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Lot 2: [ Americana ] SEWALL, Stephen. American attorney and public official court clerk during the Salem Witch Trials, and brother of Judge Samuel

by Historical Collectible Auctions

March 13, 2003

Burlington, NC, USA

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Description: [ Americana ] SEWALL, Stephen. American attorney and public official court clerk during the Salem Witch Trials, and brother of Judge Samuel Sewall. During the hysteria, Sewall also took in the mother of Helen Parris, the preachers daughter whose strange symptoms first brought about the charges of witchcraft.Manuscript Document Signed, Stephen Sewall, 1p. octavo, Rowley, Massachusetts, 1669, his attestation on a fair copy of the minutes of a town meeting in which it is ordered that the inhabitants will contribute to the maintenance and support of a farm occupied by a minister, and: ...that the benefit of the foresd farme shall belong to the minister at that place where they have an orthodox minister... VG. A rare manuscript with ties to infamous Salem Witch Trials

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