was condemned, in part, by the evidence of Margaret Jacobs, his granddaughter.
Through the magistrates' threatenings and my own vile heart,—thus she wrote to her father,—I have confessed things contrary to my conscience and knowledge.
the terrors of a wounded conscience who can bear?
And she confessed the whole truth before the magistrates.
The magistrates refused their belief, and, confining her for trial, proceeded to hang her grandfather.
These five were condemned on the third, and hanged
Aug. 19. on the nineteenth of August; pregnancy reprieved Elizabeth Procter.
To hang a minister as a witch was a novelty; but Burroughs denied absolutely that there was, or could be, such a thing as witchcraft, in the current sense.
This opinion wounded the self-love of the judges, for it made them the accusers and judicial murderers of the innocent.
On the ladder, Burroughs cleared his innocence by an earnest speech, repeating the Lord's prayer composedly and exactly, and wi