Excerpt from The Vestal: A Collection of Articles in Prose and Poetry, Comprising a Short Essay on Origin and Destiny
I am satisfied that with proper cultivation of mediumistic gifts, great benefit may be secured thereby. Important questions, bearing upon the welfare of both the medium and the community, may be answered by our translated counselors, in a manner to avert all uncertainty, and I hail the day m.' the good time coming when medium ship will stand among the lively oracles, and be protected as it deserves. Now, of all things included in the grand school of Human Progress, mediumshz'p, the principle by which the trans lated reveal themselves, is the least cultivated, the most abused, and the most difficult to preserve in its purity, of any power which has at last come to be recognized in this nineteenth century. Once admitted to the magnetic realm, in which the fin est susceptibilities are made to assert themselves, it is impossible for the subject to conform as before to established usages.
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