Friday, October 26th, 1860
1st – A communication received by Mrs. M… was read, about the
following question: If God created every soul alike how can there
suddenly be such a large gap between them?
2nd – Multiple communications received by Mr. P…, medium
from Sens were read. One signed by Homer that presents a remarkable
fact that can be considered proof of identity. It reveals
the name “Melesigenes” primitively used as Homer’s nickname, a
fact unknown to the medium.
3rd – Analysis of a letter from Mr. L…, from Troyes, in which
he reports remarkable events of physical manifestation that took
place in 1856, with a person from that town, which recall the
events of Bergzabern.
4th – Letter from Dr. Morhéry, reporting several singular facts
of spontaneous manifestations that occurred with Ms. Désirée
Godu in his presence, coinciding with the arrival of a letter from
Mr. Allan Kardec.
1st – Several questions addressed to St. Louis;
2nd – Evocation of Mr. Morhéry’s son, who informs to have
participated into the manifestations that took place in his father’s
3rd – Spontaneous essay received by Mr. Alfred Didier about
despair, signed by Lamennais;
4th – Several questions addressed to Lamennais about multiple
cases of suicide; about the relationships among the spirits
and about Homer’s identity in the Sens’ communications.
Friday, November 2nd, 1860
1st – A second communication of Homer was read, obtained by
Mr. P… from Sens, and several questions and answers about the
2nd – Drawings obtained by a medium from Lyon, remarkable
by their originality, if not by their execution. Once questioned
about it, St. Louis said that the drawing have their value
because they are really produced by the spirit but don’t have a
very precise meaning since the medium and the spirit are not yet
well identified with one another. He adds that the medium will
become excellent with time.
1st – Questions to St. Louis: a) about the formula to confirm the
identity of the spirits; b) about human’s role in the moralization of imperfect spirits; c) about the apparition of spirits under the form
of a flame; d) about the value of the drawings sent from Lyon;
e) about the transportation of objects by the spirits, their lifting
from the ground and their invisibility;
2nd – Analysis of the question if the spirits can transport objects
to a closed room and through material obstacles;
Mr. L… comments that such questions are related to the
phenomena of physical manifestations which should not be dealt
with by the Society.
Mr. President responds that the research about the causes is
an important point, directly linked to the study of the Doctrine,
thus it belongs to the main frame of the subjects of the Society.
All parts of the science must be clarified. One thing is to deal
with these theoretical researches and another thing is to turn
those phenomena into an exclusive object of study. As a matter
of fact, we can implore St. Louis to tell us if he considers the
discussion that has just took place a waste of time. St. Louis
responds: “I am far from considering your conversation a waste
3rd – Evocation of Charles Nodier who was requested to continue
the work that he had started, responding that he will continue
next time and reminds us about the day’s celebration with a
nice spontaneous essay. He attends a request and provides a short
prayer regarding the event.
4th – A general appeal is made, without special designation, to
the inferior spirits that can eventually be present, inviting them
to identify themselves. The spirit of a highly positioned man
communicates spontaneously, testifying through his, at the same
time, simple and dignified language the good feelings that he
now carries, and the little importance he gives to human greatness.
He responds to the questions addressed to him with complacency
Friday, November 9th, 1860
Mr. Allan Kardec makes some observations about what was said in the
previous session relatively to the physical manifestations. He brings back
the instruction given by St. Louis in November 1858, regarding the objective
of the works of the Society. The instruction was given as below:
“They mocked the turning tables but they will never mock the philosophy,
the wisdom and the charity that shines out of the serious communications.
The turning tables were the introduction to the Science;
that is, by entering one must leave his prejudices as to leave his coat. You
will never be advised enough to turn your meetings into serious centers.
May the physical demonstrations be done elsewhere; that one may see and
hear somewhere else but that among you, may there be love and understanding.
How do you expect to be seen through the eyes of the superior
spirits when you make a table turn? Ignorant! Does the scholar spend his
time reviewing fundamental Science? If you, on the contrary, are seen in
search of intelligent and instructive communications, you will then be
considered serious individuals, searching for the truth.
Mr. Allan Kardec adds: Don’t we have here, ladies and gentlemen, an
admirable program, outlined with the accuracy and simplicity of expression
that characterize the really superior spirits? May this be understood
by all, that we must do an in-depth investigation of everything, to be
aware of everything; “may there be love and understanding among you”
meaning that charity and mutual benevolence must be the object of our
efforts, the link that unites us, so as to show through our example the true
objective of Spiritism. We would be mistaken about the Society’s objective
by thinking that everything that is done elsewhere is neglected. Nothing
is useless and the physical manifestations also have their advantage and
that none of us can dispute. If we don’t deal with them it is not because we have another cause. We have our specialty studies like others have
theirs but all that mixes up in a common objective that is the progress and
propagation of the science.
1st – Reading of communications received outside of the Society;
2nd – Letter from Mr. L… from Troyes, reporting facts that
occurred in his presence, produced by the obsessing spirit that was
discussed in the previous session. These facts that had stopped
since 1856 started happening again under remarkable circumstances
that will be the object of a study by the Society.
1st – Multiple questions about obsession; about the possibility of
reproducing through photographic means the image of the visible
and tangible apparitions; about the physical manifestations
of Mr. Squire.
2nd – Questions about the spirit that manifests in Troyes, and
notably about the magnetic effects produced in that case.
3rd – Five spontaneous essays received by four different
4th – Evocation of the disturbing spirit of Troyes. This spirit
reveals one of the lowest conditions.