- In The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, one of Joseph Curwen’s colleagues in the pursuit of the “essential Saltes” by which human beings can be resuscitated after death. Living in Salem, he leaves the town in 1720 after attracting suspicion by failing to grow visibly old. Thirty years later a person named Jedediah Orne, claiming to be his son, returns to Salem and claims his property. Dr. Willett later discovers that Simon and Jedediah are the same person and that Charles Dexter Ward very likely visited him (now living in Prague) as late as 1924. Willett takes measures to destroy Orne.
An H.P.Lovecraft encyclopedia. S.T. Joshi, David E. Schultz.