Punch,  24 (1853), 147.

Free-Trade in Fortune-Telling

Raphael Zadkiel


Letter, Spoof


Astrology, Lecturing, Spiritualism, Mesmerism, Class, Commerce

    Announcing himself as an astrologer, explains how he has to advertise himself as an 'Astronomical Lecturer' in order to avoid prosecution, and asks why the 'Clairvoyante' Mrs Gerald Massey and the mesmerist Adolphe Didier can 'make their guineas out of the faith of the aristocracy', but he is prevented from making money out of his 'humbler public'. Asks why, in the times of 'Free Trade', 'Spirit Rappers' unlike himself can 'go on without molestation'.

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