Punch,  47 (1864), 206.

Knotty Points in Spiritualism



Letter, Spoof


Spiritualism, Morality, Industry

    The writer of this letter introduces herself as 'an old woman living far away from the Metropolis', and proceeds to discuss the activities of William H H Davenport and Ira E Davenport, 'wild young men' who 'repudiate all human ties, excepting, of course, those of a purely moral nature'. Complains about the poor security of parcels and reports that her 'carrier' explained how 'Sperets took to undoing of knots' binding the goods. Likens the 'volatile spirits' to mushrooms in that they 'spring up at night', Noting that the Davenport brothers have been enrolled by 'Spectacle-Makers' and 'Cordwinders', believes 'something should be done to relieve the poor distressed Spirits who perform all the knotty work' and to find them 'more creditable employment'.

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