Now She Was Sure She Should be Damned

During the early years of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, the following event occurred.  There was a woman who lived in Boston who was a Calvinist, and consequently worried every day whether or not she was among the Elect, and destined for Heaven or Hell.  Her despair grew so great, that she sought an answer to her question at any cost.

She took her infant child to a well, and threw the child in.  She then returned home and said that now she was sure she should be damned, because she had just drowned her own child, and by this action, she removed her doubt about her final destination.

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