From "Memoirs of Remarkables in the Life and the Death of the Ever-Memorable Dr. Increase Mather" (1724).
From "The Wonders of The Invisible World" (1692).
From Bill Carson's excellent Fire and Ice web site.
"The Great Works of Christ in America"Mather's history of colonial Massachussetts.
The Life of John Winthrop, Esq., Governor of the Massachusetts Colony. Book 2, chapter 4 from Magnalia.
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.
An excerpt from Pietas in PatriumMather's biography of William Phipps. Excerpted from book 2, chapter 12 of Magnalia.
Relating the Wonders of the invisible world in preternatural occurrences. Book 6, chapter 7 from Magnalia.
Mather's own account of the Salem witchcraft episode.
The trial of Salem Village's chief "wizard." This is an excerpt from The Wonders of the Invisible World.
A short biography of Cotton Mather describing his role in the Salem witchraft trials of 1692.
A biographical sketch by Darla Burl.
A succinct biographical summary from the Fire and Ice Web site.
An article from our friends at The Center for the Advancement of Paleo-Orthodoxy.
An anecdote about Mather recounted by Ben Franklin.
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).
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.
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.
A helpful collection of key documents related to the witchcraft episode.
An inventory of documents related to Cotton Mather in the Billy Graham Center Archives at Wheaton College.
A page with photographs of various Mather books and letters. From the University of Virginia's Red, White, Blue, and Brimstone exhibit.
An online forum devoted to light-hearted discussion of Cotton Mather.
by Darla Burl and Bethany Newton, Hillsdale College.
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.