A Faithful Account of many Wonderful and Sur­prising Things, that have befallen several Be­witched and Possessed Persons in New-England.

Particularly, A NARRATIVE of the marvellous Trouble and Releef Experienced by a pious Fa­mily in Boston, very lately and sadly molested with EVIL SPIRITS.

Whereunto is added,

A Discourse delivered unto a Congregation in Boston, on the Occasion of that Illustrious Pro­vidence. As also

A Discourse delivered unto the same Congrega­tion; on the occasion of an horrible Self-Mur­der Committed in the Town.

With an Appendix, in vindication of a Chapter in a late Book of Remarkable Providences, from the Calumnies of a Quaker at Pen-silvania.

Written By Cotton Mather, Minister of the Gospel.

And Recommended by the Ministers of Boston and Charleston

Printed at Boston in N. England by R. P. 1689. Sold by Joseph Brunning, at his Shop at the Cor­ner of the Prison-Lane next the Exchange.

To the Honourable [...]

Sr. BY the [...] of the [...] now comes [...] a little History of [...] a­stonishing Witchcrafts and Possessions, which partly my own Ocular Observation, & partly my undoubt­ed Information, hath enabled me to offer unto the publick Notice of my Neighbours. It must be the Subject, and not the Manner or the Author of this Writing, that has made any people desire its Publication; For there are such obvious Defects in Both, as would render me very unreasonable if I should wish about This or Any Composure of mine, O That it were printed in a book! But tho there want not Faults in the Discourse, to give me Discontent enough, my Displeasure at them will be recompensed by the Satisfaction I take in my Dedication of it; which I now no less properly than cheerfully make unto Your Self; whom I rec­kon among the Best of my Friends, and the Ablest of my Readers. Your Knowledge has Qualified You to make those Reflections on the following Relati­ons, which few can Think, and tis not fit that all should See. How far the Platonic Notions of Da­mons which were, it may be, much more espous­ed by those primitive Christians and Scholars that we call The Fathers, than they seem countenanced in the ensuing Narratives; are to be allow'd by a serious man, your Scriptural Divinity join'd with Your most Rational Philosophy, will help You to [Page] judge at an uncommon rate. Had I on the Occasion before me handled the Doctrin of Damons, or lanch­ed forth into Speculations about magical Mysteries, I might have made some Ostentation, that I have read [...] something & thought a little in my time; but it would neither have been Convenient for me, nor Profitable for those plain Folkes, whose Edification I have all along aimed at. I have therefore here but briefly touch't every thing with an American Pen; a Pen which your Desert likewise has fur­ther Entitled You to the utmost Expressions of Re­spect & Honour from. Though I have no Com­mission, yet I am sure I shall meet with no Crimina­tion, if I here publickly wish You all manner of Hap­piness, in the Name of the great Multitudes whom you have laid under everlasting Obligations. Where­fore in the name of the many hundred Sick people, whom your charitable and skilful; Hands have most freely dispens'd your no less generous than secret Me­dicines to; and in the name of Your whole Countrey, which hath long had cause to believe that you will succeed Your Honourable Father and Grandfather, in successful Endeavours for our Welfare; I say, In their Name, I now do wish you all the Prosperi­ty of them that love Jerusalem. And whereas it hath been sometimes observed, That the Genius of an Author is commonly Discovered in the Dedica­tory Epistle, I shall be content if this Dedicatory Epistle of mine, have now discovered me to be,

Your sincere & very humble Servant, C. Mather.

To the Reader.

THe old Heresy of the sensual Sadducees, denying the Being of Angels either good or evil died not with them, nor will it, whiles men (abandoning both Faith & Reason) count it their wisdom to credit nothing but what they see & feel. How much this fond opinion has gotten ground in this debauched Age is aw­fully observable; and what a dangerous streak it gives to settle men in Atheism, is not hard to discern. God is therefore pleased (besides the witness born to the Truth in Sacred Writ) to suffer Devils sometimes to do such things in the world as shall stop the mouth of gain say­ers, and extor [...] a Confession from them.

It has also been made a doubt by some, whether there are any such things as Witches, i. e. Such as by Contract or Explicit Covenant with the Devil, improve, or rather are improved by him to the doing of things strange in themselves, and besides their natural Course. But (besides that the Word of God assures us that there have been such, and given order about them) no Age passes without some apparent Demonstration of it. For, Though it be Folly to impute every dubious Accident, or unwonted Effect of Providence, to Witchcraft; yet there [...] some things which cannot be excepted a­gainst, but must be ascribed hither.

Angels & Men not being made for civil Converse together in this world; and all Communion with Devils being interdicted us; their Nature also be­ing spiritual, and the Word of God having said so little in that particular concerning their way of Act­ing; [Page] hence it is that we can disclose but a little of those Mysteries of Darkness; all reports that are from themselves, or their Instruments, being to be esteemed as Illusions, or at least covered with De­ceit, filled with the Impostures of the Father of Lies; and the effects which come under our consideration be­ing Mysterious, rather Posing than Informing us.

The Secrets also of God's Providence, in permit­ting Satan and his Instruments to molest His chil­dren, not in their Estates only, but in their Per­sons and their Posterity too, are part of His Judg­ments that are unsearchable, and His Wayes that are past finding out; only this we have good Assurance for, that they are among the All things that work together for their good. Their Gra­ces are hereby tried, their Unprightness is made known, their Faith and Patience have their per­fect work.

Among the many Instances that have been of this kind, That which is Recorded in this Narrative, is worthy to be commended to the Notice of Mankind, it being a thing in it self full of Memorable passages, and faithfully recorded, acording to the Truth in Matrer of Fact, scarce any Instance being asserted in it, but what hath the Evidence of many credible Witnesses, did need require. Among others who had frequent Occasions to observe these things, the Reve­rend Author of this short History, was spirited to be more than ordinarily engaged in attending, and making [Page] particular Remarks upon the several passages occurr­ing therein; and hath accordingly written very little besides what Himself was an eye-witness of, together with others; and the rest was gathered up with much Accuracy and Caution.

Its needless for us to insist upon the Commendati­on either of the Author or the Work; the former is known in the Churches, the latter will speak suf­ficiently for it self. All that we shall offer to stay the Reader from passing over to satisfy himself in that which follows, is only thus much, Viz. That the fol­lowing Account will afford to him that shall read with Observation, a further clear Confirmation, That, There is both a GOD, and a Devil, and Witchcraft: That, There is no out-ward Af­fliction, but what God may (and sometimes doth) permit Satan to trouble His people withal: That, The Malice of Satan and his Instruments, is very great against the Children of God: That, The clearest Gospel-Light shining in a place, will not keep some from entring hellish Contracts with in­fernal Spirits: That, Prayer is a powerful and effectual Remedy against the malicious practises of Devils and those in Covenant with them That, They who will obtain such Mercies of God, must pray unto Perseverance: That, God often gives to His people some apparent Encourage­ments to their Faith in Prayer, tho He does not presently perfect the Deliverance sought for: That, God's Grace is able to support His Chil­dren, [Page] and preserve their Grace firm, under forest and Continuing Troubles: That, Those who refuse the Temptation to use doubtful and Dia­bolical Courses, to get the Assaults of the De­vil and his Agents removed; Choosing to Recom­mend all to God, and rather to endure Afflicti­on, than to have it Removed to His Dishonour, and the wounding of their own Consciences, ne­ver had cause to repent of it the end.

And if these Observations, together with the so­lemn Improvement made of this stupend Providence, in the pertinent and Judicious Sermons annexed, may but obtain such an Impression on the hearts of such as shall peruse them, whether young or old; as therein will be their profit, so shall their Labour turn to the Praise of God, fully satisfie the Author for all his Care and Industry, and answer his sincere Aims; for which good Success we Commend it to the Blessing of God, to be followed with the importunate Prayers of us, who have been Eye-and Ear-witnesses of ma­ny of the most considerable things Related in the ensu­ing Narrative.

  • Charles Morton.
  • James Allen.
  • Joshua Moodey.
  • Samuel Willard.

The Introduction.

IT was once the Mistake of one gone to the Congregation of the Dead, concerning the Sur­vivers, If one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. The blessed God hath made some to come from the Damned, for the Conviction (may it also be for the Conversion) of us that are yet alive, The Devils themselves are by Compul­sion come to confute the Atheism and Sadducism and to reprove the Madness of ungodly men. Those condemned prisoners of our Atmosphere, have not really sent Letters of Thanks from Hell, to those that are on Earth, promoting of their Interest; yet they have been forced, as of old, To confess that Je­sus was the Holy one of God, so of late, to declare that Sin & Vice are the things which they are delighted in. But should one of those hideous Wights appear vi­sibly with fiery chains upon him, & utter audibly his roarings & his warnings in one of our Congregations it would not produce new Hearts in those whom the Scriptures handled in our Ministry do not affect. However it becomes the Embassadors of the L. Je­sus to leave no stroke untouch't that may conduce to bring men from the power of Satan unto God; and for this cause it is, that I have permitted [...]ensu­ing Histories to be published. They contain Things of undoubted Certainty, and they suggest Things of Importance unconceiveable. Indeed they are only one Head of Collections which in my little time of Obser­vation I have made of Memorable Providence [...] with Reflections thereupon, to be reserved among [Page] other effects of my Diversion from my more stated & more weary Studies. But I can with a Content­ment beyond meer Patience give these rescinded Sheets unto the Stationer, when I see what pains Mr. Baxter, Mr. Glanvil, Dr. More, and several o­ther Great Names have taken to publish Histories of Witchcrafts & Possessions unto the world. I said Let me also run after them; and this with the more Alacrity because, I have tidings ready. Go then, my little Book, as a Lackey to the more elaborate Essayes of those learned men. Go tell Mankind, that there are Devils & Witches; & that tho those night-birds least appear where the Day-light of the Gospel comes, yet New-Engl. has had Exemples of their Existence & Operation; and that not only the Wig­wams of Indians, where the pagan Powaws of­ten raise their masters, in the shapes of Bears & [...] & Fires, but the Houses of Christians, where our God has had His [...]nstant Worship, have under­gone the Annoyance of Evil spirits. Go tell the world, What Prayers can do beyond all Devils & Witches, and What it is that these Monsters love to do; and though the Doemons in the Audience of feve [...] standers by threatned much Disgrace to thy Author, in the let thee come abroad, yet venture That, [...] in this way seek a just [...] ­venge on Their for the Disturbance they have gi­ven to such as have called on the Name of GOD.

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Witchcrafts and Possessions.
The First EXEMPLE.

Section I. THere dwells at this time, in the south part of Boston, a sober & pious man, whose Name is John Goodwin, whose Trade is that of a Mason, and whose Wife (to which a Good Report gives a share with him in all the Characters of Vertue) has made him the Father of six (now living) Chil­dren. Of these Children, all but the Eldest, who works with his Father at his Calling, and the Youngest, who lives yet upon the Breast of its mother, have laboured under the direful eff­ects of a (no less palpable than) stupendous WITCHCRAFT. Indeed that exempted Son had also, as was thought, some lighter [...]uch­es of it, in unaccountable stabbs and pains nov [...] & then upon him; as indeed every person in the Family at some time or other had, exce [...] the godly Father, and the sucking Infant, who never felt any impressions of it. But these [...] Chil­dren mentioned, were handled in so sad & strange a manner, as has given matter of Discourse and Wonder to all the Countrey, and of History not unworthy to be considered by more than all the serious of the curious Readers in this New-English World.

[Page 2] SECT. II. The four Children (where [...] the Eldest was about Thirteen, and the young [...] was perhaps about a third part so many years of age) had enjoy'd a Religious Education, and answered it with a very towardly Ingenuity. They had an observable Affection unto Divine and Sacred things; and those of them that went capable of it, seem'd to have such a Resentment of their eternal Concernments as is not altoge­ther usual. Their Parents also kept them to continual Employment, which did more than de­liver them from the Temptations of Idleness, and as young as they were, they took a delight in it, it may be as much as they should have done. In a word, Such was the whole Temper and Car­riage of the Children, that there cannot easily be any thing more unreasonable, than to i­magine that a Design to Dissemble could cause them to fall into any of their odd Fits; though there should not have happened, as there did, [...] thousand Things, wherein it was perfectly im­possible for any Dissimulation of theirs to produce what scores of spectators were amazed at.

SECT. III. About Midsummer, in the year 1688. the Eldest of these Children, who is a Daughter, saw cause to examine their Washer woman, upon their missing of some Linnen, which twas fear'd she had stollen from them; and of what use this linnen might bee to serve the Witch­craft intended, the Theef's Tempter knows [...]. This [Page 3] laundress was the Daughter of an ignorant and scandalous old Woman in the Neighbourhood; [...] hose miserable Husband before he died, had sometimes complained of her, that she was un­doubtedly a Witch, and that whenever his Head was laid, she would quickly arrive unto the pu­nishments due to such an one. This Woman in her daughters Defence bestow'd very bad Lan­guage upon the Girl that put her to the Question; immediately upon which, the poor child became variously indisposed in her health, and visited with strange Fits, beyond those that attend an Epilepsy, or a Catalepsy, or those that they call the Diseases of Astonishment.

SECT. IV. It was not long before one of her Sisters, and two of her Brothers, were seiz­ed, in Order one after another, with Affects like those that molested her. Within a few weeks they were all four tortured every where in a man­ner so very grievous, that it would have broke an heart of stone to have seen their Agonies. Skilful Physicians were consulted for their Help, and particularly our worthy and prudent Friend Dr. Thomas Oakes, who found himself so af­fronted by the Distempers of the children, that he concluded nothing but an hellish Witchcraft could be the Original of these Maladies. And that which yet more confirmed such Apprehensi­on was, That for one good while, the children were tormented just in the same part of their bo­dies [Page 4] all at the same time together; and tho they saw and heard not one anothers complaints, tho likewise their pai [...] and sprains were swift like Lightening, yet when (suppose) the Neck, or the Hand, or the Back of one was Rack't, so it was at that instant with t' other too.

SECT. V. The variety of their tortures increased continually; and tho about Nine or Ten at Night they alwaies had a Release from their miseries, and ate & slept all night for the most p [...] indifferently well, yet in the day time they were handled with so many sorts of Ails, that it would require of us almost as much time to Relate them all, as it did of them to En­dure them. Sometimes they would be Deaf, sometimes Dumb, and sometimes Blind, and of­ten, all this at once. One while their Tongues would be drawn down their Throats; another­while they would be pull'd out upon their Chins, to a prodigious length. They would have their Mouths opened unto such a Wideness, that their Jaws went out of joint; and anon they would clap together again with a Force like that of a strong Spring-Lock. The same would happen to their Shoulder-Blades, and their Elbows, and Hand-wrists, and several of their joints. They would at times ly in a benummed condition; and be drawn together as those that are ty'd Neck & Heels; and presently be stretched out, yea, drawn Backwards to such a degree that it was fear'd the [Page 5] very skin of their Bellies would have crack'd. They would make most pitteous out-cries, that they were cut with Knives, and struck with Blows that they could not bear. Their Necks would be broken, so that their Neck-bone would seem dissolved unto them that felt after it; and yet on the sudden, it would become again so stiff that there was no stirring of their Heads; yea, their Heads would be twisted almost round; and if main force at any time obstructed a dangerous motion which they seem'd to be upon, they would roar exceedingly. Thus they lay some weeks most pittiful Spectacles; and this while as a further Demonstration of Witchcraft in these horrid Effects, when I went to Prayer by one of them, that was very desireous to hear what I said, the Child utterly lost her Hearing till our Prayer was over.

SECT. VI. It was a Religious Family that these Afflictions happened unto; and none but a Religious Contrivance to obtain Releef, would have been welcome to them. Many superstitious proposals were made unto them, by persons that were I know not who, nor what, with Ar­guments fetch't from I know not how much Ne­cessity and Experience; but the distressed Parents rejected all such counsils, with a gracious Reso­lution, to oppose Devils with no other weapons out Prayers and Tears, unto HIM that has the Chaining of them; and to try first whether Gra­ces [Page 6] were not the best things to encounter Witch­crafts with. Accordingly they requested the fo [...] Ministers of Boston, with the Minister of Char [...] town to keep a Day of Prayer at their thus haun­ted house; which they did in the Company [...] some devout people there. Immediately upon this Day, the youngest of the four children was delivered, and never felt any trouble as afor [...]. But there was yet a greater Effect of these ou [...] Applications unto our GOD!

SECT. VII. The Report of the Calami­ties of the Family for which we were thus con­cerned, arrived now unto the ears of the Ma­gistrates, who presently and prudently apply themselves, with a just vigour, to enquire in [...] the story. The Father of the Children com­plained of his Neighbour, the suspected ill wo­man, whose name was Glover; and she being sent for by the Justices, gave such a wretched Account of her self, that they saw cause to com­mit her unto the Gaolers Custody. Goodwin ha [...] no proof that could have done her any Hurt but the Hag had not power to deny her in­terest in the Enchantment of the Children; and when she [...] asked, Whether she believed there was a God? her Answer was too blasphemous and horrible for any Pen of mine to mention An experiment was made, Whether she could re­cite the Lords Prayer; and it was found, that tho clause after clause was most carefully repeat­ed [Page 7] unto her, yet when she said it after them that prompted her, she could not possibly avoid making Nonsense of it, with some ridiculous De­pravations. This Experiment I had the curio­sity since to see made upon two more, and it had the same Event. Upon the Commitment of this extraordinary Woman, all the Children had some present ease; until one (related [...] her) ac­cidentally meeting one or two of them, enter­tain'd them with her Blessing, that is, Railing; upon which Three of them fell ill again, as they were before.

SECT. VIII. It was not long before the Witch thus in the Trap, was brought upon her Tryal; at which, thro' the Efficacy of a Charm I suppose, used upon her, by one or some of her Crue, the Court could receive Answers from her in none but the Irish, which was her Native Language; altho she understood the English ve­ry well, and had accustomed her whole Family to none but that Language in her former Conversa­tion; and therefore the Communication be­tween the Bench and the Bar, was now cheefly convey'd by two honest and faithful men that were Interpreters. It was long before she could with any direct Answers plead unto her Indict­ment; and when she did plead, it was with Con­fession rather than Denial of her Guilt. Order was given to search the old womans house, from whence there were brought into the Court, se­veral [Page 8] small Images, or Puppets, or Babies, made of Raggs, and stuff t with Goats hair, and other such Ingredients. When these were produced, the vile Woman acknowledged, that her way to torment the Objects of her malice, was by wet­ting of her Finger with her Spittle, and stroaking of those little Images. The abused Children were then [...] sent, and the Woman still kept stooping and shrinking as one that was almost prest to Death with a mighty Weight upon her. But one of the Images being brought unto her, immediately she started up after an odd manner, and took it into her hand; but she had no sooner taken it, than one of the Children fell into sad Fits before the whole Assembly. This the Judges had their just Apprehensions at; and careful­ly causing the Repetition of the Experiment, found again the same event of it. They asked her, Whether she had way to stand by her: She re­plied, She had; and looking very pertly in the Air, she added, No, He's gone. And she then confessed, that she had One, who was her Prince, with whom she maintained, I know not what Communion. For which cause, the night after, she was heard expostulating with a Devil, for his thus deserting her; telling him that Because he had served her so basely and f [...]sty, she had confess­ed all. However to make all clear, The Court appointed five or six Physicians, one evening to examine her very strictly, whether she were not [Page 9] craz'd in her Intellectuals, and had not procured to her felt by Folly and Madness the Reputation of a Witch. Diverse hours did they spend with her; and in all that while no Discourse came from her, but what was pertinent & agreeable: particularly, when they asked her, What she thought would become of her soul? she reply'd You ask me a very solemn Question, and I cannot west tell what to say to it. She own'd her self a Ro­man Catholick; and could recite her Pater Noster in Latin very readily; but there was one Clause or two alwaies too hard for her, where­of she said, She could not repeat it, if she might have all the world. In the up-shot, the Doctors returned her Compos Men [...]s; and Sentence of Death was passed upon her.

SECT. IX. Diverse dayes were passed between her being Arraigned and Condemned. In this time one of her Neighbours had been giv­ing in her Testimony of what another of her Neighbours had upon her Death related concer­ning her. It seems one Howen about Six years before, had been cruelly bewitched to Death; but before she died, she called one Hughes unto her, Telling her that she laid her Death to the charge of Glover; That she had seen Glover sometimes come down her Chimey; That she should remember this, for within this Six years she might have Occasion to declare it. This Hughes now preparing her Testimony, imme­diately [Page 10] one of her children, a fine boy, well grown towards Youth, was taken ill, just in the same woful and surprising manner that Goodm [...]s chil­dren were. One night particularly, The Boy said he saw a Black thing with a Blue Cap in the Room, Tormenting of him; and he complain­ed most bitterly of a Hand put into the Bed, to pull out his Bowels. The next day the mother of the boy went unto Glover, in the Prison, and asked her, Why she tortured her poor lad at such a wicked rate? This Witch replied, that she did it because of wrong done to her self & her daugh­ter Hughes denied (as well she might) that she had done her any wrong. Well then, sayes Glo­ver, Let me see your child and he shall be well again. Glover went on, and told her of her own accord, I was at your house last night. Sayes Hughes, In what shape? Sayes Glover, As a [...] thing with a blue Cap. Sayes Hughes, What do you do there? Sayes Glover, with my hand in the Bed I tryed to pull out the boyes Bowels, but I could not. They par­ted; but the next day Hughes appearing at Court, had her Boy with her; and Glover pasting by the Boy expressed her good wishes for him; tho'I suppose, his Parent had no design of any mighty Respect unto the Hag, by having him with her there. But the Boy had no more Indispositions after the Condemnation of the Woman.

SECT. X. Whole the miserable old Wo­man was under Condemnation, I did my self [Page 11] twice give a visit unto her. She never den [...]ed the guilt of the Wittchcraft charg'd upon her; but she confessed very little about the Circum­stances of her Confederacies with the Devils only, she said, That she us'd to be at meetings, which her Prince and Four more were present at. As for those Four, She told who they were; and for her Prince, her account plainly was; that he was the Devil. She entertained me with no­thing but Irish, which Language I had not Lear­ning enough to understand without an Interpre­ter; only one time, when I was representing unto her That and How her Prince had cheated her, as her self would quickly find; she reply'd I think [...]lish and with, passion too, If it he so, I am [...] for that! I offer'd many Questions unto her, [...]to which, after long silence, she told me, She would fain give me a full Answer, but they would not give her leave. It was demanded, They Who is that THEY? and she return'd that They were her Spirits, or her Saints. [so, they say, the same Word in Irish signifies both] And at another time, she included her two Mis­tresses, as she call'd them in that [They,] but when it was enquired, Who those two were, she fell into a Rage, and would be no more urg­ed.

I Sett before her, the Necessity and Equity of her breaking her Covenant with Hell, and giving her self to the Lord Jesus Christ, by an everlast­ing [Page 12] Covenant; To which her Answer was, that I spoke a very Reasonable thing, but she could not do it. I asked her whether she would consent or de­sire to be pray'd for; To that she said, If Prayer would do her any good, thee could pray for her self. And when it was again propounded, she said, She could not unless her spirits [or angels] would give her leave. However, against her will I pra'yd with her, which if it were a Fault it was in ex­cess of Pitty. When I had done, shee thank'd me with many good Words; but I was no sooner out of her sight, than she took a stone, a long and slender stone, and with her Finger and Spittle fell to tormenting it; though whom or what she meant, I had the mercy never to understand.

SECT. XI. When this [...] [...] going to her Execution, she said, the Children should not be relieved by her Death, for others had a hand in it as well as she; and she named one a­mong the rest, whom it might have been thought Natural Affection would have advised the Con­cealing of. It came to pass accordingly, That the Three children continued in their Furnace as before, and it grew rather Seven times hotter than it was. All their former Ails pursued them still, with an addition of (tis not easy to tell how many) more, but such as gave more sensible Demonstrations of an Enchantment growing very far towards a POSSESSION by Evil spirits.

SECT. XII. The Children in their Fits [Page 13] would still cry out upon, [They] and [Them] as the Authors of all their Harm; but who that [They] and [Them were, they were not able to declare. At last, the Boy obtain'd at some times, a sight of some shapes in the room. There were Three or Four of 'em, the Names of which the child would pretend at certain seasons to tell; only the Name of One, who was counted a Sager Hag than the rest, he still so stam­mered at, that he was put upon some Peri­phrasis in describing her. A Blow at the place where the Boy beheld the Spectre was alwaies felt by the Boy himself in the part of his Body that answered what might be stricken at; and this tho his Back were turn'd; which was once and again so exactly tried, that there could be no Collusion in the Business. But as a Blow at the Apparition alwaies [...] him, so it alwaies help't him too; for after the Agonies, which a Push or Stab of That had put him to, were over, (as [...] a minute or 2 they would be) the Boy would have a respite from his Fits a considerable while, and the Hobgoblins disappear. It is very credibly reported that a wound was this way given to an Obnoxious woman in the town; whose name will not expose: for we should be tender in such Relations, left we wrong the Reputation of the Innocent by stories not enough enquired into.

SECT. XIII. The Fits of the Children yet more arriv'd unto such Motions as were beyond the Efficacy of any natural Distemper in the world. [Page 14] They would bark at one another like Dogs, and again [...] like so many Cats. They would sometimes complain that they were in a Red-hot Oven, sweating and panting at the same time un­reasonably: Anon they would say, Cold water was thrown upon them, at which they would shi­ver very much. They would cry out of dismal Blowes with great Cuogels laid upon them; and tho we saw no cudgels nor blowes, yet we could see the Marks left by them in Red Streaks upon their bodies afterward. And one of them would be roasted on an invisible Spit, run into his Mouth, and out at his Foot, he lying, and rol­ling, and groaning as if it had been so in the most sensible manner in the world; and then he would shriek, that Knives were cutting of him; Sometimes also he would have his head so s [...]rci­bly, tho not visibly, nail'd unto the Floor, that it was as much as a strong man could do to pull it up. One while they would all be so Limber, that it was judg'd every Bone of them could be bent. Another while they would be so stiff, that not a joint of them could be stir'd They would sometimes be as though they were mad, and then they would climb over high Fences, be­yond the Imagination of them that look'd after them. Yea, They would fly like Geese; and be carried with an incredible Swiftness thro the air, having but just their Toes now and then upon the ground, and their Arms waved like the Wings [Page 15] of a Bird. One of them, in the House of a kind Neighbour and Gentleman (Mr. Willis) flew the length of the Room, about 20 foot, and flew just into an Infants high armed Chair; (as tis affir­med) none seeing her feet all the way touch the floor.

SECT. XIV. Many wayes did the Devils take to make the children do mischief both to themselves and others; but thro the singular Providence of God, they always fail'd in the at­tempts. For they could never essay the doing of any harm, unless there were some-body at hand that might prevent it; and seldome with­out first shrieking out, They say, I must do such a thing! Diverse times they went to strike furi­ous Blowes at their tenderest and dearest friends, or to fling them down staires when they had them at the Top, but the warnings from the mouths of the children themselves, would still anticipate what the Devils did intend. They diverse times were very near Burning or Drown­ing of themselves, but the Children themselves by their own pittiful and seasonable cries for Help still procured their Deliverance: Which made me to Consider, Whether the Little ones had not their Angels, in the plain sense of Our Saviours Intimation. Sometimes, When they were tying their own Neck-clothes, their compelled hands miserably strangled themselves, till perhaps, the standers-by gave some Relief [Page 16] unto them. But if any small Mischief happen'd to be done where they were; as the Tearing or Dirtying of a Garment; the Falling of a Cup, the breaking of a Glass, or the like; they would re­joice extremely, & fall into a pleasure & Laugh­ [...] very extraordinary. All which things com­par'd with the Temper of the Children, when they are themselves, may suggest some very peculiar Thoughts unto us.

SECT. XV. They were not in a constant Fortune for some Weeks, but were a little qui­et, unless upon some incidental provocations; upon which the Devils would handle them like [...]igres, and wound them in a manner very hor­rible. Particularly, Upon the least Reproof of their Parents for any unfit thing they said or did, most grievous woful Heart-breaking Agonies would they fall into. If any useful thing were to be done to them, or by them, they would have all sorts of Troubles fall upon them. It would sometimes cost one of them an Hour or Two to be [...] in the evening, or drest in the morn­ing. For if any one went to unty a string, or undo a Button about them, or the contrary; they would be twisted into such postures as made the thing impossible. And at Whiles, they would be so managed in their Beds that no Bed-clothes could for an hour or two be laid upon them; nor could they go to wash their Hands; without [Page 17] having them clasp't so odly together, there was no doing of it. But when their Friends were near tired with Waiting, anon they might do what they would unto them. Whatever Work they were bid to do, they would be so snap't in the member which was to do it, that they with grief still desisted from it. If one ordered them to Rub a clean Table, they were [...] to do it without any disturbance; if to rub dirty Table, presently they would with many Torments be made uncapable. And sometimes, [...]ho but sel­dome, they were kept from eating their meals, by having their Teeth se [...]t when they carried a­ny thing unto their Mouthes.

SECT. XV. But nothing in the World would so discompose them as a Religious Exer­cise. If there were any Discourse of God, or Christ, or any of the things which are not seen & are eternal, they would be cast into intolerable Anguishes. Once, those two Worthy Minist­ers Mr. Fisk and Mr. Thatcher, best owing some gracious Counsils on the Boy, whom they then found at a Neighbours house, he immediately lost his Hearing, so that he heard not one word, but just the last word of all they said. Much more, All Praying to God, & Reading of His word, would occasion a very terrible Vexation to them they would then stop their own Ears with their own Hands; and roar, and shriek; and [...]olla, to drown the Voice of the Devotion. Yea, i [...] any one [Page 18] in the Room took up a Bible to look into it, th [...] the Children could see nothing of it, as being in a croud of Spectators, or having their Faces another way, yet would they be in wonderful Mr­series, till the Bible were laid aside. In short, No good thing must then be endured near those Children, Which (while they are themselves) do love every good thing in a measure that pro­claims in them the Fear of God.

SECT. XVII. My Employments were such, that I could not visit this afflicted Family so often as Iwould; Wherefore that I might show them what kindness I could, as also that I might have a full opportunity to observe the ex­traordinary Circumstances of the Children, and that I might be furnished with Evidence and Ar­gument as a Critical Eye-Witness to confute the Saducism of this debauched Age; I took the El­dest of them home to my House. The young Woman continued well at our house, for diverse dayes, and apply'd her self to such Acti­ons not only of Industry, but of Piety, as she had been no stranger to. But on the Twentieth of No­vember in the Fore-noon, she cry'd out, Ah [They] have found me out! I thought it would be so! and immediately she fell into her fits again. I shall now confine my Story cheefly to Her, from [...] Case the Reader may shape some Conjecture [...] the Accidents of the Rest.

SECT. XVIII. Variety of [...] [Page 19] fiex'd upon the Girl▪ in which besides the fore mentioned Ails returning upon her, she often would cough up a Ball as big as a small Egg into the side of her Wind-pipe, that would near choak her, till by Stroking and [...] [...]inking it was carried down again. At the beginning of her Fits usually she kept odly Looking up the [...], but could not say what she [...]. When I bad her Cry to the Lord Jesus for Help, her Teeth were instantly sett; upon which I added▪ Yet, child, Look unto Him, and then her Eyes were presently pulled into her head, so farr, that one might have fear'd she should never have [...] them more. When I prayed in the Room, [...] her Arms were with a strong, tho not see [...] force clap t [...] upon her ears; and when her hands, were with violence pull'd away, she cryed out, [They] make such a noise, I cannot [...] a word! She likewise complain'd, that Good'y Glover's, Chair [...] was upon her Leg, and when she essay'd to go, her postures were exactly such as the chain­ed Witch had before she died. But the manner still was, that her Tortures in a small while would pass over, and Frolicks succeed; in which she would continue many hours, nay, whole days, tal­king perhaps never wickedly, but alwaies [...] beyond her self; and at certain provocat out, her Tortures would renew upon her, till we had [...]eft off to give them. But she [...], that if she might but steal, or [...] drank, [Page 20] she should be well immediately.

SECT. XIX. In her ludicrous Fits, one while she would be for Flying; and she would be carried hither and thither, tho not long from the ground, yet so long as to exceed the ordinary pow­er of Nature, in our Opinion of it: another-whilt she would be for Diving, and use the Actions of it towards the Floor, on which, if we had not held her, she would have thrown her self. Being at this exercise she told us, That They said, she must go down to the Bottom of our Well, for there was Plate there, and They said, They would bring her safely up again. This did she tell us, tho she had never heard of any Plate there! and we our selves who had newly bought the house, hardly knew of any; but the former Owner of the House just then coming in, told us there had been Plate for ma­ny years at the Botttom of the Well.

She had once a great mind to have eaten a roast­ed Apple, but whenever she attempted to eat it, her Teeth would be sett, and sometimes, if she went to take it up, her Arm would be made so stiff, that she could not possibly bring her hand to her Mouth: at last she said, Now They say, I shall eat it, if I eat it quickly; and she nimbly eat it all up. Moreover,

There was one very singular passion that fre­quently attended her. An Invisible Chain would be clapt about her, and shee, in much pain and Fear, cry out, When [They] began to [Page 21] put it on. Once I did with my own hand knock it off, as it began to be fastned about her. But ordinarily, When it was on, shee'd be pull'd out of her seat with such violence towards the Fire, that it has been as much as one or two of us could do to keep her out. Her Eyes were not brought to be perpendicular to her feet, when she rose out of her Seat, as the Mechanism of a Humane Body requires in them that rise, but she was one dragg'd wholly by other Hands: and once, When I gave a stamp on the Hearth, just between her and-the Fire, she scream'd out, (tho I think she saw me not) that I Jarr'd the Chain, and hurt her Back.

SECT. XX. While she was in her Frolicks I was willing to try, Whether she could read or no; and I found, not only That If she went to read the Bible her Eyes would be strangely twisted & blinded, and her Neck presently broken, but also that if any one else did read the Bible in the Room, tho it were wholly out of her sight, and without the least voice or noise of it, she would be cast into very terrible Agonies. Yet once, Falling into her her Maladies a little time after she had read the 59th Psalm, I said unto the standers-by, Poor child! she can't now read the Psalm she readd a lit­tle while ago, she listened her self unto something that none of us could hear, and made us be silent for some few Seconds of a minute. Whereupon she said, But I can read it, they say I shall! [Page 22] So I show'd her the Psalm, and she rea [...]d it all o­ver to us. Then said I, Ch [...], say [...] to it? but [...] she could not do▪ I added, Read the next? but no where else in the Bible could she read a word. I brought her a Quakers Book; and [...] she could quickly read whole pages of; only the Name of GOD and CHRIST she still sk [...]pt over, being unable to pronounce it, ex­cept sometimes with stammering a minute or two or more upon it. When we urged her to tell what the [...] was that she missed, sheed say, I must [...]; They say I m [...]st not, you know what [...] G and O and D; so shee'd Spell the Name unto us. I brought her again, one that I thought was a Good Book; and pre­sently she was handled with in [...]sterable [...]orments. But when show'd her a Jest-Book, as, The Ox­ford [...]pts▪ or the Cambridge Jests, she could read them [...] Disturbance, & have witty Des­cant's upon them too. I entertain'd her with a Book that pretends to prove. That there are no [...]; and that she could read very well, only the Name Devils, and Witches, could not be ut­tered by her without extraordinary Difficulty. I produced a Book to her that proves, That there are Witches, and that she had not power to read. When I readd in the Room, the Story of [...] in my Fathers Remarkable Providences, and came to the Exclamation which the Narrative saies the Demons made upon her, [Ah she runs to [Page 23] the Book!] it cast her into inexpressible Ago­nies; and shee'd fall into them whenever I had the Expression of, Running to the Rock, afterwards. A popish Book also she could endure very well; but it would kill her to look into any Book, that (in my Opinion) it might have bin profitable & edifying for her to be reading of. These Expe­riments were often enough repeated, and still with the same Success, before Witnesses not a few. The good Books that were found so mortal to her were cheefly such as lay ever at hand in the Room. One was the Guid to Heaven from the Word, which I had given her. Another of them was Mr. Willard's little (but precious) Treatise of Justifi­cation. Diverse Books published by my Father I also tried upon her; particularly, his Myste­ry of Christ; and another small Book of his about Faith and Repentance, and the day of Judgement.

Once being very merrily talking by a Table that had this last Book upon it, she just opened the Book, and was immediately struck backwards as dead upon the floor. I hope I have not spoil [...] the credit of the Books, By telling how much the Devils hated them. I shall therefore add, That my Grandfather Cottons Catechism called Milk for Babes, and The Assemblies Catechism, would bring hideous Convulsions on the Child if she look't into them; tho she had once learn't them with all the love that could be.

SECT XXI. I was not unsensible that this [Page 24] Girls Capacity or incapacity to read, was not Just for Truth to be determin'd by, and there­fore I did not proceed much further in this [...] Business, not knowing What snares the Devils might lay for us in the Tryals. A few further Trvals, I confess, I did make; but what the event or' [...]m [...], I shall not relate, be­cause I would not offend. But that which most made me to wonder was, That one bringing to her a certain Prayer-Book, she not only could Read it very well, but also did read a large part of it over, and calling it Her Bible, she took in it a [...]elight and put on it a Respect more than Ordinary. If she were going into her tortures, at the offer of this Book, she would come out of her fits, and read; and her Attendents were almost under a Temptation to use it as a Charm, to make and keep her quiet. Only, When she came to the Lords Prayer, [...] now and then oc­curring in this Book) she would have her eyes put out, so that she must turn over a new leaf, and then she could [...] again. Whereas also there are Scriptures in that Book, she could read them there, but if I show'd her the very same Scriptures in the Bible, she should soon­er Dy than read them. And she was likewise made unable to read the Psalms in an anci­ent [...]eter, which this prayer book had in the same volumne with it. There were, I think I may say, no less than Multitudes of Wit­nesses, [Page 25] to this odd thing; and I should not have been a faithful and honest Historian, if I had withheld from the World this part of my Hi­story: But I make no Reflections on it. Those inconsiderable men that are provoked at it (if any shall be of so little Sense as to be pro­voked) must be angry at the Devils, and not at me; their Malice, and not my Writing, de­serves the Blame of any Aspersion which a true History, may seem to cast on a Book that some have enough manifested their Concern­ment for.

SECT. XXII. There was another most unaccountable Circumstance which now attend­ed her; and until she came to our House, I think, she never had Experience of it. Ever now and then, an Invisible Horse would be brought unto her, by those whom she only called, them, and, Her Company: upon the Approach of Which, her eyes would be still closed up; for (said she) They say, I am a Tell-Tale, and therefore they will not let me see them. Upon this would she give a Spring as one mounting an Horse, and Settling her self in a Riding-Posture, she would in her Chair be agitated as one sometimes Amble­ing, sometimes Trotting, and sometimes Gal­loping [...] furiously.In these motions we [...] not perceive that she was stirred [Page 26] by the stress of her feet, upon the ground; for often she touch't it not; but she mostly con­tinued in her Chair, though sometimes in her [...]rd Trott we doubted she would have been toss­ed over the Back of it. Once being angry at his Dulness, When she said, she would cut off hic head if she had a knife, I gave her my Sheath, where­with she suddenly gave her self a stroke on the Neck, but complain'd, it would not cut When she had rode a minute or two or three, shee'd pretend to be at a Rendezvous with Them, that were Her Company; there shee'd maintain a Discourse with them, and asking many Questions concerning her self, (for we gave her none of ours) shee'd Lis [...]en much, and Received An­swers from them that indeed none but her self perceived. Then would she return and inform us, how [They] did intend to handle her for a day or two afterwards, besides some other things that she enquired of them. Her Horse would some­times throw her, with much Violence; but she would mount again; and one of the Standers-by once imagining [them] that were Her Compa­ny, to be before her (for she call'd unto them to [...]ay for her) he struck with his Cane in the Air where he thought they were, and tho her eyes were wholly shutt, yet she cry'd out, that he struck her. Her Fantastic Journeyes were mostly per­formed in her Chair without removing from it; but sometimes would she ride from her Chair, [Page 27] and be carried odly on the Floor, from one part of the Room to another, in the postures of a Riding Woman. If any of us asked her, Who her Company were? She general [...] replyed, I don't know. But if we were instant in our Demand, she would with some witty Flout of other turn it off. Once I said, Child, if you can't tell their Names, pray tell me what Clothes they have on; and the Words were no sooner out of my mouth, but she was laid for dead upon the Floor.

SECT. XXIII. One of the Spectators once ask'd her, Whether she could nor ride up stairs; unto which her Answer was, That she believe'd she could, for her Horse could do very notable things. Accordingly, when her H [...]s [...] came to her again, to our Admiration she [...] (that is, was tossed as one that r [...]de up the stairs: here then stood, open the Stuay of one belonging to the Family, [...]nto which entring, she stood immediately upon her Feet, and cry'd out, They are gone; they are gone! They say, that they cannot,—God won't let 'em come here! She also added a Reason for it, which the Owner of the Study thought▪ more [...]nd than true. And she presently and perfectly came to her self, so that her whole Discourse & Carriage was altered unto the greatest measure of Sobriety, and she fatt Reading of the Bible and Good Books, for a good part of the Afternoon. Her Affairs calling her anon to go down again, the [...] were in a quarter of a minute as bad [Page 28] upon her as before, and her Horse was Waiting for her. I understanding of it, immediately would have her up to the study of the young man where she had been at ease before; meerly to try Whether there had not been a Fallacy in what had newly happened: but she was now so twist­ed, and writhen that it gave me much trouble to get her into my Arms, and much more to drag her up the stairs. She was pulled out of my hands, and when I recovered my Hold, she was thrust so hard upon me, that I had almost fallen backwards, and her own breast was sore afterwards, by their Compressions to detain her; she seem'd heavier indeed than three of her self. With incredible Forcing (tho she kept Scream­ing, They say I must not go in!) at length we pull'd her in; where she was no sooner come, but she could stand on her Feet, and with an altered tone, could thank me, saying, now I am well. At first shee'd be somewhat saint, and say, She felt some­thing go out of her; but in a minute or two, she could attend any Devotion, or Business as well as e­ver in her Life; and both spoke and did as be­came a person of good Discretion.

I was loth to make a Charm of the Room; yet some strangers that came to visit us, the Week after, desiring to see the Exporiment made, I per­mitted more than two or three Repetitions of it; and it still succeded as I have declared. Once when I was assisting 'em in carrying of her up, she [Page 29] was torn out of all our hands; & to my self, she cry'd out, Mr. M,—One of them is going to push you down the stairs, have a care. I remember not that I felt any Thrust or Blow; but I think I was unaecountably made to step down backward two or three stairs, and within a few hours she told me by whom it was.

SECT. XXIV. One of those that had bin concerned for her Welfare, had newly implored the great GOD that the young woman might be a­able to declare whom she apprehended her self troubled by. Presently upon this her Horse re­turned, only it pestered her with such ugly paces, that she fell out with her Company, & threatned now to tell all, for their so abusing her. I was going abroad, and she said unto them that were about her, Mr. M.—is gone abroad my horse won't come back, till he come home; and then I believe (said she softly,) I shall tell him all. I staid abroad an hour or two, and then Returning, When I was just come to my Gate, before I had given the least Sign or Noise of my being there, she said, My Horse is come! and intima­ted, that I was at the Door. When I came in, I found her mounted after her fashion, upon her Aerial Steed; which carried her Fancy to the Journeys end. There (or rather then) she maintained a considerable Discourse with Her Company, Listening very attentively when she [...]nd propounded any Question, and receiving the [Page 30] Answers with impressions made upon her mind. She said; Well what do you say? How many F [...] more am I to have?—pray, can ye tell how long it shall be before you are hi [...] god for what you have done?—You are [...] Wit­ches to my knowledge, I shall s [...]e some of you go after your sister; You would have Killd me; but you can't, I don't fear you—You would have thrown Mr. Ma­ther down stains, but you could not.—Well! How shall I be Note, on Tomor­row, the Ministers of the Town were to keep a day of Pray­er at her Fathers House Tomorrow? Pray, What do you think of Tomorrow?—Fare ye well.—You have brought me such an ugly Horse, I am angry at you; I could find in my heart to tell all. So she began her home­ward-paces; but when she had gone a little way, (that is a little [...]) she said, O I have forgot one Question; I must go back again; and back she rides. She had that day been diverse times warning us, that they had been contriving to do some harm to my Wife, by a Fall or a Blow, of the like; and when she came out of her mysteri­ous Journeys, she would still be careful concer­ning Her. Accordingly she now calls to her Company again, Hark you, One thing more before we part! What hurt is it you will do to Mrs Mather? will you do her any hurt? Here she list'ned some time; and then clapping her hands cry'd out, O; I am glad [...], they can do Mrs▪ Mather [...] [Page 31] hurt: they try, but they say they can't. So she returns and at once, Dismissing her Horse, and opening her eyes, she call'd me to her, Now Sir, (said she) I ll tell you all. I have learn'd who they are that are the cause of my trouble, there's three of them, (and she named who) if they were out of the way, I should be well. They say, they can tell now how long I shall be troubled, But they won't. Only they seem to think, their power will be broke this Week, They seem also to say, that I shall be very ill To morow, but they are them­selves terribly afraid of to morrow; They fear, that to morrow we shall be delivered. They say too, that they can't hurt Mrs. Mather, which I am glad of. But they said, they would kill me to night, if I went to bed before ten a clock, if I told a word. And other things did she say, not now to be recited.

SECT. XXV. The Day following, which was, I think about the twenty seventh of Novem­ber, Mr. Morton of Charlestown, and Mr. Allen, Mr. Moody, Mr. Willard, and my self, of Boston, with some devout Neighbours, kept another Day of Prayer, at John Good win's house; and we had all the Children present with us there. The children were miserably tortured, while we laboured in our Prayers; but our good God was [...]igh unto us, in what we call'd upon Him for. From this day the power of the Enemy [...]; and the children, though Assaults [...] this were made upon them, yet were not [Page 32] so cruelly handled as before. The Liberty [...] the Children encreased daily more and more, and their Vexation abated by degrees; till with in a little while they arrived to Perfect Ease which for some weeks or months they cheerfully en­joyed. Thus Good it is for us to draw near to God.

SECT. XXVI. Within a day or two after the Fast, the young Woman had two remarka­ble Attempts made upon her, by her invisible Adversaries. Once, they were Dragging her in to the Oven that was then heating, while there was none in the Room to help her. She clap [...]t her hands on the Mantle-tree to save her self; but they were beaten off; and she had been burned, if at her Out-cryes one had not come in from a­broad for her Relief. Another time, they putt an unseen Rope with a cruel Noose about her Neck, Whereby she was choaked, until she was black in the Face; and though it was taken off before it had kill'd her, yet there were the red Marks of it, and of a Finger & a Thumb near it, remaining to be seen for a while afterwards.

SECT. XXVII. This was the last Molest­ation that they gave her for a While; and she dwelt at my house the rest of the Winter, hav­ing by an obliging and vertuous Conversation, made herself enough Welcome to the Family. But within about a Fortnight, she was visited with two dayes of as Extraordinary Obsessions, [...] any we had been the Spectators of. I thought it, [Page 33] convenient for me to entertain my Congregati­on with a Sermon upon the memorable Providences which these Children had been concerned in. When I had begun to study my Sermon, her Tor­mentors again seiz'd upon her; and all Fryday & Saturday, did they manage her with a special De­sign, as was plain, to disturb me in what I was about. In the worst of her extravagancies for­merly, she was more dutiful to my self, than I had reason to Expect, but now her whole carriage to me, was with a Sauciness that I had not been us'd to be treated with. She would knock at my Study Door, affirming, That some below would be glad to see me; when there was none that ask't for me. She would call to me with multiply­ed Impertinencies, and throw small things at me wherewith she could not give me any hurt. Shee'd Hector me at a strange rate for the work I was at, and threaten me with I know not what mischief for it. She got a History that I had Written of this Witchcraft, and tho she had be­fore this, readd it over and over, yet now she could not read (I believe) one entire Sen­tence of it; but she made of it the most ridicu­lous Travesty in the World, with such a Patness and excess of Fancy, to supply the sense that she put upon it, as I was amazed at. And she par­ticularly told me, That I should quickly come to dis­grace by that History.

[Page 34] SECT. XXVIII. But there were many other Wonders behold by us before these two dayes were out. Few tortures attended her, but such as were provoked; her Frolicks being the things that had most possession of her. I was in Latin telling some young Gentlemen of the Col­ledge, That if I should bid her Look to God, her Eyes would be put out, upon which her eyes were presently served so. I was in some surprize, When I saw that her Troublers understood La­tin, and it made me willing to try a little more of their Capacity. We continually found, that if an English Bible were in any part of the Room seriously look'd into, though she saw and heard nothing of it, she would immediately be in very dismal Agonies. We now made a Tryal more than once or twice, of the Greek New-Testament and the Hebrew, Old Testament; and We still found, That if one should go to read in it never so secretly and silently, it would procure her that Anguish, Which there was no enduring of▪ But, I thought, at length, I fell upon one infi­rior Language which the Doemons did not seem, so well to understand.

SECT. XXIX. Devotion was now, as for­merly the terriblest of all the provocations that could be given her. I could by no means [...] her to own, That she desired the mercies of [...] and the prayers of good men. I would have ob­tained a Sign of such a Desire, by her Listing [Page 35] up of her hand; but she stirr'd it not: I then lifted up her hand my self, and though the stan­ders by thought a more insignificant thing could not be propounded, I said, Child, If you desire those things, let your hand fall, when I take mine a­way: I took my hand away, and hers continu­ed strangely and stifly stretched out, so that for some time, she could not take it down. During these two dayes we had Prayers oftener in our Family than at other times; and this was her usual Behavior at them. The man that prayed, usually began with Reading the Word of God; which once as he was going to do, she call'd to him, Read of Mary Magdelen, out of whom the Lord cast seven Devils, During the time of Rea­ding, she would be laid as one fast asleep; but when Prayer was begun, the Devils would still throw her on the Floor, at the feet of him, that prayed. There would she lye and Whistle and sing and roar, to drown the voice of the Prayer; but that being a little too audible for Them, they would shutt close her Mouth and her ears, and yet make such odd noises in her Throat as that she her self could not hear our Cries to God for her. Shee'd also fetch very terrible Blowes with her Fist, and Kicks with her Foot at the man that prayed; but still (for he had bid that none should hinder her) her Fist and Foot would alwaies recoil, when they came within a few hairs breadths of him just as if Rebounding [Page 36] against a Wall; so that she touch'd him not, but then would beg hard of other people to strike him, and particularly she entreated them to take the Tongs and smite him; Which not being done, [...] cryed out of him, He has wounded me in the Head. But before Prayer was out, she would be laid for Dead, wholly s [...]nsless and unless to a severe Trial) Breathless; with her Belly swel­led like a Drum, and sometimes with croaking Noises in it; thus would she ly, most exactly with the stiffness and posture of one that had been two Days laid out for Dead. Once lying thus, as he that was praying, was alluding to the words of the Canaanitess, and saying, Lord, have mercy on a Daughter vexed with a Davil; there came a big, but low voice from her, say­ing, There's Two or Three of them (or us!) and the standers-by, were under that Apprehension, as that they cannot relate whether her mouth mov'd in speaking of it. When Prayer was end­ed, she would Revive in a minute or two, and continue as Frolick some as before. She thus con­tinued until Saturday towards the Evening; when, after this man had been at Prayer, I char­ged all my Family to admit of no [...] by her Frolicks, from such exercises as it was pro­per to begin the Sabbath with. They took the Couns [...]l; and tho she essayed, with as witty and and as nimble and as various an Application to each of them successively as ever I saw, to make [Page 37] them laugh, yet they kept close to their good Books which then called for their Atten­tion. When she saw that, immediately she fell asleep; and in two or three hours, she waked perfectly her sely; weeping bitterly to remember (for as one come out of a dream she could re­member) what had befallen her.

SECT. XXX. After this, we had no more such entertainments. The Demons it may be would once or twice in a Week, trouble her for a few minutes with perhaps a twisting & a [...] of her eyes, or a certain Cough, which did seem to be more than ordinary. Moreover, Both she at my house, and her Sister at home, at the time which they call Christmas, were by the [...]a­mons made very drunk, though they had no strong Drink (as we are fully sure) to make them so. When she began to feel her self thus drunk, she complain'd, O they say they will have me to keep Christmas with them! They will disgrace me when they can do nothing else! And immediately the Ridiculous Behaviours of one drunk, were with a wonderful exactness represented in her Speaking, and Reeling, and Spewing, and anon Sleeping, till she was well again. But the Vexations of the Children otherwise abated coutinvally.

[Page 38] They first came to be alwaies Quiet, unless up­on Provications. Then they got Liberty to work, but not to read: then further on, to read but not alond. at last they were wholly delivered; and for many Weeks remained [...],

SECT. XXXI. I was not unsensible, that it might be an easie thing to be too hold, and go too far, in making of Experiments: Nor was! so unphilosophical as not to discern many oppor­tunityes of Giving and Solving many Problemes which the pneumatic Discipline is concerned in. I confess I have Learn't much more than I sought, and I have bin informed of some things relating to the invisible World, which as I did not think it lawful to ask, so I do not think it proper to tell; yet I will give a Touch upon one Problem commonly Discoursed of; that is,

Whether the Devils know our Thoughts, or no.?

I will not give the Reader my Opinion of it, but only my Experiment That they do not, was conjectured from this: We could cheat them when we spoke one thing, and mean't another This was found when the Children were to be undressed. The Devils would still in wayes beyond the Force of any Imposture, won­derfully twist the part that was to be [...], so that there was no coming at it. But, if we said, [...] and the parties bidden, at the same time, understood our intent to be, county his Shooe! The Nicholosh, and not the shoot, has [Page 39] been made strangely inaccessible. But on the other side, That they do, may be conjectured from This. I called the young Woman at my House by her Name, intending to mention unto her some Religious Expedient whereby she might, as I thought much relieve her self; presently her Neck was broke, and I continued watching my Opportunity of say what I designed. I could not get her to come out of her Fit, until I had said aside my purpose of speaking what I thought, and then she reviv'd immediately. Moreover a young Gentleman visiting of me at my Study to ask my advice about curing the Atheism & Blas­phemy which he complained, his Thoughts were more than ordinarily then infested with; after some Discourse I carried him down to see this Girl who was then molested with her unseen Fiends; but when he came, she treated him very coursly and rudely, asking him What he [...] to the house for? and seemed very angry at his be­ing there, urging him to be gone with a very impetuous Importunity. Perhaps all Devils are not alike sagacious.

SECT. XXXII. The Last Fit that the young Woman had, was very peculiar. The Doemons having once again seiz'd her, they made her pretend to be Dying; and Dying truly we fear'd at last she was: She lay, she tossed, she pull'd just like one Dying, and urged hard for some one to dy with her, seeming loth to dy a­lone [Page 40] She argued concerning Death, in strains that quite amazed us; and concluded, That though she was loth to dy, yet if God said she must, she must; adding something about the state of the Countrey, which we wondred at. Anon, the Fit went over; and as I guessed it would be, it was the last Fit she had at our House. But all my Library never afforded me any Commentary on those Paragraphs of the Gospels, which speak of Demoniacs, equal to that which the passions of this Child have giv­en me.

SECT. XXXIII. This is the Story of Goodwins Children, a Story all made up of Won­ders! I have related nothing but what I judge to be true. I was my self an Eye-witness to a large part of what I tell; and I hope my neigh­bours have long thought, That I have otherwise learned Christ, than to ly unto the World. Yea, there is, I believe scarce any one particular, in this Narrative, which more than one credible Witness will not be ready to make Oath un­to. The things of most Concernment in it, were before many Critical Observers; and the Whole happened in the Metropolis of the English America, unto a religious and industrious Fa­mily which was visited by all sorts of Persons, that had a mind to satisfy themselves. I do now likewise publish the History, While the thing is yet fresh and New; and I challenge all men [Page 41] to detect so much as one designed Falshood, yea, or so much as one important Mistake, from the Egg to the Apple of it, I have Writ as plainly as becomes an Historian, as truly as becomes a Christian, tho perhaps not so profitably as be­came a Divine. But I am resolv'd after this, never to use but just one grain of patience with any man that shall go to impose upon me, a De­nial of Devils or of Witches. I shall count that man Ignorant who shall suspect, but I shall count him down-right Impudent if he Assert the Non-Existence of things which we have had such palpable Convictions of. I am sure he cannot be a Civil, (and some will question whether he can be an honest man) that shall go to deride the Be [...] of things which a whole Countrey has now be­held an house of pious people suffering not a few Vexations by. But if the Sadducee, or the Atheist, have no right Impressions by these Memo­rable Providences made upon his mind; yet I hope, those that know what it is to be sober, will not repent any pains that they may have taken in perusing what Records of these Witch crusts & Possessions, I thus leave unto Posterity.

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YOU have seen the Trouble and the Relief of John Goodwins Children. After which the Damons were let loose to make a fresh At­tacque upon them, tho not in a manner altoge­ther so terrible & affictive as what they had be­fore susteined. All the Three Children were vi­sited with some Return of their Calamities; but the Boy was the Child which endured most in this New Assault. He had been for some While kind­ly entertained, with Mr. Baily at Watertown where he had enjoyed a long time of ease; the Devils having given him but little Disturbance, expect what was for a short while after his first coming there. He no sooner came Home, but he began to be ill again, with diverse pecu­liar Circumstances attending of him. There was this particularly remarkable; That the Boy dream't he had a Bone within his skin growing cross his Ribs; and when he awaked, he felt and found a thing there which was esteem'd a Bone by them that handled it; only every one wondered how it should be lodged there An expert Chirurgeon, Dr. John Clark, being advis'd with about it, very dexterously t [...]k it out; and it prov'd not the imagined Bone, but a considerable Pin; a brass Pin which could not possibly have come to ly there as it [Page 43] did withont the Prestigious Conveyance of a Misterious Witchcraft. Another time, [...]on a Lord's Day his Father would have taken him to Meeting with him; and when his Father spoke of going to some of the Assemblies in the Town (particularly both the North and the South) the Boy would be cast into such Tor­tures and Postures, that he would sooner Dy than go out of doors; but if his Father spoke of going to others of the Assemblies in the Town, particularly the Quakers, the boy in a moment would be as well as could be. The tryal of that was more than five times repeated, and we [...]e it fully related, would be more than ten times Admired.

Our Prayers for the Children were justly re­newed, and I hope not altogether unanswered. Upon one Prayer over two of them, they had a­bout a Fortnights ease; and their Ails again re­turning, Prayer was again awakened; with some Circumstances not proper to be exposed unto the World. God gave a present Abatement here­upon to the Maladies of the Children, and caused their Invaders to retire; so that by de­grees they were fully and quickly Delivered. Two days of Prayer obtained the Deliverance of two. The Third, namely the Boy, Remaining under some Annoyance by the evil spirits, a third Day was employ'd for him, and the Toon found the blessed effects of it in his Deliverance [Page 44] There were several very memorable things atten­ding this Deliverance of the Children, and the Vomes, and the Pleas, used in the Prayers which were thereby answered, but they were all Private, yea, in a sort, Secret; Non est Religio ubi omnia patent; and I understand, (for I have some Ac­quaintance with him) That the Friend of the Children, whom God gave to be thus concern­ed and successful for them, desires me not to let Reports of those things go out of the Walls of a Study, but to leave them rather for the Notice of the other World. I think it will not be im­proper to tell the World, that one thing in the Childrens Deliverance was the strange Death of an horrible old Woman, who was presum'd to have a great hand in their Affliction. Before her Death & at it, the Alms-House where she live [...] was terrified with fearful noises, and she seem' [...] to have her Death hastened by dismal Blow [...] reveived from the invisible World. But having mentioned this: all that I have now to publish. [...] That Prayer and Faith, was the thing which drove the Divels from the Children; and I am to [...]ear this Testimony unto the world. That the Lord is nigh to all them, who call upon him in truth, and, That blessed are all they that wait for Him▪

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TO the foregoing Narrative, we have ad­ded an account given us, by the Godly Father of these Haunted Children; who upon his Reading over so much of our History, as was written of their Exercise before their full deli­verance, was willing to express his Attestation to the Truth of it; with this further Declaration of the Sense, which he had of the unusual Miseries, that then lay upon his Family. 'Tis in his own Style; but I suppose a Pen hath not commonly been managed with more cleanly Discourse by an Hand used only to the Trowel; and his Conditi­on hath been such, that he may fairly have Leave to speak.

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AMong those Judgments of God, which are a great Deep, I suppose few are more unfa­thomable than this, That pious and holy men suffer sometimes by the Force of horrid Witchcrafts, and hellish Witches are permitted to break thorough the Hedge which our Heavenly Father has made about them that seek Him. I suppose the Instances of this direful thing are [...]; but that they are not Never we can produce very dismal Testimony. One, and that no less Recent than Awful, I shall now offer: and the Reader of it will thereby learn, I hope, to work out his own Salvation with Fear and Tremb­ling.

SECT. I. Mr. Philip Smith, aged about Fifty years, a Son of eminently vertuous Parents, a Deacon of the Church at Hadley, a Member of our General Court, an Associate in their County Court, a Select-man for the affairs of the Town, a Lieutenant in the Troop, and, which crowns all, a man for Devotion and Gravity, and all that [...] Honest, exceeding exemplary; Such a man. In the Winter of the Year, 1684. was mur­dered with an hideous Witchcraft, which filled all those parts with a just astonishment. This was the manner of the Murder.

SECT. II. He was concerned about Re­lieving [Page 55] the Indigencies of a wretched woman in the Town; who being dissatisfied at some of his just cares about her, expressed her self unto him in such a manner, that he declared himself ap­prehensive of receiving mischief at her hands; he said, he doubted she would attempt his Hurt.

SECT. III. About the beginning of Ja­nuary he began to be very Valetudinarious, labour­ing under those that seemed Ischiadick pains. As his Illness increased on him, so his Goodness in­creased in him; the standers-by could in him see one ripening apace for another world; and one filled not only with Grace to an high de­gree, but also with Exceeding Joy. Such Weanedness from, and Weariness of the World, he shew'd that he knew not (he said) whether he might pray for his continuance here. Such As­surance had he of the Divine Love unto him, that in Raptures he would cry out, Lord, stay thy hand, it is enough, it is more than thy frail ser­vant can bear! But in the midst of these things, he uttered still an hard suspicion, That the ill Woman who had threatned him, had made im­pressions on him.

SECT. IV. While he remained yet of a sound mind he very sedately, but very solemnly charged his Brother to look well after him. Tho' he said he now understood himself, yet he knew not how he might be; but be sure (said he) to [...] care of me for you shall see strange things, [Page 56] There shal be a wonder in Hadley! I shall not be dead when it is thought I am! This Charge he pressed over and over; and afterwards became Delirious.

SECT. V. Being become Delirious, he had a Speech Incessant and Voluble beyond all imagina­tion, and this in divers Tones and sundry voices and (as was thought) in various languages.

SECT. VI. He cryed out not only of fore pain, but also of sharp Pins, pricking of him sometimes in his Toe, sometimes in his Arm, as if there had been hundreds of them. But the people upon search never found any more than One.

SECT. VII. In his Distresses he exclaimed very much upon the Woman afore-mentioned naming her, and some others, and saying, Do you not see them; There, There, There they stand.

SECT. VIII. There was a strong smell of something like Musk, which was divers times in the Room where he was, and in the other Rooms, and without the House; of which no cause could be rendred. The sick-man as well as others complained of it; and once particu­larly it so siez'd an Apple Roasting at the Fire that they were forced to throw it away.

SECT. IX. Some that were about him being almost at their wits end, by beholding the greatness and the strangeness of his Calamities did three or sometimes in one Night, [...] an [Page 57] give Disturbance to the Woman that we have spoken of: all the while they were doing of it, the good man was at ease, and slept as a weary man; and these were all the times they percei­ved him to take any sleep at all.

SECT. X. A small Galley-Pot of Alkermes, that was near full, and carefully look't after, yet unto the surprize of the people, was quite emp­tied, so that the sick man could not have the Be­nefit of it.

SECT. XI. Several persons that sat by him, heard a Scratching, that seem'd to be on the Ticking near his feet, while his Feet lay wholly still; nay, were held in the hands of others, and his hands were far of another way.

SECT. XII. Sometimes Fire was seen on the Bed, or the Covering, and when the Behol­ders began to discourse of it, it would vanish a­way.

SECT. XIII. Diverse people felt some­thing often stir in the Bed, at some distance from his Body. To appearance, the thing that stirr'd was as big as a Cat: some try'd to lay hold on it with their hands, but under the Covering nothing could be found. A discreet and sober Woman, resting on the Beds Feet, felt as it were a Hand, the Thumb and the Finger of it, taking her by the side, and giving her a Pinch; but turning to see What it might be, nothing was to be seen.

[Page 58] SECT. XIV. The Doctor standing by the sick man, and seeing him ly still, he did himself try to lean on the Beds-head; but he found the Bed to shake so, that his head was often knock­ed against the Post, though he strove to hold it still; and others upon Tryal found the same. Also, the sick man lying too near the side of the Bed, a very strong and stout man, try'd to lift him a little further into the Bed; but with all his might he could not; tho' trying by 'nd by, he could lift a Bed-stead, with a Bed, and man ly­ing on it, all, without any strain to himself at all.

SECT. XV. Mr. Smith dyes. The Jury that viewed the [...]orpse, found a Swelling on one Breast, which rendered it like a Womans. His Privities were wounded or burned. On his back, besides Bruises, there were several pricks, or holes, as if done with Awls or Pins

SECT. XVI. After the Opinion of all had pronounc'd him dead, his Countenance con­tinued as Lively as if he had been Alive; his Eyes closed as in a slumber; and his neither Jaw not falling down. Thus he remained from Sa­tureday morning about Sun-rise, till Sabbath Day in the After-noon. When those that took him out of the Bed sound him still Warm. though the the season was as Cold as had almost been known in an Age. On the Night after the Sabbath, his Countenance was yet as fresh as before; but on Monday Morning, they found the Face extremely [Page 59] [...]umified and discoloured; 'twas black and blue, & fresh blood seem'd to run down his Cheek in the Hairs.

SECT. XVII. The night after he died, a very credible person, watching of the Corpse, perceived the Bed to move and Stir, more than once; but by no means could find out the cause of it.

SECT. XVIII. The second night, some that were preparing for the Funeral, do say, That they heard diverse Noises in the Rooms where the Corpse lay; as though there had been a great Removing and Clattering of Stools & chairs.

Upon the whole, it appeared unquestionable that Witchcraft had brought a period unto the life of so good a man.


THe man of whom we have been Writing, is not the only good Christian whom evile Witchcraft has given Annoyance to. We shall add a Second Instance, wherein I shall Relate Something that I do not Approve; and that is, The Urinary Experiment. I suppose the Urine must be bottled with Nails and Pinns, and such Instruments in it as carry a Shew of Torture with them, if it attain its End. For I have been told, That the bare Bottleing of Urine with Filings of Steel in it, which can be better (tho scarce well) [Page 60] accounted for, has bin found insignificant. Now to use a Charm against a Charm, or to use a De­vils shield against a Devils Sword, Who can with a good conscience try? All Communion with Hell is dangerous; all Relief and Succor coming by means whose whole Force is founded in the Laws of the Kingdom of darkness, will be ready to leave a sting on the Conscience of him that obtains it so.

SECT. I. There was one Mr. St.—n of North-hampton, who upon Complaint of an a­bused Servant unto him, had in plain and close Terms rebuked the Master of the Lad, for his too great Severity. He was a man of good Re­pute, and as good Courage; but within as little a while as the man whom he had reproved could return to inform his Wife, who was a person under Suspicion for Witchcraft, he was taken with many Ails and pains that increased on him to great Extremity.

SECT. II. He languishes, decayes, and dies: but before it came to That, strange sights were in the house. A black Cat appeared in the night, with very affrighting Circumstances; and then a Pigeon; both of which they pursued in vain, tho both of their were in the house

SECT. III. They went to the Traditi­onal Experiment of Botteling Urine; but they could get no Urine from him, a strange Hole through the Vrinary Passage, shadding the water [Page 61] before they could receive it into the Vessel.

SECT. IV. The Corpse was view'd by the Jury; an Hole was found quite thro his Yard, which hindered their Saving of any Urine, and and gave a Terrible Torture to him. About the small of his back, there was a multitude of small spots, the callous out side of which, being taken a­way, underneath were Holes, as tho made by small Shott. Upon which all concluded with good Reason, the Occasion of his Death to be something preternatural.


SO Horrid and Hellish is the Crime of Witch­craft, that were Gods Thoughts as our thoughts, or Gods Wayes as our wayes, it could be no other but Unpardonable. But that the Grace of God may be admired, and that the worst of Sin­ners may be encouraged, Behold, Witchcraft al­so has found a Pardon. Let no man Despair of his own Forgiveness, but let no man also Delay a­bout his own Repentance, how aggravated soever his Transgressions are. From the Hell of Witch­craft our merciful Jesus can fetch a guilty Crea­ture to the Glory of Heaven. Our LORD hath sometimes Recovered those who have in the most horrid manner given themselves away to the De­stroyer of their souls.

[Page 62] SECT. I. There was one Mary Johnson sayed at Hartford, in this Countrey, upon and Indictment of Familiarity with the Devil. She was found Guilty of the same, cheefly upon her own Confession, and condemned.

SECT. II. Many years are past since her Execution; and the Records of the Court are but short; yet there are several Memorables that are found credibly Related and Attested concerning her.

SECT. III. She said, That a Devil was wont to do her many services. Her Master once blam'd her for not carrying out the Ashes, and a Devil did clear the Hearth for her afterwards. Her Master sending her into the Field, to drive out the Hogs that us'd to break into it, a De­vil would s [...]o [...]re them out, and make her laugh to see how he seaz'd 'em about.

SECT. IV Her first Familiarity with the Devils came by Discontent; and Wishing the De­vil to take That and t' other Thing; and, The de­vil to do This and That; Whereupon a Devil appeared unto her, tending her the best service he could do for her.

SECT. V. She confessed that she was guil­ty of the Murder of a Child, and that she had been guilty of Uncleanness with Men and Devils

SECT. VI. In the time of her Imprison­ment, the famous Mr, Samuel Stone was at great pains to promote her Conversion unto God, and [Page 63] represent unto her both her Misery and Remedy; the Success of Which, was very desirable, and considerable.

SECT. VII. She was by most Observers judged very Penitent, both before and at her Ex­ecution; and she went out of the World with many Hopes of Mercy through the Merit of Jesus Christ. Being asked, what she built her hopes upon; She answered, on those Words, Come to me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you Rest; and those, There is a Fountain open for Sin and for Uncleaness. And she died in a Frame extremely to the Satisfaction of them that were Spectators of it.

Our GOD is a great Forgiver.


THe near Affinity between Witchcraft & Pos­session, invites me to add unto the Fore­going Histories, One that the Reader, I believe, will count worthy to be Related. It is but a Fragment of what should have been Suffer Story; but I cannot without some Troub [...] or delay in­consistent with my present Designs put my self in a way to perfect it: and I was of the Opinion that, Let nothing be lost, was a Rule which I might very properly extend unto it. The thing happened many (perhaps Thirty) years ago, and was then much discoursed of. I don't Re­member [Page 64] that [...] what became of the Boy concerned to that attractive, but what [...] now publish, [...] among the Papers of my Grand-father, of Whom the World has had such a Character, that they cannot but judge, no Ro­mance or Fully, nothing but what should be seri­rious and weighty could be worthy of his Hand and it is in his own Hand that I have the Manu­script, from whence I have caused it to be Tran­scribed. It runs in such Terms as these.

A Confession of a Boy at Tocutt; in the time of the Intermission of his Hits: and other Passages, which many were Eye-witnesses of.

THe Boy was for his natural Parts, more tha [...] ordinary at seven years old. He, with many others went to see a Conjurer play Tricks in Holland. There it was strongly suggested to him. He Should be as good an Artist as he. From thence to eleven year old, he used the Trade as inventing Eye, and Stealing many, Running away from his Father, spending of it at Dice, and with the vilest Company and this Trade he used in that space (he confessed) above Forty times at least, and many strange Instances he gives to it. His Father following him with constant In­struction, and Correction, he was despertely hard nod under all, and his heart sett in a way [...] [Page 65] Malice against the Word of God, & all his Father did to restrain him. When he was about ten or eleven years old, he ran away from Rotterdam, to D [...]lp [...]; and the Devil appeared to him there in the shape of a Boy, counselling him not to hearken to the Word of God, not unto any of his Fathers Instructions, and propounding to him, to Enter into a Covenant with him. Being somewhat fearful at first, desired that he would not appear to him in a shape, but by a voice, and though his heart did inwardly consent, to what the Devil said, yet he was withheld, that he could not then Enter into a Covenant with him. His Father not knowing this, but of his other Wic­kedness, being a godly Minister, procured many Christians to join with him in a day of Humilia­tion; confessed and bewailed his Sins, prayed for him, & sent him to New-E. and so commit­ted him to God. From that time to this being now about Sixteen years old, the Devil hath constantly come to him by a voice; and he held a constant Discourse with him; and all about Entring into a Covenant with him: and still per­swaded to have it written and sealed, making ma­ny promises to assure him, and telling him ma­ny Stories of Dr. Fan [...]s and other Witches how bravely they have lived, and how he should live deliciously, and have Ease, Comfort, and Mo [...]y; and sometimes threatning to tear him in pieces if he would not. But ordinarily his dis­course [Page 66] course was as loving & friendly as could be. He hath been strangely kept, by an hand of God, from making a Covenant to this day. For he still propounded many Difficulties to the Devil which he could not satisfie his Reason in: and though, he faith, he was never well but when he was Discoursing with the devil, and his heart was strangely enclined to write and seal an Agree­ment, yet such dreadful horrour did seiz upon him, at the very time, from the Word of God and such fears of his Eternal Perishing, that he could not do it then. He put off the Devil still, that he was not in a fit Frame, but desired him to come again that he might have more Dis­course, and he would consider of it. The Devil appeared to him, a second time at New-haven, in the shape of a Boy, and a third time at Tocutt i [...] the shape of a Fox; at which time, at first, they had loving discourse, as formerly; but at last the Devil was urgent upon him, and told him he had baffled with him so long, now he must enter into an agreement, or he would tear him in pieces he saying, How should I do it? would you have [...] write upon my hands? No, (faith the Devil) Look here, and with that, set Paper, and [...] and Ink like Blood before him. The former hor­rours, from the Word of God, and special passa­ges, which he named, set in upon him so that he could not do it. Only before they parted, the Devil being so urgent upon him, telling him [Page 67] had baffled with him, he set a year and half time for Consideration. The last quarter of a year is yet to come. The Devil told him, if he let him alone so long, he would baffle with him still: he answered, if he did not yeild then, he would give him leave to torment him whilst he lived. Still the Devil would not away, nor could he get from him. Then out of Fear he cryed out, Lord, Jesus, rebuke the devil! at which, the Fox, Pen, Ink and Paper vanished. Yet he continued in his course of unheard-of Wickedness, and still his Will was bent to write & seal the Agreement, having his Discourse yet with Satan by Voice. His Brother with whom he lives at Tocut, hav­ing Convulsion Fits, he laughed and mocked at him, and acted the Convulsion Fits. A while af­ter God sent Convulsion Fits on himself; in which time, his former Terrours, the Wrath of God, Death, Hell, Judgment, and Eternity were pre­sented to him. He would fain then have confes­sed his sins, but when he was about to do it, the Devil still held his mouth, that he could not. He entreated God, to release him, promising to con­fess & forsake his Sins, and the Lord did so; but he being well, grew as bad, or worse than ever. About six weeks-since, his Convulsion Fits came again three times most dreadfully, with some Intermissions, and his former Horrours & Fears. He would have confessed his Sins but could not. It pleased God to put it into the heart of one to [Page 68] ask him, Whether he had any Familiarity with the Devil? he got out so much then as, Yes. He fetching Mr. Pierson, the Convulsion Fits left him, and he confessed all, how it had been with him. That very night the Devil came to him and told him. Had be blabbed out such things. He would teach him to blabb! and if he would not then write and seal the Agreement, he would tear him in pieces, and he refusing, the Devil tool a corporal Possession of him, and hath not ceased to torment him extremely ever since. If any thing be spoken to him, the Devil answereth (and many times he barks like a F [...]x, and bisseth like: Serpent) sometimes with horrible Blasphemie against the Name of Christ; and at some other times the Boy is sensible. When he hath the Libertie of his [...], he tells what the Devil faith to him, urging him to seal the Covenant still, and that he will bring Paper, Pen and [...] in the night, when none shall see, pleading the God [...] him off, that Christ cannot save him That When He was upon earth He could cost on devils, but now He is in Heaven He cannot. Some times he is ready to yeild to all in a desperate was Sometimes he breaks out into Confession of [...] former sins, as they come into his mind; ex­ceedingly Judging himself, and Justifying GOD [...] His for ever leaving of him in the hands of Sa­tan. Once he was heard to Pray in such a man­ner so sutable to his Conditition, so Aggrvating [Page 69] his Sin, and pleading with God for mercy, and in such a strange, high, enlarged manner, as judicious godly persons then presen, affirm they never heard the like in their lives, that it Grew a­bundance of tears from the eyes of all present, being about twenty persons. But his torment increased upon him worse after such a time; or if any thing were spoken to him from the Word of God by others or they pray with him. The last week after he had confessed one strange Pas­sage, namely that once in Discourse he told the Devil, that if he would make his Spittle to scald a dog, he would then go on in a way of Lying and Dissembling, and believe that he should, do it, which he said, he did with all his heart, and so spit on the dog, and with that a deal or [...] Water did poure on the Dog. In pursu­ance of his Promise, he went on in a way of [...] ­ing and Dissembling: That when [...] about it, that he had done [...] dog, then he fell down into a [...] had been dead. As soon as he had confessed this, the Devil went out of him with an [...] Noise, to the terrour of those then [...] and so he continued [...] much troubled in himself If for one special passage in his Discourse with the Devil when he ap­peared to him as a Fox; faith he to he Devil, I have formerly [...] near unto me: With that the Devil [...] [Page 70] said unto him then, What, are you got hither and fell to Threatning of him. He said to him again, But I find no such Thoughts now, but do & will believe you now more than the Word of God which faith in Isa. 55, Seek the Lord &c. and said further, What comfort you shall afford me, I shall rely upon you for it. Remembring this Passage the Devil appeared to him, ready to enter into him again. Thereby much astonished, having the Bible in his hand, he opened it, &, as it were of it self at that place of Isai. 55: his Eye was fixed upon it, and his Conscience accusing him for abusing the Word a year ago, his heart failing him, and the Devil entred into him again a Se­cond time, railing upon him, & calling him, Blab tongue, and Rogue I he had promis'd to keep things scores, he would teach him to blabb, he would tear him in peices. Since, he hath kept his Body in continual Motion, speaking in him, and by him, with a formidable Voice: sometimes singing of Verses wicked and witty, that formerly he had made against his Father's Ministry, and the Word of God &c. When the Boy is come to himself, they tell him of them, and he owns them, that indeed such he did make. Mr. Eaton being his Uncle sent a Letter to him, which he told of be­fore it came saying also, it would be goodly stuff! Scering at him. By and by the Letter came in, and none of the people knew of it before. He [...]psan [...] [Page 71] in Sight: and once two being with him, their Backs turned, the Devil carried him away, they knew not how, & after search they found him in a Cellar, as dead, but after a little space he came to Life again. And another time, threw him up into a Chamber, stopped him up into a Hole, where they after sound him. Another time he carried him about a Bow-Shot and threw him in­to a Hog-Stye amongst Swine, which ran away with a terrible noise.

Here is as much to be seen of the Venome of Sin, the Wrath of God against Sin, the Malice of the Devil, and yet his limited Power, and the Reasonings of Satan in an ocular Demonstration, as hath fallen out in any Age. Also the strange & High Expressions of a distressed Soul, in a way of Judging himself and pleading for Mercy, such as may be wondered at by all that hear of it; and more very observable passages could not be written for want of Time, which will after appear.


OF what did after appear, I have no Account; but what did then appear, is so undoubt­ted and so wonderful [...] will sufficiently a­lone for my Publications of it.

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HAd there been Diligence enough used by them that have heard and [...] amazing Instances of Witchcraft, our Number of Memorable Providences under this Head, had reached beyond the Perfect. However, before have done Writing, I will insert an Exemple or two, communicated unto me by a Gentle man of sufficient Fidelity to make a Story of his Relating Credible. The Things were such as happened in the Town whereof himself is Minister; and they are but some of more which he favoured me with the Communication of. But, it seems, I must be obliged, to conceal the Names of the par­ties concerned, lest some should he Offended, the None could be Injured by the mention of them.

¶ In a Town which is none of the youngest this Countrey, there dwelt a very Godly at honest Man. who upon some Provocation, re­ceived very Angry and Threatning Expression from two women in the Neighbourhood; soo upon this, diverse of his Cattel in a strange man­ner dyed; and the man himself sometimes was haunted with lights of the women as he thought encountring of him. He grew indisposed in his Body very unaccountably; and one day repaired unto a Church Meeting then held in the place, with a Resolution there to declare what he had [Page 73] met withal. The man was one of such Figure and Respect among them, that the Pastor singled out him for to pray in the Assembly before their breaking up. He pray'd with a more than usu­al measure of both Devotion and Discretion, but just as he was coming to that part of his Prayer, wherein he intended to petition Heaven for the Discovery of Witchcrafts which had been among them, he sank down Speechless and Sense­less; and was by his Friends carried away to a Bed; where he lay for two or three hours in horrible Distress, fearfully starting, and sta­ring and crying out Lord, I am stab'a! and now looking whilst to and fro, he said, O here are wicked persons among us, even among US; and he complained, I came hither with a full purpose to tell what I know, but now (said he) I ly like a Fool! Thus he continued until the Meeting was over, and then his Fits left him; only he re­mained very sore. One or two more such Fits he had after that; but afterwards a more pri­vate sort of Porture was employed upon him. He was advised by a worthy man [...] apply him­self unto a Magistrate; and warned, That he would shortly be murdered, if he did not. He took not the Counsil; [...] languished for some Weeks; yet able to Wolk and Work; but Then, he had his Breath and [...] suddenly taken taken away from him, in a manner of which no full Account could be given.

[Page 74] The man had a Son invaded with the like Fits but God gave deliverance to him in answer to the Prayers of His people for him.

¶ In the same Town, there yet lives a very pious Woman, that from another Woman of ill Fame, received a small gift, which was eaten by her. Upon the Eating of it, she became strangely altered and afflicted; and hindred from Sleeping at Night, by the Pulls of some in­visible Hand for a long while together. A Shape or two of, I know not who, likewise haunted her, and gave her no little Trouble. At [...] a Fit extraordinary Violent came upon her; wherein she pointed her Hand, and fixed her Eye, much upon the Chimney, and spake at a rate that asto­nished all about her. Anon, she broke forth in­to Prayer, and yet could bring out scarce more than a Syllable at a time. In her short Prayer she grew up to an high Act of Faith, and said, (by Syllables, and with Stammerings) Lord, Thou hast been my Hope, and in Thee will I put my [...]: Thou hast been my Salvation here, and wilt be so for ever and ever! Upon which her Fit left her; and [...] afterwards grew very well; still remaining so.

¶ There were diverse other strange Things, which from the same Hand, I can both Relate & Believe, As, Of a Child bewitched into Lame­ness [Page 75] and recovered immediately, by a Terrour given to the vile Authoress, of the Mischief; but the exact Print, Image and Colour of an Orange made on the Childs Leg, presently upon the sen­ding of an Orange to the Witch by the Mother of the Child, who yet had no evil design in making of the Present. And of other Children, which a palpable Witchcraft made its Impressions on but Manum de Tabula.

I entreat every Reader, to make such an Use of these things, as may promote his own well-fare, and advance the Glory of God; and so answer the Intent of the Writer, who,

Haec scribens studuit, bene de Pietate merers

There now remain two Discourses, for the Reader to be entertained With; the Latter of which was delivered unto my own Congregati­on; on the Occasion of what befel Goodwi [...]'s Chil­dren: but the Former of them was deliver'd unto the same Congregation on the Occasion of a nor­rible Self-murder committed by a possessed woman in the Neighbourhood. The Discourses were suited unto a popular Auditory; but things that are not accurate may be profitable, if the Blessing of God accompany them.

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A Discourse on the Power and Malice of the DEVILS

1. Pet. V. 8.Your Adversary the Devil, as a Roaring Lion walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.

IT is a Relation made by David of an En­counter by him once met withal in 1. Sam. 17. 34. Thy Servant kept his Father's sheep, and there came a Lion and took a Lamb out of the Flock. There is an horrid Lion by which your souls are pursued and endangered: This Lion fetch'd away, after a very dismal manner, one, that was with us, when this Flock was last before the Lord; and he seeks, he longs he roars, in that or same way to make a Prey of all. I am keeping my Father's sheep, and would labour to [...]e­s [...]ne from the hellish Lion every [...] that may ly in his way. Accept therefore the Text now readd, as, The [...] of the Lord.

Multitudes of Jews, dispersed in diverse Coun­tries, being Converted and Baptis [...]a by the Mini­stry of the Apostle Peter, at Jerusalem; he writes to them an excellent Epistle to for fie them a­gainst the Persecutions which their [...] might expose them to. He advises them, first, unto the [...] general, and then, unto the more special Duties of the Christian [...]. The last [Page 2] of his divine Counsils is. To resist the temptati­ons of the devil. And the Text before us con­tains the Argument whereby we are to be excited thereunto; tis drawn from the Disposition of the Devil; who is here exhibited, First, as an A­versa [...]y. Secondly, as a potent Adversary, a Lion. Thirdly, as a cruel Adversary, a roaring Lion. Fourthly, as a restless Adversary, a Lion seeking whom he may devour. This then is the Doctrine to be now attended unto,

The Devil is a potent, a cruel, and a restless Ad­versary to the souls of men.

Prop. 1. There is a Combination of Devils which our [...] is fill'd withal. A Devil is a spi­ritual and a [...] Substance, full of all Wick­edness, confined by God unto our Air as his Gao [...], for his Apostasy from the Company & Employ­ment of the only Angels. His Title is that in Eph 6. 12. a spiritual wickedness; that is a wicked spi­rit. A Devil was once an Angel, but Sin has brought him to be a Father Angel; an Angel full of Enmity to God and man; an Angel made a [...] within the Atmosph [...]e of the Earth which we tread upon

The Scriptures of Truth allow us these Con­clusions about the Devils of He [...].

We may first conclude, That the Devils are not meer [...], or Qualities or Distempers, as has been by some absurdly enough conceived. The fond Saddu [...] derides the Doctrine of Devils, [Page 3] which we all embrace. But I pray, What things were those that left their first estate, being now reserved in chains of darkness to the judgment of the great day? What things be those that be­sought our Lord for liberty to enter into the swine? But we have among our selves lately seen plain Demonstrations, That there are Spirits, which understand, and argue, and will; and which are the enemies of all that is holy, and just, & Good.

We may, Secondly Conclude, That these De­vils are an Army in our Air. They are called in Eph. 2 2. the power (or the Army) of the air. There are diverse Miles of Air encompassing of this Terraqueous Globe; to that space it is that the Devils are limited, since their High-Treason against the God that made them. Here it is that they have a Play-house, as well as a Prison; here they play all their devillish Pranks until the ever­lasting Fire shall begin to flame. Indeed, some Devils may keep more constantly to one countrey, and some to another. Hence we read of some in Marc. [...]. 10. They besought our Lord much, that He would not send them away out of the Countrey. But still the High-places of our air be the Receptacles of all the wicked Spirits.

We may conclude, Thirdly, That these Devils are an Army under a Leader too. There is a Government, a Monarchy in the dark Regions; and hence in Matth. 12. 24. we read about Belzebub, the Prince of devils. There you have [Page 4] the Name of the Grand-Segniour who is King over the children of pride. Probably, the Devils in their first Conspiracy and Rebellion against God, had a notorious Ring-Leader; there was one of greater dignity and influence than the [...]est, by whom they were headed; and they are all now under his Command. We have Mention in the Sacred Oracles, of, the devil and his angels. This cheef devil is called by way of eminency, the De­vil; but he has innumerable Slaves, and Officers, and Emissaries, which are under an entire Subjec­tion to him. His Orders they all observe; and therefore, when we speak of the Devil, it in­cludeth each private Souldier as well as him that is principal Commander. We say, The Devil, as we say, The Turk, or The Spaniard; it means any or every part of that infernal Ren­dezvous. As itis said in Ps. 34. 6. The Angel of the Lord encamps, i. e. the Whole Host of Angels are as One in it.

Prop. II The Divels are the great Adversa­ries of humane Souls. Tis here said about the devil, He is your Adversary; or as the Article in­timates, he is that your Adversary.

If it be asked, How the Devils are our Ad­versaries? In general they labour to do us all the mischief they can devise. They pursue our Hurt in all waie, and by all [...]. Yet in [...] sense they cannot come at us unless according [...]. Know, That the Greek word here notes [Page 5] properly an Adversary at Law; tis a law-Ter [...] that is used here. Thus First, the Devils are our Adversaries as Accusers. Tis the Character of the Devil in Rev. 12. 10. The Accuser of our Brethren, which accuseth them before God, day and night. He is called a Satan, and a Devil for this very Cause. The Devils are first our Tempters, and then our Accusers. They complain to God against us, that we do not fear Him, that we do not love Him, that we do not seek Him, as we ought to do: they represent our faults before the Lord, as things that make us unfit for any Mercy at His hands. There is a Court kept some­where in the Invisible world, at which Devils endeavour to prefer as many Complaints as they they can against us. They first gett and then bring matters of Accusation which we might be Indicted and Condemned for.

Secondly, The Devils are our Adversaries as Destroyers. They plead and pray as so many At­tourneys, that a Judgment may be granted against us all; and then they petition that they too may be the Executioners of it. Tis illustrated in Job. 1. 11. and 2. 5. Satan urges upon God against Job, put forth thine hand now, and touch his bo [...] and his flesh. They would fain have all manner of Miseries to be inflicted on us; and they try all they can to gain Opportunities for doing their part that we may be miserable. A Devil is called a destroying Angel. They are Devils usually [...] [Page 6] are the Instruments of Divine Vengeance on the world. If it be asked, Why the devils are our Adversaries? There is a double Reason to be Assigned of it. One Reason of it is,

Their Hatred of God. The Devils have sha­ken off the Law, and the Rule of God; and they cannot bear that the Name of God should be ac­knowledged in the world. GOD and the De­vils are sworn enemies to each other; and the Lord may say of them as in Zeh. 11. 8. My soul loathed them, and their soul also abhorred me. Now the poor Children of men, both do the Service of God, and have the Image of God. We do the Service of God▪ Man is the Priest of the whole visible Creation. Tis by our Thoughts, tis by our Words, that all things else pay their Homage un­the Lord. The Devil, that would be in the Throne of God, would ruine us, that God may no more have the Honour of a Father, or the Fear of a Master in the world. We also have the I­mage of God. In our Nature there is much, in our Vertue there is m [...]re of God's Likeness. The Devil is a Tigre; they report of that wild beast, it will tear the picture of a man, when it cannot reach the person of a man: There is a lively shadow as it were, of God, upon us; and this the Tigres of Hell cannot endure.

A Second Reason of it is, their Envy at Man. The Devils behold Man exalted & advanced a­bove themselves. Tis said of the Leviathan in [Page 7] Job 41. 34. He beholdeth all high things. Tis ful­filled in the Pope also, and lastly in the Devil. He cannot brook it, that any should be higher than himself. The Apostle intimates, that Pride was at first, the Condemnation of the Devil. Tis con­jectured, that the Devil being informed of God's decree to have a Man subsist in the Second Per­son of the Trinity; this provoked him and his Accomplices to their Disobedience. However the Devil now sees Man Saved and himself dam­ned; Man in the Bosom of God, and himself is the Bottom of Hell; Well now thinks he, I will do this Man all the spits I can.

Prop. III. The Devils are potent Adversa­ries of our Souls.

The Devil is a Lion, and as it was said in Judg [...] [...]4. 18. What is stronger than a Lion? He has a Power, an Interest, that may make us all to trem­ble at his Roaring. Hence we read in Luc. 10. [...]9. about The power of the enemy: and he is com­pared in Cap. 11. 21. unto, A strong Armed man.

There be three things that show the power of our Adversaries.

First, The power of our Adversaries the De­vils, lies in the Nature of them. Tis said in Eph. 6. 12. We fight not against flesh & blood only but against principalities, and Powers, and spiritual wickednesses. They are spiritual, and therefore powerful. The Spirituality of the Devils enables them▪ to [...] us when we can't see them; I [Page 8] makes 'em ready to attack us and surprise us at unspeakable Disadvantages. The Divels are Spi­rits, and hence they count Iron but straw, & bras [...] as rotten wood; they are Spirits, and so they excel in strength; when they seem afraid of little Spels and Charms, it is only a stratagem by which they seek to decoy us into their dreadful Power more than before. One of them let loose, perhaps could slaughter an Army of an hundred thousand in a night.

Secondly. The Power of our Adversaries the De­vils, lies in the Number of them. Even such little things as Mice, yea, and Lice have prov'd horri­ble plagues by becoming numerous. What then may the Devils be, whose Troops amount unto many Legions! How many devils can sometimes be spared, for the Vexation of one man! In the bowels of one afflicted child, I have heard that murmur made, There are two or three of us! Yea, we read in Luc. 8. 30. of a Le­ [...]ion that kept a Garrison in one single person a a Legion contain'd twelve Thousand and five Hun­dred in it. Doubtless, there are far more Devils than there are Men in the world. They swarm like the Frogs of Egypt in every chamber of our houses. We can go, we can stir no where, but those wild Arabians will be upon us.

Thirdly. The Power of our Adversaries the Devils lies in their Conf [...]ederacies. The Devils are all as one among themselves; their Unity [Page 9] their Agrement in their designs makes them for­midable. We are told in Mat. 12. 26. Satan [...] not divided against himself. But more than so The divels have of their party among our selves, yea, within our selves. Devils have Men on their side. All wicked men promote the ends of the devils. Tis said, The lusts of the devil they will do 'tis said. The divel works in the Children of disobe­dience. And the Devils have Hearts on their side Our wicked hearts will favour and humour the devils in their attempts, and betray us into their hands. When they made their assault on our Savionr, tis said, They sound nothing in Him. But they find something in us, they find in us, an I [...] ­mate by whose Treachery we become their prey This is the Power of the Enemy.

Prop. IV. The devils are also cruel Adversa­ries of our souls. The Divel is not only a Lion but a roaring, an hungry, an angry Lion. Yea according to that in Rev. 20. 2. he is not only Lion, but a Dragon too. He will have no more mercy than a Lion, he will have no more mercy than a Dragon upon all that comes in the way of his cruel Clutches. 'Twas the description of the Chaldaans in Hab. 1. 6. That bitter and hast nation. To the devils does it much more belong they are a Bitter and a cruel nation. Never was there such a merciless and a pittiless Tyrant a [...] the devil is; nothing so much pleases that bloody monster, as the pain and the death of our unhap­py [Page 10] souls; and he has no Masick like the groans of a deadly wounded man. What a Prodigy of Cruelty was that Roman Emperour, who wished that all his people had but one neck, that he might cut it off at a blow! Why the cruel Devil not only wished, but in Paradise he had & he did such an horrid thing. And it is he that inspires vile men with all the Cruelty that their Inquisitions, and their Tortures give exemple of.

Prop. V. The Devils are likewise Restless Ad­versaries of our souls. They go about, they are always in Action, always in Motion, that they may undo the souls of men.

The Devil goes about. So could he say of himself, in Job, 1. 7. I come from going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it. This Prince goes in Progress, rides the Circuit thro his whole Dominions to see how his work is carried on. And all that are under the Inspe­ction of this Prime Vister are continually travell­ing and labouring too for the destruction of im­mortal souls. They go about, but how? We read in Jude 6. they are kept in chains; Tis by some rendered, they are kept for chains: but suppose them in chains; their chains are so lengthened, & yet so limited that they go about, just where and when, and how far the Permission of God shall give them leave. As they are not now in all the Torment, so they are not now in all the Bon­dage intended for them. Twas the Sentence of [Page 11] wicked cursed Cain, in Gen. 4. 14. A Fugitive and a Vagabond shalt thou be upon the earth.

Tis the Case of every devil; he is A Fugitive and a Vagabond in our Air. They go about] but Why? For no good, you may be sure. Tis with them as tis said to be with their Vassals, in Psal. 59. 15. They wander up and down for meat, and grudge if they be not satisfied. They go about upon the Catch; they go about, that they may [...] out objects to work upon; they go about, with a raging appetite after Sin, and the Wages of it on the world. You shall see what the Po­stures and Methods of the Devil are; they are drawn with a Pencil of the Sanctuary, in Psal. 10. 4. He lyes in wait secretly, as a Lion in his den; he lyes in wait to catch the poor; he does catch the poor when he drawes him into his net. Such a devil­ [...]ish Adversary ha [...] we to deal withal.


There are two Lessons that we may learn from these things. We may say after the Apostle in 1. Joh. 3. 15. In this the children of God are ma­nifest and the children of the Devil.

First. We may see from hence, who the chil­dren of the devil are. Roaring Lions that go a­bout seeking whom they may devour, what are they but the creatures whom the Devil is a Sire unto? We read of one in Ezek. 19. 6. Who became a [Page 12] young Lion and learned to catch the prey, & devour­ed men. Such Lions there often are in the world; sometimes there are men whose business, whose delight it is to devour their Neighbours; men who go about to impair the Estate, who go about to blemish the esteem, who go about to debauch the souls of other men. What shall be said of such men? Alas, the Devil is the Father of them all. I have no Blessing for any of them; but yet I may say to them, This is a [...] whelp, to the prey, my son, thou art gone up. This is just like the great old Lion; with him, even with him shall they one day be punished, and undergo the doom in Jer. 51. 38. They shall roar together like Lions, they shall yell as Lions whelps. The great and the terible GOD will one day make the Sires and the Whelps to­gether to roar under the direful impressions of His everlasting wrath.

Secondly. From hence we may also see who are the Children of God. Tis said of our Lord Jesus Christ in Act. 10. 38. He went about doing good. There are some that go about seeking whom they may instruct, that go about seeking whom they may convert, that go about seeking whom they may relieve. The Lion of the tribe of Judah, is a Father to these holy men; Not the Devil but the Saviour is their pattern. The blessed, the glorious Angels, and not the outragious Devils do thus improve themselves. Go on, Soul, go on thus to go about. I remember [Page 13] old Mr. Latymer in a Sermon, has that sharp Reflection upon the lazy Bishops of his Time, that seldom or never preached in any one Pulpit of all their Di [...]cess, For shame, (said he) you negligent Prelates, if you will not learn of God, and Christ, and good men, then learn of the Devil, learn of the Devil, who is alwaies at work in in his Diecess. Truly, we may learn of the Devil, to go about seeking the welfare of those whom he goes about seeking the Ruin of.


We have two things now incumbent on us.

1. Let us Avoid the Roaring Lion, who goes about seeking whom he may devour. Let us not be willingly in the way of Devils, who are ever aiming at our Confusion.

First. Let us get from the Roaring Lion, by a sincere Turning to God in Christ. Hear & quake all you that are yet in your unregenerate estate; you are in the mouth of the Roaring Lion: Oh, how can you be satisfyed or contented there? In Conversion, we are told in Act. 29. 18. men are turned from the power of satan unto God. Man, thou art under the under the power of satan, until thou art born again. O save thy self before it be too late. One once being ready to be devoured [...] a Lion, cry'd out, Help, help, I am yet alive! whelp, I am yet alive! O thou are yet alive, but [Page 14] if thou art not quickly redeemed from the Lion, it will ere long be All too late! All too late! Quickly then Renounce the service of the Devil; Quickly loath, quickly leave all your Sins; Quickly run to God in Christ, and say unto Him as in Isa. 26. 13 O Lord our God, other lords be­sides Thee have had dominion over us, but now we will make mention of Thy Name alone.

Secondly. Let us Keep from the Roaring Lion, by a sincere Shunning of what will peculiarly bring us within his teach. Indeed every Lust, as it were surrenders us up unto the Devil: every time a man gratfies a Lust, a Devil is in­vited into the soul of that man; and by every [...]hew Act of it, he takes a new Hold of the soul. But some Vices there are which give the Devils peculiar opportunities to devour us Of these take heed with a more than ordinary Caution. Particularly,

First. Beware of Discontent. The devils are are wonderfully discontented Spirits; and none more than discontented Persons, ly open to their Invasion and Annoyance. The discontented man is angry at God; it is a rage at God, it is a Fret at God, which discomposes him. We are told about the man that is angry at his Neighbour, in Eph. 4. 27. He gives place to the devil. How much more may this be said about the man who is angry at his maker? The devil finds a place in [Page 15] the soul of such a man. Be not Angry at any Poverty, be not Angry at any Calumny, be not Angry at any Affliction whatsoever. Discontent opens the doors of the soul for all the devils of Hell to enter in.

Secondly. Beware of Idleness, If thou, art I­dle, know that the devil is not so; the Idle soul is an empty House; there happens to it that thing in Mat. 12. 44. The unclean spirit walks to and fro, and comes and finds the house empty, then goeth he and taketh with himself seven other spirits, more wicked than himself, and they enter in. When the Devil finds an Idle person, he as it were, calls to more of his crue, Come here! come h [...]re! A brave prize for us all! When was a Da­vid made a prize for a devil? It was when he rose from his Cou [...]h in the Afternoon, and walk­ed in his Balcony, as one that had nothing at all to do. Of Idleness comes no goodness.

Thirdly. Beware of Bad Company. That is, (I had almost said) the greatest engine the de­vil has, to trepan the children of men withal An evil Companion is a Gin for a soul. The de­vils will have thee fast enough, if thou walkest in the counsil of the ungodly, and standest in the way of Sinners, and sittest in the seat of the scornful. The Devils, nay, and the Gallows too, at length often devour those that bad Company shall seduce. Twas said to them of Old, Depart from the tents of the wicked men, lest the earth swallow you up. E­ven [Page 16] Even so, Depart from the Knots, depart from the Cups of wicked men, lest the Devil swallow you up. Tis said in Prov. 13. 20. A companion of fools shall be destroyed.

II. Let us Resist the Roaring Lion who goes about seeking whom he may devour.

Do you find the Devil ready to devour you? Be you as ready to oppose him. It is mentioned as a sore calamity in Psal. 109. 6. Let Satan stand at his right hand. Alas! This is the con­dition of our souls; we have Satan at hand, seek­ing to gripe us in his hideous clawes.

How many Temptations does the Devil seek to to devour your souls withal? Temptations to Uncleanness and Worldliness are devouring of ma­ny. Temptations to Atheism and Blasphemy are devouring of others. Perhaps, Temptations to Self-Murder have near devoured some unhappy souls. O Remember whence all these Temptations do arise. These things are the Roarings of the Hellish Lion; and will you hearken to him? Is there any thing in these cursed Roarings to per­swade your Hearkning thereunto? What Bene­fit, what Advantage, do you think these horrid Roarings can propound?

Come then, Resist the Temptations of this roar­ing Lion. Tis said in Jam. 4. 7. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. If you fly, he will be a Lion, if you fight, he will be a Gnat before you. Est Leo, si fugias; si stas, quasi musca recedit.

[Page 17] Your Encounters call for two Things.

One is, your Watch. Hence tis here said, Be vigilant, because your adversary the devil, as a roar­ing lion walketh about. When it was cry'd out unto the Champion of Israel in Judg. 16 20. The Philistines be upon thee, Sampson; Then he awoke out of his sleep. Thus it may be exclamed, The Lions are upon thee O soul. O how watchful, how wakeful should this cause thee to be. Be watchful against all the devices of the devil. Be­ watchful in every place, be watchful in every thing; be jealous alwaies, Has not the devil now some de­sign upon me?

The Second is your Faith. Tis recorded in heb. 11. 33. some by Faith stopped the mouthes of Lions.

Tho thou shouldst be in a Denful of them, yet Faith, true Faith would muzzle them all. By Faith repair to Christ, who is the true Samp­son, which meets and slayes the Lions that roar upon our souls. By Faith repair to the Rock, even to the Rock that is higher than I! Where you may sit and shout and laugh at all the Lions that roar in the Wilderness, and say, Where I am, there you cannot come.

There are particularly two sorts of devour­ing Temptations, which I would conclude this Di­sourse with some sutable Reflections on.

Temptations to Atheism and Blasphemy, per­haps do molest some among us; possibly, Terribilia [Page 18] de DEO, and Horribilia de Fide: Dia­bolical Suggestions about our God & our Creed, may cast some of us into grievous Agonies, these things make many a good man to say, I am a­weary of my life! What shall in this case be done? My Advice is.

Do not so much dispute, as deny the Injections of the wicked one. Don't give the devil so much honour as to argue & parley about his sewd propo­sals. Refuse them presently, refuse them pe­remptorily; so you silence them. When once an Atheistic or Blasphemous Thought appears with­in your Minds, immediately hiss it away, as the Priests did Uzziah, when they first saw the Le­prosie in his Forehead. Let such Thoughts, im­mediately occasion in you the savory & gracious Thoughts that shall be just contrary thereunto. If the devil would have you think, There is no God, then without any more a do, spite the de­vil by such a Thought with an Ejaculation contradicting of it, Lord, I beleeve that thou art, and that thou art a Rewarder too. Don't object, What if there be no God? But suppose for once, That God is. Tis by far the safer Supposal of the two. And then try whether to Weary the devil be not the best way to Corquer him. Let every Fiery dart of Satan fetch an holy dart of Prayer & Grace from thee, and the de­vil will soon be weary of his Methods.

[Page 19] Temptations to Self-Murder, may likewise be fierce upon some unhappy people here. Tis al­most unaccountable, that at some times in some places here, melancholy distempered Ragings toward Self-Murder, have been in a manner Epi­demical. And it would make ones hair stand, to see or hear what manifest Assistance the Devils have given to these unnatural Self-executions when once they have been begun. Tis too evident, that persons are commonly bewitch't or possess't into these unreasonable Phrensies. But What shall these hurried people do? My Advice is,

Don't Conceal, much less Obey the motions of your Adversary. Failing in this, made a poor man, after a faithful sermon in a Neighbouring Town, presently to drown himself in a pit that had not two foot of water in it. If you will not Keep, that is the way not to Take the De­vil Counsil. Let not him tye your Tongues, and it is likely he will not gain your Souls. Com­plain to a good God of the Dangers in which you find your selves; cry to Him, Lord, I am oppres­sed, undertake for me. Complain also to a wise Friend. Let some prudent and faithful Neigh­bour understand your Circumstances: Tis pos­sible you may thereby escape the Snares with which the cruel Fowlers of Hell hope to trepan you into their dismal Clutches for evermore. [Page 20] Your Neighbours may do much for you, and may prove your Keepers if God shall please. It may be the unkindness of some Friend, may have thrown you into your present Madness. Now the Kindness of some Friend may prove the Anti­dote. Many times, a Natural Distemper, is that by which the Devil takes advantage to get the souls of Self-Destroyers into his bloody hands. In this case, for the tempted persons to disclose their Griefs, will be the way to obtain their cures. Their Neighbours ought now to consult a skilful Physician for them; and oblige, yea, constrain them to follow his Directions. When the Hu­mours on & by which the Devil works, are taken away, perhaps he may be starved out of doors. Many times, again, The sin of Slothfulness gives the Devil opportunity to procure the Self-De­struction of the sluggard. In this case too, the Tempted person may be succoured by the stand­ers-by becoming sensible of their Circumstances. Their Neighbours may now compel them to fol­low their business. A Calling, the Business of a Calling, is an Ordinance of God, sanctified by Him to deliver us from the evil spirits that en­ter into the empty house,

But most times, There may be some old and great Sin unrepented of, where Temptations to Self-Murder have a violence hardly to be with­stood, There was once a man among us, who in the horrours of Despair, uttered many dread­ful [Page 21] speeches against himself, and would often particularly say, I am all on a light Fire under the wrath of God! This man yet never confess­ed any unusual sin, but this; that having gotten about Forty pounds by his Labour, he had spent it in wicked Company: but in his Anguish of spi­rit he hanged himself. There was once a wo­man among us, who under Sickness had made vowes of a New Life; but apprehending some de­fects in her conversation afterward, she sell in­to the distraction wherein she also hanged her­self. And the Sin of Adultery and Drunkenness has more than once issued in such a destructive Desperation. In case of this or any such Guilt, Confession with Repenance affords a present Re­medy. To fly from Soul-Terrour by Self-Murder, is to leap out of the Frying-pan into the Fire, Poor tempted People, I must like Paul in prison, cry with a loud voice unto you, Do your selves no harm; all may be well yet, if you will hearken to the Counsils of the Lord.

Now, Do Thou, O God of peace, bruise Satan under our feet world without end, Amen.

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1. SAM. XV. 23.Rebellion is as the Sin of Witchcraft.

AS it is the Interest of all Christians to Consider the wondrous Works of God, so it is the Duty of all Ministers to study those of His Words, with a peculiar Application, at which His Works like Hands in the Margin thereof do point, with Endeavours to make their Hearers understand what Lessons of the former the Voices of the latter do more especially direct unto.

A pious Family in this Town has lately had be­falling of it, a Providence full of many Circum­stances very astonishing; a Providence, wherein the Power of GOD, the Success of Prayer, & the Existence with the Operation of Devils, has been demonstrated in a manner truly extraordinary; a [Page 2] Providence, whereof you have heard much, but [...] have seen more, and whereof neither you nor [...] can take a due Notice, without a solemn Discourse at this time upon it. 'Tis a Tribute owing to Go [...] that I Dispense, and 'tis a Revenge due unto Sa­tan that you should Attend the Truths proper to be delivered on an occasion so remarkable.

When some poor people fell into the hands o [...] a Pilate, our Saviour saw cause to preach a Ser­mon about Repentance thereupon: What less than a Sermon can be call'd for when some poor Chil­dren have lately fall'n into the hands of a Divel? tho' thanks be to our David, the Lambs are like to be delivered from the Hellish Monsters to which they were become a Prey. And this may seem the rather convenient, because the godly Fa­ther of the Children has desir'd it. For which cause the Text before us may be proper to be in­sisted on.

The Great GOD had three several times decla­red that the Nation of the Amalekites was to be destroyed and extirpated forevermore. King Saul was now employed in an Expedition against them, to accomplish that Prediction, and to exe­cute the Vengeance of Heaven upon the present Generation of them, not only for their own Cru­elty and Villany, but also for the Wickedness o [...] their Ancestors four hundred years before. The Soveraign God had Anathematiz'd every living thing among them, and ordered that both M [...] [Page 3] and Beast should fall in the day of Slaughter. The Army, on I know not what pretence, did not [...]serve this Commission, for which reason Samuel [...] now sent unto their Leader with dismal Rebukes and heavy Tidings for his Disobedience. In the Text before us, the Prophet aggravates the Sin of Saul;

1. By Describing of the Sin. The right Name [...]s here put upon it; and it is called Rebellion a­gainst God.

2. By Comparing of the Sin. It is resembled into Witchcraft it self: not an Equality, but a Si­militude between them is intended. It [...] [...]ot af­firmed to be as great an Evil, but as tri [...] an Evil [...]s Witchcraft is. That Witchcraft was a Sin far [...]rom venial, must be own'd by Saul, who had lately scow'red all the Witches out of Israel: It is [...]ow said, Such a Fault is thine. The following Expression carries on the same sense; and the meaning of that is, That they who adored an [...] (for so I would rather translate the word [...]re rendred Iniquity) or they who consulted a [...]eraphim, which was a sort of little Image from whence Doemons gave Answers to Enquirers; [...]ven these are not more unquestionable Sinners, [...]han those that add Stubbornness to Rebellion against the Lord.

But [...]he DOCTRINE which wee have now before [...]s, is,

That Witchcraft is a monstrous & an horrid Evil, [Page 4] which yet all Rebellion against GOD may be too much compar'd unto.

By the ensuing Propositions we may state and shape this Truth aright in our minds.


Such an Hellish thing there is as Witchcraft in the World. There are Two things which will be desired for the advantage of this Assertion. It should first be show'd, WHAT Witchraft is;

My Hearers will not expect from me an accu­rate Definition of the vile Thing; since the Grace of God has given me the Happiness to speak without Experience of it. But from Accounts both by Reading and Hearing I have learn'd to describe it so.

WITCHCRAFT is the Doing of Strange (and for the most part III) Things by the help of evil Spirits, Covenanting with (and usually Representing of) the woful Children of men.

This is the Diabolical Art that Witches are no­torious for.

First. Witches are the Doers of Strange Things They cannot indeed perform any proper Mira­cles; those are things to be done only by the Favourites and Embassadours of the LORD. But Wonders are often produced by them, though [Page 5] chiefly such Wonders as the Apostle calls in 2. Thes. 2. 9. Lying wonders. There are won­derful Storms in the great World, and wonderful Wounds in the little World, often effected by these evil Causes. They do things which tran­scend the ordinary Course of Nature, and which puzzle the ordinary Sense of Mankind. Some strange things are done by them in a way of Real Production. They do really Torment, they do really Afflict those that their Spite shall extend unto. Other Strange Things are done by them in a way of Crafty Illusion. They do craftily make of the Air, the Figures and Colours of things that never can be truly created by them. All men might see, but, I believe, no man could feel some of the Things which the Magicians of Egypt, exhibited of old.

Secondly. They are not only strange Things, but Ill Things, that Witches are the Doers of. In this regard also they are not the Authors of Mira­cles: those are things commonly done for the Good of Man, alwaies done for the Praise of GOD. But of these Hell-hounds it may in a special man­ner be said, as in Psal. 52. 3. Thou lovest evil more than good. For the most part they labour to robb Man of his Ease or his Wealth; they labour to wrong God of His Glory. There is Men­tion of Creatures that they call White Whitches, which do only Good-Turns for their Neighbours. I suspect that there are none of that sort; [Page 6] but rather think, There is none that deeth good no, not one. If they do good, it is only that they may do hurt.

Thirdly. It is by virtue of evil Spirits that Witches do what they do. We read in Ephes. 2, 2. about the Prince of the power of the air. There is confined unto the Atmosphere of our Air a vast Power, or Army of Evil Spirits, under the Government of a Prince who employes them in a continual Opposition to the Designs of GOD: The Name of that Leviathan who is the Grand­Segniour of Hell, we find in the Scripture to be Belzebub. Under the Command of that mighty Tyrant, there are vast Legions & Myriads of De­vils, whose Businesses & Accomplishments are not all the same. Every one has his Post, and his Work; and they are all glad of an opportunity to he mischievous in the World. These are they by whom Witches do exert their Devillish and ma­lignant Rage upon their Neighbours: And espe­cially Two Acts concur hereunto. The First is, Their Covenanting with the Witches. There is a most hellish League made between them, with va­rious Rites and Ceremonies. The Witches promise to serve the Devils, and the Devils promise to help the Witches; How? It is not convenient to be related. The Second is, Their Representing of the Witches. And hereby indeed these are drawn into Snares and Cords of Death. The Devils, when they go upon the Errands of the Witches, do [Page 7] hear their Names; and hence do Harmes too come to be carried from the Devils to the Witches. We need not suppose such a wild thing as the Transforming of those Wretches into Bruits or Birds, as we too often do.

It should next be proved THAT Witch­craft is.

The Being of such a thing is denied by many that place a great part of their small wit in deride­ing the Stories that are told of it. Their chief Argument is, That they never saw any Witches, therefore there are none. Just as if you or I should say, We never met with any Robbers on the Road, therefore there never was any Padding there.

Indeed the Devils are loath to have true No­tions of Witches entertained with us. I have beheld them to put out the eyes of an enchaunted Child, when a Book that proves, There is Witch­craft, was laid before her. But there are espe­cially Two Demonstrations that evince the Be­ing of that Infernal mysterious thing.

First. We have the Testimony of Scripture for it. We find Witchcrafts often mentioned, sometimes by way of Assertion, sometimes by way of Allusion, in the Oracles of God. Besides that, We have there the History of diverse Witches in these infallible and inspired Writings. Particularly, the Instance of the Witch at Endor, in 1. Sam. 28. 7. is so plain and full that [Page 8] Witchcraft it self is not a more amazing thing, than any Dispute about the Being of it, after this. The Advocates of Witches must use more Tricks to make Nonsense of the Bible, than ever the Witch of Endor used in her Magical Incantations, if they would evade the Force of that famous History. They that will believe no Witches, do imagine that Jugglers only are meant by them whom the Sacred Writ calleth so. But what do they think of that Law in Exod. 22. 18. Thou shalt not suffer a Witch to live? Methinks 'tis a little too hard to punish every silly Juggler with so great S [...]rity.

Secondly. We have the Testimony of Experience for it. What will those Incredulous, who must be the only Ingenious men say to This? Many Witches have like those in Act. 19. 18. Con­fessed and shewed their Deeds We see those things done, that it is impossible any Disease, or any Deceit should procure. We see some hideous Wretches in hideous Horrours confessing, That they did the Mischiefs. This Confession is often made by them that are owners of as much Rea­son as the people that laugh at all Conceit of W [...]chraft: the exactest Scrutiny of skilful Phy­sicians cannot find any Distraction in their minds. This Confession is often made by them that are apart One from another, and yet they agree in all the Circumstances of it. This Confession is often made by them that at the same time will [Page 9] produce the Engines and Ensignes of their Hellish Trade, and give the standers-by an Ocular Con­viction of what they do, and how. There can be no Judgment left of any Humane Affairs, if such Confessions must be Ridiculed: all the Mur­ders, yea, and all he Bargains in the World must be meer Imaginations if such Confessions are of no Account.


WITCHCRAFT is a most Monstrous and Horrid Evil. Indeed there is a vast Heap of bloody roaring Impieties contained in the Bowels of it. Witchcraft, is a Renouncing of GOD, and Advancing of a filthy Devil into the Throne of the Most High; 'tis the most nefandous High-Treason against the MAJESTY on High. Witchcraft, is a Renouncing of Christ, and Preferring the Communion of a loathsome lying Devil before all the Salvation of the Lord Redeemer; 'tis a Trampling under foot that Blood which is more precious than Hills of Sil­ver, or whole Mountains of Gold. There is in Witchraft, a most explicit Renouncing of all that is Holy and Just and Good. The Law given by God, the Prayer taught by Christ, the Creed left by the Apostles, is become Abominable where Witchcraft is embraced: The very Reciting of those blessed Things is commonly burdensome where Witchcraft is. All the sure Mercies of the [Page 10] New Covenant, and all the just Duties of it, are utterly abdicated by that cursed Covenant which Witchraft is Constituted with. Witchraft, is a Siding with Hell against Heaven & Earth; and therefore a Witch is not to be endured in either of them. 'Tis a Capital Crime; and it is to be prosecuted as a piece of Devilism that would not only deprive God and Christ of all His Ho­nour, but also plunder Man of all his Comfort. Witchcraft, it's an impotent, but an impudent Essay to make an Hell of the Universe, and to allow Nothing but a Tophet in the World. Witchcraft,—What shall I say of it! It is the furthest Effort of our Original Sin; and all that can make any Practice or Person odious, is here in the Exaltation of it.

It was the speech of Jehu to Joram, in 2. King. 9. 22. What peace, so long as the Withchcrafts of thy mother are so many? Truly, as Witchcraft would break the Peace of all Mankind, so 'tis a thing that should enjoy no Peace among the Chil­dren of Adam. Nothing too vile can be said of, nothing too hard can be done to such an horrible Iniquity as Witchcraft is.


REBELLION against God has very much like to Witchraft in it. Something like to Witch­craft there is in an Act of Rebellion; But a Course of Rebellion has much more like to Witch­craft in it. Some persons there are whose way is [Page 11] is that of wickedness, whose work is that of Iniquity. Those persons do what is like Witchcraft every day.

For, First. In Rebellion, men cast off the Au­thority of God: The Witch declares a Will to be no more disposed [...] ordered by the Will of God; she says, God shall not be my Governour. Such is the Language of Rebellion. When men rebel against God. They say like him in Exod. 5. 2. I know not the Lord, and I will not obey His voice. They say like them in Jer. 44. 16. As for the word—spoken—in the Name of the Lord, we will not hearken thereunto. There is indeed a sort of Atheism in Rebellion The Sinner is a Fool that wishes, O that there were no God! that resolves, God shall not be Lord over me.

Secondly. In Rebellion men Refuse the Salvati­on of Christ. The Witch contemns all the Offers of the Gospel, and prizes the dirty proffers that Satan makes before them all. This is the plain English of Rebellion; it sayes, What is tendred by the Devil, is better than what is tendred by the Saviour. The LORD said about Israel of old in Psal. 81. 11. Israel would none of Me. Thus 'tis when men rebel against God. A Jesus may say, Those poor creatures will have none of Me, nor of My Bloud. A Pardon may say, Those guilty creatures will have none of me. A Kingdom may say, Those undone creatures will have none of me. Where Sin is committed, there Christ is de­spised. This doleful Phrensy is in all Rebellion a­gainst the Lord.

[Page 12] Thirdly. In Rebellion men choose and serve the the Devil as their Lord. The Witch makes an horrible Agreement with Devils, to be theirs a­lone. This is the intent of all Rebellion too. It in short saies, Let the Devil rule; it sayes, Let the Devil be humour'd and gratify'd. As that cow­ardly King said unto the Syrian, 1. King. 20. 4. My Lord, O King, I am thine and all that I have. Thus the ungodly man saves unto the Devil; Thou art my Lord and my King. All Re­bellion against God, is in Obedience to the Devil. When men rebel, they lay their Wit, their Love, their Strength, and all the Instruments of that Rebellion before the Devil, and they say, This is thine, O Satan, and all that they have. They do even sell themselves to the Devil! as we read of one, He sold himself to work wickedness.

Fourthly. In Rebellion, Men cast the Bond and the Good of their Baptism behind their Back. Among the Customs of Witches, this is one, They Renounce their Baptism in a manner very Diabo­lical. The same thing is done in the Rebellion of a wicked man. We are told in 1. Pet. 3. 21. that the thing which renders Baptism available is The answer of a good Conscience. But in Rebelli­on against God, men give the answer of an Evil Conscience, and so make a Nullity of their Sacred, Baptism. The Demand of God is, Wilt thou Beleeve as Baptised persons do profess to do? The Rebel answers, No, I will continue shutt up in my Unbeleef. The Demand of God is, Willt [Page 13] thou put on Christ, as the Baptised profess to do? The Rebel answers, No, I will put on the old man. The Almighty God puts that Question, Wilt thou forsake the World, the Flesh, and the Devil, as thy Baptism dos oblige to do [...] In Rebellion the Answer of sinful man, is, No, I will serve them all; they shall all be the Idols of my Soul. With what Conscience can they answer so! But thus their Baptism is nothing with them.

Fiftly. All that rebel against God, are ve­ry Mischievous in doing so. They are Mischiefs that Witches are delighted in. Thus 'tis the end of Rebellion to bring destruction upon all that are near unto it. 'Tis said in Eccles. 9. 18. One sin­ner destroyeth much good. It is the ill-Hap of Sin­ners like Witches to do hurt wherever they come; they hurt the souls of their Neighbours by the Ve­nome of their Evil Communication; they hurt the Names of their Neighbours by their slandrous Defamation; they hurt their Estates by bring­ing down the fiery Judgments of Heaven upon all the Neighbourhood. Unto Rebellion against God, are owing all the Distresses and Miseries of a calamitous World. This is the Achan, this is the Troubler of us all.

The Improvement of these things now calls for our Earnest Heed; and unto each of our Three Propositions, we may annex Applications agreeable thereunto. I begin with

The USE of the First Proposition.

[Page 14] 1. By way of INFORMATION.

There are especially Two Inferences to be drawn from this Position, That, Such a thing there is as Witchcraft in the world.

[First.] Since there are Witches, we are to suppose that there are Devils too. Those are the Objects that Witches converse withal. It was the Heresy of the ancient Sadducees in Act. 23. 8. The Sadducees do say, That there is neither Angel nor spirit. And there are multitudes of Saddu­cees yet in our dayes; Fools, that say, Seeing is Beleeving; and will beleeve nothing but what they see. A Devil, is in the apprehension of those Mighty acute Philosophers, no more than a Quality, or a Distemper. But, as Paul said unto Him of old, King Agrippa, Beleevest thou the Prophets? Thus I would say, Friend, Beleev­est thou the Scriptures? I pray, What sort of things were they, of whom we read in Jude. 6.? Angels that kept not their first estate, but left their own Habitation, and be reserved in chains unto the judgment of the great day. What sort of things were they, who in Matth. 18. 16. Besought our Lord, If thou cast us out, suffer us to go into the herd of swine? What thing was that, which in Luc. 4. 33. cryed out unto the Lord Jesus with a loud voice, Let us alone? Surely, These things could be none but Spiritual and rational substan­ces, full of all Wickeness against God, and Enmity against Man. We shall come to have no Christ [Page 15] but a Light within, and no Heaven but a Frame of mind, if the Scriptures must be expounded af­ter the Rules of the modern Sadducees. Per­haps tho' the Scriptures are Fables to that sort of men. Come then, thou Sadducee, What kind of thing is that which will so handle to­wardly ingenuous well-disposed persons, That if any Devotions be performed, they shall roar & tear unreasonably, and have such Noises and such Tortures in them, as not only to hinder them­selves wholly, but others too much from joyning in the Service; and strive to kick or strike the Minister in his Prayers, but have their hands or feet strange­ly stopt when they are just come at him, and yet be quiet before and after the Worship? That if any Idle or Useless Discourse be going, they shall be well, but at any serious Discourse they shall be tormented in all their Limbs? That If a portion of the Bible be readd, tho they see and hear nothing of it, and tho, it may be, in Greek or Hebrew too, they shall fall into terri­ble Agonies, which will be over when the Bible is laid aside? That they shall be able to per­use whole Pages of Evil Books, but scarce a Line of a good one? That they shall Move and Fly, and Tell secret things, as no ordinary mortals can? Let me ask, Is not the hand of Joab in all this? or, Is there not a Divel whose Agency must account for things that are so extravagant? I am now to tell you, That these eye, of [...]ine have be­held [Page 16] held all these things, and many other more, no less amazing. Christian, There are Devils: and so many of them too, that sometimes a Legion of them are spar'd for the vexation of one man. The Air in which we breath is full of them. Be sensible of this, you that obey God: there are Troops of Tempters on every side of thee. Awake, O Soul, Awake, Those Philistines of Hell are upon thee. Upon the least affrightment in the dark, many simple people cry out, The Devil! The De­vil! Alas, there are Devils thronging about thee every day. O let the thought of it make then a careful and a watchful man. And be sensible of this you that commit Sin: the Lord Jesus hath said of you, Ye will do the lusts of your father the De­vil. How often do many of you make a Mock and a Jeer of the Devil while you are drudging for him? But know, that there are dreadful Devils to seize upon thy forlorn forsaken soul, at its departure hence. O become a new man at the thought of this.

2. Since there are Witches and Devils, we may conclude that there are also Immortal Souls. Devils would never contract with Witches for their Souls if there were no such things to be come a prey unto them. One of the Popes when he lay dying, said, I shall now quickly know whe­ther I have an Immortal Soul or no. Within less than a hundred years, you & I shall be convinced of it, if we are not so before. We may truly [Page 17] say, Devils & Witches bear a witness against them that have any scruple of it. There are some dreaming Hereticks, that hold Man wholly mortal: I am sure the Apostle Paul was not of their beast­ly Opinion, when he said in Phil. 1. 21. I de­sire to be dissolved and to be with Christ. Nor was the Martyr Stephen of their Opinion, when he expired, saying, in Act. 7. 59. Lord Jesus Re­ceive my spirit. Nor was our Lord Jesus Himself of that opinion, when He said unto the Theef on the Cross in Luc. 23. 43. This day thou shalt the with Me in Paradise. Tis an Opinion unwor­thy of a man that is owner of a Soul. The mis­taken Indians, when first they saw a man on Horse-back, did conceit the Man and the Horse to be one Creature: it is as soul an Error to conceit that it is but one thing which man consist­eth of. No, 'Tis a right Anatomy of man, in Gen. 2. 7. The Lord God formed man out of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living SOUL Remember, Thou hast in thee a living soul; or a Spirit, able to know, and will, and argue so as­nothing else in the visible Creation can. This li­ving soul is the Candle of the Lord within thee, and no Wind, no Death can ever extinguish it. O make much of this living SOUL. Save it, and don't sell it: It is a Jewel too precious to be thrown away. Do not sell thy soul for a [...] Take heed that the Devils make it not their [...] by any sollies of thine.

[Page 18] II. By way of Exhortrtion.

There is one thing to be now pressed upon us all.

Let us wisely endeavour to be preserved from the Molestations of all Witchraft whatsoever. Since there is a thing so dangerous, defend your selves, and shelter your selves by all right means against the annoyance of it.

Consider the Multitudes of them, whom Witch­craft hath sometimes given Trouble to. Persons of all sorts have been racked and ruin'd by it: and not a few of them neither. It is hardly twenty years ago, that a whole Kingdom in Eu­rope was alarum'd by such potent Witchcrafts, that some hundreds of poor Children were inva­ded with them. Persons of great Honour have sometimes been cruelly bewitched. What lately befell a worthy Knight in Scotland, is well known unto the world. Persons of great Vertue too, have been bewitched, even into their Graves. But Four years are passed since a holy man was kill'd in this doleful way, after the Joy as well as the Grace of GOD had been wonderfully fill­ing of him. This Consideration should keep us from censuring of those that Witchcraft may give Disturbance to: but it should put us on study­ing of our own security. Suppose ye that the en­chanted Family in the Town, were sinners above all the Town, because they have suffered such things. I tell ye Nay, but except ye repent, ye may all be so dealt withal. The Father of Lies uttered an aw­ful [Page 19] Truth when he said through the mouth of a possessed man, If God would give me leave, I would find enough in the best of you all, to make you all mine.

Consider also, the Misery of them whom Witchcraft may be let loose upon. If David thought it a sad thing to fall into the hands of men; What is it to fall into the hands of Devils? The Hands of Turks, of Spaniards, of Indians, are not so dreadful as those hands that Witches do their works of Darkness by. O what a direful thing is it, to be prick't with Pins, and stab'd with Knives all over, and to be fill'd all over with broken Bones? 'Tis impossible to reckon up the Varieties of miseries which those Monsters inflict where they can have a Blow. No less than Death, and that a languishing and a terrible Death will satisfie the Rage of those formidable Dragons. Indeed Witchcraft sometimes growes up into Pos­session it self: the Devils that are permitted to torment, at last do possess the Bodies of the be­witched sufferers. But who can bear the thoughts of that! who can forbear crying out, O Lord, my flesh trembles for fear of Thee, and I am afraid of Thy Judgements.

What shall then be done for our Preservati­on? Away with all superstitious Preservatives; about those Confidences the Word of God is that in Jer. 2. 37. Thou shalt not prosper in them.

But there are Three admirable Amulets that [Page 20] I can heartily recommend unto you all.

The First Preservative is, A servent PRAYER. Pour out that prayer before the Lord, in psal, 59 2, 3. Deliver me from the workers of Iniquity, and save me from the bloody ones; for lo, they [...]e in wait for my soul. And be much in Prayer every day. The Devils are afraid of our Pray­ers; they tremble and complain, and are in a sort of Anguish while our Prayers are going. There was a house of a Renowned Minister in France infested with evil Spirits; who tho' they had been very troublesome, yet when the good man was betaking himself to prayer, they would say, N [...]w you are going to Prayer, I'll be gone. Let us Pray much, and we need fear nothing particularly, Let Ejaculatory Prayers be almost continually in our minds, and so we shall never ly open to the [...]ry darts of the wicked one.

The Second Preservative is A lively Faith. The Psalmist well said, in Psal. 56. 2, 3, Mint enemies would daily swallow me up; At what time I am afraid I will trust in thee. Be not afraid of any Devils; If you are, turn the Fear into Faith. By Faith resign your selves to the Cust­ody of Him that is the Keeper of Israel. By Faith perswade yourselves that He is able to keep what you have committed unto Him. Thus, Run to the Rock, and there triumph over all the powers of darkness. Triumph and say; The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: What can Hell do unto me.

[Page 21] The Third Preservative is, A Holy Life. There was a very Holy Man of old, a man, that feared God & eschewed evil; and the Devils mur­mur'd in Job, 1. 10. God has made on hedge a­bout him. The same have the Devils confest, when they have plotted against other holy men. Do not thou break the hedge of God's Com­mandment, and perhaps he will not let any break the hedge of His Providence, by which thou art secured. The holy Ang [...]ls are the Friends, the Guardians, the Companions, of all holy men; they may open their eyes, and see more with them than against them. A Camp, an Host of An­gels will fight against all the Harpies of Hell which may offer to devour a Saint of GOD.

Use these things as the Shields of the Lord; so you shall be preserved in Christ Jesus from the assaults of the Destroyer. Suppose now that any Witches may let fly their Curses at you, you are now like a Bird on the Wing, in such Heaven­ward Motions that they cannot hitt you. Now the Devils and their Creatures cannot say of you, as the Daemon said of the Christian woman whom, at a Stage-play he took possession of, and being asked, gave this reason of his taking her, I found her on my own ground.

We pass on to the USE of the Second proposition.

And that must be a Counsel from God unto us all. particularly, [Page 22] Since Witchcraft is an Evil so horrible.

1. To them that may be Enticed unto the Sin of Witchcraft. To them we say,

1. Take heed that you be not by any Temp­tation drawn into this monstrous and horrid E­vil.

The best man that ever breathed was tempted hereunto; that man who was more than a meer Man, was assaulted by the Cheef Devil of the lowest Hell with this Temptation in Mat. 4. 9. Fall down and worship me. But by the Sword of the Spirit our Lord Kept him off. If any of you are by any Devil so sollicited, thus resist, thus repel all the Motions of the wicked one. Do n't give your selves away to those Deceivers that will become Tormentors of your souls in another world.

It may be the proposal of this Counsel may make some to say as he in 2. King. 8. 13. What [...] is thy servant a dog, that he should do this great thing? I answer, Alas, we should every one of us be a dog and a Witch too, if God should [...]eave us to our selves. It is the meer Grace of God, the Chains of which restrain us from bring­ing the Chains of darkness upon our Souls. The Humble and (therefore) Holy Martyr Bradford, when he heard of any Wickedness committed in the Neighbourhood, would lay his hand on his Breast and say, In this heart of mine, is that which would render me as wicked as the werst in the world, [Page 23] If God should leave me to my self. When we see a forlorn wretch executed for Witchcraft, you and I may say the same. They that are Witch­ [...]e now, once little dream [...] of ever becoming so. Let him that stands, take heed lest he fall. If we would not fall into that horrible pit, Let us fol­low these Directions.


Avoid those Ill Frames which are a Step to Witchcraft. There are especially Two ill Frames which do lead people on to the worst Witch­craft in the world, Shun a Frame of Discontent. When persons are discontented with their own state; When persons through discontent at their Poverty, or at their Misery, shall be alwaies mur­muring and repining at the Providence of God, the Devils do then invite them to an Agreement. with, and a Reliance on them for Help. Down right Witchcraft is the up-shot of it, We find in Luc. 4. 2. our Lord hungred, and then the Devil came in an audible or a visible manner to Him, tho he had been more spiritually long be­fore assaulting of Him. They are needy persons whom Devils make the most likely attempts upon. And some persons are not only Hungry, but Angry too; but then every Fret, every Fume is as it were a Call to the Devils; it calls to them, Come and help me. Shun also a Frame of [...]-Wishing. There is a Witchcraft begun in the [Page 24] Imprecations of wicked people. Many profane persons will wish the Devil to take this & that, or, the Devil to do this & that; and when they call, at last he comes, or at least the Divel do's what they wish Observe this, We are by our Sins worthy to have Mischiefs befalling us every day; and the Devils are alwaies ready to inflict what we deserve. I am also apt to think that the Devils are seldome able to hurt us in any of our ex [...]eriour Concerns without a Commission from some of our fellow-worms. It is intimated in Gen. 4. 9 That every man is his Brother's Keeper: We are by our good Wishes to keep our Brethren from the Inroads of Ill Spi­rits. But when soul-mouth'd men shall wish harm unto their Neighbours, they give a Commission unto the Devils to perform what they desire; and if God should not mercifully prevent it, they would go thorough with it. Hear this, you that in [...]oild passions will give every thing to the De­vil; Hear it, you that will bespeak a Rot, a Pox, and a Hague upon all that shall provoke you. I here Indict you as guilty of hellish Witchcraft in the fight of God. 'Tis the little Wapping of [...] dogs that stirs up the cruel Mastives to fall upon the sheep in the Field.


Avoid all those [...] which are a piece of [...]. The Devils have pretty Ra [...]les, as well as fiery Arrows: they that use the Ra [...]tes, [Page 25] will come at length to use the Arrows too. Do­not play on the Brink of the pit, lest you tumble in. It was complained in 2. King. 17. 9. The Children of Israel did secretly those things that are not right against the Lord their God. Even so it may be said, that people among us do secretly and frequently those things that have a sort of Witchcraft in them

There are manifold Sorceries practised among them that make a profession of Christian [...], a­gainst which I would this day bear a witness in the Name of the most holy Lord.

First, There are some that make use of wick­ed Charms for the curing of Mischiefs. It is too common a thing for persons to oppose Witchcraft it self with Witchcraft. When they suppose one to be bewitched, they do with Burnings, and Bottles, and Ho [...]shoes, and, I know not what, magical Caremonies endeavour his Relief. Mark what I say: To use any Remedy, the force of which depends upon the Compact of the Devils, with the Witches, is to involve ones self in the cursed Compact: it is, as it were, to say, O De­vil, Thou hast agreed with such a person that they shall be exposed unto Torments by the use of such or such a Caremony, we do now use the Caremony, and expect thy blessing upon it. This is the Lan­guage foamed out by this foolish Magic. Do's not thy Conscience trouble at such Iniquity and Impiety? This may be to heal a Body, but it [Page 26] is to destroy a Soul. These persons give them­selves to the Devils to be deliver'd from the Witches. And the people that are eas'd & help­ed by such meanes, they say, do usually come to unhappy Ends. Let me say as in 2. King. 1. 3. Is there not a God in Israel, that you go to Belzebub? What? will not Prayer and Faith do, but must the Black Art be used against our enemies?

It is likewise too common a thing in almost eve­ry Disease to seek an unlawful Medicine. Thus for the Ague, for the Tooth-ach, and for what not? a Mumbling of some words must be made, or a P [...]per of some words must be worn. From what can the Efficacy of these words proceed, but from the Consent and the Action of the De­vils The Witches have their Watch-words, which I list not to recite: upon those Watch­words the devils do their Commands. These kind of Spells are Watch-words to the Devils; and when a man has any Benefit by them, he cannot say as in Psal. 103. 3. Bless the Lord, O my Soul, who healeth all thy diseases. Man, First leave off the name of a Christian,, before thou­dost thus make thy self a Conjurer. I hope the Churches of the Lord Jesus will not bear it, that any in their Communion, should have this Fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness. But this is not all; Turn we yet again, and [...] ­ [...]hall see greaten abominations. For,

[Page 27] Secondly. There are some that make Use of wicked Charms, for the Finding of Secrets. The Lord hath told us, in Deut. 29. 29. Secret things belong to God. But these impious people must needs have a Tast of them. They will ask the Devils to inform their minds, and resolve their doubts. This is the Witchcraft of them, that with a Sieve, or a Key will go to discover how their lost Goods are disposed of. This is the Witchcraft of them that with Glosses and Basons will go to discover how they shall be Related be­fore they dy. They are a sort of Witches that thus employ themselves. And this is the Witch­craft of the Judicial Astrologer. That Astro­loger is a Cousin-German to a Conjurer. I think I know his Rules, and I am satisfied that his Judgment must at last be determined by his Im­pulse, or it is not worth an hundredth part of what the silly Enquirer payes him for it: and from whom, from what shall that Impulse come? Behold the Energy of Devils in it. It is like­wise a sort of Sorcery, for persons to let their Bibles fall open, on purpose to determine what the state of their souls is, from the first word, they light upon. And some among us, they say, are so extremely sinful, as to consult one whom they count a Conjurer, when they would under­stand what they know not otherwise. 'Tis hor­rible, that in this Land of Uprightness there should be any such Prank of wickedness. I do earnestly [Page 28] testifie unto you that these things are abominables the voice of our God is [...] not, my soul hates them. I do warn and charge you, Shun these execrable things, lest you be left unto the furthest Witchcraft committed by the abhorred of the Lord.

2. Take heed that you do not wrongfully ac­cuse any other person, of this horrid and mon­strous evil. It is the Character of a Godly man, in Psal. 15. 3. He [...] up a Reproach a­gainst his Neighbour. What more dirty Reproach than that of Witchcraft can there be? Yet it is most readily cast upon worthy persons, when their is hardly a shadow of any reason for it. An Ill- [...]ok, or a cross word will make a Witch with many people, who may on more ground be coun­ted so themselves. There has been a fearful deal of injury done in this way in this Town, to the Good-name of the most credible persons in it. Persons of more Goodness and Esteem than any of their calumnious Abusers have been defamed for Witches about this Countrey, A Countrey full of lyes. I beseech you, Let all Back-biting, and all Evil-surmising be put away from among you: do not, on small grounds [...]-blow the pre­cious ointment of the [...] that thy Neigh­bour should have. On the least provocation, I will never believe but such an one is a witch— that is presently the Sentence of some that [Page 29] might speak more warily than so. Alas, thou mightest with as much Honesty break open the House, or take away the purse of thy Neigh­bour: His Good Name is of more Account. They that indulge themselves in this course of Evil-judging, are usually paid home for it before they dy; the just God [...] them in an Action of [...], and makes their Names to be up too, before they leave world.

Wee'l suppose the most probable presump­tions:

Suppose that a Person bewitched should pre­tend to see the Apparition of such or such an one, yet this may be no infallible Argu­ment of their being Naughty people. It seems possible that the Devils may so traduce the most Innocent, the most praise-worthy. Why may not spiritual Devils, as well as devils Incarnate get leave to do it? There was at Groton, a while since, a very memorable Instance of such a thing; and what should hin­der them that can Imitate the Angels of Light but that they may likewise personate the Children of Light, in their Delusions?

II. To them that have been seduced in­to the sin of Witchcraft. And under this Rank there are two sorts of persons to be addressed unto.

[Page 30] First. Let them that have been guilty of Im­plicit Witchcraft, now repent of their monstrous and horrid evil in it. I fear that I speak to some Scores, that may lay their hands on their mouths, and cry, Guilty, Guilty! before the Lord, in this particular. Let these now Con­fess and bewail their own sin in the fight of God; and as it was said in Hos. 14. 8. What have I any more to do with Idols? Thus let them say, What have I any more to do with Devils? The things that you have done, have been payments of Respects unto Devils; and it becomes you to abhor your selves in dust and ashes for your Folly. The great and terrible God sayes of you, as in Deut. 32. 21. They have provoked me to anger with their vanities. Let the things that did Pro­voke Him to anger, now provoke you to sorrow. Retire this evening, and humble your selves ve­ry deeply, in that you have been so foolish and unwise. Lament all your Acquaintance with Hell; and let your Acquaintance with God be more. Let your Lamentations be more than e­ver your Divinations were.

Let them that have been guilty of Explicit Witchcraft, now also repent of their monstrous and horrid evil in it. If any of you have (I hope none of you have) made an Express Contract with Devils, know that your promise is better broke than Kept; it concerns you that you Turn im­mediately from the power of Satan unto God. [Page 31] Albeit your sin be beyond all Expression or Con­ception Heinous, yet it is not unpardonable. We read of Menasseh in 2. Chron. 33. [...]6. He used Enchantments, & used Witchcraft, and deal [...] with a Famillar Spirit, and wrought much Evil in the sight of the Lord. But that great Wizzard found Mercy with God, upon his deep Humi­liation for it: Such a Boundless thing is the Grace of our God! The Prey of Devils, may become the Joy of Angels: The Confederates of Hell, may become the Inhabitants of Heaven, upon their sincere Turning unto God. A Witch may be penitent in this, and glorious in another world. There was one Hartford here, who did with much Brokenness of heart own her Witchcraft, and leave her Master, and expire depending on the Free-Grace of God in Christ, and on that word of His, Come to me, ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest; and on that, There is a fountain open for sin and for uncleanness. Come then, Renounce the Slavery and the Interest of the Devils, Renounce your mad League with 'em Come and give up your selves unto the Lord Je­sus Christ, loathing your selves exceedingly for your so siding with the black enemies of His Throne. O come away from the doleful estate you are in. Come away from serving of the Devils that have ensnared your Souls. What Wages have you from those Hellish I ask-masters? Alas you are here among the poor, and [...]ile, and [Page 32] reg [...]d Beggars upon Earth. When did Witch­craft ever make any person Rich? And here­after you must be Objects for the intolerable insolence and Cruelty of those Cannibals, and be, broken sore in the place of Dragons for evermore. Be take your selves then to Instant and Constant Prayer, and unto your old filthy Rulers now say, "Depart from me, ye Evil Spirits, for I will keep the Commandments of God.

But we must now Conclude with the USE of the Third Proposition.

And that may be a Caution to every one of us. This in short, Since Rebellion is like Witch­craft,

O Let us not make light of any Rebellion against the Almighty GOD. Particularly,

First, Let not a Course of Rebellion be fol­lowed by us. It is the Course of unregenerate men, to be daily doing those things, for which the wrath of God comes upon the children of dis­obedience. When God requires; Repent of Sin, they do rebel and reply, No, I have loved Idols, and after them I will go. When God requires, Beleeve on Christ, they do rebel and reply, No, I will not have this man to reign over me. They rebel against all the divine Commands of Love to God, or Love to Man. They rebel against all the Precepts of the Lord, which are to be esteemed concerning all things to be Right. And they love [Page 33] every false way. O Consider of this, ye strangers to the new-Birth; Consider what you are doing, consider where you are going every day. I would now say, alluding to that in Dan. 4. 27. O soul, let my counsel be acceptable unto thee, and break off thy sins. You have been doing of Iniquity; O now say, I will do so no more.

Consider. First, There is a sort of Witchcraft charged on you. You shall as undoubtedly perish as any witch in the world, except you reform. Can you imagine that an obstinate Witch will have Admission into the Kingdom of God? Behold, & be astonish't, ye unrenewed ones; as impossible it is for you to see the Lord. It is said in Joh. 3. 3. Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born a­gain, he cannot see the kingdom of God, That verily verily, which like a flaming Sword, stands to keep the vilest Witches out of Paradise, the same there is to keep every unbeleever out. The Lord said unto some confident pretenders of old, Ye are as AEthiopians unto me. This doth God say unto all them that obey Him not; this doth He say to every one of you that do not fear Him & keep His Commandment; He saith, Ye are as Witches unto me; though thy Birth be of godly or genteel pa­rents, tho thy Parts & Gifts may be extraordinary, tho' thy Prayers may be twice a week, & thy Alms enough to fill a Trumpet, yet become a new-creature; otherwise ye are as witches unto me, saith the Lord

Consider, Secondly, There is a sort of Witch­craft [Page 34] come on you too. All that leave the way e­verlasting, and take a way of wickedness, they are bewitched; a grievous Witchcraft has siez'd upon them. The Apostle said to some in Gal. 3. 1. O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that you should not obey the Truth? This may be an Expo­stulation as'd with all ungodly men; O foolish Transgressors, who has bewitched you? I'le tell you who: Not an H [...]g, but a [...]ust has bewitched 'em. They that are bewitched, have a marvellous va­riety of calamity upon them. One while they can't see; that is thy case; Thou art wretched, but thou canst not see it; Christ is lovely, but thou canst not see him. One while they cannot hear; that is thy case; God calls; Look unto me and be saved; but thou hearest nothing of it. A­nother while they can't stirr; that is thy case; The Lord Jesus calls, Come unto me, but thou movest not. Sometimes they are as it were, cut, & prick't, and distorted in their Limbs; the very same art thou in all the Faculties of thy soul. At othertimes they are pulled into the Fire, or into the Water, or thrown with violence upon the Ground; the like happens to thy unhappy soul; it is hur­ried thither, where the fire is not quenched; it is hurried thither where they groan under the wa­ters; it is also made to pant after the dust of the earth. The Drunken man is bewitched with strong Drink; the unclean man is bewitch't with strange Flesh; the tongue of a Swearer is acted worse [Page 35] than the tongue of a bewitch't man; the covetous man is hideously bewitched with Bags & Lands.

O pity thine own soul; and give no sleep to thine eyes nor s [...]mber to thine eye lids, until thine immortal soul be deliver'd from thy natural state. Let not Witchcraft it self be a more frightful thing to thee, than thy own present Unregene­neracy. Turn ye, turn ye, why will ye dye?

Secondly, Let not an Act of Rebellion be allowed by us. When Joseph was incited unto an Ill Act, he said, in Gen, 39. 9. How shall I do this wicked­ness and sin against God? Thus, when we are urged unto any Ill Act, Let us refuse it so, No, this is like Wicthcraft, shall I by such wickedness make my self as a Witch before the Lord?

Three Things are to be Recommend here.

First. Arm yourselves against all the Devices, with which the Devils would hook you into any Rebellion against the Lord. For Rebellion against God, there will be that clause in our Indictment, They were moved by the Instigation of the Devil. Now furnish yourselves with Armour to keep off the Dint of the Devils Instigations; in short, put on the whole Armour of God. There is specially a double Care that will be of great use in your En­counters.

First. Use your Watch well. We read in Eph. 6. 11. about, the Wiles of the Devil. When the De­vil would engage us in a Rebellion, there are cer­tain Wily Methods by which he doth accomplish [Page 36] it. He works more by Fraud than by Force; and there is a cryptic method by which he doth gain us over to himself. A crafty Sophistor has a three-fold Method with which he prevails upon his Auditors; and such the Method of the Devil is. Watch, First, against the Deficient method of the Devil. The Devil will show us the Sin without the Curse, the Bait without the Hook: So he saies Eat the pleasant Fruit; but he saies not, Thou shalt dye if thou do it. The Devil will re­present unto us the Difficulty of a Duty, but con­ceal the recompence of it. So he says, It's a hard thing to pray in secret every day; but he says not, Thy Fa­ther will Reward th [...]e. And he will represent un­to us the Excuse of a Sin, but conceal the Ill shape of it: So he saies, Many others have done this and th [...], but he saies not, God was Provoked at it. These are Tricks to be watched against.

Watch, Secondly, against the Redundant Method of the Devil. Sometimes the devil will use a Di­gression. He will seem to give over his Intent in one thing, but make sure of his Intent in another. Such a Stratagem he uses as what Joshua took Ai withal; he retires, and so he conquers. He will make Haughtiness and Security undo the soul, that he could not make of his party for grosser Wicked­ness. Sometimes the devil will use a Commoration. He will dog a man, and bring Perswasion upon perswasion, as Delilah did with Sampson; and [Page 37] like a [...]nuning Fencer, he repeats blow after blow, till he smite home. These are Dangers to be Watched against.

Watch, Thirdly, against the Inverting Method of the Devil. One while the Devil will endeav­our to carry us on from Lesser sins to Greater sins. He will go to make our miscarriages like Elijah's cloud; at first as an Hands-breadth, but anon so as to hide the whole Heaven from us. So Solomon multiplies first Horses, & afterward worse things against the command of God. Another while, the Devil will decoy us from lawful things to unlawful things. Thus from a Good-husband, a man shall grow a meer Muck-worm. Now and then also, the Devil will try to spoil Good works with Ill ends: Thus the Pride of Jehu shall be swell'd by the Zeal of Jehu. He will try to make our Duties Interfere; the general Calling shall be regarded in the season of the particular, and the particular calling shall be attended in the season of the general. He will try to lead us from one Ex­treme to another; We shall be excessively merry, and ore long excessively melancholly, if we hearken to him. O keep up your Watch. Well did the Apostle say, in 1. Pet. 5. 8. Be vigilant, for the Devil as a roaring lion, seeketh whom he may devour.

Secondly. Use your Sword well. Tis said in Eph. 6. 17. Take the Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God. The Devil cannot stand be­fore the Brandishings of this Two-edged Sword. [Page 38] Our Saviour overcame the devil by making that Return, It is written, and It is written, against all his lewd attempts. Would he get you into any Rebellion? One Text well managed will make him fly before you. Would he have you be unjust? Then answer, It is written, The unrighteous shall not inherit the Kingdom of God. Would he have you be unclean? Then answer, it is written, God reserves to be punished them that walk in uncleanness. Would he have you be immoderately careful? Say then, It is written, Cast thy burden on the Lord.

This Warefare is directly contrary to that Witchcraft which the Devils are daily driving or drawing us unto.

Secondly. Beware of th [...] Rebellion against God particularly, which the Devils are most gratified withal. It is said in Eph. 4. 40. Grieve not the holy Spirit of God, The unclean devils are pleased most with such things as that Holy Spirit is most grieved with. Sometimes the Devils have been forced as it were, to discover their own Inclinati­ons: thro the mouths of possessed persons, they have declar'd what was very grateful to them. The Children that have lately been under a dia­bolical Fascination in this Town, have given us diverse intimations, which we might make use­ful Observations on. I observed, that tho they had much delight in prayer when they were well; yet when they were ill, they could not endure it. The Damons would make them sing, & roar, and [Page 39] stop their ears, and plague them, and at last lay them for dead, if any prayer were in the Room. Whence it may be inferred, That you who can go without Prayer from day to day, do just as the Devils would have you. The Devils have an horrible Rendezvous in that Family, in that Closet, where Praye is not maintained. I observed, that tho the Word of God were their Companion & Counsellor at other times, yet now they would fall into Convulsions, if one did but look into a Bible. Whence it may be suppos'd that you who read not the Scripture, for the most part every day, do humour the devils in it. The Devils are glad to see the Bibles that have dust upon them. I observed, that Haeretical, or Superstitious or Pro­fane Books, might be perused by some of them, when serious & Orthodox Books would put out their Eyes. Whence it may be suggested, That you who converse much with ill books, do as the de­vils would: The Devils would willingly be where Jest-books & Play-books, & Romances, and Haeresies or Superstitions are made a Library. I observed, that [...] they were exemplary for Ho­nesty & sobriety, yet now their Wishes to steal & be drunk, were frequently expressed; and some­times they were made very drunk tho no intox­icating Drink had bin in the least an occasion of it. Whence it may be gathered, That the Drunk­ard has a devil in him, the Stealer has a devil in him. The Devils have sport enough, when they [Page 40] see a man Reeling in the streets; the divels are the Comrades of them that go to take what is none of their own. I observed, That tho few in the place were so diligent as they, nevertheless in their Fits they might not do any work at all. Whence it may be concluded, That of Idleness comes no good­ness. The devils are the Play-mates of them that are Gaming when they should be working. An i­dle person is a Prentice of a divel. These things have been observed; and now let these Vices be avoided. There is Witchcraft in them.

O that the Divels might be out-shot in their own Bow, and that these Vices might be made odious by their Affection for them.

Thirdly. Instead of Rebellion against God; let Obedience to God fill your lives. Make unto God that vow in psa. 116. 16. O Lord, truly I am thy ser­vant, &c. And accordingly serve God with all obe­dience. Yea, often ask yourselves, What service may I do for God? And let a respect of Obedience to God make even the meanest of your Actions ho­nourable: even when you eat & drink & trade & visit & recreate yourselves, let there be some Obe­dience to God in it all. The Employments of a poor Carpenter or Shooemaker will hereby be rendred more noble things than the Victories of an Alexander or a Caesar. Not the devils but the Angels will have a most intimate Fellowship with a man thus o­bedient. Not witchcraft, but rather Inspiration will be in the man who does this, and the son of man who [...]yeth hold on.



SInce the Finishing of the History which concerns Goodwin's Children, there has been a very wonderful Attempt made (brobably by Witchcraft, on another Fa­mily in the Town.) There is a poor Boy at this time under very terrible and amazing Circum­stances which are a Repetition of, with not much Variation from those of the Children formerly molested. The person under vehement Suspi­cion to be the Authoress this Boy's Calamities, is one that was complain'd of by those Chil­dren in their Ails. and accordingly one or two of those Children has at this time some Renew­al of their Afflictions also; which perhaps may be permitted by the Great God, not to dissap­point our Expectations of their Deliverance, but for the Detection and the Destruction of more be­longing to that hellish Knot, that has not yet pe­rished as others of the Crue has done, before the poor prayers of them that Hope in God.

The Book-sellers not being willing to stay the Event of these New Accidents, cause the Bridles, here to be taken off.



THere are one or two passages in the first of our foregoing Histories, which I fore-see, (those usually no less Absurd) than Angry people) the Quakers, will come upon me with great wrath, for my writing of▪ and the Incivilities lately shown to my Father, for a peice of one Chapter in his Book of Remar­kable Providences, by one Keith, in sort of a thing newly published at pen-silvania, have made it necessary for me, not only to explain my self, but to defend him, upon the occasion that is now before me.

As for what I have related concerning the strange liberty which the Devils gave unto John Goodwin's Children, to enjoy both the Writings and the Meetings of the Quakers, when offers thereof were (it may be too needlessly) made un­to [Page 2] them, I need only acquaint the world, that I shall produce good, legal, & I sufficient Evidence to [...] what I do Affirm, whenever any man shall demand it of me; And that the Books with which the Tryal happned to be made, were more than one, and such, as the Quakers give as gene­ral an Allowance to, as to their own Primers and their Catechisms. But undoubtedly, the match­less Candour and Sweetness of the Quakers will inspire them, with Inclinations to give me some of their public Thanks for the notice I have taken of them; and in the mean time I must let my Neighbours understand, what ridiculous as well as odious Calumnies the Quakers have bestowed upon my absent Father, for his being an Histori­an (they think) unto their Prejudice.

One would think. That if an Historian, did but secure his Veracity from being Impeached, most of his other faults were pardonable; and so tru­ly they would be accounted, by any, besides Qua­kers, who are a people by themselves. But my Father had published a Book entituled, Illustri­ous Providences; in one part of which, he has a Narrative of several very marvellous Occurren­ces, that certain deluded and possessed Quakers, in this Countrey were concerned in. The mat­ter of Fact, never could be disputed; yet one Keith a Quaker, who had been compassing [...] to make proselytes, visits New-Eng. in his Pro­gress, where meeting with small Applause, & less [Page 3] Success, instead of Converts, he picks up what Quarrels our Countrey could afford him, and a­mong the Rest, this book of Providences. At his Return to Pen-silvania, he blesses the world with a [...] Volumn of Haeresies and Blasphemies a­gainst the Protestant Religion, the principle Arti­cles whereof, he endeavours to undermine, with some further Improvements of Nonsense, than the Abilities of the Quakers had heretofore help of 'em to; but, tho tis almost pitty that any Eagle (pardon the Comparison, he himself calls us Night-birds) should lose his time, by attend­ing the motions of such a Fly; yet I suppose, he will not be long, without the Castigations of a full, tho' short Answer to the Impertinences with which he has been craftily assuming to spoyl out vines. He entitles his Harrangues, The Churches in New-England brought to the Test; and it might be expected; that one so willing to be a Servant of those Churches as Increase Mather, would not escape the Vengeance of those whom these Churches are an eye-sore unto. Accordingly, the Title-page of his Discourses (for truly­Reader,) he will not now give us a Silent Meet­ing) promises to us, An Answer to the gras [...] Abuses, Lyes and Slanders of Increase Mather [...] which he afterwards detects, just as one of his producessours after a Con [...]errat on with [...] Trampled upon Hate's pride; while [...] instance in any one Abuse Eye, o [...] stan­der [Page 4] of Increase Mather, without committing more than a few himself. However, he is pleas'd to say, when he comes to talk, Let any of his kin­dred answer for him in his absence; and because I am somewhat a kin to the said Increase Mather, whom the Ani-mad-versions of this Keith have made such an Assault upon, that were I more dumb than the Son of Croesus himself, yet I must have spoken at the Provocation, I am willing to satisfie our little Authour so far as to Answer these Three Things upon him: Yet I would so far observe one of Solomon's Rules in my An­swer, as not to use upon him some Terms of his Art which as a Specimen of his breeding he be­stows upon Increase Mather; but offer a few just Reflections on this new Apostle (no doubt a Successor to one of the old ones) unto the world.

First. He charges my absent Father, with Gross Abuses, Lyes, and Slanders; and yet he denies not the Truth of the Stories, the Re­lation of which flings him into this foaming Rage. He charges him just as last year he did the rest of the Ministers of Boston. He sent us a writ­ten Challenge, which begins, I being well assu­red by the Spirit of God, that the doctrine ye preach to the People is false—and he then rec­kons up Twelve Articles (he says) of our Doct­rine, the Twelsth of which is directly contrary [Page 5] to what we assert, and maintain and preach eve­ry day. This was his Inspiration then! and such is his Narration now. Increase Mather penns Truths, and yet, it seems writes Lyes But where is Increase Mather's Crime? Why, our Animadvertor tells us, I. M. relates these stories on purpose to abuse the honest and sober people called Quakers, without making any Distinction—But what Metal is this man's Forehead made of? Reader, you shall find my Fathers intro­duction to his Histories to be, All wise men that are acquainted therewith, observe the blasting re­bukes of Heaven upon the late SINGING and Dancing Quakers. And his Inference from them is, That The Quakers are SOME of them undoubtedly possessed with evil spirits; and his Conclusion is, We may, by this, judge whose servants the Singing Quakers are. Behold how carefully he has Repeated the very Distinction which this waspish man complains at the O­mission of! Besides, he had no need of making any Distinction at all. That the Quakers fall out among themselves, is but a natural Consequence of their Tempers and Errours, which cannot be otherwise than Incohaerent; and sometimes, their Credit forces them to Explode in one a­nother, what they (wish they could but) can't Excuse. Tho it seems if a Woman dress her self like a Devil, and fright some of her Sex almost out of their Lives, on a Lords Day, in [Page 6] one of our biggest Assemblies, [...]. K. can here [...] her for a Saint. Case's Crew are [...] of the same Drove with [...] Crue; [...] Mad, tho with some variety of Ap­plication in their Phrensies What if those [...], and these Quakers be shaken together In a Bag? Tis a more allowable method of Sorting, that of this G. K.'s, who would make us a Crew of Ranters, because we hold, That God hath fore-ordained infallibly and un­changeabley, whatever comes to pass. And whereas our Answerer tells us, that when those horrid mon ­sters were whipt at Plimouth, for their wonderful hideous Devilism, Some of the honest people [...]oalled Quakers, openly declared before the people, that the Quakers did not at all own them to he of their Sverely, I am to ask him, Who of this honest people then it was, That then declared them to be, The dear Children of God? But Reader, pray observe, Tho he will not leave Urging, that for a Quaker to be Possessed, is no more than for a Presbyterian or an Independent so to be; There is Difference enough, where our notable Disputant would contrive a Parallel. Because a Possession by evil Spirits, may besal one of our Communion, What then? The Possession does not move any to [...] that Communion: we see the contrary. But the Stories Recorded by my Father, (plainly enough) demonstrate, That [Page 7] Diabolical Possession was the Thing which did dispose and encline men unto Quakerism; Their Quakerism was the proper Effect of their Possession; and not an unconcern'd Consequent. 'Tis our Logicians Fault here, that he ca­vils without making any Distinction; if he would have pleased to distinguish a little, he might have spared the pains of his tedious Ex­cursions, about Charging the innocent with the crimes of the guilty. But from such a G. K. what better Dealing might have been look'd for?

Secondly, I think, I may rather charge this G. K. with Gross Abuses, Lyes and Slanders, by him offer'd unto that Increase Mather whom he shows himself so much (beyond the cure of Hel­lebore) inflamed at. He saies, Increase Mather hath shew'd his Rashness and Folly in some other pass­ages of his life, if not Malice, that hath occasion'd him for some time past to abscond, and depart from the place where he preached at Boston, I am sorry that this man obliges me to trouble the World with Stories about such Domestick and personal matters as these are. For me to Commend my yet living Father would per­haps he counted an Indecency. But if I should not now Defend him from such unhandsome Imputations, I were worse than the worst of the Sons of Noah, and it must be a great­er Malice than what G. K. ever pretended to [Page 8] discover in Increase Mather, that shall criminate my Vindication of an absent and a wronged Parent. My Reader's Patience must then per­mit me to tell him, that all New-England well knows, That Increase Mather never departed from hence, through any Rashness or Folly of his ewn, but through the Malice of unreasonable men. Our Charter being unjustly Vacated (which e­ven G. K. reckons among the Judgments of God upon us) the Government of this Territory was fallen into the hands of men that immediate­ly took all sorts of measures to make us mise­rable. A knot of people, that had no design but to enrich themselves on the ruines of this flourish­ing plantation, were placed over us, & our Land strangers devoured in our presence. The sight of our Calamities made my Father willing to undertake a Voyage unto England, for no other cause but meerly to endeavour the Service of his afflicted Countrey; and not a few among the principal Gentlemen of the place, did both Ad­vize and Assist his Undertaking. His Intent in Going he did not publish, but his Intent of Go­ing he did; and he had no sooner done it, but one Randolph, the late Secretary, whom (like a Scavenger) our late Oppressors cheefly used in their more dirty Businesses, gave Trouble unto him to obstruct and prevent his Voyage. The Circumstances of it were these: This Randolph some time since, carried unto Sr. Lionel Jenkins, a [Page 9] Letter which he assur'd him was Mr. Mather's; Tho the Letter was a most Villanous Forgery, Filled with Treason and Madness in the Exalta­tion of it, and never was one line of it written by my Father. The Letter-Forger had so fool­ishly drawn it up, That Randolph could not get the Blood of the Gentleman, whom he (after his manner, that is) falsly Charged with being the Authour it, yet care was taken thereby to blast his Name: The Observator, (whom one calls The Father of Lyes) here became Nurse, & printed it, with not a few scurrilous Observations on it. So that in all the Taverns and Cof­fee-houses throughout Three-Kingdoms, this innocent Person was made a Ridicule, and Bar­bados too, with other of the Lee-ward Islands, took this opportunity to spit their venome on one who had never done any thing to deserve it, bu [...] by being (in the account of some that are Both) somewhat of a Learned and Honest man. My Father to Vindicate himself, while our old Government yet lasted, wrote a Letter to Mr. Dudley, who had from White-Hall, Re­ceived a Copy of that bloody Forgery; and in this Vindication, he intimates that several shrowd things would make him suspect Randolph himself to be the Director of it. It was Evi­dent unto him That the whole forgery was con­trived for Randolph's advantage; tis almost all of him and for him; but could any rational man imagine, that he was then wholly a stranger [Page 10] to it? Besides there were in it several other Expressions, which (twas then thought no man in his Wits can dream that any without [...] should have. But Randolph upon his arrival here with our New Government getting a Co­py of my Fathers Vindication. dos after to ma­ny months now sue him in an Action of [...], to Embarass the Affairs he had before him. The Jury which consisted partly of Church of E. Gentlemen, Found for my Father against the Plaintiffe. And yet just within a Week or two before his Voyage, Randolph renewed his Action; his Abetters resolving (as I am credi­bly informed) That having laid the Arrest up­on him, they would have secur'd his Person in the Goal, as the worst of Traytors; for what illegality would they stick at? He happily under­standing, what they would be at, by the coun­sel of his Friends withdrew, for about a week; and then, tho both by Day and Night, both by Land and Sea, the late Spirits among us way-laid him God carried him safely thro them all; and when he came to Whitehall, what Favours the Greatest Men in the Kingdom have heap'd upon him, 'tis not proper for me to tell. Whereas our Caviller now says, It wants to be in [...] in his Book, that what hath befallen him of [...], is a Re­markable Judgment of God upon him, for his Inju­stice to the Quakers. I join issue with him, and beg the Reader to insert it, if he be owner of [Page 11] that harmless Book. Reader, inasmuch as none of Increase Mathers enemies were able to attain their ends upon him; and inasmuch as this Increase Mather has in his whole Negotiation for New­England, been favoured by the merciful God, beyond he imagination of our fondest hopes pray count it. A Remarkable Judgment of God upon him, for his Injustice to the Quakers. This G. K. has this Book of his bound up in Canvas; because I suppose, like one of the Witnesses, he would [...] in [...] I confess, Fire pro­ceeds out of his mouth; but it is another sort of Fire than that which our Lords Witnesses are us'd unto; and there is one [...] Qualification of a Witness which you see he wants, that is, Truth; the Contents of his Books require some other Covers for them, he perpluat.

Thirdly, Not Increase Mather alone, but all New-England, especially the Shepherds of the the Churches here, must thro the Lycanthropy of this man, be Barked at. One while his False Histories misrepresent us to the world; and he raises dismal Tragedies upon the Persecution which his Friends here have met withal. For my own part, I have long wished, That the Ci­vil Magistrate would never inflict a Civil Penal­ty, on an Here [...]ick, until Humane Society receive such a Disturbance from him, as in one of mine, or any other perswasion were Intollerable. Yet there is more, far more to be said for the Justi­fication [Page 12] of our ancient Severities on two or three Quakers here, than the world has yet been ac­quainted with. Oliver Cromwel himself, whose Toleration of Sectaries was notorious enough, yet would speak in the justification of what was here done to them. Since our Jerusalem was come to such a Consistence, that the going up of every Fox would not break down our stone wall, who ever meddled with 'em? And since That, Though a Quaker-woman came (as sometimes they have) stark naked, into some of our Solemn Assemblies, declaring her self to be a Sign; yet the Bruit has not been thought fit to be Hanged up: but the Generality of the people are enough, & alwaies were, averse to the inflicting of Saecular Punishments on these doting Hareticks. Indeed a Grave Magistrate once (tis said) propounded unto the General Court at Plimouth, a Law that every Quaker might have his head shaved; because they were distracted, & this would both shame & [...] them. I believe this is all the Law that ever will be offered for the Suppressing of them here; by long experience, we find, They perish by being let alone. But whereas, he twits the Ministers here, for their Accepting of Maintenance, with goods unjustly taken from the true owners; I may in­form the world, the Ministers here are of ano­ther Spirit that so; their voluntary Poverty and transcendent Self-Denial, has scarce its parallel in the Christian world. If any maintenance extort­ed [Page 13] from Quakers hath ever been paid unto them, I am confident it was without their Knowledge or consent. The chief Complaints of this kind are in [...] mouth Colony; but let the Reader consider, That the Grants of Lands there made by the Court, have still been with an Express Condition & Provi­so that the allowed Ministry be therewith sup­proted. Quakers come and Accept & Improve these Grants, and there refuse the Duty annexed thereunto Let all [...]nkind judge whether they might not justly, be [...]pel'd unto the payment of it? yet how [...] as it ever done? G. K'/s. Barnstable Story is ( [...]) a Romance of the same peice with the rest. But we must be terrified with his False Prophecies too. He pretends to Inspira­tion & foretells the utter Removing, Undoing, & De­stroying of all our Babylonish Buildings; that is, our Churches; and he adds, The time hastens, & bless­ed shall he be who receiveth the Warning; and some pages after he praedicts, that In due time our Meet­ing-Houses shall no more receive us into them. Ay, no doubt of it, in due time! But, I pray Friend George, when is this due time to bee? Our late persecutors, who did last year admit thee to so much familiarity with them, did not so wisely to let thee know what they were driving at, for it seems thou art a [...] of thy tongue. When thy private Conversation with 'em, as well as their public Ad­ministration here, gave thee cause to g [...]ess, That, our Churches were quickly to be over turned, & [Page 14] [...] Meeting houses made too hot for us, tw [...] ­easie to prognosticate much more than this; l'le assure thee, twas not for this that I put thee into my Book of Witchcrafts, there was no Witchcraft in it: but some late things have a litle altered our Omens. I humbly beg of God, that he would [...] us good for this Cursing this day; and that the malicious Vaticinations of men that have his Truths and Wayes, may rather help to procure for us those happy Revolutions, which may cause our enemies to be found Liars unto us. I do also [...]ntreat the Reader, that he would not mis-in­terpret my approaches (if I have made any) towards Levity in my treating of the Adversary [...] at my Fathers right hand to resist him; T [...] almost impossible to look upon the Generality of Quakers, without applying to them the Hu­mour which a Gentleman long since thought pro­per for the creatures contrived on purpose, to be made [...] with. I shall only add, That [...] Keith has given sufficient cause thy his own Sect should be ashamed of him, if Shame were compatible to such a perfect People. But as he thinks my Father wants, The [...] opened in him, so I suppose he will tell me, That I am in the dark; and therefore it is time for me to bid him now, Good-Night. I am not willing to con­tend any further with him, For

[...]ae seio pro certo, quando cum stercore [...]
Vinto, sen vintor, semper ago maculor.

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