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Periodical: The Christian Spiritualist

Summary: From Pat Deveney's database:

Christian Spiritualist, The.
Every Plant Which My Heavenly Father Hath Not Planted Shall be Rooted Out
1854-1856 Weekly
New York, NY. Publisher: Society for the Diffusion of Spiritual Knowledge. Editor: John H.W. Toohey and Horace H. Day (with the active assistance of Emma Hardinge [Britten]), S.T. Munson.
Succeeds: Messenger of Light (bought)
Corporate author: Society for the Diffusion of Spiritual Knowledge
1/1, May 13, 1854-3/21, September 27, 1856. 6-8 pp, $2.00 a year ("payable within three months").

This was an attempt to organize American spiritualism from the top down. The Society for the Diffusion of Spiritual Knowledge was a grand creation, peppered with the names of judges, lawyers and professors-but woefully short, as the existing spiritualist press noted bitingly, of the names of those who had been popularizing the movement since its beginning. The Society's instigator was John Shoebridge Williams (later involved in the very curious Order of the Patriarchs) who convinced Horace H. Day to start a new organization along decidedly Christian lines and to fund a journal to propagate its ideas. J.H.W. Toohey, who was to edit The Christian Spiritualist, and P.B. Randolph were prominent in the society. Day was a rich industrialist who was striving at the time with Charles Goodyear over the the rights to vulcanized rubber, but he agreed to fund the society, which hired Kate Fox as a resident medium "at a liberal salary," and also paid for its journal. The Messenger of Light was bought, presumably to supply a mailing list, and the journal began in May 1854. Emma Hardinge [Britten] was given a room at the journal's headquarters at 553 Broadway in New York where she worked as a "test medium," and was said to have provided editorial support, and contributed articles under the name "Ezra" though neither she nor her pseudonym appears in its pages. The young Cora L.V. Scott Hatch, who was to have an extraordinarily long career as a medium, was also hired by the society. All of this was not well received by spiritualists, who resented the imposition of order and hierarchy on their new movement. Emma Hardinge [Britten], Modern American Spiritualism (1870), 134, says the journal had a "limited subscription list, but a very large gratuitous circulation." On the whole affair, see Ernest Josephs Isaacs, A History of Nineteenth Century American Spiritualism as a Religious and Social Movement (U. Wisconsin Ph.D. dissertation, 1975), 227-234. Day closed the paper in 1856, settled with Goodyear in the early 1860s (receiving a sum variously stated as $350,000 or $500,000), and died in 1878, scarcely noted by spiritualists for his early contributions. Smith College; Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Kentucky); University of Texas, Austin; Stanford University; LOC.

Issues: Volume 1, Issue 1 -- May 13, 1854
Volume 1, Issue 2 -- May 20, 1854
Volume 1, Issue 3 -- May 27, 1854
Volume 1, Issue 4 -- June 3, 1854
Volume 1, Issue 5 -- June 10, 1854
Volume 1, Issue 6 -- June 17, 1854
Volume 1, Issue 7 -- June 24, 1854
Volume 1, Issue 8 -- July 1, 1854
Volume 1, Issue 9 -- July 8, 1854
Volume 1, Issue 10 -- July 15, 1854
Volume 1, Issue 11 -- July 22, 1854
Volume 1, Issue 12 -- July 28, 1854
Volume 1, Issue 13 -- August 5, 1854
Volume 1, Issue 14 -- August 12, 1854
Volume 1, Issue 15 -- August 19, 1854
Volume 1, Issue 16 -- August 26, 1854
Volume 1, Issue 17 -- September 2, 1854
Volume 1, Issue 18 -- September 9, 1854
Volume 1, Issue 19 -- September 16, 1854
Volume 1, Issue 20 -- September 23, 1854
Volume 1, Issue 21 -- September 30, 1854
Volume 1, Issue 22 -- October 7, 1854
Volume 1, Issue 23 -- October 14, 1854
Volume 1, Issue 24 -- October 21, 1854
Volume 1, Issue 25 -- October 28, 1854
Volume 1, Issue 26 -- November 4, 1854
Volume 1, Issue 27 -- November 11, 1854
Volume 1, Issue 28 -- November 18, 1854
Volume 1, Issue 29 -- November 25, 1854
Volume 1, Issue 30 -- December 2, 1854
Volume 1, Issue 31 -- December 9, 1854
Volume 1, Issue 32 -- December 16, 1854
Volume 1, Issue 33 -- December 23, 1854r
Volume 1, Issue 34 -- December 30, 1854
Volume 1, Issue 35 -- January6, 1855
Volume 1, Issue 36 -- January 13, 1855
Volume 1, Issue 37 -- January 20, 1855
Volume 1, Issue 38 -- January 27, 1855
Volume 1, Issue 39 -- February 3, 1855
Volume 1, Issue 40 -- February 10, 1855
Volume 1, Issue 41 -- February 17, 1855
Volume 1, Issue 42 -- February 24, 1855
Volume 1, Issue 43 -- March 3, 1855
Volume 1, Issue 44 -- March 10, 1855r
Volume 1, Issue 45 -- March 17, 1855
Volume 1, Issue 46 -- March 24, 1855
Volume 1, Issue 47 -- March 31, 1855
Volume 1, Issue 48 -- April 7, 1855
Volume 1, Issue 49 -- April 14, 1855
Volume 1, Issue 50 -- April 21, 1855
Volume 1, Issue 51 -- April 28, 1855r
Volume 1, Issue 52 -- May 5, 1855
Volume 2, Issue 1 -- May 12, 1855
Volume 2, Issue 2 -- May 19, 1855
Volume 2, Issue 3 -- May 26, 1855
Volume 2, Issue 4 -- June 2, 1855
Volume 2, Issue 5 -- June 9, 1855
Volume 2, Issue 6 -- June 16, 1855
Volume 2, Issue 7 -- June 23, 1855
Volume 2, Issue 8 -- June 30, 1855
Volume 2, Issue 9 -- July 7, 1855
Volume 2, Issue 10 -- July 14, 1855
Volume 2, Issue 11 -- July 21, 1855
Volume 2, Issue 12 -- July 28, 1855
Volume 2, Issue 13 -- August 4, 1855
Volume 2, Issue 14 -- August 11, 1855
Volume 2, Issue 15 -- August 18, 1855
Volume 2, Issue 16 -- August 25, 1855
Volume 2, Issue 17 -- September 1, 1855
Volume 2, Issue 18 -- September 8, 1855
Volume 2, Issue 19 -- September 15, 1855
Volume 2, Issue 20 -- September 22, 1855
Volume 2, Issue 21 -- September 29, 1855
Volume 2, Issue 22 -- October 6, 1855
Volume 2, Issue 23 -- October 13, 1855
Volume 2, Issue 24 -- October 20, 1855
Volume 2, Issue 25 -- October 27, 1855
Volume 2, Issue 26 -- November 3, 1855
Volume 2, Issue 27 -- November 10, 1855
Volume 2, Issue 28 -- November 17, 1855
Volume 2, Issue 29 -- November 24, 1855
Volume 2, Issue 30 -- December 1, 1855
Volume 2, Issue 31 -- December 8, 1855
Volume 2, Issue 32 -- December 15, 1855
Volume 2, Issue 33 -- December 22, 1855
Volume 2, Issue 34 -- December 29, 1855
Volume 2, Issue 35 -- January 5, 1856
Volume 2, Issue 36 -- January 12, 1856
Volume 2, Issue 37 -- January 19, 1856
Volume 2, Issue 38 -- January 26, 1856
Volume 2, Issue 39 -- February 2, 1856
Volume 2, Issue 40 -- February 9, 1856
Volume 2, Issue 41 -- February 16, 1856
Volume 2, Issue 42 -- February 23, 1856
Volume 2, Issue 43 -- March 1, 1856
Volume 2, Issue 44 -- March 8, 1856
Volume 2, Issue 45 -- March 15, 1856
Volume 2, Issue 46 -- March 22, 1856
Volume 2, Issue 47 -- March 29, 1856
Volume 2, Issue 48 -- April 5, 1856
Volume 2, Issue 49 -- April 12, 1856
Volume 2, Issue 50 -- April 19, 1856
Volume 2, Issue 51 -- April 26, 1856
Volume 2, Issue 52 -- May 3, 1856

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