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The Judges Confession
By Samuel Sewall (16521730)
[Born in Bishop-Stoke, England, 1652. Died in Boston, Mass., 1730. From the Sewall Papers, Vol. I., published by the Mass. Hist. Soc. 1878.]
Copy of the Bill I put up on the Fast day; giving it to Mr. Willard as he passd by, and standing up at the reading of it, and bowing when finished; in the Afternoon.
SAMUEL SEWALL, sensible of the reiterated strokes of God upon himself and family; and being sensible, that as to the Guilt contracted upon the opening of the late Commission of Oyer and Terminer at Salem (to which the order for this Day relates) 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 other his 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 would powerfully defend him against all Temptations to Sin, for the future; and vouchsafe him the efficacious, saving Conduct of his Word and Spirit[Date, January 14th, 1697.]