FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30th, 1859
Reading of the minutes of the September 23rd session.
Introduction of Mr. S…, businessman, Knight of the Legion of
Honor, as a regular member. Postponement of his admission to the next
1st – reading of a spontaneous communication given to Mr. R… by
the spirit of Dr. Olivier. This communication is remarkable for two aspects:
the moral betterment of the spirit that even more recognizes the
mistake of his worldly opinions and now understands his position; and in
second place, the fact that his next reincarnation, whose effects he starts
to feel through some perturbation, confirming the theory given about
the occurrence of such phenomenon, and the phase which precedes the
reincarnation as such. That perturbation, consequence of the fluidic link
which begins to be established between the spirit and the body which
must be animated by him, that perturbation makes the communication
more difficult than in the state of complete freedom of the spirit. The
medium writes more slowly, feeling his hand heavy. The spirits ideas are ess clear. The perturbation, which gradually increases from conception to
birth, is completed as the latter phase approaches, and does not dissipate
but gradually, sometime later. It will be published with the other communications
of the same spirit.
2nd – Story about the physical manifestation occurring lately in Paris,
in a house of the Saint Germain neighborhood, reported by Mr. A… A
piano was heard for several consecutive days, without anybody playing it.
All precautions were taken to ensure that the fact was not produced by
any accidental cause. Once questioned, a priest thought that it could be a
lost soul claiming assistance and willing to communicate.
3rd – Assassination committed by a seven and a half year old boy,
with premeditation and all aggravating circumstances. It was reported
by several newspapers, demonstrating that the murderer instinct in
that boy could not have been developed by education or his environment,
not been able to be explained but by a state prior to the current
The spirit of St. Louis was questioned about it, indicating that the
spirit of the boy is close to the beginning of the human phase. He has no
more than two incarnations on Earth. Before his latest incarnation he
belonged to the most native maritime tribes. He wanted to be born in a
more advanced world, in the hopes of progress.
When asked if education could change such a nature, St. Louis responded:
“It is difficult, but possible. It would be necessary to take great
precautions; surround him by good influences; develop his reason, but I
am afraid the opposite happens.”
4th – Reading of the works of a young lady that begins to work as
a mechanical medium. The verses were not inedited but authored by a
poet who died a few years back. The level of education of the medium
that wrote a large number of poems of that kind does not allow for the
supposition that it is a product of her memory. Hence the conclusion was
that the spirit brought his own productions, which were strange to the
Several similar facts demonstrate that it is possible, among others the
medium from the Society to whom a spirit dictated a passage written by
Mr. Allan Kardec who had not yet shown it to anybody.
1st – Evocation of the black man who served as food to his companions
in the shipwreck of the Le Constant.
2nd – Several questions and moral problems addressed to St. Louis
about the preceding fact. A discuss was established about it among several
members of the Society.
3rd – Three spontaneous communications were simultaneously obtained,
by three different mediums: the first by Mr. R…, signed by St.
Vincent de Paul; the second, by Mr. Ch…, signed by Privat d’Anglemont;
the third, by Ms. H…, signed by Charles IX.
4th – Several questions addressed to Charles IX. He promises to write
the story of his kingdom, following the example of Louis XI.
(These multiple communications are published).
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7th, 1859
Reading of the minutes of the works of the September 30th session.
Introductions and admissions:
Ms. S… and Mr. Conde de R…, navy officer, introduced as candidates to
the title of regular members.
Admission of the five candidates introduced on the September 23rd
session and Ms. S…
Mr. President observed, with respect to the new introduced members,
that it is very important to the Society to be assured of their dispositions.
It is not enough, he says, that they are adepts of Spiritism in general. It
is necessary that they agree with Spiritism’s viewpoint. The homogeneity
of principles is a condition without which any Society could not persist.
Therefore it is necessary to know the candidate’s opinion so that elements of idle discussions are not allowed, which would lead to waste of time and
degenerating into possible dissentions.
In no way the Society aims at an indefinite number of members.
Before anything the Society aims at carrying out its duties with calm and
reverence. That is why it must avoid any cause of perturbation.
Since its objective is the study of the Science, it is evident that everyone
is perfectly free to discuss the controversial points, issuing their
personal opinion. Another thing, however, is to give advice and arrive
with systematic and preconceived ideas, in opposition to the fundamental
We gather for the study and observation and not to transform our
sessions into an arena of controversies. As a matter of fact, with respect to
these points we must refer to the advices we were given on several occasions
by the spirits who assist us and incessantly recommend union as the
essential condition for us to reach the proposed objective and obtain their
support. “Union is strength”, they say. Be united and you will be strong.
Otherwise you take the risk of attracting frivolous spirits who will deceive
you.” That is why it is never too much the attention given to the persons
introduced in our environment.
Designation of three new commissaries for the three next general
1st – Mr. Tug transmits a note about a curious fact told by Mrs. Ida
Pfeiffer in the report of her trip to Java.
2nd – Mr. Pêch… reports a personal case of spontaneous communication
with the spirit of a washwoman who had the worst character. Her
feelings did not change as a spirit as she continues to show a truly cynical
evilness. However, the wise advices of the medium seem to exert a beneficial
influence on her for her ideas change noticeably.
3rd – Mr. R… presents a piece of paper in which he received direct
writing, spontaneously produced at night in his house, after having unsuccessfully
asked for it during the day. As a matter of fact the paper contains
only two words: God, Fénelon.
1st – Evocation of Mrs. Ida Pfeiffer, celebrated traveler.
2nd – The three blinds, parable of St. Luke, given in a spontaneous
3rd – Mr. L. G… writes from St. Petersburg saying that he is an intuitive
medium and requesting the Society to obtain from a superior spirit
some advices about him, in order to clarify him with respect to the nature
and scope of his faculty, so that he can be guided by them. A spirit, spontaneously
and without any previous questions, gives the advices that will
be transmitted to Mr. G…
Mr. President informs that on request of several members who live far
away, the sessions will from now on start at 8 o’clock, so that they can be
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14th 1859
Reading of the minutes of the October 7th Session.
Mr. A…, book seller, and Mr. de la R…, owner, are introduced as regular
members. Admission postponed to the next session.
Mr. J…, income tax auditor from the Department Alto Reno, is introduced
and admitted as a corresponding member.
1st – Mr. Col… discloses an excerpt from the book entitled “Ciel et
Terre”, by Mr. Jean Raynaud, in which the author issues ideas entirely in
agreement with Spiritism and with what has recently said by a spirit about
the future of France.
2nd – Count R… informs about a spontaneous communication from
Savonarola, a Dominican monk, obtained in a private session. The communication
is remarkable because that person, although unknown to the
audience, had precisely indicated the time of his death in 1498, his age
and tortures. The evocation of that spirit was considered to be instructive.
3rd – Explanation given by a spirit to Mr. P… about the role of the mediums;
Mr. P… is a former Rector of the Academy and also medium. To
communicate with each other the spirits do not need the word. Thought
is enough to them. When willing to communicate with people they must
translate their thoughts through human symbols, that is, in words. They
take these words from the medium’s vocabulary that they somehow use as
a dictionary. That is why it is easier for the spirit to communicate in the
language familiar to the medium, even being able to do it in a language
unknown to the medium. However, the work would be harder, and that
is why it is avoided when not needed.
4th – A fact reported by the same spirit who watches his own funeral
and, for not considering himself dead, did not think that the funeral
was related to him. He said: It was not me who died. Later, when he saw
his relatives, he added: I start to believe that you might be right and it is
well possible that I no longer belong to this world, but I am indifferent
5th – Mr. S… reports a remarkable fact of warning from beyond the
grave, reported by the La Patrie on December 16th, 1858.
6th – Letter from Mr. Bl…de La… who, taking into account what
he read in the Review about the phenomenon of separation of the soul
during the sleep, asks if the Society could kindly evoke him one day,
together with his daughter who died two years ago, so that he could
establish with her, as a spirit, a conversation which he could not have
yet as a medium.
1st – Evocation of Savonarola, proposed by Count de R…
2nd – Two spontaneous communications, obtained simultaneously,
from Mr. Bl… de La… (living) and his deceased daughter, who died two
years ago. This is a conversation between father and daughter.
3rd – Two spontaneous communications obtained simultaneously,
first from St. Louis, by Mr. L…, and the second from Ms. Clary, by her
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21st, 1859
Reading of the minutes of the October 14th session.
Introductions and admissions:
Mr. Lem…, a businessman, and Mr. Pâq…, doctor in law, were introduced
as regular members. Ms. H… was introduced as honorary member
for her contribution to the Society as a medium, promising to give even
more in the future.
Admission of the two candidates introduced on the October 14th session
and Ms. H…
Mr. S… proposed that in the future those willing to take part into
the Society request that in writing and that a copy of the regulations be
sent to them.
Reading of a letter from Mr. Th…, who makes a similar proposal,
motivated by the need of only admission of persons already initiated in
the objective of its works and who profess the same principles. He thinks
that a written request with the signature of two referees is a greater assurance
about the serious intention of the candidates than a simple verbal
The proposal was unanimously adopted, under the following terms:
Every person who wishes to join the Parisian Society of Spiritist
Studies must make a written request to the President. Such request
must be signed by two referees and report: 1st – that the candidate is
aware of the regulations and is committed to abide by them; 2nd – the
books about Spiritism which were read and the adhesion to the principles
of the Society which are those of The Spirits’ Book.
Mr. President points out the inadequate behavior of two attendees
admitted to the last general session, which bothered their neighbors tranquility
by their conversation and improper words. With that respect he reminds the articles of the regulations regarding observers, and again invites
the members of the Society to an excessive reservation with people’s
choices to whom admission cards are given, and particularly to absolutely
avoid giving those cards to persons who are attracted by simple curiosity
and also to those who, not having any previous knowledge of Spiritism,
are incapable of understanding what is done at the Society. The sessions
of the Society are not a spectacle. They must be attended with reverence.
Those who only seek distractions must not come to find it in a serious
Mr. Th… proposes the nomination of a commission of two members,
to be in charge of examining the matter of entry given to strange
persons and also propose the necessary measures so as to avoid the repletion
of abuse. Mr. Th… and Mr. Col… were designated to form that
1st – Moral problems and several questions addressed to St. Louis
2nd – Mr. R… proposes the evocation of his father, from considerations
of general utility and not private, presuming that some teaching
may result from that.
St. Louis was interrogated about the possibility of such evocation,
responding: “You can perfectly do that. However, I would observe, my
friends, that such evocation would require a great tranquility of spirit.
You have discussed administrative businesses at length tonight. I
find it adequate to postpone it to another session since it can be very
3rd – Mr. Leid… proposes the evocation of one of his friends who
was a priest. Once questioned about it St. Louis says: “No because time is
short, to begin with. Second, as a spiritual president of the Society, I don’t
see any motive of instruction in such evocation. It would be preferable to
make that evocation in private.”
Mr. S… requests that the title Spiritual President be mentioned in the
minutes, which St. Louis gladly accepted.
(FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28th, 1859)
Reading of the minutes from the October 21st session.
Introduction of five new candidates to become regular members, as
follows: Mr. N…, businessman from Paris; Mrs. Emilie N…, wife of the
preceding; Mrs. G…, widow from Paris; Ms. de P…, from Stockholm;
Ms. L… from Stockholm.
Reading of the articles of the regulations about the observers and
some news for the instruction of those persons strange to the Society, so
that they may make no mistake with respect to the objective of the works.
1st – Reading of an article by Mr. Oscar Comettant about the world
of the spirits, published in Le Siècle on October 27th. Refusal of certain
passages of the article.
2nd – Reading of an article from a new newspaper entitled Girouette,
published in Saint Etienne. The article was written with benevolence towards
3rd – Offer of four poems by Mr. de Porry from Marselle, author of
Uranie, from which some fragments were read. These are: La Captive
Chrétienne, Les Bohémiens, Poltawa and Le Prisonnier de Caucase. Thanks
will be sent to Mr. de Porry. The works will be stored in the Society’s library.
4th – Reading of a letter from Mr. Det…, regular member, containing
several observations about the role of the mediums, referring to the
theory exposed during session of October 14th, about which the spirit
would take his words from the medium’s vocabulary. He combats such
theory, at least from an absolute standpoint, due to facts which contradict
it. He requests that the issue be carefully examined. It will be
included in the minutes.
5th – Reading of an article from Revue Française, from April 1858,
page 416, in which a conversation of Beranger is reported, indicating that
his opinions when alive were favorable to the spiritist ideas.
6th – Mr. President transmit Mrs. B… farewell to the Society, a regular
member who left to Havana.
1st – Proposal to evoke Mrs. Br… who has left to Havana and is sailing,
so that we can obtain news.
St. Louis was enquired about it, responding: Her spirit is very worried
tonight for the winds blow violently (this happened during the storms reported
by the newspapers) and the instinct of conservation takes over her
thoughts. At this point the danger is not great, but couldn’t that become
great? Only God knows.
2nd – Evocation of Mr. R… father, proposed on the October 21st session.
As a result of this evocation it turned out that a horse rider from
R…, his uncle, from whom nobody heard for fifty years, was not dead.
He was living in an island, in the Meridian Oceania, where he had grown
accustomed to the native customs and cultures. Because of this, he could
not have sent news. It will be published.
3rd – Evocation of the King of Kanala, New Caledonia, deceased on
May 24th, 1858. The evocation reveals that he is a spirit of relative superiority,
presenting a remarkable characteristic of great difficulty in writing,
despite the medium’s aptitude. He informs that his writing will improve
with habit, which is confirmed by St. Louis.
4th – Evocation of Mercure Jean, adventurer, who appeared in Lyon
in 1478 and was introduced to Louis XI. He offers clarification regarding
the supernatural faculties that he supposedly had, giving curious indications
about the world in which he lives now. It will be published.
(FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4th, 1859)
Reading of the minutes from the October 28th session.
Admission of seven candidates introduced in the last two sessions.
Project presented by the commission in charge of studying the measures
to be adopted for the admission of observers.
After a discussion involving several members, it was decided that the
proposition be postponed and that the items of the regulations be temporarily
obeyed. The members are invited to a rigorous obedience to the
items that regulate the admission of observers and to absolutely abstain
from giving admission cards to persons who are only curious and have no
previous knowledge of the Spiritist Science.
The Society then adopts the following two measures:
1st – The observers will not be admitted to the sessions after 8:15 pm.
The admission cards will state that.
2nd – Annually, at the beginning of the social year, the honorary members
will be submitted to a new admission vote, so as to eliminate those
who no longer show the required conditions, and that the Society decides
that they should not be maintained.
The Society Treasurer presents the bi-annual balance from April 1st to
October 1st, as well as the demonstration of expenses. From the balance
it is observed that the Society has sufficient funds to face its needs. The
Society approves the balance and issues its favorable assessment.
Letter from Mr. Bl…de La… responding to our own letter about the
evocation of his daughter and his own. It attests a fact that confirms one
of the circumstances of the evocation.
Letter from Mr. Dumas, from Setif, Algeria, regular member, sending
to the Society a certain number of communications that he had received.
1st – Mr. P… and Mr. de R… call the attention to a new version about
the shipwreck of the Le Constant, published in the Le Siècle. It shows that
the black man killed to be eaten had not voluntarily offered for that to
happen, as shown in the first report. Thus, there would be a contradiction
with the words of the spirit of the black man. Mr. Col… sees no contradiction
since the merit attributed to the man was confirmed by St. Louis
and the man did not even take advantage of this.
2nd – Examination of a question proposed by Mr. Les…, about the
surprise of the spirits after death. He thinks that since the spirit has already lived the condition of spirit, he should not be surprised. He is
answered that the surprise is only temporary; which depends on the state
of perturbation that follows death and ceases as the spirit detaches from
matter, recovering the faculties of spirit.
3rd – Question about the lucid somnambulists, who confuse the spirits
with the corporeal beings. The fact is confirmed and explained by St. Louis.
4th – Evocation of Urbain Grandier. As the answers are too laconic
because of the medium’s lack of experience, the spirit said that he would
be more explicit through another interpreter. For that reason the evocation
was transferred to another session.
(FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11th, 1859)
Reading of the minutes from the November 4th session.
Introduction of Mr. Pierre D…, sculptor from Paris, as a regular
1st – Letter from Mr. de T…, containing very interesting facts about
visual and oral manifestations which confirm the state of certain spirits
who doubt their deaths. One of the referred cases offers the particularity
that the spirit was still under the illusion three months after his death.
This description will be published.
2nd – Facts of remarkable precision indicated by Mr. Van Br… from
The Hague, of personal character. He had never heard about the spirits
and their communication when, by chance and unexpectedly, he was led
to a spiritist session in Dordrecht. The communications obtained in his
presence were so much surprising to him as he was a stranger to that town
and unknown to the members of the meeting.
He was told about his person, his position and his family, and several
particularities that he was the only one to know about.
Having evoked his mother and asked, as proof of identity, if she had
had many children, she answered: “Don’t you know, my son, that I had eleven children?” And the spirit designated them all by their first names
and date of birth.
Since then this gentleman is a strong expert and his daughter, a fourteenyear-old
young lady, became a good medium, but her mediumship presents
bizarre features. On most occasions she writes backwards, so that it is necessary
to place the paper before a mirror in order to read what she writes. Many
times, also, the table on which she writes inclines, like a drawing board, remaining
in that position, balanced and without support, until she finishes.
Mr. Van Br… reports another remarkable fact of precision from a
spirit that communicates spontaneously with him, by the name of Dirkse
Lammers, who had hanged himself at the very place where he gave communications,
under circumstances whose accuracy were confirmed.
This fact will be reported as well as the evocation that followed.
1st – Examination of a question made by Mr. Det… about the source
from which the spirits get their vocabulary.
2nd – Question about the obsession of certain mediums.
3rd – Evocation of Michel Francois, the blacksmith who made a revelation
to Louis XIV.
4th – Evocation of Dirkse Lammers, whose story was told before.
5th – Three spontaneous communications were obtained simultaneously.
The first by Mr. R…, signed by Lamennais; the second by Mr.
D…: The boy and the creek, a parable signed by St. Basil; the third one
by Ms. L. J…, signed by Origen.
6th – Ms. J…, drawing medium, spontaneously draw an admirable set
of pictures, signed by the spirit of Lebrun.
All questions and communications above will be published.
(FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18th, 1859)
Reading of the minutes from the November 11th session.
Admission of Mr. Pierre D…, introduced in the last session.
1st – Reading of a spontaneous communication obtained by Mr. P…,
member of the Society, dictated by the spirit of his daughter.
2nd – Details about Ms. Désiré Godu, from Hennebont, Morbihan,
endowed by a remarkable mediumistic faculty. She went through all
phases of mediumship. In the beginning she had the most extraordinary
physical manifestations; she then became successively hearing, speaking,
clairvoyant and writing medium. Today all her faculties are concentrated
on the healing of illnesses that she treats following the spirits’ advices. She
realizes cures that would be considered miracle in former times.
The spirits announce that her faculty will develop even further. She
starts to see the internal diseases through her second vision, without the
We will give more information about this notable subject in due
1st – Question about Ms. Godu’s faculty.
2nd – Evocation of Lamettrie.
3rd – Four communications obtained simultaneously, first by Mr.
R…, signed by St. Vincent de Paul; second by Sr. Col…, signed by Plato;
third by Mr. D… son, signed by Lamennais; the fourth one by Ms. H…,
signed by Margaret, called Queen Margot.
(FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25th, 1859)
Reading of the minutes from the November 18th session.
Dr. Morhery gives the Society a brochure entitled Système pratique
d’organisation agricole. Although such publication is about a subject
strange to the works of the Society, it will be taken to the library and
acknowledgements sent to the author.
Letter from Mr. T…, complementing information about visions and
apparitions reported by him in the session of November 11th.
Letter from Count de R…, regular member, absent due to a health
issue, offering to be at the Society’s service so that the Society may carry
out all experiments with him considered adequate, regarding the evocation
of living persons.
1st – Evocation of Jardin, deceased in Nevers, who had kept the remains
of his wife in a praying stool. It will be published.
3rd – Evocation of Count de R36… This evocation has a remarkable
importance by the extension of the given developments, with a perfect
precisions and clarity of ideas, casting a great light onto the state of the
spirit separated from the body, resolving numerous psychological problems.
It will be published in the January 1860 issue of the Review.
4th – Four communications obtained spontaneously, as: first, from
a suffering soul, by Ms. B…; second, from the Spirit of Truth, by Mr.
R…; the third from Paul, the apostle, by Mr. Col… This communication
is signed in Greek. The fourth by Mr. D… son, signed by Charlet, the
painter, announcing a series of communications that form a whole.