17th Century New England, with special emphasis on the Salem Witchcraft Trials


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Increase & Cotton Mather

Increase Mather (1639-1723) and Cotton Mather (1663-1728) , father and son, were two of the most prominent Congregational clergymen of the period, and made influential public responses to the witchcraft trials.

Magnalia Christi Americana; or The Ecclesiastical History of New England by Cotton Mather (1663-1728) [Link #66]
Published in 1702

Best! The Salem Witchcraft Trials by Doug Lindner [Link #181]
This site is so chock full of transcripts of the primary sources -- depositions, warrants, letters, petitions -- you really have to go and explore it for yourself! There are images, including portraits of Samuel Sewall, William Stoughton, William Phips, and Cotton Mather. The brief biographies of various participants are excellent, and the timeline of events very helpful!

Best! The Salem Witchcraft Papers by Paul Boyer and Stephen Nissenbaum , editors [Link #189]
This is the full eText version of the 3-volume Salem Witchcraft Papers: Verbatim Transcripts of the Legal Documents of the Salem Witchcraft Outbreak of 1692, which is frustratingly no longer available from the publisher. This is, bar none, the most important single website for anyone doing on-line research on the Salem Witchcraft Trials.

Best! Cases of Conscience concerning evil SPIRITS Personating Men, Witchcrafts, infallible Proofs of Guilt in such as are accused with that Crime. by Increase Mather [Link #269]
The full text of this rare book from 1693 about witchcraft, in digital image format. Superb!

A Further Account of the Tryals of the New-England Witches [Link #350]
This is a letter prepended to Increase Mather's Cases of Conscience in the London printing, not found in the first edition. It includes a brief description of the trial of Sarah Dustin/Dastin (spelled "Dayton" in the text), at which the letter-writer claims to have been present.

Thaumatographia Pneumatica (The Wonders of the Spirit World) by Cotton Mather [Link #310]
from Cotton Mather's Magnalia Christi Americana (Vol. II; Chp. VII): Relating the Wonders of the Invisible World in Preternatural Occurrences

Puritan Gravestone Rubbing [Link #46]
This JPEG (459 x213 pixels) is located on a page with a poem by Increase Mather, but I don't have any information about where the stone is, or what the dates of it are.

The Tryal of G.B.at a Court of Oyer and Terminer, Held in Salem, 1692 by Cotton Mather [Link #106]
Cotton Mather's dislike of Rev. George Burroughs of Wells (Maine), formerly of Salem Village, is abundantly clear in his description of Burroughs' trial, conviction, and execution for witchcraft.

Portrait of Cotton Mather [Link #111]
A low-quality JPEG of the standard portrait of Cotton Mather (141 x 200 pixels)

The Cotton Mather Home Page by Phil Johnson [Link #126]
Basic page about Cotton Mather with various texts at the the Hall of Church History website ("Theology from A Bunch of Dead Guys" ). Includes: "What Must I Do To Be Saved?" "The Duties of Parents to Their Children," "The Duties of Children to Their Parents," and "The Education of Children "

Satisfaction in God by Cotton Mather [Link #195]
A sermon by Cotton Mather, but no sources for it cited.

Perspectives in American Literature: A Research and Reference Guide by Paul P. Reuben [Link #223]
The 17th century section of an Americna literature site for courses at California State University, Stanislaus. Includes lot sof images and bibliographies for the likes of Samuel Sewall, Cotton Mather, Mary Rowlandson, and others.

Chapter IV, "Nehemias Americanus 1," The Life of John Winthrop, Esq., Governor of the Massachusetts Colony. by Cotton Mather [Link #298]
Cotton Mather's biography of Winthrop.

"A General Introduction" from Magnalia Christi Americana by Cotton Mather [Link #299]
Excerpt from Mather's opus.

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This page was last updated Feb. 15, 2009 by Margo Burns, margoburns@gmail.com