File 1 - Spiritualist manuscript : Mr. and Mrs. Pagesmith and circle.

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Spiritualist manuscript : Mr. and Mrs. Pagesmith and circle.

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1 photograph : sepia ; 7 x 8 cm (diam.)

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A manuscript notebook that records the details of séances held by a group of individuals in Weston-super-Mare, England between April 16, 1924 and February 27, 1925. The handwritten entries in the notebook describe the manner in which a circle was opened to begin the séance, any images seen or sensed, whether or not a spirit appeared, all questions and answers made by sitters and spirits, and often include a general summation of the séance. An index featuring a list of topics raised during the séances and the name of the spirit who discussed the topic is available at the back of the notebook. Inserted between page 250 and 251 is a poem handwritten on a blue card dated February 17, 1945 and addressed to Dora written by J. & A.P. In addition, the notebook contains a photograph pasted onto the verso of the flyleaf. The photograph shows four men and eight women, possibly the members of the Spiritualist circle in Weston-super-Mare, England.

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Purchased in 2018.


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  • English

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The séances may have been led or hosted by Mr. and Mrs. Pagesmith, whose name is inscribed on the flyleaf of the notebook.

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Inscribed on flyleaf, recto, centre: Mr & Mrs Pagesmith. / "Avoca." / Ashcombe Park Rd. / Weston-super-Mare.

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An exercise book with beige canvas binding and pages with faintly printed blue lines.

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Described by NM in June 2019.

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  • English

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