The Discovery of Witches (1647) by Matthew Hopkins

The Discoverer never travelled far for it, but in March 1644 he had some seven or eight of that horrible sect of Witches living in the Towne where he lived, a Towne in Essex called Maningtree, with divers other adjacent Witches of other towns, who every six weeks in the night (being alwayes on the Friday night) had their meeting close by his house and had their severall solemne sacrifices there offered to the Devill, one of which this discoverer heard speaking to her Imps one night, and bid them goe to another Witch, who was thereupon apprehended, and searched, by women who had for many yeares knowne the Devills marks, and found to have three teats about her, which honest women have not: so upon command from the Justice they were to keep her from sleep two or three nights, expecting in that time to see her familiars, which the fourth night she called in by their severall names, and told them what shapes, a quarter of an houre before they came in, there being ten of us in the roome, the first she called was

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An Extract Out Of Josephus’s Discourse To The Greeks Concerning Hades by Flavius Josephus

1. Now as to Hades, wherein the souls of the good things they see, and rejoice in the righteous and unrighteous are detained, it is necessary to speak of it. Hades is a place in the world not regularly finished; a subterraneous region, wherein the light of this world does not shine; from which circumstance, that in this region the light does not shine, it cannot be but there must be in it perpetual darkness. This region is allotted as a place of custody for souls, ill which angels are appointed as guardians to them, who distribute to them temporary punishments, agreeable to every one’s behavior and manners.

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Philosophical Views (1860) by Louis Mackall

The following is an imperfect summary of my philosophical
views contained in several pamphlets published at various times
within the last twelve years.

1. The laws of nature, which are the proper objects of inves¬
tigation in the physical sciences, are the ordinances or decrees
of the Author of Nature, that emanate from His will.

2. All the power in nature is in connection with the laws
of nature, and in no instance is it in connection with any form
of matter whatever. Man can arrange the conditions necessary
to bring into operation a law of nature, and can then control the
power associated with this law, as long as it is in operation; but
can transfer this power to no form of matter. When the law
ceases to operate, the power ceases.

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