Proposed Magnetic Expedition to the North Pole
Mesmerism, Exploration, Heroism, Politics
Discusses Adolphe Didier's proposal, sent to the Morning Post, to locate the ill-fated explorer John Franklin using 'a Clairvoyant possessing a high degree of magnetic lucidity'. Agrees on the overwhelming importance of such a discovery. Explains how Didier's mesmeric rapport with Franklin would depend on him possessing a personal item of the explorer, but cites a case of a clairvoyant managed by Joseph W Haddock who allegedly found Franklin. Informs Didier that he should try his experiment on the statesman Henry P Brougham (1st Baron Brougham and Vaux) before trying to raise money for his venture.
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