Fowler, Samuel P.

Publication Title: 
Salem witchcraft; comprising More wonders of the invisible world, collected by Robert Calef; and Wonders of the invisible world, by Cotton Mather; together with notes and explanations by Samuel P. Fowler

The grounds of complaint by the inhabitants of Salem Village against Minister Parris are listed. The reasons why we withdraw from communion with the church of Salem Village, both as to hearing the word preached, and from partaking with them at the Lord's table, are as follows. Why we attend not on public prayer and preaching the word are: 1. The distracting and disturbing tumults, and noises, made by the persons under diabolical power and delusions; preventing sometimes our hearing, understanding, and profiting by, the word preached.

Author(s): 
Mather, Cotton
Publication Title: 
Salem witchcraft; comprising More wonders of the invisible world, collected by Robert Calef; and Wonders of the invisible world, by Cotton Mather; together with notes and explanations by Samuel P. Fowler

Mr. Parris had been some years a minister in Salem Village, when this sad calamity, as a deluge, overflowed them, spreading itself far and near. He was a gentleman of liberal education; and, not meeting with any great encouragement, or advantage, in merchandising, to which for some time he applied himself, betook himself to the work of the ministry; this Village being then vacant, he met with so much encouragement, as to settle in that capacity among them.

Author(s): 
Mather, Cotton
Publication Title: 
Salem witchcraft; comprising More wonders of the invisible world, collected by Robert Calef; and Wonders of the invisible world, by Cotton Mather; together with notes and explanations by Samuel P. Fowler

Now lay before you a very entertaining story--a story which relates yet more Wonders of the Invisible World--a story which tells the remarkable afflictions and deliverance of one that had been prodigiously handled by the Evil Angels. Her name was Margaret Rule. It was the 10th of September, in the year 1693, that Margaret Rule, after some hours of previous disturbance in the public assembly, fell into odd fits, which caused her friends to carry her home, where her fits in a few hours grew into a figure that satisfied the spectators of their being preternatural.

Author(s): 
Mather, Cotton
Publication Title: 
Salem witchcraft; comprising More wonders of the invisible world, collected by Robert Calef; and Wonders of the invisible world, by Cotton Mather; together with notes and explanations by Samuel P. Fowler

Provides an account of the Salem witch trials and several remarkable curiosities therein occurring.

Author(s): 
Mather, Cotton
Publication Title: 
Salem witchcraft; comprising More wonders of the invisible world, collected by Robert Calef; and Wonders of the invisible world, by Cotton Mather; together with notes and explanations by Samuel P. Fowler

The files of office contain numerous documents of the absurd and ridiculous proceedings and testimonies, by which the victims of a pretended witchcraft were driven on to their tragical end. The examination of Giles Cory at a Court in Salem Village, April 19, 1692, will serve as a specimen.

Author(s): 
Mather, Cotton
Publication Title: 
Salem witchcraft; comprising More wonders of the invisible world, collected by Robert Calef; and Wonders of the invisible world, by Cotton Mather; together with notes and explanations by Samuel P. Fowler

Since making the foregoing collections of letters, to the Rev. Mr. Cotton Mather, and others, a book is come to hand entitled, The life of Sir William Phips (1697). The book, though it bears not the author's name, yet the style, manner, and matter are such, that, were there no other demonstration or token to know him by, the said Mr. Cotton Mather is the author of it.

Author(s): 
Mather, Cotton
Publication Title: 
Salem witchcraft; comprising More wonders of the invisible world, collected by Robert Calef; and Wonders of the invisible world, by Cotton Mather; together with notes and explanations by Samuel P. Fowler

I told you I had some thoughts concerning witchcraft, and an intention of conferring with the gentleman who has published several treatises about witchcraft, and persons afflicted by them, lately here in New England; but since you have put those three books into my hands, I find myself engaged in a very hard province, to give you my opinion of them.

Author(s): 
Mather, Cotton
Publication Title: 
Salem witchcraft; comprising More wonders of the invisible world, collected by Robert Calef; and Wonders of the invisible world, by Cotton Mather; together with notes and explanations by Samuel P. Fowler

This chapter contains several letters discussing the demon possession of Margaret Rule and witchcraft.

Author(s): 
Mather, Cotton
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