SPIRITUALISM: DANIEL DUNGLAS HOME (1833-86)
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's papers relating to Daniel Dunglas Home and the Fox sisters, comprising:
autograph notes by Conan Doyle on Home, approximately 4 pages, various sizes; retained copy, (typescript) of letter by [Conan Doyle] to unknown correspondent, setting out his views on Home, 17 December 1929, 3½ pages, 4to; five letters by various correspondents to Conan Doyle relating to Home, including one signed by Vernon Rymer, Bendigo, 5 November 1920, ('Dan Home was for a considerable time an inmate of my late grandfather's home, at Ealing ... My father went to Florence to study art, and Dan Home was sent by my grandfather to accompany him'), 2½ pages, 4to; two letters relating to the Fox sisters, one copy of a letter dated 1849 and one ; typescript of Conan Doyle's article on Home, published in The Strand Magazine, May 1921; three autograph letters signed by Conan Doyle to [George R.] Sims, relating to spiritualism and Home ('Would you mind giving me the name and address of your friend who had Home's house ... for upon Home's credibility rests a good deal of the early evidence for Spiritualism ... I am personally a great admirer of Home but I cant afford to follow fake idols'), c.1922, 7 pages, 8vo.
Autograph letter signed by Home, to unknown correspondent, 1869, rust marks from paperclip.
Printed book: A Report of the Mysterious Noises heard in the house of Mr. John D. Fox in Hydesville, Arcadia, Wayne County... . Canandaigna: E.E. Lewis, 1848. 12mo, 40pp, with plate, 'House of [John] D. Fox, Hydesville, Arcadia, Wayne County, N.Y' on verso of title. Original yellow wrappers printed in black (spotted, wear to edges, lower half of upper wrapper lacking), sewn into modern wrappers.
The Fox sisters (Margaretta and Catherine) founded the modern Spiritualist movement in the United States. E.E. Lewis visited the Fox house and subsequently wrote his book which is the first acknowledged spiritualist publication. "Looked at from a historian's viewpoint, Home's career is in fact the most valuable evidence we have for the reality of the phenomena associated with Spiritualism," Brian Inglis, 'Voices from the Pst, Daniel Dunglas Home', in Light: A Review of Spiritual and Psychic Knowledge, Vol. 120, No 3, Winter 2000, pp.104-8.