Rev. Ebenezer Turell (1701-1778) graduated from Harvard in 1721 and was subsequently ordained as the minister of the First Parish in Medford, Massachusetts in 1724, remaining there until his death. Rev. Turell published several works, including a memoir of his theological mentor, Rev. Benjamin Coleman, and his daughter, the poet Jane Coleman Turell (who was also Rev. Turell's first wife); as well as a sermon urging ministerial moderation.
This handwritten account contains a description of an alleged case of witchcraft in Littleton in 1720, including the reactions of local townspeople, and Rev. Turell's own commentary on the case. A transcribed version was published in 1823 as "Detection of Witchcraft" in the Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society, Second series, Volume 10.