Note 1, page 24. The Pythoness
of ancient Lynn
was the redoubtable Moll Pitcher
, who lived under the shadow of High Rock
in that town, and was sought far and wide for her supposed powers of divination.
She died about 1810. Mr. Upham
, in his Salem Witchcraft
, has given an account of her.
Note 2, page 88. Bashaba was the name which the Indians of New England
gave to two or three of their principal chiefs, to whom all their inferior sagamores acknowledged allegiance.
Passaconaway seems to have been one of these chiefs.
His residence was at Pennacook. (Mass.
III. pp. 21, 22.) ‘He was regarded,’ says Hubbard
, ‘as a great sorcerer, and his fame was widely spread.
It was said of him that he could cause a green leaf to grow in winter, trees to dance, water to burn, etc. He was, undoubtedly, one of those shrewd and powerful men whose achievements are always regarded by a barbarous people as the result of supernatural aid. The Indians
gave to such the names of Powahs or Panisees.’
‘The Panisees are men of great courage and wisdom, and to these the Devill appeareth more familiarly than to others.’ —Winslow's Relation
Note 3, page 93. ‘The Indians
,’ says Roger Williams
, ‘have a god whom they call Wetuomanit, who presides over the household.’
Note 4, page 97. There are rocks in the river at the Falls of Amoskeag
, in the cavities of which, tradition says, the Indians formerly stored and concealed their corn.
Note 5, page 101. The Spring
God.-See Roger Williams's Key to the Indian Language
Note 6, page 106. ‘Mat wonck kunna-monee.’
We shall see thee or her no more.—See Roger Williams's Key
Note 7, page 106. ‘The Great South West God.’ —See Roger Williams's Observations
Note 8, page 109. The barbarities of Count de Tilly
after the siege of Magdeburg
made such an impression upon our forefathers that the phrase ‘like old Tilly
’ is still heard sometimes in New England
of any piece of special ferocity.
Note 9, page 134. Dr. Hooker
, who accompanied Sir James Ross
in his expedition of 1841, thus describes the appearance of that unknown land of frost and fire which was seen in latitude 77° south,—a stupendous chain of mountains, the whole mass of which, from its highest point to the ocean, was covered with everlasting snow and ice:—
‘The water and the sky were both as blue, or rather more intensely blue, than I have ever seen them in the tropics, and all the coast was one mass of dazzlingly beautiful peaks of snow, which, when the sun approached the horizon, reflected the most brilliant tints of golden yellow and scarlet; and then, to see the dark cloud of smoke, tinged with flame, rising from the volcano in a perfect unbroken column, one side jet-black, the other giving back the colors of the sun, sometimes turning off at a right angle by some current of wind, and stretching many miles to leeward!
This was a sight so surpassing everything that can be imagined, and so heightened by the consciousness that we had penetrated, under the guidance of our commander, into regions far beyond what was ever deemed practicable, that it caused a feeling of awe to steal over us at the consideration of our own comparative insignificance and helplessness, and at the same time an indescribable feeling of the greatness of the Creator in the works of his hand.’
Note 10, page 210. It was the custom in Sewall
's time for churches and individuals to hold fasts whenever any public or private need suggested the fitness; and as state and church were very closely connected, the General Court sometimes ordered a fast.
Out of this custom sprang the annual fast in spring, now observed, but it is of comparatively recent date.
Such a fast was ordered on the 14th of January,
1697, when Sewall
made his special confession of guilt in condemning innocent persons under the supposition that they were witches.
He is said to have observed the day privately on each annual return thereafter.
Note 11, page 244. Dr. John Dee
was a man of erudition, who had an extensive museum, library, and apparatus; he claimed to be an astrologer, and had acquired the reputation of having dealings with evil spirits, and a mob was raised which destroyed the greater part of his possessions He professed to raise the dead and had a magic crystal.
He died a pauper in 1608.
Note 12, page 325. Eleonora Johanna Von Merlau
, or, as Sewall
the Quaker Historian
gives it, Von Merlane
, a noble young lady of Frankfort
, seems to have held among the Mystics of that city very much such a position as Anna Maria Schurmaus
did among the Labadists of Holland
appears to have shared the admiration of her own immediate circle for this accomplished and gifted lady.
Note 13, page 330. Magister Johann Kelpius
, a graduate of the University of Helmstadt
, came to Pennsylvania
in 1694, with a company of German Mystics.
They made their home in the woods on the Wissahickon
, a little west of the Quaker
settlement of Germantown
was a believer in the near approach of the Millennium, and was adevout student of the Book
of Revelation, and the Morgen-Rothe
of Jacob Behmen
He called his settlement ‘The Woman in the Wilderness
’ (Das Weib in der Wueste
). He was only twenty-four years of age when he came to America
, but his gravity, learning, and devotion placed him at the head of the settlement.
He disliked the Quakers, because he thought they were too exclusive in the matter of ministers.
He was, like most of the Mystics, opposed to the severe doctrinal views of Calvin and even Luther, declaring ‘that he could as little agree with the Damnamus
of the Augsburg Confession
as with the Anathema
of the Council of Trent.’
He died in 1704, sitting in his little garden surrounded by his grieving disciples.
Previous to his death it is said that he cast his famous ‘Stone of Wisdom’ into the river, where
that mystic souvenir of the times of Van Helmont
, Paracelsus, and Agrippa
has lain ever since, undisturbed.
Note 14, page 331. Peter Sluyter
, or Schluter
, a native of Wesel
, united himself with the sect of Labadists, who believed in the Divine commission of John De Labadie
, a Roman Catholic
priest converted to Protestantism, enthusiastic, eloquent, and evidently sincere in his special calling and election to separate the true and living members of the Church of Christ from the formalism and hypocrisy of the ruling sects.
and Robert Barclay
visited him at Amsterdam
, and afterward at the communities of Herford
and Wieward; and, according to Gerard Croes
, found him so near to them on some points, that they offered to take him into the Society of Friends.
This offer, if it was really made, which is certainly doubtful, was, happily for the Friends at least, declined.
Invited to Herford
by Elizabeth, daughter of the Elector Palatine
, De Labadie
and his followers preached incessantly, and succeeded in arousing a wild enthusiasm among the people, who neglected their business and gave way to excitements and strange practices.
Men and women, it was said, at the Communion drank and danced together, and private marriages, or spiritual unions, were formed.
died in 1674 at Altona
, in Denmark
, maintaining his testimonies to the last.
‘Nothing remains for me,’ he said, ‘except to go to my God.
Death is merely ascending from a lowerand narrower chamber to one higher and holier.’
In 1679, Peter Sluyter
and Jasper Dankers
were sent to America
by the community at the Castle of Wieward
Their journal, translated from the Dutch
and edited by Henry C. Murphy
, has been recently published by the Long Island Historical Society.
They made some converts,and among them was the eldest son of Hermanns, the proprietor of a rich tract of land at the head of Chesapeake Bay
, known as Bohemia Manor.
obtained a grant of this tract, and established upon it a community numbering at one time a hundred souls.
Very contradictory statements are on record regarding his headship of this spiritual family, the discipline of which seems to have been of more than monastic
manifested more interest in the world's goods than became a believer in the near Millennium.
He evinces in his journal an overweening spiritual pride, and speaks contemptuously of other professors, especially the Quakers whom he met in his travels.
The latter, on the contrary, seem to have looked favorably upon the Labadists, and uniformly speak of them courteously and kindly.
His journal shows him to have been destitute of common gratitude and Christian charity.
He threw himself upon the generous hospitality of the Friends wherever he went, and repaid their kindness by the coarsest abuse and misrepresentation.
Note 15, page 332. Among the pioneer Friends were many men of learning and broad and liberal views.
was conversant with every department of literature and philosophy.
was a ripe and rare scholar.
The great Loganian Library of Philadelphia
bears witness to the varied learning and classical taste of its donor, James Logan
Thomas Story, member of the Council of State, Master
of the Rolls, and Commissioner
of Claims under William Penn
, and an able minister of his Society, took a deep interest in scientific questions, and in a letter to his friend Logan
, written while on a religious visit to Great Britain
, seems to have anticipated the conclusion of modern geologists.
‘I spent,’ he says, ‘some months, especially at Scarborough
, during the season attending meetings, at whose high cliffs and the variety of strata therein and their several positions I further learned and was confirmed in some things,—that the earth is of much older date as to the beginning of it than the time assigned in the Holy Scriptures
as commonly understood, which is suited to the common capacities of mankind, as to six days of progressive work, by which I understand certain long and competent periods of time, and not natural days.’
It was sometimes made a matter of reproach by the Anabaptists and other sects, that the Quakers read profane writings and philosophies, and that they quoted heathen moralists in support of their views.
and Dankers, in their journal of American travels, visiting a Quaker preacher's house at Burling
ton, on the Delaware
, found ‘a volume of Virgil lying on the window, as if it were a common hand-book; also Helmont's book on Medicine (Ortus Mledicince, id est Initia Physica inaudita progressus medicine novus in morborum ultionam ad vitam longam
), whom, in an introduction they have made to it, they make to pass for one of their own sect, although in his lifetime he did not know anything about Quakers.’
It would appear from this that the half-mystical, halfscientific writings of the alchemist and philosopher of Vilverde had not escaped the notice of Friends, and that they had included him in their broad eclecticism.
Note 16, page 333. ‘The Quaker
's Meeting,’ a painting by E. Hemskerck
(supposed to be Egbert Hemskerck
the younger, son of Egbert Hemskerck
the old), in which William Penn
and others—among them Charles II., or the Duke
—are represented along with the rudest and most stolid class of the British
rural population at that period.
came to London
with King William in 1689.
He delighted in wild, grotesque subjects, such as the nocturnal intercourse of witches and the temptation of St. Anthony
Whatever was strange and uncommon attracted his free pencil.
Judging from the portrait of Penn
, he must have drawn his faces, figures, and costumes from life, although there may be something of caricature in the convulsed attitudes of two or three of the figures.
Note 17, page 337. In one of his letters addressed to German friends, Pastorius
says: ‘These wild men, who never in their life heard Christ
's teachings about temperance and contentment, herein far surpass the Christians.
They live far more contented and unconcerned for the morrow.
They do not overreach in trade.
They know nothing of our everlasting pomp and stylishness.
They neither curse nor swear, are temperate in food and drink, and if any of them get drunk, the mouth-Christians are at fault, who, for the sake of accursed lucre, sell them strong drink.’
Again he wrote in 1698 to his father that he finds the Indians reasonable people, willing to accept good teaching and manners, evincing an inward piety toward God, and more eager, in fact, to understand things divine than many
among you who in the pulpit teach Christ
in word, but by ungodly life deny him.
‘It is evident,’ says Professor Seidensticker
holds up the Indian
as Nature's unspoiled child to the eyes of the “ European Babel,” somewhat after the same manner in which Tacitus
used the barbarian Germani
to shame his degenerate countrymen.’
As believers in the universality of the Saving Light
, the outlook of early Friends upon the heathen was a very cheerful and hopeful one. God was as near to them as to Jew or Anglo-Saxon
; as accessible at Timbuctoo as at Rome
Not the letter of Scripture, but the spirit which dictated it, was of saving efficacy.
is nowhere more powerful than in his argument for the salvation of the heathen, who live according to their light, without knowing even the name of Christ
as good a Christian as Richard Baxter
Early Fathers of the Church
, as Origen and Justin Martyr
, held broader views on this point than modern Evangelicals.
Even Augustine, from whom Calvin borrowed his theology, admits that he has no controversy with the admirable philosophers Plato
‘Nor do I think,’ he says in De CIV.
, lib. XVIII., cap. 47, ‘that the Jews dare affirm that none belonged unto God but the Israelites.’
Note 18, page 346. A common saying of Valdemar; hence his sobriquet Alterday
Note 19, page 420. ‘He [Macy] shook the dust from off his feet, and departed with all his worldly goods and his family.
He encountered a severe storm, and his wife, influenced by some omens of disaster, besought him to put back.
He told her not to fear, for his faith was perfect.
But she entreated him again.
Then the spirit that impelled him broke forth: “Woman, go below and seek thy God.
I fear not the witches on earth, or the devils in hell!
” ’ — Life of Robert Pike
, page 55.