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Viscount Adare - Experiences in Spiritualism with Mr D D Home - 08 The table hands out an admonishment

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024714

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A description of the experience

EXPERIENCES IN SPIRITUALISM WITH MR. D. D. HOME. BY VISCOUNT ADARE, [Windham Thomas Wyndham-Quin 1841-1926] WITH INTRODUCTORY REMARKS BY THE EARL OF DUNRAVEN. [Viscount Adare's father]  [1869]

No. 8 Séance – November, 1867

My  dear Father, - I went down yesterday to Norwood, and dined with Mr. Jencken. I was very much disappointed to find that Home had settled to go up to London after dinner, to hear a lecture by Miss Emma Hardinge. I should much have preferred spending the-evening quietly there. We all tried to persuade him to stop, but in vain. However, after dinner he recited us some poetry, and to our great satisfaction he went on until he missed the train.

We then talked for some time, and had some music. Mrs. Jencken played us some very pretty little musical airs. While Mrs. Jencken, Home, and Miss D – R-  were at the piano there came raps upon it.

Mr. Jencken and I were sitting some way-off at the table. Shortly after, Home suggested that we should sit round the table. The room was lighted by a bright fire and two candles. Almost immediately after sitting down, we heard raps; and the usual currents of cold air were felt, also the vibration of the table and. floor. We had very little of rapping or movement of the table during the seance.

The table was, however, two or three times raised off the floor, and sustained in the air for a considerable time. We were talking about a gentleman (a friend of the others) I abusing him a little for being conceited and unpleasant in different ways. Home said, “ Oh, don’t let us talk about our neighbours now."

However, they went on talking about him, not in what one would usually call an ill-natured way; but still, cutting him up a little. The table was moving slightly all the time, and at last the alphabet was called for. The four following sentences were spelled out, with short intervals between them :

”There is one God, He is the Father of all."

“ God is tolerant-he bears with our shortcomings."

“Love and, charity-God, gives the one and expects the other."

“We are all but mortals."

After such a beautiful rebuke as that, I need not say that we did not talk any more about the shortcomings of our neighbours.

The source of the experience

Home, D. D.

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Levitation

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Being left handed
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