This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1883 edition. Excerpt: ...in the year I692, became a I.aw. Being a Reply to Supplementary Notes, etc., by George H. Moore, LL.D. By Abner Cheney Goodell, Jr. Reprinted fr.m the Proceedings of the Massachusetts Historical Society March:3, I884. 8vo. pp. 21. Cambridge: 1884.. ON. WITCHCRAFT IN ll/IASSACH USETTS: El Summary winbication OF THE LAVVS AND LIBERTIES CONCERNING A TTAINDERS PVITH CORRUPTION OF BLOOD, ESCHEA TS, FORFEITURES FOR CRIME, AND PA RDON OF OFFE-/VDERS. READ IN PART BEFORE THE NEW YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY, NOVEMBER 4, 1884. TROW'5 HIINTING AND BOOKBINDING COMPANY, NEW YORK-VENTURE to offer the present pamphlet with out introduction or apology to those who are I., interested in its subject. The main question hitherto, between Mr. Goodell and myself, has been. whether an Act purporting to have been passed in I711, a copy of which (printed in I713) has come into his possession, reversing the attainders of several of those condemned for witchcraft in I692, actually became a law. If it is thought that the discussion implies more importance in the enactment than it really possesses, yet the grave errors asserted and maintained in defence of this singular act make it a positive duty to continue the work of criticism. A mere contest for personal opinion has no charm for me, neither have I the disposition to prolong a controversy which requires the discovery of new materials of evidence for its absolute determination. But my learned and honored friend, very ably expanding his brief remarks after listening to my paper before the Massachusetts Historical Society, into " Reasons for concluding t/mt t/ze Act of I71I became a law," has introduced certain assumptions whose validity is really, as matter of historical interest, far more important than...
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