I honestly cannot remember the last time I had any mail on Tumblr. I would like to logon sometime and find I have something in it, anything at all, even if it’s just a hello or whatever. To see I have a lot of mail would be even more awesome, and I think I would pee myself…………lol But seriously, will someone send me some mail, PLEASE? If you have any questions at all for me, about me, or about anything else, please ask. If you just want to get something off your chest, or maybe want some advice, please ask. Or….just say hello, I will answer every mail I get here. I may not have an answer to the meaning of life, but even then I would give it my best shot.
Please relieve the emptiness that is my inbox!
Peace & Love to all!
Within a matter of weeks, warrants were issued for dozens of accused witches, and the jails were full to bursting. Governor William Phipps ordered the formation of the Special Court of Oyer and Terminer — which meant “to hear and determine” — to try the backlog of cases. The first case brought before the grand jury was that of Bridget Bishop, a tavern owner, who had attracted the negative attention by virtue of the fact that she played shuffleboard and dressed in unsuitable clothing. She was found guilty and sentenced to hang on June 10, the first of 19 executions that took place over the next four months. A 20th victim, Giles Cory, was tortured to death when he refused to enter a plea. The hysteria spread to nearby towns, and feuding neighbors began to see it as a handy way to get revenge. Many of the accused people confessed to witchcraft to escape execution, because confession meant you were repentant, and it was up to God to handle your punishment. Those who refused to confess — either on moral grounds or because confession meant they would forfeit their property — were executed.
In October, Governor Phipps abruptly dissolved the Court of Oyer and Terminer and prohibited further arrests, maybe because Puritan ministers were calling for an end to the trials, or maybe because the afflicted girls had accused Phipps’s wife of witchcraft. Over an eight-month period, more than 200 people had been accused and imprisoned, and several had died in jail. Some of the judges and examiners later expressed remorse. Examiner John Hale wrote in 1695, “Such was the darkness of the day, and so great the lamentations of the afflicted, that we walked in the clouds and could not see our way.”