Punch,  41 (1861), 192.

Samuel the Saint-Seer



News-Commentary, Drollery


Light, Physiology, Mesmerism, Spiritualism

    Discusses remarks on vision made by the Bishop of Oxford, Samuel Wilberforce, at a 'county blind-school' in York. Questions the bishop's claim that most people can see 'the radiance and glory which mantled around the features of the Holy Saints'. Supposes that Wilberforce must be 'a seer of saints' and, supposing that the 'phosphorescence' of saints may be the 'Odic or Odylic Light' which only Karl L Reichenbach's 'sensitives' could perceive, adds that the bishop might also be a 'sensitive' and can only see saints in the dark.

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