The Opinion of the Cambridge Association, 1 August 1692: A Neglected Text of the Salem Witch Trials

@article{Holmes2016TheOO,
  title={The Opinion of the Cambridge Association, 1 August 1692: A Neglected Text of the Salem Witch Trials},
  author={Clive Holmes},
  journal={The New England Quarterly},
  year={2016},
  volume={89},
  pages={643-667}
}
  • C. Holmes
  • Published 5 December 2016
  • History
  • The New England Quarterly
The article analyses a neglected aspect of the Salem witch-trials. It evaluates the roles of the Mathers, father and son, in securing the condemnation of George Burroughs. Their temporary acceptance of the validity of spectral evidence was justified by their belief that Satan must have employed powerful agents, not simply stereotypical witches, in his attempt to subvert godly Massachusetts. 

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