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Day of Fasting Held in Massachusetts to Atone for Persecution of Alleged Witches

Persecution of 'Witches' in Salem

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Massachusetts holds a day of fasting to atone for persecuting alleged "witches" during the Salem Witch Trials.

Samuel Sewell, one of the judges of the Court of Oyer and Terminer which prosecuted the alleged witches, writes the proclamation and at the same time offers a public confession of his own guilt for his role in the process. Every year until his death in 1730, Sewell will set aside one day for fasting and prayer.

According to the resolution, it's needed "so all of God's people may offer up fervent supplications unto him, that all iniquity may be put away, which hath stirred God's holy jealousy against this land; that he would show us what we know not, and help us, wherein we have done amiss, to do so no more."

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