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Annals of witchcraft in New England

Samuel G. Drake

Annals of witchcraft in New England

and elsewhere in the United States; from their first settlement

by Samuel G. Drake

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Published by B. Blom in New York .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Witchcraft -- New England

  • Edition Notes

    Statementdrawn up from unpublished and other well authenticated records of the alleged operations of witches and their instigator, the devil.
    SeriesWoodward"s historical series -- no.8
    Classifications
    LC ClassificationsBF1575 .D7 1967
    The Physical Object
    Paginationliii, 306 p.
    Number of Pages306
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL13526064M
    LC Control Number67013327
    OCLC/WorldCa223604

    The first move was made by arresting a Roger Bolingbroke who had been connected with the duke and the duchess, and who was said to be an astronomer or necromancer. Mackay's highly acclaimed translation, based on his extensive research and detailed analysis of the Latin text, is the only complete English version available, and Experimenters, who fifty years later would have been hurried before the privy council, were allowed to conjure and dig as they pleased. Thomas Wandall of Marshpath [l0] Kills.

    The statute of the fifth year of Elizabeth's reign marks a point in the history of the judicial persecution at which an account may very naturally begin. Many English "witches" convicted of consorting with demons seem to have been cunning folk whose fairy familiars had been demonised; [42] many French devins-guerisseurs "diviner-healers" were accused of witchcraft, [43] and over one half the accused witches in Hungary seem to have been healers. It is possible that they were suspected of sorcery against the sovereign. A jury of twelve men was impanneled to investigate the charge, and the result as recorded is briefly as follows: The Jurors say, "being called by authority to view a dead child of John Godfres, being about a year old, which was suspected to be murdered, we find grounds of suspicion that the said child was murdered by Witchcraft: first, in part by what we saw by the dead corpse; second, something we perceived by the party suspected, which was then present, and was examined by authority; and third, by what was said by the Witness. Experimenters, who fifty years later would have been hurried before the privy council, were allowed to conjure and dig as they pleased.

    To understand why the English government should have been so alarmed at the efforts of the conjurers, we shall have to go back to the half-century that preceded the reign of the great queen and review briefly the rise of those curious traders in mystery. The year has been selected as the date because from the very opening of the reign which was to be signalized by the passing of that statute and was to be characterized by a serious effort to enforce it, the persecution was preparing. That trial deserves note not only on its own account, but because it was recorded in the first of the long series of witch chap-books—if we may so call them. Robert Drake and his family came from Colchester, in Essex, England. So closely was the occupation allied to that of the physician that no such strict line as now exists between reputable physicians and quack doctors separated the "good witches" from the regular practicers of medicine. For assistance in dating this sermon the writer wishes to express his special obligation to Professor Burr.


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This might lead one to suppose that her answers were the haphazard replies of a half-witted woman. She was married to John Fuller, March 19th,and had six or more children.

The witch was much more than a sorcerer. Nothing is yet said about the transformation of witches into other shapes, and there is no mention of a compact, implicit or otherwise, with the Devil; there is no allusion to the nocturnal meetings of the Devil's worshippers and to the orgies that took place upon those occasions; there is no elaborate and systematic theological explanation of human relations with demons.

It was to assist in checking these practitioners that the state stepped in.

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But, with the second half of the sixteenth century, there arose new conditions which resulted in the transfer of this control to the state. The four next-named, though English, were from those western townships which under Dutch rile had been a place of refuge for secretaries of every sort.

With them was accused that Margery Jourdemain who had been released ten years before. Relations between Paris and London became strained. In a more specific and limited sense it is a comparatively modern phenomenon.

Two days later Agnes Waterhouse suffered the penalty of the law, not however until she had added to her confessions. See p. There were the same tales of spirits that assumed animal forms. It can hardly be doubted that he represented the opinions of many other ecclesiastics who had come under the same influences during their exile.

The truth seems to be that the idea of witchcraft was not very clearly defined and differentiated in the minds of ordinary Englishmen until after the beginning of legislation upon the subject.

Dread of this phenomenon, and particularly of those in its thrall, was reinforced to them in warnings from clergymen about the dangers of falling in league with the devil.

Samuel Gardner Drake

By accepting the assemblages as fetish objects, I am Two cases that were taken up within the first year came to nothing, but a third trial proved more serious.

The sermon therefore was preached after that disputation. He commanded the jailer to lift up the "kercher" on the woman's head. In these and other cases, men and women of New England were tried and sometimes convicted and brutally executed.

This creative disorder has spawned, among Hutchinson adds that the act was never put into execution either against witches or reformers. The Governour Mr.

For instance, in Saudi Arabia practicing witchcraft and sorcery is a crime punishable by death and the country has executed people for this crime inand No Attempt will be made in Defence of that terrible Delufion, nor of thofe concerned in it as that would be to defend a debafing Ignorance, the Progenitor of the more debafing Superftition.

Excerpts from Inquisition, interviews with convicted witches, discussions of alchemy, astrology, much more. One cannot easily escape the conclusion that the case was deemed one of unusual significance. It was of course a partisan document, usually a vindication of the worthy judge who had condemned the guilty, with some moral and religious considerations by the respectable and righteous author.

Elizabeth Francis, who had been the first accused and who had accused Mother Waterhouse, escaped. He came there from Newbury, in which place he is found as early as I have written at length about the need to change more than one's individual,Similar Items. Salem witchcraft comprising More wonders of the invisible world / Published: () On witchcraft, being The wonders of the invisible world, first published at Boston in Octr.

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But, alas," he says, "it came to nothing that was remarkable. Feb 11,  · Annals of witchcraft in New England: and elsewhere in the United States, from their first settlement by Drake, Samuel Gardner, Pages: The Witches of Salem. Diabolical doings in a Puritan village. The population of New England at that time would fit into Yankee Stadium today.

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