What happened next

More Wonders of the Invisible World contributed to an increased distrust of and dislike for Cotton Mather and his father, Increase Mather. Many people were already placing a great deal of the blame for the Salem hysteria with the Mathers, and Calef's book only made people mock and jeer them more. Increase Mather even went as far as to collect copies of Calef's book and have them burned publicly in Harvard Square, the central courtyard at Harvard College, but it made little impact. Although Cotton Mather defended his views on witchcraft for the rest of his life, he was mostly ignored. It is also believed that it is greatly due to this public ridicule that Cotton Mather was never appointed the presidency at Harvard, which he wanted dearly.

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