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Mary had married Jersey merchant Philip English in 1675. English was the richest merchant in Salem by 1692. That year, both Mary and Philip English were accused of witchcraft, examined and held for trial in Boston jail, and escaped to New York to wait out the turmoil. They did not return to Salem until the summer of 1693. 


Additional note: According to historian Frances Hill, it is rumored that Eleanor Hollingworth is one of the possible models for Hester Prynne, the lead character in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel The Scarlet Letter.


60 Derby Street. Private residence. Not open to the public.