Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Was Josiah Warren a spiritualist?

We know that there were plenty of spiritualists in Josiah Warren's circle—including his wife, Stephen Pearl Andrews and his wife Esther, Ezra and Angela Heywood, and Mary and Thomas Nichols—we have the claim of Clarence L. Swartz that "not only in his later life, but almost from the beginning of modern Spiritualism, Warren was a believer in it." But there's been a real lack of testimony from Warren himself on the subject, at least in the sources I've been able to dig up. But I may have finally found an article by Warren addressing the question of "spiritual rappings" and "manifestations." Have a look, and judge for yourself.

3 comments:

Groundwalker said...

"-including his wife, Stephen Pearl Andrews and his wife, Ezra and Angela Heywood-"

Typo?

Shawn P. Wilbur said...

No, but certainly an awkward sentence, which I have revised.

Groundwalker said...

Damnit, I cannot believe I did not see that the first time I looked at it. I read it over four times as saying that Stephen Peal Andrews, Ezra Heywood and Angela Heywood etc were all wives of Warren without the meaning that actually makes sense occurring to me.