chapter  III
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OF THE WITCH COVENS AND THEIR GRAND MASTERS ; OF THE WITCHES' JOURNEY TO THE SABBAT ; AND OF THE SABBAT ORGY

The dark and secret Society of Witches spreadsa huge network of evil—over the whole world. throughout Europe and America in particular the organization of Satanists is very thorough and very complete. In less than the span of a limited lifetime, not more than sixty years indeed after the first settlers had landed at Massachusetts Bay, Cotton Mather notes as a detail significantly dangerous in itself and worthy of particular attention the systematic and methodized federation of the Salem witches. He says, " 'Tis very Remarkable to see what an Impious and Impudent imitation of Divine Things is Apishly affected by the Devil," and after showing that in many striking incidents the sorceries of the native Indians might be taken to be a burlesque of the Biblical narrative, he continues : " The Devil which then thus imitated what was in the Church of the Old Testament, now among Us would Imitate the Affairs of the Church in the New. The Witches do say, that they form themselves much after the manner of Congregational Churches ; and that they have a Baptism and a Supper, and Offiers among them, abominably Resembling those of our Lord."