testimony on which others had been condemned. The same testimony was produced, and there, at Salem, with Stoughton on the bench, verdicts of acquittal followed: Error expired amidst its worshippers. Three had, for special reasons, been convicted: one was a wife, whose testimon