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• Although Cotton Mather was an extremely intelligent and well-educated man, he was passed over for the presidency of Harvard all his professional life. Bitter and angry for the slight, Mather assisted in the founding of Yale University, which to this day is one of Harvard's greatest rivals.

snarl'd with unintelligible circumstances than any that we have hitherto encountered; an attempt so critical, that if we get well through, we shall soon enjoy halcyon days with all the vultures of Hell trodden under our feet. He has wanted his incarnate legions to persecute us, as the people of God have in the other hemispheres been persecuted: he has therefore drawn forth his more spiritual ones to make an attack upon us.

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