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Robert Calef was born in England and arrived in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1688 when he was about forty-eight years old. In Boston he held various jobs, such as cloth merchant, constable, tax collector, and assessor. Known around the city as a witty man, Calef frequently engaged in lively discussions at coffee houses. He had a wide circle of influential friends and was respected for his intelligence. It is not known whether he was married or had children, as most existing records document only his writing and public life. Until his death in 1719 he was an active, respected member of the Municipal Board (a city governing agency).

Many books were being written about witchcraft, but Calef's was one of few that spoke about specific people having to do with the trials, such as Cotton Mather. Reproduced by permission of the Corbis Corporation (Bellevue). Many books were being written about witchcraft, but Calef's was one of few that spoke about specific people having to do with the trials, such as Cotton Mather. Reproduced by permission of the Corbis Corporation (Bellevue).

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