Increase Mather | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Kenneth Ballard Murdock

This literature criticism consists of approximately 35 pages of analysis & critique of Increase Mather.
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Critical Essay by Kenneth Ballard Murdock

SOURCE: "Dolefull Witchcraft," in Increase Mather: The Foremost American Puritan, 1925. Reprint by Russell & Russell, 1966, pp. 287-316.

In the following excerpt from a work first published in 1925, Murdock recounts Mather's involvement in the witch trials and argues that Mather has been unfairly labeled throughout history as a proponent of the executions when he was instead a voice for temperance and moderation.

A month after his arrival home, Mather wrote to the Earl of Nottingham, thanking him for his efforts toward securing the charter, and assuring him "that the Generallity of their Majties Subjects (so far as I can understand) doe with all thank-fulness receive the favours which by the new Charter are granted to them." The General Court ordered a day of thanksgiving for the safe installation of the new government, and the return...

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