Now look you, sir. Let you strike out against the Devil, and the village will bless you for it! Come down, speak to them—pray with them. They're thirsting for your word, Mister! Surely you’ll pray with them.
"I'll lead them in a psalm, but let you say nothing of witchcraft yet. I will not discuss it. The cause is yet unknown. I have had enough contention since I came; I want no more."
Thomas Putnam is one of the wealthiest people in Salem, and since his brother in law was not given special treatment to be minister, he allies himself with Parris to take advantage of his social standing.
Quotes from "The Crucible" (842) Thomas Putnam tells Parris to take control and show who is in charge. Parris agrees, but still wants to be careful. He recognizes how this can get out of hand. Parris is also influenced by Putnam’s wealth.