Salem Witchcraft and Cotton Mather

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Author: Charles Upham
Published: 1869
Language: English
Wordcount: 86,494 / 263 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 41.8
LoC Category: BF
Downloads: 2,590
Added to site: 2008.10.22
mnybks.net#: 22440
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genres: History, Occult
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utable to them--not necessarily, I repeat, to impeach their honesty and integrity, but their wisdom, taste, judgment, and common sense. Human responsibility is not to be set aside, nor avoided, merely and wholly by good intent. It involves a solemn and fearful obligation to the use of reason, caution, cool deliberation, circumspection, and a most careful calculation of consequences. Error, if innocent and honest, is not punishable by divine, and ought not to be by human, law. It is covered by the mercy of God, and must not be pursued by the animosity of men. But it is, nevertheless, a thing to be dreaded and to be guarded against, with the utmost vigilance. Throughout the melancholy annals of the Church and the world, it has been the fountain of innumerable woes, spreading baleful influences through society, paralysing the energies of reason and conscience, dimming, all but extinguishing, the light of religion, convulsing nations, and desolating the earth. It is the duty of historians to trace it to its sourc

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