|Thomas Addy||A man from London, who is a physician, a humanist, and an author. Thomas Addy writes three books, which illustrate his scepticism of witchcraft and witch-hunting, all of which draw upon the Bible as a sources. His works include _A Candle in the Dark: Or, A Treatise Concerning the Nature of Witches & Witchcraft_ (1655); _A Perfect Discovery of Witches_ (1661); and _The Doctrine of Devils_ (1676). The first of these works was extremely influential, exposing superstitions, and describing magic tricks and juggling.(1)||This Book is profitable to bee read by all Iudges of Assizes, before they passe the sentence of Condemnation against poor People, who are ac|cused for Witchcraft; It is also profitable for all sorts of people to read who desire Knowledge.
By THOMAS ADY M. A.
The Reason of the Book.
THe Grand Errour of these latter Ages is ascri|bing power to Witches, and by foolish imagina|tion of mens brains, without grounds in the Scriptures, wrongfull killing of the innocent under the name of Witches; unto which Ido|latry and bloud-guiltiness (being as bad, or worse than the Idolatry of the ancient Heathen) men are led as violently by fond imagination, as were the Ephesi|ans to the worshipping of Diana, and of the Image which (as they blindly thought) fell down from Jupiter, Acts 19.35. It is reported by Travellers, that some People in America do worship, for a day, the first living Creature they see in the morning, be it but a Bird, or a Worm; this Idolatry is like the Idolatry of this part of the World, who when they are afflicted in Body, or Goods, by Gods hand, they have an eye to some Mouse, or Bugg, or Frog, or other living Creature, saying,. It is some Witches Impe that is sent to afflict them, ascribing the Work of God, to a Witch, or any mean Creature rather than to God. Mr. Scot published a Book, called his Discovery of Witchcraft, in the beginning of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth, for the instruction of all Iudges, and Iustices of those times; which Book did for a time take great impression in the Magistracy, and also in the Clergy, but since that time Eng|land hath shamefully fallen from the Truth which they began to receive; wherefore here is again a necessary and illustrious dis|course for the Magistracy, and other People of this Age, where I intreat all to take notice, that many do falsly report of Mr. Scot, that he held an Opinion, that Witches are not, for it was neither his Tenent, neither is it mine; but that Witches are not such as are commonly executed for Witches.()|