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Salem Witchcraft

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PART IV. LETTERS OF A GENTLEMAN UNINTERESTED, ENDEAVOURING TO PROVE THE RECEIVED OPINIONS ABOUT WITCHCRAFT TO BE ORTHODOX. TOLD you I had fome thoughts concerning witchcraft, and an intention of conferring with the gentleman who ...
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PART IV. LETTERS OF A GENTLEMAN UNINTERESTED, ENDEAVOURING TO PROVE THE RECEIVED OPINIONS ABOUT WITCHCRAFT TO BE ORTHODOX. TOLD you I had fome thoughts concerning witchcraft, and an intention of conferring with the gentleman who has publifhed fevcral trea- tifes about witchcraft, and perfons afflicted by them, lately here in New-England ; but fince you have put thofe three books into my hands, I find myfelf engaged in a very hard province, to give you my opinion of them. I plainly forefee, that fhould this fcribbling of mine come to public view, it would difplease all parties, but that is the leaft. Moreover it is fo far out of my road to fet my thoughts to confider a matter on every fide, which in itfelf is fo abftrufe, and every ftep I advance therein, if I mifs truth(which is a narrow and undivided line) I muft tumble down headlong into the gulph of dangerous error. Yet, notwithftanding, I have forced myfelf to fend thefe few lines, if fo be I may clear to you a truth you now feem to be offended at, becaufe of the ill confequences which (you think) lately have and again may be drawn from it, by the ill conduct of fome men. I am not ignorant that the pious frauds of the ancient, and the inbred fire (I do not call it pride) of many of our modern, divines, have precipitated them to propagate and maintain truth as well as falfehoods, in fuch an unfair manner, as has given advantage to the enemy to fufpect the whole do
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781425552619
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Library
  • Publication date: 9/13/2006
  • Pages: 476
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.96 (d)

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PART IV. LETTERS OF A GENTLEMAN UNINTERESTED, ENDEAVOURING TO PROVE THE RECEIVED OPINIONS ABOUT WITCHCRAFT TO BE ORTHODOX. TOLD you I had fome thoughts concerning witchcraft, and an intention of conferring with the gentleman who has publifhed fevcral trea- tifes about witchcraft, and perfons afflicted by them, lately here in New-England ; but fince you have put thofe three books into my hands, I find myfelf engaged in a very hard province, to give you my opinion of them. I plainly forefee, that fhould this fcribbling of mine come to public view, it would difplease all parties, but that is the leaft. Moreover it is fo far out of my road to fet my thoughts to confider a matter on every fide, which in itfelf is fo abftrufe, and every ftep I advance therein, if I mifs truth(which is a narrow and undivided line) I muft tumble down headlong into the gulph of dangerous error. Yet, notwithftanding, I have forced myfelf to fend thefe few lines, if fo be I may clear to you a truth you now feem to be offended at, becaufe of the ill confequences which (you think) lately have and again may be drawn from it, by the ill conduct of fome men. I am not ignorant that the pious frauds of the ancient, and the inbred fire (I do not call it pride) of many of our modern, divines, have precipitated them to propagate and maintain truth as well as falfehoods, in fuch an unfair manner, as has given advantage to the enemy to fufpect the whole do
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