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Writings of Cotton Mather

What Must I Do To Be Saved?

The Duties of Children to Their Parents

The Duties of Parents To Their Children

The Education of Children

A Father's Resolutions

The Last Days of Increase Mather

From "Memoirs of Remarkables in the Life and the Death of the Ever-Memorable Dr. Increase Mather" (1724).

The Devil in New England

From "The Wonders of The Invisible World" (1692).

Satisfaction in God

From Bill Carson's excellent Fire and Ice web site.

Introduction to Magnalia Christii Americana

"The Great Works of Christ in America"—Mather's history of colonial Massachussetts.

Nehemias Americanus

The Life of John Winthrop, Esq., Governor of the Massachusetts Colony. Book 2, chapter 4 from Magnalia.

Galeacius Secundus

The Life of William Bradford, ESQ., Governer of Plymouth Colony. Book 2, chapter 1 from Magnalia.


The Life of Mr. Nathanael Rogers. Book 3, chapter 14 from Magnalia.

A Parenthesis on the Witchcraft Episode

An excerpt from Pietas in Patrium—Mather's biography of William Phipps. Excerpted from book 2, chapter 12 of Magnalia.

Thaumatographia Pneumatica

Relating the Wonders of the invisible world in preternatural occurrences. Book 6, chapter 7 from Magnalia.

Memorable Providences, Relating to Witchcrafts and Possessions (1689)

The Wonders of the Invisible World (1693)

Mather's own account of the Salem witchcraft episode.

The Tryal of G[eorge] B[urroughs] at a Court of Oyer and Terminer, Held in Salem, 1692

The trial of Salem Village's chief "wizard." This is an excerpt from The Wonders of the Invisible World.

Writings About Cotton Mather

Cotton Mather

A short biography of Cotton Mather describing his role in the Salem witchraft trials of 1692.

Cotton Mather

A biographical sketch by Darla Burl.

Mather, Cotton

A succinct biographical summary from the Fire and Ice Web site.

Cotton Mather's View of Civil Government

An article from our friends at The Center for the Advancement of Paleo-Orthodoxy.

Benjamin Franklin and Cotton Mather

An anecdote about Mather recounted by Ben Franklin.

Samuel Sewell and Cotton Mather: Two Puritans Stained with Innocent Blood

This article is a typical revisionist treatment of the witchcraft episode, mixing modern feminist dogma with other politically-correct canards about Puritanism, predestination, and the politics of colonial Massachussetts. For a helpful antidote to this interpretation of the Witch Trials, see Chadwick Hansen, Witchcraft at Salem (New York: George Braziller, 1969).

The Mather Dynasty

From volume 1 of Vernon L. Parrington's Main Currents in American Thought, 1620-1800 (1927). The hypertext edition of this work was a project of students in The American Studies Programs at the University of Virginia.

Other Cotton Mather Resources

Salem Witch Trials Documentary archive and Transcription Project

A very thorough archive of primary documents from the Salem Witch Trials, including complete transcripts of the court trials and other records from that era.

Salem Witchcraft Trials, 1692

A helpful collection of key documents related to the witchcraft episode.

Ephemera of Cotton Mather

An inventory of documents related to Cotton Mather in the Billy Graham Center Archives at Wheaton College.

Cotton Mather, an American on Patmos

A page with photographs of various Mather books and letters. From the University of Virginia's Red, White, Blue, and Brimstone exhibit.

Cotton Mather Discussion Port

An online forum devoted to light-hearted discussion of Cotton Mather.

Cotton Mather: An Annotated Bibliography

by Darla Burl and Bethany Newton, Hillsdale College.

Bibliography of David Levin's Scholarly and Creative Writings (up to 1994)

David Levin is one of the foremost scholars with expertise on the Puritan era in America. He has also written a fine biography of Cotton Mather.

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