“Witch, Warlock, and Magician” by William Henry Davenport Adams

"Witch, Warlock, and Magician" by William Henry Davenport Adams

"Alchemy, Magic, Witchcraft–how exhaustively they have been investigated will appear from the list of authorities which I have drawn up for the reader's convenience. They have been studied by 'adepts,' and by critics, as realities and as delusions; and almost the last word would seem to have been said by Science–though not on the side of the adepts, who still continue to dream of the Hermetic philosophy, to lose themselves in fanciful pictures, theurgic and occult, and to write about the mysteries of magic with a simplicity of faith which we may wonder at, but are bound to respect."