Punch,  30 (1856), 226.

Spiritualism in the City of London



News-Commentary, Drollery


Spiritualism, Psychology, Government, Nutrition

    Discusses the possibility that the aldermen of London exert a 'daemonic influence' (a term that Punch attributes to Johann W von Goethe) over judges, 'to the augmentation of their gravity, composure of their feelings, [and] support of their minds'. Speculates on the nature of 'this extraordinary something [...] which, irrespectively of moral character and intellectual ability [...] some individuals appear to be endowed with'. Believes the influence derives from their consumption of cognac and other spirits which give them 'an atmosphere imbued with moral qualities'.

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