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Richard La Barre Goodwin

(1840–1910). Painter. A trompe-l'oeil still life specialist, he favored large arrangements of hanging game, usually displayed against a rustic support. An undated Cabin Door ...

MATHER, Cotton

MATHER, Cotton (1663–1728)   Reference library

Robert E. Brown

Dictionary of Early American Philosophers

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2013

...a potent counter-apologetic. It is fair to say that Puritan society at the time was on edge; the accusations of witchcraft set match to this fire. Mather would play his part in fanning the flames. Mather himself was no stranger to the phenomenon. In 1688 he had treated Martha Goodwin for possession; he published his observations in Memorable Providences, Relating to Witchcrafts and Possessions ( 1689 ). But while Mather believed in the reality of witchcraft and its demonic sources, he was (initially) a voice of restraint regarding the magistrates’ response...

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