What did the governor of Massachusetts offer in 1711?

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The governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony at the time was Joseph Dudley (1658-1725). In December of that year, he authorized compensation to victims and the relatives of  those accused in the Salem Witch Trials, which had been presented as a petition to the General Court (now known as the state legislature) in 1709.

In October 1711, prior to calling for compensation, the General Court issued a bill (a "Reversal of Attainder") that reversed the judgement against some of those accused; unfortunately not all who were accused were listed.  In the fullness of time, another governor, Jane Swift, signed a bill proclaiming the innocence of all the accused in October 2001.


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