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confidence are introduced . . . Agriculture, arts, and commerce are advanced’, trumpeted Mr R. Henry in a sermon to the SPCK in 1773.45 But, like those who confidently announced the end of superstition, his claims were premature. In fact from a judicial perspective at least, the state, rather like the Kirk, 94 Beyond the witch trials had been progressively losing interest in witches from the beginning of the century. To be sure, the offence continued to appear in legal textbooks of the period, but that may be ascribed to the innate conservatism of lawyers and their

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