Acts and laws, passed by the Great and General Court or Assembly of Their Majesties province of the Massachusets-Bay, in New-England. Begun at Boston, the eighth day of June, 1692. And continued by adjournment, unto Wednesday the twelfth day of October following: being the second sessions. Anno regni Gulielmi, et Mariae, regis et reginae Angliae, Scotiae, Franciae, et Hiberniae, quarto.
Massachusetts.
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An Act, Against Conjuration, Witchcraft, and Dealing with Evil and Wicked Spirits.

FOR more particular Direction in the Execution of the Law against Witchcraft.

BE it Enacted by the Governour, Coun|cil, and Representatives in General Court Assembled, And by the Authority of the same.

That if any person or persons shall use, practise or Exercise any In|vocation or Conjuration of any Evil and wicked Spirit, or shall Consult, Covenant with, Entertain, Employ, Feed or Reward any Evil and Wicked Spirit to or for any intent or purpose, or take up any Dead Man, Woman or Child, out of his, her, or their Grave, or any other Place where the Dead Body Resteth, or the Skin, Bone, or any other part of any Dead Person to be Employed or used in any manner of Witch|craft, Sorcery, Charm or Inchantment, or shall Use, Practice or Exercise any Witchcraft, Inchantment, Charm or Sorcery, whereby any person shall be Killed, Destroyed, Wasted, Consumed, Pined or Lamed in his or her Body, or any part thereof: That then every such Offender or Offenders, their Aiders, Abetters, and Counsellors, being of any of the said Offences du|ly and lawfully Convicted and Attainted, shall suffer pains of Death, as a Felon or Felons.

And Further to the intent that all manner of Practice, Use or Ex|ercise of Witchcraft, Inchantment, Charm or Sorcery, should be henceforth utterly avoided, abolished and taken away.

Be it Enacted by the authority aforesaid

That if any person or persons shall take upon him or them by Witch|craft, Inchantment, Charm or Sorcery to tell or declare in what place any Treasure of Gold or Silver should or might be found or had in the Earth, or other 〈◊〉 places; Or where Goods or Things Lost or Stoln should be found or become; Or to th•••ntent to provoke any per|son to unlawful Love; Or whereby any Catte or Goods of any person shall be Destroyed, W••shed or Impaied; Or to hurt or destroy any per|son in his or her Body, although the same be not effected and done: That then all and every such person and persons so offending, and being thereof lawfully Convicted, shall for the said Offence suffer Imprisonment by the space of 〈◊〉〈◊〉 year, without Bail or Mainprize, and once in Page  80 every Quarter of the said Year, shall in some Shire Town, stand openly upon the Pillory by the space of six hours, and there shall openly confess his or her Error and Offence, which said Offence shall be written in Ca|pital Letters, and placed upon the Breast of said Offender.

And if any person or persons being once Convicted of the same Of|fence, and shall again Commit the like Offence, and being of any of the said Offences the second time lawfully and duly Convicted and Attainted as i a foresaid, shall suffer pains of Death, as a Felon or Felons.