An essay for the recording of illustrious providences: wherein, an account is given of many remarkable and very memorable events, which have happened in this last age; especially in New-England.
Mather, Increase, 1639-1723.

CHAP. VI.

That there are Daemons. And posses|sed persons. Signs of such. Some Mani|acks are Daemoniacks. Notwithstanding many fabulous Stories about Witch crafts, that there are Witches proved by three Arguments. That Houses are sometimes troubled by Evil Spirits. Witchcraft of|ten the cause of it. Sometimes by the De|vil without Witchcraft; ordered by provi|dence as a punishment for sin. The distur|bance in Walton's house further considered; with a parallel Story. That the things re|lated in the preceding Chapter were un|doubtedly preter-natural and Diabolical. Page 168.