In its original form this essay was the dissertation submitted for a doctorate in philosophy conferred by Yale
University in 1908. When first projected it was the writer's purpose to take up the subject of English
witchcraft under certain general political and social aspects. It was not long, however, before he began to feel
that preliminary to such a treatment there was necessary a chronological survey of the witch trials. Those
strange and tragic affairs were so closely involved with...
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