Punch,  26 (1854), 125–26.

The Clairvoyance of Nicholas



Letter, Spoof


Mental Illness, Religion, Supernaturalism, Mesmerism, Politics, Medical Treatment

    Claims that Emperor Nicholas I appears to be suffering from 'mental derangement' and shows the 'supernatural' faculty of interlacing his homilies with passages from scripture (125). Suggests that the best cure would be for George H Gordon (4th Earl of Aberdeen) to mesmerise him at a distance and points out that the use of metals (swords) in the treatment of the patient failed because it was done indirectly.

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