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What does "Ministry of Angels" refer to in "The History of Spiritualism"?

Arthur Conan Doyle was the foremost defender of spiritualism during his lifetime. He saw séances as a way to provide both comfort and guidance: comfort to the survivors, as they could communicate with ...
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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"?

Boucicault’s letter says: The next part of the séance was performed in the dark and it is clear from the way the letter is phrased that during this performance the spectators were unable to see the ...
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"Last summer's manifestations" here refers to which "manifestations and incidents"?

The phrase "last summer's manifestations" refers to the manifestations (i.e. becoming visible), according to witnesses, of the spirit called Katie King. Apparently, a woman named Eliza White ...
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Does "coming and going on their own accord" refer to "ectoplasmic forms"? What does "will to do" mean?

"coming and going as they were willed to do" means that the ectoplasmic forms came and went however the "strong-willed sitter" mentally told them to. "To will someone to do ...
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Meaning of "the plaster stripping off the walls"

It's not rhetorical or metaphorical, but rather a description of what is. Do a search for "1930's plaster walls". In the later 19th and early 20th Centuries, in America (and I'm not sure ...
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Meaning of "Upon one other interest I have not yet touched—to me the weightiest and farthest—reaching of all"

The Wikipedia article about William Crookes points out that he was named president of the British Association for the Advancement of Science in 1898. His presidential address was his first speech to ...
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The words "latter" and "former" refer to which statements here?

The “former statement” is: Davenport admitted that his results were normally effected [that is, they were tricks, not genuine spiritual phenomena] And the “latter statement” is: the instruments ...
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