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He says he was told by an honest man about an overheard conversation wherein Thomas Putnam was heard to say that he told his daughter Ruth to cry witch against Mr. Jacobs, his neighbor in order to obtain his land.
Giles refuses to reveal is source because he knows that to do this will probably end up with that honest person being brought to the court and possibly accused of witchcraft as well. By now, Giles and the others who are trying to stop the court from proceeding have seen enough to know that no one is safe from an accusation of witchcraft, and he is not willing to endanger his source in this way.
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