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Madam Home - D D Home his life his mission – The observations of Anthony Trollope the novelist on the séance with Sir David Brewster

Identifier

024630

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

Thomas Anthony Trollope (24 April 1815 – 6 December 1882) was an English. Among his best-known works is a series of novels collectively known as the Chronicles of Barsetshire, which revolves around the imaginary county of Barsetshire. He also wrote novels on political and  social issues, and other topical matters.  The Chronicles of Barsetshire include the novels:

  • The Warden (1855)
  • Barchester Towers (1857)
  • Doctor Thorne (1858)
  • Framley Parsonage (1861)
  • The Small House at Allington (1864)
  • The Last Chronicle of Barset (1867)

Henry James thoroughly appreciated Trollope's attention to detail, as he wrote in an essay shortly after the novelist's death:

His [Trollope's] great, his inestimable merit was a complete appreciation of the usual. ... [H]e felt all daily and immediate things as well as saw them; felt them in a simple, direct, salubrious way, with their sadness, their gladness, their charm, their comicality, all their obvious and measurable meanings. ... Trollope will remain one of the most trustworthy, though not one of the most eloquent, of the writers who have helped the heart of man to know itself. ...

So he was a good observer and honest.

A description of the experience

Madam Home - D D Home his life his mission

The well-known author, Mr. T. A. Trollope, responded as follows, in a letter written for publication:

I declare that at your house at Ealing, on an evening subsequent to Sir David Brewster's meeting with Mr. Home at Cox's Hotel, in the presence of Sir David, of myself, and of other persons, a large and very heavy dining table was moved about in a most extraordinary manner; that Sir David was urged, both by Mr. Home and by yourself, to look under the cloth and under the table; that he did look under it; and that while he was so looking, the table was much moved; and that while he was looking, and while the table was moving, he avowed that he saw the movement….

I should not, my dear sir, do all that duty, I think, requires of me in this case, were I to conclude without stating very solemnly that, after very many opportunities of witnessing and investigating the phenomena caused by, or happening to Mr. Home, I am wholly convinced that, be what may their origin, and cause, and nature, they are not produced by any fraud, machinery, juggling, illusion, or trickery on his part.

The source of the experience

Home, D. D.

Concepts, symbols and science items

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Science Items

Levitation

Activities and commonsteps

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Suppressions

Being left handed
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