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17th Century Inhabitants of Essex County, by C.F. Filey
First published in 1875, this is an account of some of the more famous inhabitants of Essex County over the years.
Magnalia Christi Americana
Usually given the English title from Latin as, The Ecclesiastical History of New England, this tome was written in 1702 by Cotton Mather. It consists of seven books, collected into two volumes, and details, among other things, the Salem Witch Trials and New England occult.
From this tome will come a denouncement of William Bishop, late of Arkham in the late 17th century by Cotton Mather as a blasphemous wizard allied with Hell and of a beast that was brought forth which was more than beast but less than man - the thing with the blemished eye and secretively whispers about the screaming drunken wretch that was hanged for having such an eye and cried out the name of Yogge Sothyothe..
Diary of William Bishop
Thaumaturgical Prodigies in the New England Canaan
Published originally in 1789, and again in Boston in 1801, in English by the Reverend Philips of the First Baptist Church of Arkham (and later a librarian at Miskatonic University). It is a thin volume, printed in Primitive American octavo (a manuscript of standard sized sheets of paper, folded three times to make eight leaves - each leaf is printed on each side, creating 16 pages total) and printed in imitation black letters with the long s and other obsolete typographical traits.
The first edition was crudely published in 1789. A small print run in imitation black letter and riddled with typographical errors. A second, vastly improved edition was published again in Boston in 1801. Both versions are quite rare. The earlier version, despite its crude printing, commands collector prices; one autographed specimen sold for $35 in the early 1920s. Aside from printing and proofing quality, both editions are identical.
Phillips was the pastor of Arkhams Second Church (later the First Baptist) in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Educated at Harvard, he was a scholar and respected community leader. His book, Thaumaturgical Prodigies, was intended to be an objective account of the witchcraft hysteria that gripped New England in the late 17th century. According to history, the Reverend Philips attempted to gather all known copies of his book and burn them shortly before his death.
This tome hints of local legends surrounding the old Bishop house, all hushed innuendoes and furtive tales of things with a blemished eye seen at windows in the night in what is now the Merchant District of Arkham. There was a handed down, second-person and incomplete telling of a postman who swore he saw an old man in the neighborhood of the Bishop house chasing and calling out a shadowy horror in the thinly moonlit hours before dawn on Aylesbury Street.
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