Letter for mr Danforth

Dear Mr. Danforth, As you know, there have been many accusations against people in the town, including many of my friends and family. My cousin, Sarah has been hanged just 3 days ago because of these accusations against her. My best friend Elizabeth has been hanged a week ago because of this. Both of them are the most God-loving women I have ever met. They have no bit of the devil in them and they have never told a lie. I truly do believe them, even if it gets me whipped. I am writing this to persuade you to put an end to these trials that have torn apart families and I pray that you take this into consideration. The first reason that you should put a stop to these accusations, is that there is no evidence. A simple birthmark cannot possibly be the devil’s touch. God made us the way he wanted us to be and how he saw was perfect, it says so in Ephesians 2:10, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them”. There is also no proof that the girls can see demons. How do we know that they are not hurting themselves or setting others up? There is talk of jealousy in town and that could possibly be behind the accusations. Also, I believe that many of the girls may be accusing people because they want the attention or because they don’t like the person they are accusing. Just the other day I saw one of the girls that are accusing others, getting yelled at by her neighbor. The very next day she accused her neighbor of witchcraft. Sadly a few days later, she was hanged. This is not the first time I have noticed the same thing happen. Some nights I pray that the girls are telling the truth because the hanging of all more than 200 innocent people would be so awful. As you know, all of the good people accused have been strict members of the church for their whole life (except Tituba). It clearly states in the Bible at Proverbs 12:22, “The LORD detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy”. I have seen my cousin and best friend at church at least 3 times a week and I know neither go to bed without reading the bible and praying to the Lord. Why would the most God-loving people I know lie? If the devil wanted to make his way into our lives, why would he be so ashamed to show himself? It saddens me to say that I do think the girls may be lying to get what they want. Poor Sarah and Elizabeth were surely victims of being falsely accused. They could not possibly have been workers for the devil, for they loved the Lord so much. Many of the girls may have just been wanting attention which is common for that age. I really do believe that they were not lying. Please consider my letter and put an end to the dreadful trials. The peace in our town needs to be restored and God’s love will come back. My prayers with you , Alexia Barnes

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