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Periodical: The Mountain Cove Journal
Summary::   From Pat Deveney's database:

Mountain Cove Journal and Spiritual Harbinger.
God before all, Creator of all, without Beginning, Invisible and Eternal: Man a special Creation, his life, exaltation and perfection the result of perfect Design, conducted by special Means, and by the Will and Mercy of God unfolded...
Other titles: The Spiritual Harbinger and Mountain Cove Journal
1852-1853 Weekly
Mountain Cove, VA (WV). Editor: Thomas Lake Harris and James L. Scott
Succeeds: Disclosures from the Interior->Spiritual and Moral Instructor Succeeded by: The Disclosive Encyclopedia (serial)
1/1, August 12, 1852-October 20, 1853. $1.00-$1.50 a year, 4 pp., 22x32.

There is considerable evidence that the journal was published from Auburn, New York, as the Harbinger from mid-1851 on, at least on an irregular basis. The journal, when established in Virginia, was "the organ of the Colony of Spiritualists who have settled in Virginia, and the vehicle for the continued publication of the 'Disclosures from the Interior.' The beautiful 'Disclosures to the Auburn Circle' are being republished in its columns, with many startling manifestations, prophetic announcements, and revelations of higher life in worlds unfallen and pure. The poetic beauties of these communications would alone entitle them to a high consideration; whilst the scriptural expositions, devout meditations, religious and spiritual instructions, recommend them to every inquirer who seeks God in the great unfolding." Advertisement in Spiritual Telegraph 1/51 (April 23, 1853). The journal's own self-advertisement claimed: "Devoted to the publication, discussion and elucidation of Theories, Principles, Facts, Legends, and Traditions—Historical, Social, Political, Industrial, Scriptural, Ethical, Metaphysical and Cosmical—connected with Man, with his Genesis, and prospective and anticipated Exodus from Moral, Mental and Material Darkness; and as pertaining to the Origin, Unfolding and Consummation of the Material and Spiritual Universe." Despite the high-flown promises the journal was largely a forum for Harris's prose and poetry, together with Scott's notes on the trance mediumship of Marietta Davis, and reprints of Disclosures from the Interior. It devoted a surprising amount of space to "Book of the Outlines of the Universe," visionary descriptions of the planets and asteroids and their inhabitants—"Odora," the planet Mars; "Majestica," the planet Jupiter, etc.). Pallas, for example, was "inhabited by a race of beings comparatively minute, spherically encompassed and protected by adornments which correspond to the externals of the nervous constitution of man. They are human beings, and having attained to the fulness of their terrestrial exaltation, they are translated and finally ascend to fulfill important offices in the spiritual empires which revolve in the ethereal expanse, whereof disclosure at a fitting period will be made." The journal was explicitly opposed to A.J. Davis's Harmonial Philosophy, despite Harris's earlier association with Davis, because of the perceived anti-Christian tendencies of the Harmonial Philosophy, and proposed in its stead its own Christian Theory. From the compound title and other indications, the journal also seems to have incorporated an antecedent Spiritual Harbinger from Auburn. The last number of the journal (October 20, 1853) announced that the "Disclosures from the Interior" that had hitherto been appearing in the journal would be put out serially, beginning with November 15, 1853, as "The Disclosive Encyclopedia, A Compend of Truths, Knowledges and Historical Narrations, derived from the Internal Sense of the Word, from the ultimations of Divine Love and Wisdom, and from Vocal and Visual Communications with the Spirit World and with the Heavenly Spirits." This was to be communicated through Harris and sold in 13 installments of 32 pages each, for $1.00. The same issue of the journal advertised its press for sale (for $160), marking the end of the venture. Library of Virginia; West Virginia University; University of Alberta; SUNY Fredonia (1 issue).

Issues:Mountain Cove Journal V1 N2 August 19 1852
Mountain Cove Journal V1 N3 August 26 1852
Mountain Cove Journal V1 N4 September 2 1852
Mountain Cove Journal V1 N5 September 16 1852
Mountain Cove Journal V1 N8 October 7 1852
Mountain Cove Journal V1 N16 December 30 1852
Mountain Cove Journal V1 N18 January 27 1853
Mountain Cove Journal V1 N19 February 10 1853
Mountain Cove Journal V1 N20 February 24 1853
Mountain Cove Journal V1 N21 March 10 1853
Mountain Cove Journal V1 N22 March 24 1853
Mountain Cove Journal V1 N23 April 7 1853
Mountain Cove Journal V1 N24 April 21 1853
Mountain Cove Journal V1 N25 May 5 1853
Mountain Cove Journal V1 N26 May 19 1853
Mountain Cove Journal V1 N27 June 16 1853
Mountain Cove Journal V1 N28 July 7 1853
Mountain Cove Journal V1 N29 July 21 1853
Mountain Cove Journal V1 N30 August 4 1853
Mountain Cove Journal V1 N31 August 18 1853
Mountain Cove Journal V1 N32 September 1 1853
Mountain Cove Journal V1 N33 September 15 1853
Mountain Cove Journal V1 N34 September 29 1853
Mountain Cove Journal V1 N35 October 20 1853

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