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  • The position taken by the Reviewer, let it be noticed, is, that the idea of Cotton Mather's taking a leading part in the witchcraft prosecutions of 1692, "_originated_" with me, in a work printed in 1831; and that I have given "the cue" to all subsequent writers on the subject.

    Salem Witchcraft and Cotton Mather A Reply

  • A reader of the _North American Review_ cannot fail to have noticed the manner in which the late Rev.Dr. Peabody, as well as myself, is held up to ridicule, for having called Cotton Mather, "Dr." when referring to any thing previous to his having received his Doctorate.

    Salem Witchcraft and Cotton Mather A Reply

  • If they should chance, for instance, to speak of Cotton Mather as a pedant, they will have the reviewers after them, belaboring them with the charge of "a great lack of research," in not having "pored over" the "prodigious" manuscript of his unpublished work, in the Library of the Massachusetts

    Salem Witchcraft and Cotton Mather A Reply

  • And yes, Dad, he did move a few inches away from the superstitious obsessions of his preaching predecessors such as Cotton Mather, who rallied up more salacious terror than the horror movies that were sin to watch when I was a kid.

    Planet Atheism

  • There was still the idea of Cotton Mather, who was willing to treat his servants as part of the family, and to employ such of them as were competent to teach his children lessons of piety. [

    The Education of the Negro Prior to 1861 A History of the Education of the Colored People of the United States from the Beginning of Slavery to the Civil War

  • In so doing they have opened a Pandora's box of legislative mayhem that not only plays to the social conservatism that would return us to the days of Cotton Mather and the ducking stool but which also uses the Tea Partiers' lust to slash spending as a dodge -- not to balance budgets and eliminate deficits, as they claim, but to further stifle government and other institutions dedicated to the common good.

    Michael Winship: Across the U.S., GOP Lawmakers Build States of Denial

  • The answer doesn't arrive until the second stanza, which no one knows because it is mostly sung in creepy, hyper-patriotic gatherings of, say, ladies who are direct descendants of Cotton Mather, or during secret Masonic initiation rites involving men wearing aprons.

    What so proudly we failed

  • It was Grammar, ubiquitious as always, descending upon us like Cotton Mather enforcing Puritannical laws against fornication.

    The Bodice-Ripper Free School Zone Act

  • For descendants of families that came over on the Mayflower who've been lovingly maintaining the automotive heirloom with the single digit license plate issued to an ancestor by Cotton Mather when revenues from witch-burnings dried up, there's a Stutz Bearcat.

    A Divine Gate-Crasher at the Antique Car Show

  •   It was Grammar,  ubiquitious as always, descending upon us like Cotton Mather enforcing Puritannical laws against fornication.

    The Bodice-Ripper Free School Zone Act

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