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December 29, 2008

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Jeff

For some reason, this caught my eye: "Crouch at the Bell, next to Kemp's Coffee-house in Exchange-Alley," and I thought I'd come upon some fabulous occult instruction, but Crouch is merely the author, is all. As an occasionally juggling atheist, I'm concerned that I should perhaps read Scot's book more closely. From Farnworth's title, I wasn't sure at first if is was good or bad to be a Quaker, but I think he thinks it's good, since they are treated with scorn and reproach. I note in the list "The impossibility of witchcraft," 1712, "Sold by J. Baker, at the Black-Boy in Pater-Noster-Row," as well as "The belief in witchcraft vindicated," 1712, "Sold by J. Baker, at the Black-Boy in Pater-Noster-Row." J. Baker was a smart man.

John F. Ptak

Thanks Jeff for the very close reading! I'm sure that the bookseller "J. Baker at the Black-Boy in Paster-Noster-Row" and the other-faced and alternatively-based J. Baker of "J.Baker at the Black-Boy in Paster-Noster-Row" were two different Bakers of two different Paster-Noster-Rows. Yessir. Scot's book does deserve close reading, as it does have lots of nice pictures. By 1712 or so it was okay to be a Quaker again--a rough spell before, some rough pieces after, but 1712 I think was alright.

Rick

It's fascinating that Jeff would admit to his juggling-atheist proclivities.

I don't believe in juggling.

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