We mentioned the story of Mary Dyer's still-born "monster" child from October of 1637 and the accusations against her and her midwife Anne Hutchinson in our overview of New England's witchcraft trials in issue #3.

This week's entry on the New England folklore blog mentions a description of the unfortunate child - from John Josselyn https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Josselyn , a British traveler to made several trips to New England and wrote at least two works of possible interest to Lovecraft Country Keepers - "New England's Rarities, discovered in Birds, Beasts, Fishes, Serpents, and Plants of that Country" (1671) and "An Account of the Voyages to New England" (1674), either of which might be a fun source in which to plan some scenario clues.

Here is a link to the first book, which includes notes on the medicinal uses of animals and plants (1672 edition) as well as illustrations; don't try these cures at home! - https://archive.org/stream/CAT86842775/cat86842775#page/n3/mode/2up

And here is a link to the later book (and a 1674 edition at that), directly to page 27 which includes Josselyn's description of the "monstrous" infant - https://archive.org/stream/accounttwovoyag00Joss#page/26/mode/2up

Peter Muise, author of the New England folklore blog does a fine job highlighting the critical details of Dyer's lost offspring and her eventual martyrdom in 1660, putting it into the historical context the religious strife that fueled so much of Boston's early history, and expressing an admirable degree of empathy for the poor still-born child who we be know as a demonic-looking monster (a description in no small part based on the authorities enmity to Dyer and Hutchinson).

(Keepers looking for inspiration might also look at H.P. Lovecraft's 'The Unnameable" as a piece of fiction very clearly inspired by the tradition of tales of monstrous births, including this case - http://hplovecraft.com/writings/texts/fiction/u.aspx

In the story Lovecraft specifically mentions Cotton Mather's "Magnalia Christi Americana" which also includes an account of Mary Dyer's "monstrous" infant: https://archive.org/stream/afk3754.0002.001.umich.edu#page/522/mode/2up )
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