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Periodical: Mind and Matter

Summary: From Pat Deveney's journal database:

Mind and Matter.
A Weekly Independent Liberal Spiritual Journal Devoted to the Advocacy of General Reform and Progress. Physical Life-The Primary Department in the School of Human Progress
1878-1883 Weekly<
Philadelphia, PA. Publisher: Mind and Matter Pub. House. Editor: J.M. Roberts; C.C. Wilson, assistant editor; assisted at times by James A. Bliss.
Succeeds: The Spiritual Offering (incorporated 1879)
1/1, November 30, 1878-November 17, 1883. $2.00 per year; 4 huge folio pages (24 x 36), then, in November 1879,8 pp., 12 x 17, then 17 x 23, then 12 pp., in June 1881.
Masthead of Ben Franklin with printing press, flying a kite into dark clouds that are being dispersed by the rising sun and the word "Truth."
The dating of the issues is based upon a system using 1848 (the year the Fox Sisters first communicated with spirits) as its base, so 1880 is "M.S. [Modern Spiritualism] 22." Roberts (1821-1888) is peculiar in many respects and deserves a book: he was a practicing lawyer, leading abolitionist and prominent Republican (son of a U.S. senator). He is frequently referred to as "General" or "Colonel," and may have played some role in the Civil War as well. He made his fortune as a manufacturer of cast-iron stoves and spared no expense or effort to further spiritualism. He became convinced of the truths of spiritualism about 1873 when he contacted the spirit of his father, and became a fanatic for the movement when he was put into contact with his deceased daughter through James A. Bliss. No fraud or imposture was too broad or gross to be believed and defended by Roberts. His journal gave pride of place to attacks on Colonel John C. Bundy, editor of the Religio-Philosophical Journal (which tended to air criticisms of mediums' frauds), and featured accounts of the likes of Bliss (who advertised a magnetic healing paper and at least once confessed in court to his fraudulent performances - a confession which in no way deterred Roberts from supporting him) and his materializing wife; Jesse Shepard (the singing medium); R.D. Goodwin, M.D. (a follower of P.B. Randolph); Eveline Hatch (the "Flower Medium"); Alfred James (who mediated the spirit of Randolph, among others but specialized in Greek and Roman figures); J.V. Mansfield (the "Spirit Postmaster,") and the like. And he was litigious, suing at the drop of a hat those defaming him or criticizing his proteges - even suing on behalf of Alfred James after James had signed an affidavit that he had been cheating. He also defended (against Madame Blavatsky and others) the Holmes materializing mediums (Jennie and Nelson), again bringing a lawsuit for defamation against a Philadelphia newspaper. Roberts carried on a vendetta against Blavatsky and Colonel Olcott, the founders of the Theosophical Society, and the journal is a mine of information about their time in Philadelphia at the end of 1875. Roberts combined his interest in spiritualism with a rabid free-thought fervor that opposed "Christian spiritualism" and sought to disprove Christianity through the mediated discourses of Apollonius of Tyana and others who demonstrated that Christ was really Apollonius and Christianity really Buddhism, and that both had been delivered by the spirits and then perverted by "the priests" (Eusebius and the Council of Nicaea) into the form we have today. Roberts was vociferous and unrelenting, and the following diatribe was a not untypical example of the entertaining rhetoric that graced the pages of Mind and Matter: "a groundless, gratuitous, absurd, ridiculous, evil-intended, silly, uncouth, shameless, 'black-lie,' from first to last, inside and out." Quoted in W.E. Coleman, "Pappus and the Synodikon.-'Scholastic Nescience' Ventilated," Mind and Matter, July 16, 1881, 8. Crabtree 1007. Boston Public Library microfilm; LOC; University of Rochester; Ohio Newspaper Project; Library Company of Philadelphia (complete run).

The periodical of choice for free-thought, pro-phenomena, stridently-defensive American Spiritualism in the late 1870s and early 1880s. The editor, Jonathan M. Roberts, was a controversial and combative figure within the movement. Contributors include many Spiritualists whose work does not appear in The Banner of Light, The Religio-Philosophical Journal or The Carrier Dove.

Issues:Mind And Matter V1 N1 November 30 1878
Mind And Matter V1 N2 December 7 1878
Mind And Matter V1 N3 December 14 1878
Mind And Matter V1 N4 December 21 1878
Mind And Matter V1 N5 December 28 1878
Mind And Matter V1 N6 January 4 1879
Mind And Matter V1 N7 January 11 1879
Mind And Matter V1 N8 January 18 1879
Mind And Matter V1 N9 January 25 1879
Mind And Matter V1 N10 February 1 1879
Mind And Matter V1 N11 February 8 1879
Mind And Matter V1 N12 February 15 1879
Mind And Matter V1 N13 February 22 1879
Mind And Matter V1 N14 March 1 1879
Mind And Matter V1 N15 March 8 1879
Mind And Matter V1 N16 March 15 1879
Mind And Matter V1 N17 March 22 1879
Mind And Matter V1 N18 March 29 1879
Mind And Matter V1 N19 April 5 1879
Mind And Matter V1 N20 April 12 1879
Mind And Matter V1 N21 April 19 1879
Mind And Matter V1 N22 April 26 1879
Mind And Matter V1 N23 May 3 1879
Mind And Matter V1 N24 May 10 1879
Mind And Matter V1 N25 May 17 1879
Mind And Matter V1 N26 May 24 1879
Mind And Matter V1 N27 May 31 1879
Mind And Matter V1 N28 June 7 1879
Mind And Matter V1 N29 June 14 1879
Mind And Matter V1 N30 June 21 1879
Mind And Matter V1 N31 June 28 1879
Mind And Matter V1 N32 July 5 1879
Mind And Matter V1 N33 July 12 1879
Mind And Matter V1 N34 July 19 1879
Mind And Matter V1 N35 July 26 1879
Mind And Matter V1 N36 August 2 1879
Mind And Matter V1 N37 August 9 1879
Mind And Matter V1 N38 August 16 1879
Mind And Matter V1 N38 August 16 1879 B
Mind And Matter V1 N39 August 23 1879
Mind And Matter V1 N40 August 30 1879
Mind And Matter V1 N41 September 6 1879
Mind And Matter V1 N42 September 13 1879
Mind And Matter V1 N43 September 20 1879
Mind And Matter V1 N44 September 27 1879
Mind And Matter V1 N45 October 14 1879
Mind And Matter V1 N46 October 11 1879
Mind And Matter V1 N47 October 18 1879
Mind And Matter V1 N48 October 25 1879
Mind And Matter V1 N49 November 1 1879
Mind And Matter V1 N50 November 8 1879
Mind And Matter V1 N51 November 15 1879
Mind And Matter V1 N52 November 22 1879
Mind And Matter V2 N1 November 22 1879
Mind And Matter V2 N2 December 6 1879
Mind And Matter V2 N3 December 13 1879
Mind And Matter V2 N4 December 20 1879
Mind And Matter V2 N5 December 27 1879
Mind And Matter V2 N6 January 3 1880
Mind And Matter V2 N7 January 10 1880
Mind And Matter V2 N8 January 17 1880
Mind And Matter V2 N9 January 24 1880
Mind And Matter V2 N10 January 31 1880
Mind And Matter V2 N11 February 7 1880
Mind And Matter V2 N12 February 14 1880
Mind And Matter V2 N13 February 21 1880
Mind And Matter V2 N14 February 28 1880
Mind And Matter V2 N15 March 6 1880
Mind And Matter V2 N16 March 13 1880
Mind And Matter V2 N17 March 20 1880
Mind And Matter V2 N18 March 27 1880
Mind And Matter V2 N19 April 3 1880
Mind And Matter V2 N20 April 10 1880
Mind And Matter V2 N21 April 17 1880
Mind And Matter V2 N22 April 24 1880
Mind And Matter V2 N23 May 1 1880
Mind And Matter V2 N24 May 8 1880
Mind And Matter V2 N25 May 15 1880
Mind And Matter V2 N26 May 22 1880
Mind And Matter V2 N27 May 29 1880
Mind And Matter V2 N28 June 5 1880
Mind And Matter V2 N29 June 12 1880
Mind And Matter V2 N30 June 19 1880
Mind And Matter V2 N31 June 26 1880
Mind And Matter V2 N32 July 3 1880
Mind And Matter V2 N33 July 10 1880
Mind And Matter V2 N34 July 17 1880
Mind And Matter V2 N35 July 24 1880
Mind And Matter V2 N36 July 31 1880
Mind And Matter V2 N37 August 7 1880
Mind And Matter V2 N38 August 14 1880
Mind And Matter V2 N39 August 21 1880
Mind And Matter V2 N40 August 28 1880
Mind And Matter V2 N41 September 4 1880
Mind And Matter V2 N42 September 11 1880
Mind And Matter V2 N43 September 18 1880
Mind And Matter V2 N44 September 25 1880
Mind And Matter V2 N45 October 2 1880
Mind And Matter V2 N46 October 9 1880
Mind And Matter V2 N47 October 16 1880
Mind And Matter V2 N48 October 23 1880
Mind And Matter V2 N49 October 30 1880
Mind And Matter V2 N50 November 6 1880
Mind And Matter V2 N51 November 13 1880
Mind And Matter V2 N52 November 20 1880
Mind And Matter V3 N1 Nov 27 1880
Mind And Matter V3 N2 Dec 4 1880
Mind And Matter V3 N3 Dec 11 1880
Mind And Matter V3 N4 Dec 18 1880
Mind And Matter V3 N5 Dec 25 1880
Mind And Matter V3 N6 Jan 1 1881
Mind And Matter V3 N7 Jan 8 1881
Mind And Matter V3 N8 Jan 15 1881
Mind And Matter V3 N9 Jan 22 1881
Mind And Matter V3 N10 Jan 29 1881
Mind And Matter V3 N11 Feb 5 1881
Mind And Matter V3 N12 Feb 12 1881
Mind And Matter V3 N13 Feb 19 1881
Mind And Matter V3 N14 Feb 26 1881
Mind And Matter V3 N15 Mar 5 1881
Mind And Matter V3 N16 Mar 12 1881
Mind And Matter V3 N17 Mar 19 1881
Mind And Matter V3 N18 Mar 26 1881
Mind And Matter V3 N19 Apr 2 1881
Mind And Matter V3 N1 Nov 27 1880
Mind And Matter V3 N20 Apr 9 1881
Mind And Matter V3 N21 Apr 16 1881
Mind And Matter V3 N22 Apr 23 1881
Mind And Matter V3 N23 Apr 30 1881
Mind And Matter V3 N24 May 7 1881
Mind And Matter V3 N25 May 14 1881
Mind And Matter V3 N26 May 21 1881
Mind And Matter V3 N27 May 28 1881
Mind And Matter V3 N28 Jun 4 1881
Mind And Matter V3 N29 Jun 11 1881
Mind And Matter V3 N30 Jun 18 1881
Mind And Matter V3 N31 Jun 25 1881
Mind And Matter V3 N32 Jul 2 1881
Mind And Matter V3 N33 Jul 9 1881
Mind And Matter V3 N34 Jul 16 1881
Mind And Matter V3 N35 Jul 23 1881
Mind And Matter V3 N36 Jul 30 1881
Mind And Matter V3 N37 Aug 6 1881
Mind And Matter V3 N38 Aug 13 1881
Mind And Matter V3 N39 Aug 20 1881
Mind And Matter V3 N40 Aug 27 1881
Mind And Matter V3 N41 Sep 3 1881
Mind And Matter V3 N42 Sep 10 1881
Mind And Matter V3 N43 Sep 17 1881
Mind And Matter V3 N44 Sep 24 1881
Mind And Matter V3 N45 Oct 1 1881
Mind And Matter V3 N46 Oct 8 1881
Mind And Matter V3 N47 Oct 15 1881
Mind And Matter V3 N48 Oct 22 1881
Mind And Matter V3 N49 Oct 29 1881
Mind And Matter V3 N50 Nov 5 1881
Mind And Matter V3 N51 Nov 12 1881
Mind And Matter V3 N52 Nov 19 1881
Mind And Matter V4 N1 Nov 26 1881
Mind And Matter V4 N2 Dec 3 1881
Mind And Matter V4 N3 Dec 10 1881
Mind And Matter V4 N4 Dec 17 1881
Mind And Matter V4 N5 Dec 24 1881
Mind And Matter V4 N6 Dec 31 1881
Mind And Matter V4 N7 Jan 7 1882
Mind And Matter V4 N8 Jan 14 1882
Mind And Matter V4 N9 Jan 21 1882
Mind And Matter V4 N10 Jan 28 1882
Mind And Matter V4 N11 Feb 4 1882
Mind And Matter V4 N12 Feb 11 1882
Mind And Matter V4 N13 Feb 18 1882
Mind And Matter V4 N14 Feb 25 1882
Mind And Matter V4 N15 Mar 4 1882
Mind And Matter V4 N16 Mar 11 1882
Mind And Matter V4 N17 Mar 18 1882
Mind And Matter V4 N18 Mar 25 1882
Mind And Matter V4 N19 Apr 1 1882
Mind And Matter V4 N20 Apr 8 1882
Mind And Matter V4 N21 Apr 15 1882
Mind And Matter V4 N22 Apr 22 1882
Mind And Matter V4 N23 Apr 29 1882
Mind And Matter V4 N24 May 6 1882
Mind And Matter V4 N25 May 13 1882
Mind And Matter V4 N26 May 20 1882
Mind And Matter V4 N27 May 27 1882
Mind And Matter V4 N28 Jun 3 1882
Mind And Matter V4 N29 Jun 10 1882
Mind And Matter V4 N30 Jun 17 1882
Mind And Matter V4 N31 Jun 24 1882
Mind And Matter V4 N32 Jul 1 1882
Mind And Matter V4 N33 Jul 8 1882
Mind And Matter V4 N34 Jul 15 1882
Mind And Matter V4 N35 Jul 22 1882
Mind And Matter V4 N36 Jul 29 1882
Mind And Matter V4 N37 Aug 5 1882
Mind And Matter V4 N38 Aug 12 1882
Mind And Matter V4 N39 Aug 19 1882
Mind And Matter V4 N40 Aug 26 1882
Mind And Matter V4 N41 Sep 2 1882
Mind And Matter V4 N42 Sep 9 1882
Mind And Matter V4 N43 Sep 16 1882
Mind And Matter V4 N44 Sep 23 1882
Mind And Matter V4 N45 Sep 30 1882
Mind And Matter V4 N46 Oct 7 1882
Mind And Matter V4 N47 Oct 14 1882
Mind And Matter V4 N48 Oct 21 1882
Mind And Matter V4 N49 Oct 28 1882
Mind And Matter V4 N50 Nov 4 1882
Mind And Matter V4 N51 Nov 11 1882
Mind And Matter V4 N52 Nov 18 1882
Mind And Matter V5 N1 Nov 25 1882
Mind And Matter V5 N2 Dec 2 1882
Mind And Matter V5 N3 Dec 9 1882
Mind And Matter V5 N4 Dec 16 1882
Mind And Matter V5 N5 Dec 23 1882
Mind And Matter V5 N6 Dec 30 1882
Mind And Matter V5 N7 Jan 6 1883
Mind And Matter V5 N8 Jan 13 1883
Mind And Matter V5 N9 Jan 20 1883
Mind And Matter V5 N10 Jan 27 1883
Mind And Matter V5 N11 Feb 3 1883
Mind And Matter V5 N12 Feb 10 1883
Mind And Matter V5 N13 Feb 17 1883
Mind And Matter V5 N14 Feb 24 1883
Mind And Matter V5 N15 Mar 3 1883
Mind And Matter V5 N16 Mar 10 1883
Mind And Matter V5 N17 Mar 17 1883
Mind And Matter V5 N18 Mar 24 1883
Mind And Matter V5 N19 Mar 31 1883
Mind And Matter V5 N20 Apr 7 1883
Mind And Matter V5 N21 Apr 14 1883
Mind And Matter V5 N22 Apr 21 1883
Mind And Matter V5 N23 Apr 28 1883
Mind And Matter V5 N24 May 5 1883
Mind And Matter V5 N25 May 12 1883
Mind And Matter V5 N26 May 19 1883
Mind And Matter V5 N27 May 26 1883
Mind And Matter V5 N28 Jun 2 1883
Mind And Matter V5 N29 Jun 9 1883
Mind And Matter V5 N30 Jun 16 1883
Mind And Matter V5 N31 Jun 23 1883
Mind And Matter V5 N32 Jun 30 1883
Mind And Matter V5 N33 Jul 7 1883
Mind And Matter V5 N34 Jul 14 1883
Mind And Matter V5 N35 Jul 21 1883
Mind And Matter V5 N36 Jul 28 1883
Mind And Matter V5 N37 Aug 4 1883
Mind And Matter V5 N38 Aug 11 1883
Mind And Matter V5 N39 Aug 18 1883
Mind And Matter V5 N40 Aug 25 1883
Mind And Matter V5 N41 Sep 1 1883
Mind And Matter V5 N42 Sep 8 1883
Mind And Matter V5 N43 Sep 15 1883
Mind And Matter V5 N44 Sep 22 1883
Mind And Matter V5 N45 Sep 29 1883
Mind And Matter V5 N46 Oct 6 1883
Mind And Matter V5 N47 Oct 13 1883
Mind And Matter V5 N48 Oct 20 1883
Mind And Matter V5 N49 Oct 27 1883
Mind And Matter V5 N50 Nov 3 1883
Mind And Matter V5 N51 Nov 10 1883
Mind And Matter V5 N52 Nov 17 1883


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