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Susannah Martin and Bridget Bishop.


At pp. 223-236, above.


Timothy Swan, aged thirty, died early in February, 1692/3 (N. E. Hist. and Gen. Reg., II. 380; Mrs. Bailey, Historical Sketches of Andover, p. 237).




I. e., Satan (see Rev. xii. 10).


Deserving of consideration.


The famous witch-hunt in which Matthew Hopkins was the leading spirit (1645-1646).


What is in thought is doubtless the boast of Nicolas Remy (Remigius), on the title-page of his Dœmonolatreia (1595), that his book rests on the trials of nine hundred, put to death for witchcraft within fifteen years; but this was in Lorraine, not yet a part of France, though in close relations with it.


Lib. VI., cap. 20, of this notable book by which the eminent Rhenish physician Wierus (Johann Weyer, 1515-1588) gave to the zeal of the witch-haters its first effective check. This passage, however, he borrows bodily from the Parergon Juris (VIII. 22) of an earlier opponent of witch persecution, the Italian jurist Andrea Alciati.


I. e., those crazed more than criminal: hellebore was counted a cure for insanity.


See p. 416, note 5. “Burton” has merely inserted into his Kingdom of Darkness (pp. 148-159) the contents of the contemporary True and Exact Relation (1645) which narrates this Essex persecution.


The following chapters (V.-XVII.) are devoted to the nature of witchcraft and the proper means for its detection.