More Wonders of the Invisible World

Author: Cotton Mather  | Date: 1700

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Psychoneurosis at Salem

[1692]

II

[Robert Calef, , 1700]

Mr. Burroughs was carried in a cart with the others through the streets of Salem to execution. When he was upon the ladder, he made a speech for the clearing of his innocence, with such solemn and serious expressions as were to the admiration of all present. His prayer (which he concluded by repeating the Lord Prayer) was so well worded, and uttered with such composedness and such (at least seeming) fervency of spirit, as was very affecting and drew tears from many (so that it seemed to some that the spectators would hinder the execution).

The accusers said the black man stood and dictated to him. As soon as he was turned off, Mr. Cotton Mather, being mounted upon a horse, addressed himself to the people, partly to declare that he was no ordained minister, and partly to possess the people of his guilt, saying: That the Devil has often been transformed into an Angel of Light. And this did somewhat appease the people, and the executions went on.

When he was cut down, he was dragged by the halter to a hole, or grave, between the rocks, about two foot deep, his shirt and breeches being pulled off, and an old pair of trousers of one executed put on his lower parts. He was so put in, together with Willard and Carryer, one of his hands and his chin and a foot of one [of] them, being left uncovered.

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Chicago: Cotton Mather, More Wonders of the Invisible World in History in the First Person: Eyewitnesses of Great Events: They Saw It Happen, ed. Louis Leo Snyder and Richard B. Morris (Harrisburg, Pa.: Stackpole Co., 1951), Original Sources, accessed July 6, 2022, http://originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=9VC2K7X386V1X5Q.

MLA: Mather, Cotton. More Wonders of the Invisible World, in History in the First Person: Eyewitnesses of Great Events: They Saw It Happen, edited by Louis Leo Snyder and Richard B. Morris, Harrisburg, Pa., Stackpole Co., 1951, Original Sources. 6 Jul. 2022. http://originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=9VC2K7X386V1X5Q.

Harvard: Mather, C, More Wonders of the Invisible World. cited in 1951, History in the First Person: Eyewitnesses of Great Events: They Saw It Happen, ed. , Stackpole Co., Harrisburg, Pa.. Original Sources, retrieved 6 July 2022, from http://originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=9VC2K7X386V1X5Q.