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The Second Phase: Bristol and London 1760–79

  • Jonathan Barry
Part of the Palgrave Historical Studies in Witchcraft and Magic book series (PHSWM)

Abstract

This chapter explores the revived interest in Perks as part of the upsurge in interest in the supernatural post-1760 both in London and Bristol, linked to newspaper coverage of the Cock Lane Ghost in London and the Lamb Inn witchcraft in Bristol. It explores the links of Behmenists, including Quakers and Methodists, who collected and published stories involving spirits (and manuscripts from William Law and Dionysius Freher), and how the familiar spirit in Perks and a magical tree became central to the story. Links to Hutchinsonianism, antiquarianism and the Rowley controversy are explored through George Catcott.

Keywords

Cock Lane Ghost Lamb Inn witchcraft Behmenism Hutchinsonianism Chatterton methodism conjuring 

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© Jonathan Barry 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jonathan Barry
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  1. 1.University of ExeterUK

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