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Lucius R. Paige, History of Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1630-1877, with a genealogical register, Chapter 17: heresy and witchcraft. (search)
Chapter 17: heresy and witchcraft. Antinomians. Baptists. Quakers. Elizabeth Hooton and other disturbers of the peace. Benanuel Bowers, and his family. witchcraft. Rebecca Jacobs. petition of Rebecca Fox. Mrs. Kendall. a man troubled by cats or the devil. Winifred Holman, and her daughter Mary Holman. testimony. verdict At the present time, almost every principal sect into which the Christian Church is divided has its representatives in Cambridge; and the introduction of a new sect produces comparatively little commotion. But in the beginning it was not so. For a few years after the settlement of New England by the Puritans, the churches had rest; but in 1636, the country was miserably distracted by a storm of Antinomian and Famalistical opinions then raised. Mather's Magnalia, Book III., ch. v., ยง 12. So violent became the controversy, and so great was the apparent danger of civil strife, that many of the heretical party, in Boston, Salem, Newbury, Roxbury,