Punch,  44 (1863), 89.

Spiritualists Raising the Wind



News-Commentary, Drollery


Spiritualism, Religion, Patronage, Commerce, Crime

    Discusses a circular published by the Nottingham Spiritual Circle requesting clergymen and aristocrats to contribute to a fund for publishing 'an entire new Bible' which they seek to produce following the command of 'Divine Revelation' received by a medium, John G H Brown. Castigating members of the Nottingham Spiritual Circle as fools and rogues, considers their impudence to be 'so marvellous as even to lend a certain plausibility to the pretence of Spiritualism', and that the poor grammar of the circular may illustrate the corrupting influence of evil spirits on 'good English'. Condemns the attempt by Brown to raise money for the so-called 'Message of God' as 'effrontery and idiotcy', and the spiritualist circle to which he belongs as a criminal 'Gang'.

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