It was on today, Might 14th, 1878. that the final trial on a cost of witchcraft was initiated in an American courtroom. Considerably awkwardly for all involved, the case was heard in Salem, Massachusetts. It was temporary. Nevertheless it had an attention-grabbing backstory.
Lucretia Brown of Ipswich, Massachusetts was a life lengthy invalid. On the age of fifty she embraced Christian Science and its guarantees of cures for issues bodily in addition to non secular. For her the bodily treatment was paramount. And he or she just about instantly reported how she was cured of her painful spinal harm.
Nevertheless not lengthy after being cured Ms Brown suffered a relapse.
When Mary Baker Eddy heard of this she was sure the trigger was Daniel H Spofford. Dr (the supply of his doctorate is unsure) Spofford had been one among her earliest disciples. And for some years was a detailed affiliate of hers. He was even the writer of the primary version of her monumental Science and Well being with Key to the Scriptures.
Nevertheless, within the wake of a falling out over a substantial sum of cash and presumably related, a dispute over the publication of the second version of her now best-selling ebook, Mrs Eddy had excommunicated him from the church.
Mrs Eddy had found in her psychic research a power she referred to as malicious animal magnetism. She was satisfied Ms Brown was not solely the sufferer of this malevolent psychological assault, however that Dr Spofford was the attacker.
Mrs Brown filed a criticism. It’s alleged that Mrs Eddy wrote the particulars of the criticism herself. What we do know is that Mrs Eddy was deeply concerned, even attending the trial, bringing alongside some twenty “witnesses” for the prosecution of the case.
On the seventeenth Mrs Brown and her legal professional appeared in courtroom, together with Mrs Eddy and all these witnesses. Dr Spofford selected to not attend. His legal professional filed a demurrer arguing the courtroom had no jurisdiction.
There was an attraction however that was it. The final trial for witchcraft on this nation.
Gone with a whimper fairly than a bang.
Nonetheless, good riddance. Properly, given the proclivities of a few of our present legislators, maybe, a minimum of, for now…