RAmused: August 19, 1692

John Procter Memorial

Three hundred and twenty-three years ago today, John Proctor, the real life protagonist of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, was hanged for witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts, along with George Burroughs, John Willard, George Jacobs, Sr., and Martha Carrier.

Proctor’s third wife, Elizabeth was also accused, convicted, and sentenced to death, but because she was pregnant at the time, her sentence was postponed until after the child was born. By that time, the trials had ended.

A house where Proctor is said to have lived still exists as a private property at 348 Lowell Street, in Peabody, MA, although some archaeologists believe that it was built c1700 by Proctor’s son, Thorndike. What is indisputable is that it sits upon land that was once the 700 acres that John Proctor farmed.

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The John Proctor House is the large brown House standing alone at the curve on Lowell Street. There appears to be a swimming pool behind it. The John Proctor Memorial marker is located at the wooded corner off of Lowell Street across the street from the two white houses om the right hand side of the map.
The John Proctor House is the large brown house standing alone at the curve on Lowell Street.                            There appears to be a swimming pool behind it.
The John Proctor Memorial marker is located at the wooded corner off of Lowell Street across                                   the street from the two white houses on the right hand side of the map.

And if you have not seen this astonishing production of The Cucible, watch the trailer here.

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6 thoughts on “RAmused: August 19, 1692

  1. When calculating a chart for this, one must be aware that back then, they were still using the julian calendar. This changed about 50 years later. Converted to the gregorian calendar, the date is august 29.

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  2. He was baptised on oct. 9 1631, so he was either born on this day or a little earlier. If you add the 10 days that the gregorian calendar is ahead of the julian, to the 9th, it would be the 19th, so he would still be a Libra.

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  3. I misread what you wrote about the Gregorian calendar and thought it was 30 days.

    Which chart makes more sense for him? The October 9th chart, or the October 19 th chart?

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