Englishwoman's Domestic Magazine, 6 (1857–58), 150–56.
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Magic, Spiritualism, Mesmerism, Gender
Notes that 'all divinations, false miracles, &c., were produced in olden times by the agency of clairvoyance, mesmerism, and natural magic', and adds that 'Women have been more addicted to these practices than men, probably because they are more governed by the imagination, or because their powers of persuasion were necessary for the successful termination of the various contrivances'. Adds that their ability to receive 'information without questioning authorities' and their enthusiasm for 'any undertaking in which their sympathies' were enlisted made them 'invaluable as the organs of the various temples'. (151)
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