Death of Cotton Mather's Four-Day-Old Son, Witchcraft is Blamed Hot

Death of Cotton Mather's Four-Day-Old Son, Witchcraft is Blamed

Cotton Mather
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The four-day-old son of Cotton Mather dies. Mather, who had written about the existence of demonic and spectral phenomena in the world, suspects that witchcraft might have been the cause of his first-born son's demise.

Cotton Mather's belief in demons comes to the fore in his 1688 book Remarkable Providences, which will help encourage the start of the Salem Witch Trials. In later years Mather will be completely unrepentant about what happened in Salem, even to the point of arguing in favor of using "spectral evidence" at trials of witches.

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