Puritans always surprise me. I was reading an essay in a now out of print collection called The Damned Art: Essays int the Literature of Witchcraft, edited by Sydney Anglo, and came across a list of subjects about which one author wrote one, two or in some cases three books:
pirates, captives, criminals, thieves, imposters, evil customs, murder, drinking, taverns, dancing, cursing, anger, idolatry, hypocrisy, slothfulness, slanders, the ark, the tabernacle, sacrifices, adversity, prosperity, fifth of November, new year, winter, summer, heat, change, time, heavenly world, terrors of hell, natural science, Sabbath-keeping, antinomianism, arianism, quakerism, rules for right living, civil affairs, society to suppress disorders, commerce and trading, debtor and creditor, fidelity in engagements, masters, servants, parents, children, widows, orphans, youths, catechisms, oaths, calamitous fires, earthquakes, storms, rainbow, aurora borealis.
Our prodigious author was a member of the Royal Society, and, in 1721, was a proponent of using smallpox inoculations. His name was Cotton Mather.Posted by Ideofact at October 4, 2004 11:40 PM