The Contributor, Vol. 17

The Contributor, Vol. 17 : A Monthly Magazine; August, 1896 (Classic Reprint)

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Excerpt from The Contributor, Vol. 17: A Monthly Magazine; August, 1896 Among writers on Salem witch craft, Rev. C. W. Upham, heretofore freely quoted, easily takes preced ence. His lectures, first published in book form in 1831, passed through several editions, when, in 1867, they appeared with their matter so great ly augmented, that they filled two good-sized volumes. Other edi tions, still further enlarged, have since appeared. And the work is a standard one upon the subject. In elaborating a theory by which to account for the Salem delusion, this author refers to the history of past ages and peoples, showing that mankind has always been prone to believe in supernatural, invisible and spiritual beings, good and bad, and their interference in human afi'airs. In past ag'es, when the inhabitants of all nations' existed in what was a state of dense ignorance, in comparison with the enlightenment of our time, there were now and then individuals who possessed intelligence above that of the masses, and by it they penetrated the secrets of nature, dis covered some of her hidden laws, and by pretending to have had super human aid, or to possess super natural powers, were easily enabled to perpetuate and impose upon the superstition of the common people. He says. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.show more

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  • Paperback | 74 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 4mm | 109g
  • Forgotten Books
  • United States
  • English
  • , black & white illustrations
  • 0243265700
  • 9780243265701