Questions tagged [the-history-of-spiritualism]

Questions about 'The History of Spiritualism', a collection of essays about spiritualism by Arthur Conan Doyle published in 1926. Use this tag with the tag [arthur-conan-doyle].

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“Last summer's manifestations” here refers to which “manifestations and incidents”?

"Last summer's manifestations" here refers to which "manifestations and incidents"? I believe they have been latterly playing us false, which may be only supplementing the genuine ...
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Does “coming and going on their own accord” refer to “ectoplasmic forms”? What does “will to do” mean?

In the following quote from Arthur Conan Doyle's History of Spiritualism, does "coming and going of their own accord" refer to "ectoplasmic forms"? What does "will to do" ...
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Meaning of “the plaster stripping off the walls”

does "the plaster stripping off the walls" mean "a wall with fallen chunks of plaster"? The rumours of the strange doings which occurred in the Eddy homestead had got abroad, and ...
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Meaning of “Upon one other interest I have not yet touched—to me the weightiest and farthest—reaching of all”

Arthur Conan Doyle's The History of Spiritualism contains the passage quoted below. In his presidential address before the British Association at Bristol in 1898, Sir William briefly referred to his ...
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The words “latter” and “former” refer to which statements here?

The following excerpt is taken from Arthur Conan Doyle's The History of Spiritualism. I don't understand which statement is referred to by "this latter statement" and which one is referred to by "the ...
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what “Ministry of Angels” refers to in volume I of The History of Spiritualism by Arthur Conan Doyle?

what "Ministry of Angels" refers to in volume I of The History of Spiritualism by Arthur Conan Doyle? Judge Edmonds was pointed at in the streets as a crazy Spiritualist. Wealthy merchants were ...
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How had Mr. Fay's coat left him while his hands were bound tightly in Arthur Conan Doyle's “The History of Spiritualism”?

In volume I of The History of Spiritualism, Arthur Conan Doyle quotes a letter from Dion Boucicault describing a performance by "the Davenport brothers and Mr W. Fay" on October 11, 1864. How had Mr. ...