The Discovery of Witches

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Author: Matthew Hopkins
Published: 1647
Language: English
Wordcount: 4,754 / 21 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 53.5
LoC Category: KB
Downloads: 1,539
Added to site: 2005.12.21
mnybks.net#: 12041
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: Non-fiction
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are what confession of a Witch is of validity and force in his judgement, to hang a Witch: when a Witch is first found with teats, then sequestred from her house, which is onely to keep her old associates from her, and so by good counsell brought into a sad condition, by understanding of the horribleness of her sin, and the judgements threatned against her; and knowing the Devils malice and subtile circumventions, is brought to remorse and sorrow for complying with Satan so long, and disobeying Gods sacred Commands, doth then desire to unfold her mind with much bitterness, and then without any of the before-mentioned hard usages or questions put to her, doth of her owne accord declare what was the occasion of the Devils appearing to her, whether ignorance, pride, anger, malice, &c. was predominant over her, she doth then declare what speech they had, what likeness he was in, what voice be had, what familiars he sent her, what number of spirits, what names they had, what shape they were in, what imployment

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