“[Author Edward Eggleston] errs in saying that with Salem, witchcraft trials ended in America. Virginia held one in 1706, North Carolina in 1712 and doubtless others were held elsewhere.”
— From “Everyday Life in Early America” by David Freeman Hawke (1989)
I’m not seeing supporting evidence in either Hawke’s bibliography or Tom Peete Cross’s “Witchcraft in North Carolina” (1919). Does a Miscellany reader have the rest of the story?
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From Lawson’s New Voyage to Carolina . . .
And what may well be look’d upon for as great a Miracle, this is a Place, where no Malefactors are found, deserving Death, or even a Prison for Debtors; there being no more than two Persons, that, as far as I have been able to learn, ever suffer’d as Criminals, although it has been a Settlement near sixty Years; One of whom was a Turk that committed Murder; the other, an old Woman, for Witchcraft. These, tis true, were on the Stage, and acted many Years, before I knew the Place; but as for the last, I wish it had been undone to this day; although they give a great many Arguments, to justifie the Deed, which I had rather they should have a Hand in, than myself; seeing I could never approve of taking Life away upon such Accusations, the Justice whereof I could never yet understand.