"Mary Case of Hartford comlayned of Daniel Eames late of boxford for begetting her with child whoe being examined the sayd Eames & Mary Case both in court acknowledged that they had committed folly together sometime in January last by which the sayd Mary Case is with child as she sayth & that sayd Daniels wickedness is aggravated in that he had a wife of his owne at that time he committed that folly. We seize & sentence him the sayd Daniel Eames to be severly whipt upon the naked body on Wednesday imediately after the lecture And the sayd Mary Case for her committing fornication with the sayd Eames whoe is a marryoud person & his wife now Liveing we doe sentence her to pay a fine of six punds or be severly whipt on the naked body as soon as she shall be in a capacity to receive her punishment & we doe order the sayd Eames to depart the colony forthwith & to return to his wife and famaly as the law requires." "Session of the hartford County Court, 18 June 1695, Lt Col John Allyn, Mr Nath, Stanly and Capt Jacob Stanly, presiding." Vol. 5, p. 87 1 4
For various reasons, I have changed the name of Hartford to the fictional town name, Hereford, to give myself more creative leeway. My beta readers are liking what they've read even better than Puritan Witch, and I'm hoping to have even greater success with this one!