In 1665 a person by the name of Alice Stephens was brought before the General Court on a charge of witchcraft and in that court later in the year a judgment was obtained against another woman who had made a similar charge against one of her neighbors. During the same year, Rev. David Lindsay of Northumberland, a clergyman who had emigrated from Scotlland (where witchcraft flourished), accused William Harding of that county of sorcery. The case went to a jury and Harding was found guility of the crime and sentenced to receive ten stripes on his bare shoulders and banished permanently from the county.
Sources: Brown's Genesis of the United States, vol. i, p. 499; General Court Orders, Robinson Transcripts, p. 28; Robinson Transcripts, p. 250, p. 256.
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