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The Davenport Brothers, The World Renowned Spiritual Mediums: Their Biography, and Adventures in Europe and America

by Randolph, Paschal Beverly

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Mr. Deveney writes: The Davenport Brothers, The World Renowned Spiritual Mediums: Their Biography, and Adventures in Europe and America. Anonymous. Copyright 1869 by Ira Davenport, Sen. Boston: Wm. White & Co., 1869. This is a straightforward spiritualistic biography of the phenomena-producing brothers whom Randolph had known since the mid-1850s. It is difficult to decide why he wrote the book. He was working on the book in July 1864, before his departure for New Orleans, but for unknown reasons did not complete it until 1869, and then it was issued anonymously and the brothers' father retained the copyright. Perhaps Randolph undertook the book simply as a way of earning a living, or perhaps by the time it was finished he believed the brothers were "deliberate impostors"—a position he certainly came to hold. Master Passion (44—45). The book manages to include a fair amount of material on Randolph's ideas, and it adds (189—95) a long reminiscence called "Extracts from Paper Found in a Bottle Floating in the Sea, A.D. 3869," which points up the foibles of the world from the point of view of the future. The same piece with minor changes appears in Soul! The Soul World (122—37).

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English

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Spiritism, Spiritualism

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