yet uninfected by superstition,—was torn from her children, and sent to jail.
Parris had had a rival in George
April 22. Burroughs, who, having formerly preached in Salem village, had had friends there desirous of his settlement.
He, too, a skeptic in witchcraft, was accused
May 8 and committed.
Thus far, there had been no success in obtaining confessions, though earnestly solicited.
It had been hinted, also, that confessing was the avenue to safety.
At last, Deliverance Hobbs owned
May 11. every thing that was asked of her, and was left unharmed.
The gallows was to be set up, not for those who professed themselves witches, but for those who rebuked the delusion.
Simon Bradstreet, the governor of the people's choice, deemed the evidence insufficient ground of guilt.
On Saturday, the 14th of May, the new char-
1692 May 14. ter and the royal governor arrived in Boston.
On the next Monday, the charter was published, and the
16. parishioner of Cotton Mather, with the roya
nicious notions, fatal to the
1703 royal prerogative, were improving daily; and, though
Quarry Virginia protested against the charge of republicanism, as an unfounded reproach, yet colonial opinion, the offspring of free inquiry, which seclusion awakened, the woods sheltered, and the self — will of slaveholders fortified, was more than a counterpoise to the prerogative of the British crown.
In former ages, no colony had ever enjoyed a happier freedom.
From the days of the insurrection of Bacon, for a period of three quarters of a century, Virginia possessed uninterrupted peace.
On its own soil, the strife with the Indians was ended; the French hesitated to invade the western frontier, on which they lowered: if sometimes alarm was spread by privateers upon the coast, a naval foe
1709 was not attracted to a region which had neither town
1710 nor magazines, where there was nothing to destroy but a field of tobacco, nothing to plunder but the frugal stores of scattered plantations.