Ann Hibbins

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Frederic P. Miller, Agnes F. Vandome, McBrewster John
VDM Publishing, Nov 27, 2010 - History - 108 pages
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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Ann Hibbins (or Hibbens) was executed for witchcraft in Boston, Massachusetts, on June 19, 1656. Her execution was the third for witchcraft in Boston and predated the Salem Witch Trials. Hibbins was later fictionalized in Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter. A wealthy widow, Hibbins was reputed to be the sister of Massachusetts governor, Richard Bellingham. Her sentence was handed down by Governor John Endicott. Ann Hibbins had some supporters, among them selectman Joshua Scottow, who later apologized to the General Court for his support of Hibbins. Nine months after her excecution, Scottow stated that he did not intend to oppose the proceedings of the General Court in the case of Mrs. Ann Hibbins: I am cordially sorry that anything from me, either in word or writing, should give offence to the honored Court, my dear brethren in the church, or any others.

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