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Nicholl at the house of a mutual friend, and am quite sure that neither that lady nor any of her friends would, if they knew it, encourage any dishonest practice whatever; but I and others have for some time past felt a doubt' as to whether the spirits come honestly by the flowers, fruits, perfumes, &c., which they have so liberally and marvellously bestowed on various occasions.' I take it for granted that the various articles presented at these séances have not been created by the spirits for the occasion, but have been taken from private human stores, and could not therefore belong of right to any being of the spirit-world. If I am correct in this view of the case, I am forced to the conclusion that the spirits are dishonest spirits, amusing themselves and us unguarded mortals at the expense of others, beside incurring the danger of getting innocent guardians of such property into serious trouble for petty pilfering.
If we desire to act in accordance with the will of God, and to be Christians in heart and practice, and at the same time follow out these wonderful manifestations with an honest desire to elicit truth, and that only, I would ask are we right in encouraging manifestations which bear even the shadow of untruth or dishonesty in the face of them ? Should we not rather endeavour to direct this wonderful power and influence towards communion with such pure spirits as could and would influence our hearts and minds to live a pure and Christian life? I think we should, and in so doing would more surely derive comfort, consolation, and hope in the contemplation of our future state, which I incline to think these marvellous indications are intended to afford us.
NEW WORKS BY T. L. HARRIS.
To the Editor of the “Spiritual Magazine." SIR, — The reviewer of these works in the January number of the Spiritual Magazine, does not appear to me to have treated Mr. Harris, in many respects, with fairness; nor does it prove, to the satisfaction of the unprejudiced, that which I gather he aims at proving, namely that the author of the Arcana of Christianity is a mere self-sufficient visionary. First then, it is stated that Mr. Harris has believed since 1861 that all the spirits who dictated his precious poems are "devils and impostors; " and, continues his critic, "yet he suffers the sale of these books complacently to go on in order to reap the benefit of such sale.” Now, sir, the writer is in a position to contradict this in toto, having in 1865 received a most kind letter from Mrs. Harris, accompanied by a present of one of the poems in question, the letter stating at the same time her regret that the other poems by her husband were out of print.". Then again, the reviewer states that the Songs of Satan are published in a volume alone. There, too, we think he will find he is mistaken, and that these not very admirable verses were inserted as examples only in the appendix to the first volume of the Arcana of Christianity. The reviewer then proceeds to accuse Mr. Harris of inconsistency, because, in spite of all he says of the spiritual state of England, and which the reviewer himself owns is quite true, he comes to England to get his books published; this reminds us of the “pious pastrycook” once advertized for, who was "converted and could make tarts.” In wicked England paper and labour are cheaper than in “spiritual America,” as unconverted pastry is sometimes superior to, and costs less than unleavened bread. Then fault is found with our author for saying the Brotherhood of the New Life will arise, &c., when, says the reviewer, " this society has been some years in existence." Yes, if half-adozen people constitute a society it has, but as it is yet infantile Mr. Harris is certainly justified in using the future tense.
So much for what is personal in the article. But the writer does not stop here, but proceeds to attack Mr. Harris's mission. He is "ambitious;" he desires to be the “founder of a sect," &c. This, we who know him, most implicitly deny, for never did a more humble Christian breathe, either externally or internally, than this wonld-be prophet, who, to use the reviewer's language, has received a superb commission” from no less an authority than the “ King of kings.” After an exposition of the critic's notions of what Harris
thinks of himself, he makes a most remarkable assertion. “That he (Harris) has seen all that he so authoritatively states, we do not for a moment question; but he has seen them as visions." And who doubts it? And did the reviewer actually imagine that Harris thought he had roamed bodily all about the planets, and passed in boots the golden courts of the three heavens? He then says that these visions, which he owns are “highly poetical and luxuriant in fancy,” are communicated by the very class of spirits who communicate in “séances." We can only say that were such séances held in London, we ourselves should be the constant attendants on them, as we think they would be rather more profitable to Spiritualism, than noisy manifestations and dark circles. In short, the arguments used against Harris, may be or rather have been used against the supernatural in every form, from our Lord and his apostles, down to Swedenborg and modern Spiritualism; and we confess we are surprised that a Spiritualist should thus argue. It would be more generous, it appears to us, had he rather said in the words of the excellent Fletcher, speaking of Swedenborg, that " his writings are a magnificent feast of many dainties, but he had not appetite for every dish." And we would add, in the words of, we believe, Coleridge, speaking of the same great seer—" What I do understand of these books so commends itself to my mind, that I would fain believe that that which passes my comprehension, is equally true and beautiful." Begging you to excuse so long a trespass on your space,
I am, Sir, respectfully yours, January 6, 1868.
M. J. H.
SEANCES AT THE COGMAN'S.
To the Editor of the “ Spiritual Magazine." Sır,—The following details from my note-book may not be without interest to your readers :
On the evening of December 2nd, I attended a séance at the residence of Mr. Cogman, 22, New Road, Commercial Road, E., when some striking manifestations were given through the mediumship of Miss Price, a young lady, some account of whose mediumship, I think has already appeared in the pages of the Spiritual Magazine. A small bell placed under the table was rung at the further end of the room; and amidst various knockings and blows, both on the table and behind the medium's chair, an ivrisible carpenter went to work with saw, plane, auger, and anallet, the sounds of these instruments when in use being exactly imitated.
I again attended on Wednesday evening, the 11th, when the manifestations partook of a test character, and were, if possible, still more remarkable, Descriptions were given of the deceased relatives of various members of the circle, identification, in most instances, being easily made. The portraiture presented to me answered in every respect to that of my father; and when I mentioned the fact, loud and continued knockings were heard proceeding from the table. So was it with others present. A lady had several relatives described and various incidents in their earth-life, that were given, were said to be correct. Then a spirit-child, with ringlet tresses, was spoken of as standing near its papa (one of the circle). The description was satisfactory so far; but the child had died, I think, at the age of four, and the name was required. The medium, however, could not give it, and turned her attention to other spirit attendants ; but in a few minutes, she said, the child holds in her hand a bouquet of gorgeous flowers, and in this bouquet, has formed the name “ Emily.” The gentleman addressed acknowledged, with surprise, that the name was correct-that it was, indeed, the name of his own child!
During the evening, a large heavy table -much too ponderous for me to lift entirely from the ground -was tossed about as if it had been a plaything, and the blows it received from beneath, given with surprising momentum, startled all present. By one or two of these it was raised from the floor, evenly ; it was also frequently elevated at one end and brought down with great force; and,
despite its weight, it was moved to and fro something like a weaver's shuttle. These manifestations of intelligence and power, proceeding from an uuseen source, call for consideration; and our scientific men especially would do well to give them full and fair investigation.
The Westminster Club,
December 24th, 1867. To the Editor of the “ Spiritual Magazine." ON "AN OCCASIONAL NOTE” IN THE PALL MALL GAZETTE.
From the Pall Mall Gazette of the 18th inst., under the heading of Occasional Notes, I quote the following:
“ Mrs. Murray, the Devonshire witch, having been brought up on remand, has been sentenced to three months' imprisonment with hard labour for having obtained from Thomas Rendle £4 108. for certain charms,' which, she asserted, would cure his wife, who is paralysed, but which failed to do so. Mrs, Rendle is now under treatment by another local witch, named Gribble, who has undertaken to cure her or to refund all payments. It is hard to see why a woman should be sentenced to imprisonment with hard labour for undertaking to do by charms' what quack doctors, homeopatbists, mesmersiers, and spirit rappers undertake every day to do—with equal want of success, with perfect impunity."
Ignorant and superstitious notions of charms, quack doctors and want of success jare evidently associated, in the mind of the writer of that note, with Homeopathy, Mesmerism, and Spiritualism. If that writer does not kuow that the discovery of the principle of homeopathy has led to any modification of medical routine; if he has had no experience in mesmerism, and if he is now in 1867 unaware that amongst the greatest and best of men in all countries, great numbers habitually practise some form of spiritual medium power, and of the influence that Spiritualism has had on the morals and literature of to-day, I beg very respectfully to call his attention to the subject. He will at all events discover that it is too late in the day to talk about its “ want of success."
I am Sir, your obedient servant,
SAM. R. CARNELL,
A CLERGYMAN, who encloses his card, sends the following:
To the Editor of the “ Spiritual Magazine." Sir,-Four years ago, I was staying in & Pension, at Montreux. Among the inmates at that time were two young collegians, brothers. During a boating party one afternoon, the elder brother laughingly remarked to a lady, “ If I were to fall into the water and be drowned, what a sensation I should make in the newspapers." The next morning, he and his brother set off for an excursion in the mountains early. About eight o'clock, a.m., the younger brother returned alone. The two, wishing to make a short cut, had imprudently ascended the side of a steep mountain torrent. All who have tried it, know how much easier it is to ascend than to descend; finding this out too late, they saw their only chance was to attain the summit if possible. This was all but accomplished, when the elder brother, who was leading, fell; the younger dashed at a branch of a tree, caught it, and drew himself up to the top, and looking down some hundred feet, saw his brother dead at the bottom. While we were sitting at breakfast, sorrowing over this melancholy affair, a lady came down rather later than the rest. We, of course, imparted to her the sad intelligence, She burst out laughing, declaring that she had only that minute met him in the passage; another lady present affirmed that she had dreamt
during the night that she saw this same young man about to ascend a steep place, and she had said to him, “ Do not go there, that mountain leads to a churchyard.” Spirits are about us, but they cannot or perhaps do not desire to ward off fate.
W. R. T.
AN INTERESTING EXPERIENCE.
To the Editor of the “ Spiritual Magazine."
SIR, - It may, perhaps, interest some of your readers to learn that a few months ago I went with my friends, Mr. and Mrs. to visit the Marshall's. Mrs. Marshall, my two friends, and myself sat at the table. My friend, Mr. undertook to conduct the séance, and asked to whom the spirit then present desired to communicate. The answer given through the alphabet (which I took charge of) was, himself. He then asked who it was that desired to speak with him, and we got in reply a by no means common Christian and
His wife immediately said, "Why that is the name of the young man who lived with us, and left to go to Australia." “Ask him," said she, " how long he has been in the spirit-world ?" A reply was given. Having myself been in Australia, I said, "Ask him where, or in what part of Australia he was when he left this earth ?" The reply given was " In the Bush." I would here observe, that any and every part of Australia not laid out or known as a town, or township, is called “The Bush.” My friend's wife, then said to her husband, “I have got something at home belonging to him, which even you do not know of, ask him what it is ?" The question was asked, and the reply given, “A letter.” My friend told her husband it was true, she would shew him the letter when they got home. “Now ask,” said she, “if we shall send and tell his mother ?" The reply was "No." He then asked, “Why not ?" The reply was " Too much for her.” Such manifestations need no comment.
Before we closed our séance I took a clean sheet of paper and made a private mark on it, having previously handed it to my friends for their inspection. I then placed it under the table, and in not more than two minutes after I took it from the floor and found there was some writing on it, but, strange to say, I could not read it, so I handed it to my friends for their inspection, when they easily read the words Elizabeth and Eliza written thereon. When I looked at the paper a second time I saw plainly enough the words Elizabeth and Eliza. While we were each asking the other the probable solution of the mystery before us, it suddenly occurred to me that I had two sisters in the spirit-world named respeotively Elizabeth and Eliza. Elizabeth entered the spirit-world when an infant, now more than fifty years ago, while Eliza grew up to womanhood, and was, at at the time she departed this life, a member of a Christian Church. I have the paper still in my possession.
I am thinking, Mr. Editor, if those small-minded persons who tell us that Spiritualism is the work of Satan were asked what motive they could attribute to his Satanic majesty in sending one of his emissaries to personate the spirit of a dear departed infant, what reply they could possibly give; for, they cannot, surely, be 80 small-minded as to believe that any intelligence, whether of earth, heaven, or hell, can act without a motive.
EDWD. E. MOFFLIN, Dec. 1867.
328, High-street, Poplar.
SPIRITUALISM AMONG THE ANTHROPOLOGISTS.
SPIRITUALISM penetrates into very unexpected quarters. Independent investigators into the phenomena of Nature and of human life following out their own several lines of researcheven when these relate to arts and sciences that seem most remote from it, ever and anon come in contact with some one or other of its varied phases; Spiritualism being in fact the centre of many converging lines. For example, who would have looked for any illustration of Spiritualism in the pages of The Builder. And yet, without at all travelling beyond its own proper province, the article quoted from it in our last number (and others might be given from its pages) opens out what to most readers we apprehend will be a new view in regard to Spiritualism as practised in one of the most celebrated nations of antiquity. And who could have anticipated that the Saul of Spiritualism would have found its way among the prophets of Anthropology? Yet so it is. Amid
and measurements of jawbones, and discussions on doliocephalic skulls, we have in the number for July and October, 1867, no less than three papers by as many writers, each from very different sides, dealing more or less with the facts of Spiritualism or with questions closely related to it. The first paper from which I shall give an illustration is entitled, Phenomena of the Higher Civilization traceable to a Rudimental Origin among Savage Tribes. By EDWARD B. Taylor, Esq., F.A.S.L., F.R.G.S. The paper, or at least that portion of it we are about to quote, might almost be taken for a reprint of a chapter from Mr. Brevior's Two