Stockman, John. Testimony
In the early 1700s, Caleb Moody (b. 1666), the son of Sargent Caleb Moody Sr. of Newbury, Mass. was assaulted on the King's Highway by the soldier John Stockman (1681-1744), the son of Mr. John Stockman Sr. of Salisbury, Mass. The Moodys and Stockmans were both prominent families in the region. John Stockman was subsequently compelled to produce a confession in which he apologized for his attack on Moody and expressed contrition. The document consists of a single page in which Stockman describes the crime and pleads for forgiveness and reconciliation.
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The testimony of John Stockman of Salisbury, Mass., admitting his abuse of Caleb Moody in the Kings Highway "under the temptation of Satan" and praying for his forgiveness. The document is undated but likely produced around 1710.
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