Stainton-Moses, William - Spirit Identity - MRS SPEER'S LOST RELATIVE
Type of Spiritual Experience
Explanations for the following
The three relatives evidence = inter composer communication between Moses and Mrs Speers, Moses’s composer obtains details via Mrs Speer’s composer from her perceptions
The showing of the face – an hallucination
The appearance at Mrs Makdougall Gregory – Moses is in a trance. His composer burrows into his perceptions for material to present. A guest says something and it acts like a search word and Moses, unconsciously – retrieves the information he had been told. So Perception recall
A description of the experience
Spirit Identity – William Stainton Moses
During this period came three relatives of Mrs Speers and gave full evidence of their identity. One of them had before manifested in another way at a public circle, showing his face and a peculiarly delicate hand, which was characteristic of him in earth life. Another had attempted to show himself at the same time, but had failed to obtain recognition.
With that strong desire which animates many spirits to get recognition, a desire that seems to grow with each failure and to spur the on to renewed attempts, he followed me to a circle held at the house of Mrs Makdougall Gregory on December 20th 1872 and manifested his presence there, though none of his own friends were among the guests. No one knew him, or took any notice of his brief announcement, that he was a brother of Mrs Speers who had passed away thirteen years.
I was unconscious at the time and found out the fact of his having communicated by accident. I was turning over the manuscript book of records of Mrs Gregory’s séances, long after this particular day and my eye accidentally fell on the name George ------ I read that he had announced himself as one desirous to give his name and obtain recognition as a relative of Mrs Speers, who had tried before to attract her attention. This attempt failing, as the first had done, he availed himself of the organised plan for bringing home this evidence which was being carried out at Shanklin and there established his identity. This done, he went his way and we have seen him no more. He had gone to America to look after a brother who went to New York 28 years ago and was never afterwards heard of