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Periodical: The New Era

Sumary:   From Pat Deveney's database:

New Era, The. Or Heaven Opened to Man.
Devoted to the New Dispensation / Devoted to Spiritual Facts, Philosophy, and Life.
Behold I Make All Things New; Hereafter Ye Shall See Heaven Opened
Other titles: Heaven Opened to Man
1852-1855 Weekly

Boston, MA. Editor: S. Crosby Hewitt, editor and proprietor; Alonzo E. Newton. Succeeded by: New England Spiritualist (bought subscription list)
1/1, October 1, 1852-March 1855. Folio (16x23). 4 pp. $1.50 a year.

The journal was to be "devoted to the dissemination and elucidation of the facts as they transpire in Circles of Spiritual Investigation, so far as authentic information of them may be obtained." Advertisement, "The New Era," Spiritual Telegraph 2/56 (May 28, 1853): 16. As the masthead proclaimed, the journal was centered on the arrival of the new era for man, the "New Age." It proclaimed itself "a free paper, in the best sense of the word: free for the utterance of all worthy and useful thought—free as Life and Love and Wisdom are free!" The journal was avowedly Christian, though of a decidedly odd sort. Its masthead shows an open Bible, and men turning toward spirits coming down from the light of the cross through clouds. Hewitt, the editor, was a disciple of John Murray Spear, whose discourses permeate the journal and caused an early split in the spiritualist community as more rational believers rejected Spear’s enthusiasms. A detailed and incomprehensible description of The New Motive Power machine was presented, beginning in May 1854. The density of the discourses and spirit messages in the journal prompted the New York Tribune to comment that "the proverb that a living dog is better than a dead lion was never more tediously illustrated than in its pages; to hear the braying of an ass would be agreeable pastime after their perusal, for the higher the spirits mount, the bigger fools they seem to become, if The New Era does them justice." Contributions by Adin Ballou, Mrs. H.F.M. Brown, W.S. Haywood, Herman Snow, Warren Chase, Milo A. Townshend, La Roy Sunderland, et al. Spear has finally found a worthy biographer in John Buescher. Boston Public Library.

Issues:New Era V1 N26 Apr 27 1853
New Era V1 N32 Jun 8 1853
New Era V1 N42 Aug 17 1853
New Era V2 N4 Nov 23 1853
New Era V2 N5 Nov 30 1853
New Era V2 N13 Jan 25 1854
New Era V2 N14 Feb 1 1854
New Era V2 N17 Feb 22 1854
New Era V2 N20 Mar 15 1854
New Era V2 N 27 May 3 1854
New Era V2 N 42 Aug 16 1854
New Era V2 N 43 Aug 23 1854

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