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vol. 2, p. 5
from Adyar archives of the International Theosophical Society
vol. 2 (January 1874 - April 1878)


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Spiritualism in France

In the February number of the Revue Spirite of Paris Prince Emile de Wittgenstein gives a translation of a part of Madame Blavatsky’s letter published in the New York Graphic, in which she details her experience at the home of the Eddy brothers in Vermont. He assures the Editor of the Revue, of his having been acquainted with this lady and her husband, in the Caucasus, also of the authenticity of her signature, and of her understanding, and speaking many of the dialects of the country, also assures him of the naturalness of the description of the different spirits recognized by her, at the seances of the brothers Eddy.

Disorganization Among American Spiritualists

In America the Spiritual movement is at the present time in a disturbed, unhappy state, partly in consequence of two notorious mediums, who were condemned as unreliable in England, having successfully imposed upon some honorable people, and partly in Consequence of some, attacks made upon Spiritualism by a Dr. Beard, of New York to whose utterances the daily papers there have given wide publicity. Orators from the United States, who have visited this country, have told us of eleven millions of Spiritualists who form one third of the total population of their native land, consequently, in the middle of the present depression, it is natural to ask what those alleged eleven millions of believers are doing to ward off the attacks of the enemy. Surely there is no lack of strength , for one-third of the population, by all voting together in opposition to the divided votes of the remaining two-thirds, could take the entire government of the nation into their hands, and command nearly every seat in the Congress, at Washington. Madame Blavatsky, a most energetic Russian lady, now in the United States, has been fighting Dr. Beard most vigorously, and has certainly come off best from the encounter but in an article in the Spiritual Scientist she piteously asks where all the millions of the American Spiritualists are, and why they are doing nothing in the middle of the present c...In Boston, the headquarters of the Spiritualists o... United States, there are internal divisions, and peo... education and culture, have not banded together in... a way as to be able to give public expression t... views ; consequently in Boston, and, indeed throug... the States, the uneducated portion of our body is that whose utterances are attracting the greatest share of public attention, and this is certainly not to the advantage of the movement. Mr. R. Cooper who is now in Boston, says that there is a great falling off in the attendance at Spiritualistic Sunday meetings in that town ; although a much smaller hall is now used than formerly, it is not half filled. He adds : “The more respectable, well-to-do Spiritualists hold aloof altogether, preferring not to identify themselves with the movement in its present transitional state.” Thus it will be seen that in consequence of the most intelligent people keeping aloof, and the most uneducated being split up into small societies having no influence. Spiritualism in America, is at present a rope of sand, so far as united action and power to resist attacks from outside are concerned. The championship of the interests of the cause in times of difficulty thus falls upon two or three heroic individuals, and a lady has been obliged single-handed, to do work which it was the duty of the whole movement to undertake. In England, the banding together of educated and non-quarrelsome Spiritualists has proved eminently successful ; it has given a strength to the move-<... continues on page 2-6 >

Editor's notes

  1. Spiritualism in France by unknown author, Spiritual Scientist
  2. Disorganization Among American Spiritualists by unknown author, London Spiritualist