37.Old Burying Ground
(on Route 1A, two-tenths of a mile east of its intersection
with Route 110).
is buried Major Robert Pike (Plate 36) who lived in Salisbury and was
an assistant of the colony. Pike recorded much of the testimony given
against Susannah Martin after her arrest in May 1692. In August, however,
he wrote a forceful letter to Jonathan Corwin in which he attacked spectral
evidence. As long as spectral evidence was admissible in court, he wrote,
"the Devil is accuser and witness." Pike signed an affidavit
in defense of Mary Bradbury of Salisbury who was convicted of witchcraft
on September 9 but escaped hanging. He died in 1706 at the age of ninety.