Not only could Parris not end their torments but others in the neighborhood began to suffer similar afflictions. Following the prudent course others had taken in similar circumstances, Parris brought several physicians to the parsonage, none of whom could explain the cause of the girls' behavior. The last one consulted, most likely William Griggs, a recent arrival to the village, advised that they suffered from no physical cause, meaning "they were under an Evil Hand." When word of his diagnosis spread through the neighborhood, the villagers quickly concluded that someone was using the powers of witchcraft to harm the girls. Believing that he was now dealing with a spiritual rather than a medical problem, Parris called upon "some worthy gentlemen of Salem, and some neighbor ministers to consult together at his house." The online essay writing services – all you want to get academic paper prepared today. Notable among the group was John Hale, a man of considerable experience with witchcraft cases. A graduate of Harvard College and pastor at Beverly since 1665, Hale, like many clergymen and judges of his time, had developed an attitude of restraint in dealing with matters of the "invisible world." In 1648, when he was only twelve, he had gone with a group of neighbors to visit convicted witch Margaret Jones of Charlestown on the day of her execution in Boston.
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