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Narratives of the New England witchcraft cases
Burr, George Lincoln, 1857-1938.
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Mineola, N.Y. : Dover Publications, 2002.
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xviii, 467 pages : facsimile ; 22 cm
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Originally published: New York : Scribner, 1914, in series: Original narratives of early American history.
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Culminating in the notorious Salem witch trials of 1692, a rising tide of witchcraft hysteria flooded the Puritan communities of 17th-century New England. This volume recaptures the voices from both sides of the controversy with 13 original narratives by judges, ministers, the accused, and others involved in the trials and persecution of the accused.

Table of Contents

From "An Essay for the Recording of Illustrious Providences" (better known as "Remarkable Providences"), by Increase Mather, 1684p. 1
Introductionp. 3
The Prefacep. 8
Chapter V: Preternatural Happenings in New Englandp. 17
Case of Ann Cole, of Hartford, 1662p. 18
Case of Elizabeth Knap, of Groton, 1671p. 21
Case of the Morses, at Newbury, 1679-1681p. 23
The Tedworth Case, in England, 1661-1663p. 32
Case of Nicholas Desborough, of Hartford, 1683p. 33
Case of George Walton, at Portsmouth, 1682p. 34
Case of the Hortados, at Salmon Falls, 1682-1683p. 37
The New York Cases of Hall and Harrison, 1665, 1670p. 39
Introductionp. 41
Case of Ralph and Mary Hall, of Setauket, 1665p. 44
Case of Katharine Harrison, 1670p. 48
"Lithobolia, or the Stone-throwing Devil," by Richard Chamberlain, 1698p. 53
Introductionp. 55
Dedicatory Letter and Versesp. 58
Why the Author relates this Stone throwing and why he believes it Witchcraftp. 60
The Quaker George Walton and his Neighbors at Great Island (Portsmouth)p. 61
The Beginning of the Stone throwing (June, 1682)p. 62
The Author himself a Victimp. 64
His Serenade and its Sequel; the Black Catp. 66
The Deviltries at Great Bayp. 67
Notable Witnessesp. 69
The Author again an Object of Attackp. 70
Injuries to Others, in House and Fieldp. 72
The Lull in August; the Final Stone throwing in Septemberp. 76
The Author's Conclusionsp. 76
The Pennsylvania Cases of Mattson, Hendrickson, and Guard, 1684, 1701p. 79
Introductionp. 81
Case of Margaret Mattson and Gertrude Hendrickson, 1684p. 85
Case of Robert Guard and his Wife, 1701p. 88
"Memorable Providences, relating to Witchcrafts and Possessions," by Cotton Mather, 1689p. 89
Introductionp. 91
Dedicatory Epistle to the Hon. Wait Winthropp. 93
The Boston Ministers "to the Reader"p. 95
The Introductionp. 97
Case of the Goodwin Children, at Boston, 1688-1689p. 99
The Goodwin Familyp. 99
The Trouble with the Laundress and her Motherp. 100
The Strange Malady of the Childrenp. 101
The Appeal to the Ministers and to the Magistrates; Arrest and Trial of Goody Gloverp. 103
Her Condemnation and Executionp. 105
The Continued Fits of the Childrenp. 107
Efforts of the Ministers to help themp. 109
The Author takes the Eldest Girl to his Home; her Behaviorp. 110
His Experiments with herp. 112
Her Imaginary Journeysp. 114
Strange Power over her of the Author's Studyp. 115
The Ministers' Day of Prayer and its Effectp. 118
The Author tests the Linguistic Powers of the Demonsp. 119
And the Power of Scripture and Prayer to quell themp. 120
Their Gradual Departurep. 121
What the Author has learned from it allp. 122
Postscript: the Devils return, but are again dispelled by Prayerp. 124
Goodwin's Account of his Children's Bewitchmentp. 126
Case of Deacon Philip Smith, of Hadley, 1684p. 131
Case of Mary Johnson, of Hartford, 1648p. 135
Case of the Boy at Tocutt (Branford)p. 136
Other Bewitchmentsp. 141
"A Brief and True Narrative of Witchcraft at Salem Village," by Deodat Lawson, 1692p. 145
Introductionp. 147
"The Bookseller to the Reader"p. 152
The Author's Visit to Salem Villagep. 152
The Antics of "the Afflicted"p. 153
Examination of Goodwife Coreyp. 154
Goodwife Putnam's Afflictionsp. 157
Examination of Goodwife Nursep. 158
Tales told by Elizabeth Parris, Dorcas Good, Abigail Williams, Mercy Lewisp. 160
Goodwife Cloyse slams the Meeting-house Doorp. 161
Extraordinary Things about the Afflictedp. 161
About the Accusedp. 162
Letter of Thomas Brattle, F.R.S., 1692p. 165
Introductionp. 167
His Reasons for writing franklyp. 169
The Procedure at Salem; the "Afflicted" and their Evidencep. 170
The "Confessors"p. 173
Indictment and Trialp. 174
"Spectre Evidence"p. 176
The Executionsp. 177
Things to wonder atp. 177
The Troubles at Andoverp. 180
Zeal of the Judgesp. 182
The Doubters and their Reasonsp. 184
Extent of the Convictions; Hope from the impending General Courtp. 185
Efforts of certain Ministers to check the Matterp. 186
Further Reasons for Hesitationp. 187
Why the Confessions cannot be trustedp. 189
Letters of Governor Phips to the Home Government, 1692, 1693p. 191
Introductionp. 193
Letter of October 12, 1692: the Witch Panic as he found it, and what he did about itp. 196
Letter of February 21, 1693: Recapitulation of his Earlier Report; how the Panic was brought to an Endp. 198
From "The Wonders of the Invisible World," by Cotton Mather, 1693p. 203
Introductionp. 205
The Author's Defencep. 210
His Relation to the Salem Trialsp. 213
The Trial of George Burroughsp. 215
The Trial of Bridget Bishopp. 223
The Trial of Susanna Martinp. 229
The Trial of Elizabeth Howp. 237
The Trial of Martha Carrierp. 241
I. The Devil's Imitation of Divine Thingsp. 245
II. The Witches' making themselves and their Tools invisiblep. 246
III. The Bewitched delivered by the Execution of the Witchesp. 248
IV. Apparitions reveal Old Murders by the Witchesp. 249
Certificate of the Judges to the Truth of this Accountp. 250
"A Brand Pluck's out of the Burning," by Cotton Mather, 1693p. 253
Introductionp. 255
The Story of Mercy Shortp. 259
Her Bewitchmentp. 260
How the Devil and his Spectres appeared to herp. 261
How they tormented herp. 263
Her Discourses to themp. 267
How her Tortures were turned into Frolicsp. 271
The Shapes worn by the Spectresp. 274
Her Remarkable Answers and Strange Knowledge of Scripturep. 275
The Methods used for her Deliverancep. 276
Her Deliverance on New Year's Evep. 277
The Renewal of her Troubles after Seven Weeksp. 278
The Strange Books brought by the Spectres for her signingp. 280
The Books used at their Witch-meetingsp. 282
The Helpful Spirit, and how he aided her against the Othersp. 283
The Prayer-meetings and her Final Deliverancep. 285
From "More Wonders of the Invisible World," by Robert Calffp. 289
Introductionp. 291
The Epistle to the Reader: the Author's Reasons for his Bookp. 296
His Materialsp. 306
Cotton Mather's Letter of Enclosurep. 307
His Another Brand pluckt out of the Burning (the Story of Margaret Rule)p. 308
Introductory Anecdote of the Devil's Appearance to an Indianp. 308
Who Margaret Rule was; the Beginning of her Bewitchmentp. 310
How she was tortured by Spectresp. 311
And by the Devilp. 312
Her Remarkable Fastings; how she was further tormentedp. 313
Her Strange Revelations as to the Spectresp. 314
The White Spirit and his Comfortingsp. 316
Her Pastor's Efforts for herp. 317
Her Tormentors' Attempt with Poppetsp. 318
The Author's Reply to his Revilersp. 320
The Good that has come of the Affairp. 322
Part II: Calef's Correspondence with Matherp. 324
His Letter of Jan. 11, 1694, enclosing his Journal of his Visit to Margaret Rule on Sept. 13p. 324
And on Sept. 19p. 327
And rehearsing his earlier Letters of Sept. 29 and Nov. 24p. 329
Mather's Reply (Jan. 15)p. 333
Enclosed Certificates of Witnesses to Margaret Rule's Levitationp. 337
Calef's Rejoinder (Jan. 18)p. 338
Part V: The Salem Witchcraftp. 341
The Rev. Mr. Parris and the Divisions at Salem Villagep. 341
The Strange Behavior of Divers Young Persons and its Ascription to Witchcraftp. 342
Mr. Lawson's Visit and his Account; the Examinations of the Accusedp. 343
Mr. Lawson's Sermon; the Solemn Fast at Salemp. 345
The "White Man"; Goodwife Cloyse and the Slammed Door; the Public Examination of April 11p. 346
The Lord's Prayer as an Ordeal; Specimen of a Mittimusp. 347
Arrival of Governor Phips; the Political Events leading to itp. 348
Mrs. Cary's Commitment and Escapep. 349
Captain John Alden's Narrativep. 353
Opening of the Special Court at Salem (June 2)p. 355
Bridget Bishop's Fate; Advice of the Boston Ministersp. 356
The Trials of June 30; Fate of Sarah Good; of Rebecca Nursep. 357
The August Trials and Executions; George Burroughs, John Willard, the Proctersp. 360
Procter's Letter to the Ministersp. 362
Old Jacobs and his Grand-daughter; her Confession and Retractionp. 364
The September Trialsp. 366
The Coreys; Wardwell; Mary Esty and her Letterp. 367
Mrs. Hale accused; Mr. Hale's Change of Viewp. 369
Seizure of the Property of Fugitivesp. 370
Flight of George Jacobs and Fate of his Familyp. 371
The Andover Witchcraftp. 371
The Gloucester Witchcraftp. 373
End of the Special Court; Summary of its Workp. 373
How the Accused were brought to confess; Protestation of the Andover Womenp. 374
Criticism of Cotton Mather's Account of the Trialsp. 378
The Laws in Force against Witchcraftp. 381
The new Superior Court and how it dealt with the Witch Cases (Jan.-April, 1693)p. 382
Governor Phips's General Pardonp. 384
The Benham Case in Connecticut (1697); the Massachusetts Proclamation of a General Fast (Dec., 1696)p. 385
Judge Sewall's Public Penitencep. 386
The Penitence of the Jurorsp. 387
Criticism of Cotton Mather's Life of Phips (1697)p. 388
And of its Author's Teaching as to Witchcraftp. 389
Calef's own Convictions as to the Matterp. 391
From "A Modest Inquiry into the Nature of Witchcraft," by John Hale, 1702p. 395
Introductionp. 397
An Epistle to the Reader, by John Higginsonp. 399
Mr. Hale's "Preface to the Christian Reader"p. 402
The Origin and Nature of Devilsp. 406
Summary of New England Witch Cases, 1648-1692p. 408
Margaret Jones; Mrs. Lakep. 408
Mrs. Kendalp. 409
Mrs. Hibbins; Mary Johnsonp. 410
The Principles acted on in these Convictionsp. 411
Mrs. Morse; Goody Gloverp. 412
The Salem Witchcraft; its Beginningsp. 413
Tituba's Confessionp. 415
Conscientiousness of the Judges; the Authorities used by themp. 415
Influence of the Confessions; their Agreement with the Accusations and with each other; their Circumstantialityp. 416
Specimen Confessions: Deliverance Hobbs'sp. 417
Ann Foster's; Mary Lacy'sp. 418
William Barker'sp. 419
Their Testimony against themselves and against each otherp. 420
How Doubt at last was stirredp. 421
Wherein lay the Errorp. 422
Like Mistakes in Other Placesp. 424
The Application of the Wholep. 425
The Virginia Case of Grace Sherwood, 1706p. 433
Introductionp. 435
Her First Trial; the Jury of Womenp. 438
The Appeal to the Governor and Council; the County Court instructed to make Further Inquiryp. 439
Her Second Trial; the Duckingp. 441
The Verdict; her Detention for Trial by the General Courtp. 442
Indexp. 443