Things to remember while reading More Wonders of the Invisible World

• More Wonders seems to have had an impact only on Increase and Cotton Mather, who spent the rest of their lives trying to redeem their reputations, which they claimed had been damaged by Calef. It was the Mathers that originally condemned the use of spectral evidence in witchcraft trials, but stood by while many people were found guilty of being witches based only on spectral evidence. In some cases, Cotton Mather even encouraged the use of spectral evidence.

• Although Calef's book had few readers in the early eighteenth century, it has remained an important document for modern historians because it provides a distinctly different Puritan voice from the trial era.

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