[Salem Witch Trials]. Stephen Sewall Autograph Endorsement Signed. One page, 13" x 16.5", [Salem, Massachusetts], May 4, 1707. Sewall has endorsed the verso of the document, "Examd. By Stephen Sewall, Recorder." (The legal document involves Robert Potter of the village of Lynn in Essex County, Massachusetts.) Weakness appears at the smoothed folds. Paper loss at some folds have been repaired. Stains and foxing occur on the document. Framed to an overall size of 14" x 17.5". This document has not been examined outside of the frame, but it can be removed for further inspection upon request.

    Stephen Sewall (1657-1725), Judge Samuel Sewall's brother, was the court clerk in Salem during the Salem Witch Trials. In September 1692, minister Cotton Mather, a believer in the existence of witchcraft, was asked by Gov. Phips to write about the trials. His friend Stephen Sewall supplied him with the trial transcripts and Mather's Wonders of the Invisible World was published in 1693.

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