Autograph Book of Spiritualist James V. Mansfield. 1865-1899
Autograph Book of Spiritualist James V. Mansfield. 1865-1899
Autograph Book of Spiritualist James V. Mansfield. 1865-1899
Autograph Book of Spiritualist James V. Mansfield. 1865-1899
Autograph Book of Spiritualist James V. Mansfield. 1865-1899
Autograph Book of Spiritualist James V. Mansfield. 1865-1899
Autograph Book of Spiritualist James V. Mansfield. 1865-1899
Autograph Book of Spiritualist James V. Mansfield. 1865-1899
Autograph Book of Spiritualist James V. Mansfield. 1865-1899
Autograph Book of Spiritualist James V. Mansfield. 1865-1899
Autograph Book of Spiritualist James V. Mansfield. 1865-1899
Autograph Book of Spiritualist James V. Mansfield. 1865-1899
Autograph Book of Spiritualist James V. Mansfield. 1865-1899

Autograph Book of Spiritualist James V. Mansfield. 1865-1899

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Mansfield, James V. Autograph Book of Spiritualist James V. Mansfield. 1865-1899.

Red leather stamped in blind & gilt, lacks about half of the backstrip, 5 1/2 x 8 inches, ink name stamp & signature of Mansfield on the ffep, his signature again with place and date on next leaf (61 West 42nd St., New York City, May 30, 1877), followed by 42 leaves of signatures/inscriptions by different individuals. Signature dates range from 1865 to 1899. A number of blank leaves follow. Good.  [5185] 

The photos below are included as illustrations of the persons, and are not included with the autograph book.

James Valentine Mansfield (1817-1899), b. Southbridge, MA; d. Ipswitch, MA. Mansfield was a famous American spiritualist and "writing medium." "Mansfield provided spirit communication solely through letter writing, and this earned him the title of 'the spirit postmaster.' Those who wished to communicate with the departed could do so in two ways: they could have a séance with him in person, or they could mail a letter to the spirit in care of Mansfield. In the latter case, Mansfield would provide answers to unopened letters. Being very confident in his abilities, he also referred to himself as a 'test medium,' providing free communications for skeptics." - James V. Mansfield Papers, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan.

Inscriptions include:

"In the Spirit of the Saving Gospel of Today, Yours Faithfully, S. B. Brittan" (NYC). Samuel Byron Brittan (d. 1883) wrote on spiritualism and was the editor of The Spiritual Telegraph.

"For the sake of the living truth and all flowing therefrom, your friend, A. G. W. Carter" (NYC). Alfred George Washington Carter (1819-1885), attorney, judge, and author.

"May Angelic Spirits ever guide and protect you, yours faithfully, Amos T. Hall" (Chicago). Hall was one of the directors of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company

"Ever the right against the wrong; Ever your true friend, Dumont C. Dake, M.D." Dumont Charles Dake (b. 1838), homeopathic doctor specializing in "Magnetic Therapeutics."

"May the great deeds of kindness you have bestowed upon mankind return to you a thousand fold is the sincere prayer of yours fraternally, Jno. C. Bundy." (Chicago) John C. Bundy (1841-1892), editor of the Religio-Philosophical Journal in Chicago.

"With sincere regards Charles Wachsmuth" (Burlington, Iowa) Charles Wachsmuth (1829-1896), American paleontologist.

"Geo. T. Clark, Mayor. Denver 1865" Clark was the fifth mayor of Denver.

"Louis Dugal, Register NY Land Office, Denver, Colorado"

" C M Teller, USS"

"Wm. M. Clark, Secretary of State, Colorado"

"J. S. Chapin, Grande Central Hotel, Denver, Colorado"

"John T. Baldwin, Mayor, Council Bluffs, Iowa, 1877"

"B. R. Pegram, Steamer James Howard, Saint Louis, Mo." Benjamin Rush Pegram (1818-1895) was captain of the steamer James Howard, said to be the largest steamboat ever built in the West.

"Wilson MacDonald, sculp. 1877" James Wilson Alexander MacDonald (1824-1908), an American sculptor of some note, at this time working out of St. Louis.

"Saml. Remington, Dec. 8th, 1878" Samuel Remington (1819-1882), president of the Remington arms works at Ilion, NY.

"With kindest regards, Isaac E. Eaton, Leavenworth, Kans. Sept. 30th, 1879." Col. Eaton was an army officer, an early pioneer of Kansas who oversaw protection of stage coach lines in the area.  He was prominent in Democrat Party affairs, known as "the old war horse of the Kansas Democracy." - Moore, Early History of Leavenworth, City and County. (1906)

"With high esteem for your ability for bringing me in close communion with Angelic friends I remain, Yours Very Truly, W. M. Tilden. 9/3/79"

"Very sincerely, your friend, Addison C. Fletcher, M.D., New York, October 9th, 1879."

"The truth against the world, Emma Hardinge Britten, August 2nd, 1880." Emma Hardinge Britten (1823-1899), English spiritualist of renown, credited with defining the seven principles of Spiritualism.


"By kind permission, sincerely yours, William Britten." Ardent spiritualist, husband of Emma Haradinge.

"Saml Watson, 225 Union Street, Memphis, Tenn., Truth is mighty and will ultimately prevail." Watson (1813-1895) the editor and publisher of The Spiritual Magazine published in Memphis, and the author of The Clock Struck One series.

"Edmund Montagu Boyle. 14 Hill St. London W., 3 Sept. 1880."

"Joseph Herbert Sprauge, 23 the Cedars, Putney S. W."

"Lt. Col. Cragie Halkett, Hart Hill, Co. Lanark, Scotland. Jun 1899"

"Your Veteran Friend and Coworker. Fred. L. H. Willis. Glenora, Yates Co N. Y., In memory of 1857 - The year that tried medicine's Souls." Dr. Frederick Llewellyn Hovey Willis (1830-1914), American spiritualist minister and physician.

"The Spiritual is the Real, the Abiding. William Denton, Wellesley, Mass. New York, Nov. 12th, 80." William Denton (1823-1883), geologist, a leading practitioner of and writer about spiritualism.

"Wm. K. Hoyt, New York."

"At the request of my very kind friend Mr. Mansfield, I cheerfully subscribe my address. I would have solicited the favor of him, had he not suggested it, thanking him for his kind offices, I remain with great respect his warm friend, Thomas "A" M. Ward, Late Captain [?], O. V. Sept. 8th, 1882."

"With the respects of Philo T. Ruggles." Philo Taylor Ruggles (1803-1894), lawyer in NYC.

"I am much touched and greatly astonished at this result of my second visit to Dr. Mansfield. Eliza Greatorex, 22. April, 1883." Eliza Pratt Greatorex (1819-1897), Irish-born American artist associated with the Hudson River School. Her son Thomas died in Colorado in 1881, and perhaps this meeting was in regards to that event.

"This generation may not fully understand our work for Humanity but the next will. James A. Bliss." Bliss was a prominent spiritualist editor and author. For instance, he was the author of How To Become a Medium, signing the work James A. Bliss, Developing Medium, N. D. C.

"In remembrance of receiving 'beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning' in our hour of deepest sorrow, J. E. Thompson, Lake Pleasant, August 6th, 1884."

"That God and the Angels may bless lovingly Care for this grand and wonderful instrument used so Successfully by the denizens of the Spirit World is the sincere prair [sic] of one of his Converts - [Hon.? Thom?] B. Cabell, Washington, D. C. Written at Onset Bay, Aug 28/85."

"May humanity ever bless thee for the noble work thou art doing - And Angels will ever Shower thee benedictions for thy manly brow. Ever your friend, Geo. A. Fuller. Queen City Park, Vt. Sept. 14th, 1884."  George A. Fuller, along with Mrs. G. Davenport Stevens and Dr. James A. Bliss, was the editor of Spirit Voices.

"B. P. Shillaker[?], with old time, present time, and all time regard. Chelsea, April 14, 1885."

"We are riding fast & far, we are travelling on a star. John Wetherbee." Wetherbee was a spiritualist practitioner and author.

"Your wonderful phenomena has convinced the world of the facts of Spirit Communion. Lovingly, Your friend, L. L. Whitlock. Boston, Mass. Dec. 31, 1885." Lewis L. Whitlock was a spiritualist medium and editor of Facts: Devoted to the Statements of Mental and Spiritual Phenomena, published at Boston.

"Ida. P. A. Whitlock, Providence, R. I. Written at Boston, Mass., Dec. 31, 1885." Mrs. Whitlock gained notoriety for baptizing infants at the First Church of Spiritualists in Pittsburgh; it was commented upon by anti-spiritualist writers.

"Carrie P. Pratt, #64 Dean St., Providence, R. I. Onset, Mass., July 1886. "May Heaven's brightest Angels ever be with you." Mrs. Pratt was a spiritualist and at one time President of the Spiritualist Helping Hand Society of Boston.

There are also two entries too faint to read, and a clipped signature laid in of Henry Goulburn from an envelope postmarked "Belfast, Au. 17 ,1844."

Goulburn (1784-1856), b. London; British politician and one of the negotiators and signers of the Treaty of Ghent after the War of 1812; afterwards chief secretary to the Marquis of Wellesley, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland. Goulburn was elected to the House of Commons from Armagh, Ireland, in 1826; he represented Cambridge in the House from 1831 to 1856. He also served as Chancellor of the Exchequer and as Home Secretary.