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His Story - Gods Providence, The Salem Witch Trials Part 2

The ministers of New England did not approve of the proceedings. Cotton Mather and the majority of the pastors of New England vigorously opposed the manner of the proceedings in Salem. The only ones to support the trials were the pastor of Salem church, Samuel Parris (whose daughter and niece initiated the excitements) and two neighboring ministers.

Mather openly denounced the admission of spectral evidence and wrote the judges asking them not to admit it in the trials. The ministers in the area drew up a list of cautions for the assistance of the judges:

"We judge, that in the prosecution of these and all such witchcrafts, there is need of a very critical and exquisite caution: lest by too much credulity for things received only upon the devil's authority, there be a door opened for a long train of miserable consequences, and Satan get an advantage over us; for We should not be ignorant of his devices.