The Apology of Samuel Sewall

Samuel Sewall, sensible of the reiterated strokes of God upon himself and his family; and being sensible, that as to the guilt contracted, upon the opening of the late Commission of Oyer and Ter-

Samuel Sewall regretted having ordered the executions of hardworking, good people such as Giles Corey. Reproduced by permission of Culver Pictures, Inc.

reiterated: repeated

Oyer and Terminer: the court that conducted the witchcraft trials benignity: kindness sovereignty: supreme rule or excellence or an example of it vouchsafe: to grant as a privilege or special favor efficacious: having the power to produce a desired effect miner, he is, upon many accounts, more concerned than any that he knows of, desires to take the blame and shame of it, asking pardon of men, and especially desiring prayers that God, who has an unlimited authority, would pardon that sin and all his other sins; personal and relative: And according to his infinite benignity, and sovereignty, not visit the sin of him, or of any other, upon himself or any of his, nor upon the land: But that He [God] would powerfully defend him against all temptations to sin, for the future; and vouchsafe him the efficacious, saving conduct of his word and spirit.

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