The Spiritist Review - Journal of Psychological Studies - 1860

Allan Kardec

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Friday, December 2nd, 1859
(Private Session)

The minutes of the November 25th session were read.

Letters received from Mr. L. Benardacky, from St. Petersburg and from Ms. Elisa Johnson, from London, who request to be admitted as regular members of the Society.

MULTIPLE COMMUNICATIONS: Reading of two communications carried out by Mr. Bouche, former Rector of the Academy, a writing medium, given by the spirit of the Duchess of Longueville, with respect to her presence as a spirit in Port-Royal-desChamps. These two communications are remarkable by their elevation of thoughts. They demonstrate that certain spirits have pleasure in revisiting the places where they lived, feeling delighted by the memories. No doubt that the more dematerialized, the less they give importance to the worldly things, but some remain still connected to them for a long time after death, and it seems that they continue their work in this world, or at least they demonstrate certain interest by that.


1st – Evocation of Mr. Count Desbassyns de Richemont, deceased in June 1859, who professed the spiritist ideas for over ten years. The evocation confirms the influence of these ideas on the release of the spirit after death.

2nd – Evocation of Sister Martha, deceased in 1824.

3rd – Second evocation of Count R…C…, member of the Society, in bed due to an illness, followed by questions addressed to him about the momentary separation of the spirit from the body, during the sleep (published in this number).

Friday, December 9th, 1859
(General Session)

Reading of the minutes of the December 2nd session.

Mr. de la Roche reports remarkable communications that took place at a house in Castelnaudary. The facts are described in a note which precedes the report of the evocation, to be published.


1st – Evocation of the king of Kanala (New Caledonia), already evoked on October 28th, then writing with some difficulty, promising to practice and return to write in a more intelligible way. He gives curious explanations about the utilized mode of improvement (to be published with the first evocation).

2nd – Evocation of the spirit of Castelnaudary. He manifests through signs of intense wrath, incapable of writing anything. Seven or eight pencils are broken, violently thrown onto the audience; the medium’s arm is brutally shaken. St. Louis provides interesting explanations about the condition and the nature of this spirit that, he says, is of the worst kind and in one of the most unfortunate situations (to be published with all other communications about the subject).

3rd – Four spontaneous communications are simultaneously obtained: the first from St. Vincent de Paul, through Mr. Roze; the second, from Charlet, through Mr. Didier junior, which is a continuation of the work initiated by the same spirit; the third from Mélanchthon, through Mr. Colin; the fourth from a spirit who called himself Mikael, protector of children, by Mrs. Boyer.
Friday, December 16th, 1859
(Private Session)
Minutes of the previous session were read.


Mr. Benardacky from St. Petersburg and Ms. Elisa Johnson, from London, introduced on December 2nd, are admitted as regular members.

REQUESTS FOR ADMISSION: Mr. Forbes, from London, Engineering Officer, and Mrs. Forbes, from Florence, send us letters requesting to be admitted as regular members of the Society. Report and decision adjourned to the December 30th session.

Six officials are designated to split the works of the general sessions until April 1st, without the need of designating one per session. In addition they will have the task of indicating any infraction of the regulations by the audience, then ignoring the requirements of the Society, so that their sponsoring members may be warned.

As proposed by Mr. Allan Kardec, the Society decides that the Bulletin of the sessions will be published in a supplement of the Review from now on, so that its publication does not interfere with the regular matters of the journal. As a consequence of that addition, each number will receive an addition of about four pages, whose costs will be covered by the Society.

Mr. Leourd proposes that when there are five sessions in one month, the fifth session should be of private character, which was adopted. The same member further proposes that when a new member is admitted they should be officially introduced to the other members of the Society, so that they would not come as strangers, which was also approved.

Mr. Thiry observes that many suffering spirits request the help of prayers in order to mitigate their pain, but since we can lose track of them, he proposes that their names be remembered in each session (adopted).


1st – A letter received from Mr. Jobard, from Brussels, confirming in details the fact of the Java manifestations, described by Mrs. Pfeiffer and published in the December issue of the Review. He obtained them from the Dutch general himself, to whom he was associated, and being in charge of watching the house where those things happened, and consequently an eyewitness. Published in this number.

2nd – Reading of a communication of the spirit from Castelnaudary, obtained by Mr. and Mrs. Forbes, attendees of the last session. Circumstantial and interesting details of that spirit are provided and also about the events which took place in the referred house. Several other communications obtained about the subject matter will be added and published when ready.

3rd – Reading of some news about Mrs. Xavier, clairvoyant medium. That lady does not see the spirits at will but only when they spontaneously present themselves to her, while she is not in a somnambulistic or ecstatic state. Yet, at certain times she enters into a peculiar state, requiring calmness and reverence, to the point that when questioned about what she is seeing, such a state dissipates immediately and she no longer sees anything. In the meantime, as she keeps a complete memory of everything she can report it later. That is how she saw Sister Martha on the very day that she was evoked, not leaving space for any doubt regarding her identity. She also saw the spirit of Castelnaudary in the last session, dressing a ragged shirt, holding a dagger in his bloody hand, violently shaking the medium’s arm during his writing attempts, as well as each time that St. Louis apparently commanded him to write. He held a kind of stupid smile on his face. Then, when told about the prayers it seems that he did not understand in the beginning but soon after the explanation given by St. Louis, he fell on his knees. The king of Kanala showed up but with the head of a white man. He had blue eyes, mustache and white sideburns, black hands, steel bracelets, a blue outfit and the chest covered by a number of objects that she could not distinguish. “Such appearance, someone said, is due to the fact that before his latest existence he had been a French solider, during the time of Louis XV. It was a consequence of his relatively advanced state. He requested to return among his people, so that as a chief he could bring ideas of progress. His form and the half civilized, half savage appearance are supposed to show, in a different way, the forms that the spirit can give to the perispirit, with an educational objective and as an indication of the several states he had experienced.”

Mrs. Xavier also saw the evoked spirits coming, responding to the evocation and to the questions which had nothing negative in their objective, then following St. Louis orders, and leaving so that other spirits around could answer in turn, when the questions then assumed an insidious direction.

“May the greatest of good-faiths and honesty dictate the questions, and not a single dissimulated thought escape us” – added the spirit questioned by the lady’s husband. “Never try to achieve your objectives through tortuous paths for you shall infallibly miss them by doing so.”

She saw a fluidic crown around the medium’s head, as if blocking the access of uncalled spirits for the communication, since the answers should be sincere. However, once the crown was removed, she saw several intruders disputing the vacant place.

Finally, she saw the spirit of Count R… in the form of a luminous heart, upside-down, attached to a fluidic cord coming from outside. We were told that it was to teach us that the spirit could give the perispirit the appearance they wish. Then, it could have presented her with the inconvenience of meeting an incarnated sprit. Such inconvenience diminished or disappeared later.


1st – Evocation of Charlet.

2nd – Three spontaneous communications, received simultaneously: the first from St. Augustine, through Mr. Roze. It explains the mission of Christ and confirms a very important point explained by Arago, about the formation of the globe; the second from Charlet, through Mr. Didier junior, continuing the work already initiated; the third, from Joinville, signed in old orthographic style: Amy de Loys, by Ms. Huet.

Friday, December 23rd, 1859
(General Session)

Reading of the minutes and works of the December 16th session.


Letters received from Mr. Demange and from Mr. Soive, both Parisian traders, requesting to become regular members. Report and decision adjourned to the December 30th session.


1st – Reading of a private evocation, carried out by Mrs. B…, from the spirit that communicated spontaneously through her at the Society, using the name Paul Miffet, at the moment of his incarnation. This evocation, which presents an interesting picture of the reincarnation and the physical and moral situation of the spirit at the initial moments of the corporeal life, will be published.

2nd – Letter from Mr. Paul Netz, about the facts which determined the ownership of the ruins of the Vauvert castle, by Chartreux, a castle located in the neighborhood of the Paris Observatory, during the times of Louis IX. They say that diabolic scenes have taken place in that castle, then stopping when the monks were installed there. Once questioned about it, St. Louis declares that he knew about the story but that it was pure charlatanism.


1st – Several moral questions addressed to St. Louis about the state of suffering spirits. These will be published.

2nd – Evocation of John Brown.

3rd – Three spontaneous communications: the first by Mr. Roze and signed by the Spirit of Truth, with several advices to the Society; the second from Charlet, through Mr. Didier Junior, continuing the work; the third about the spirits who preside over the flowers, by Mrs. B… Allan Kardec

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