Edward Wilmott Blyden (1832-1912)

Edward Wilmott Blydon (1832-1912) Edward Wilmott Blyden (1832-1912) ‘… was an Americo-Liberian educator, writer, diplomat, and politician primarily in Liberia. He also taught for five years in Sierra Leone, and his writings were influential in both countries…’

James John Garth Wilkinson was the first person (Hollis R. Lynch, Edward Wilmot Blyden: Pan-Negro Patriot, 1832-1912, (Oxford University Press, 15 Sep 1970). Page 82) to dedicate a book to Edward Wilmott Blyden, the Liberian Minister to England, as a sequel to Edward Wilmott Blyden’s Christianity, Islam and the Negro Race (Edward Wilmot Blyden, Christianity, Islam and the Negro Race, (Black Classic Press, 1888)).

As a result, Edward Wilmott Blyden gave a ‘… very remarkable speech…’ to the Annual General Meeting of the Swedenborg Society (Richard Lines, A History of the Swedenborg Society 1810-2010, (www.lulu.com, 2012). Page 75) in 1892, and ‘… spoke eloquently about the campaign for the abolition of the slave trade and the part played in that campaign by early Swedenborgians, and then about Islam in Africa and the role Swedenborg’s writings could play in furthering relations between Christians and Muslims…’

Edward Wilmott Blyden subsequently wrote (Edward Wilmot Blyden, Letter to J J G Wilkinson, (On the publication of The African and the true Christian religion, his “magna charta”, a study in the writings of Emanuel Swedenborg, 1892)) to James John Garth Wilkinson upon the publication of his The African and the true Christian religion, his magna charta. A study in the writings of Emanuel Swendenborg.

Edward Wilmott Blyden is in both of James John Garth Wilkinson‘s address books at Sierra Leone, West Africa (Swedenborg Archive Address Book of James John Garth Wilkinson dated 1895. See also Swedenborg Archive Address Book of James John Garth Wilkinson ‘Where is it’ dated 1.10.1892). Continue reading Edward Wilmott Blyden (1832-1912)

Henri Boiron (1906-1994) and Jean Boiron (1906-1996)

Henri Boiron (1906-1994)Henri Boiron (1906-1994) and Jean Boiron (1906-1996)Jean Boiron (1906-1996) (*photos used courtesy of Homéopathe International by Sylvain Cazalet at PHOTOTHÈQUE HOMÉOPATHIQUE) wer French homeopathic pharmacists who founded the famous Boiron Company.

From http://boiron.ca/en/about-boiron/who-are-we/ ‘… Boiron was founded by twin brothers Jean and Henri Boiron, both pharmacists with keen scientific minds and an indomitable entrepreneurial spirit. Here are a few milestones that have shaped Boiron’s history over the years: In June 1932, René Baudry [Rene Baudry], a highly respected pharmacist specializing in the manufacture of homeopathic medicines and founder of the Laboratoire Central Homéopathique de France in Paris, hired Jean and Henri upon their graduation from university. One year later, René and Henri started working on developing the Paris laboratory, renaming it Les Laboratoires Homéopathiques Modernes (LHM), while Jean took over development operations at the company in Lyon, known as the Pharmacie Homéopathique Rhodanienne (PHR). The three laboratories merged in 1967 to form the group of Boiron Laboratories. The 1970s saw the creation of several regional establishments throughout France. 

In 1979, Boiron’s first foreign facility was set up in Italy, placing Boiron firmly on the international stage. Although Boiron has grown in leaps and bounds, we have never strayed from our founding principles and our dedication to developing and constantly fine-tuning a wide range of homeopathic medicines. Today, there are 4,000 people on the Boiron team. We have 23 foreign subsidiaries, operate 5 production facilities and distribute our products in more than 100 countries… The adventure continues… Boiron Canada was established in 1988 in order to better cater to the needs of Canadian health care professionals and patients who choose homeopathic care...’

Isaac Pitman (1813-1897)

Isaac Pitman (1813-1897) knighted in 1894, developed the most widely used system of shorthand, known now as Pitman shorthand. He first proposed this in Stenographic Soundhand in 1837. Pitman was a qualified teacher and taught at a private school he founded in Wotton under Edge – The British School. He was also the vice president of the Vegetarian Society.

Isaac Pitman was an advocate of homeopathy (Benn Pitman, Sir Isaac Pitman: His Life And Labors, (reprinted by Kessinger Publishing, 1 Dec 2004). Page 89) and vegetarianism. He was an active member of the Anti Vaccination movement, as was his younger brother Henry Pitman (1829-1909)* (William White, The Story of a great delusion in a series of matter-of-fact chapters, (E.W. Allen, 1885). Page 544). Continue reading Isaac Pitman (1813-1897)

Jacob Bright (1821-1899)

Jacob Bright (1821-1899) was a British Liberal politician.

Jacob Bright was on the General Committee of the Manchester Homeopathic Institution (Anon, The Homeopathic Medical Directory of Great Britain and Ireland, and annual abstract of British homeopathic serial literature, (Henry Turner, 1871). Page 115).

Jacob Bright’s brother John Bright was associated with Richard CobdenJohn Epps, and George Wilson in the formation of the Anti Corn Law League.

Jacob Bright was also a colleague of James John Garth Wilkinson, and involved in the Anti Vaccination League  (http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=8621064 See also Dorothy Porter and Roy Porter (1988). The politics of prevention: Anti­vaccinationism and public health in nineteenth ­century England. Medical History, 32, Pages 231­-252, and page 240) ‘… A wide range of interests was shared by the core of vaccinationist authors and activists. William White, Garth Wilkinson, and Isaac Pitman [Isaac Pitman] were already co-believers in the Swedenborgian New Church. White also shared the Pitman brothers’ preoccupation with phonetic English and a universal language. Garth Wilkinson was the leading homoeopath of his day, and Charles Pearce [Charles Thomas Pearce], too, was a renowned member of the English Association. F. W. Newman [Francis William Newman], Peter Alfred Taylor, Jacob Bright, and G. Shaw Lefevre [George John Shaw Lefevre 1st Baron Eversley] were sympathizers with the feminist movement, the last three speaking with J. S. Mill [John Stuart Mill] in the debate on the bill to reform married women’s property rights in 1868. Jacob Bright and F. W. Newman both took a stand against the Contagious Diseases Acts, and must have been gratified that Josephine Butler [Josephine Elizabeth Butler] joined the Committee of the Mothers’ Anti-Compulsory Vaccination League….’

Henry Kelsall (?-?) Rochdale’s first non conformist Justice of the Peace, proposed an infirmary in Rochdale, with an amendment from Alderman Robinson for a homeopathic ward to be added to the new institution ‘… in recognitition of the strong tradition of this medical practice in the town, because of the increased subscriptions that would accrue as a result, and with people obviously more likely to subscribe to an institution that encompassed their specific medical beliefs… The proposal was seconded by Counsellor Hoyle and a stormy debate ensued in which is became obvious that the orthodox medical profession in the town, as represented by Doctors Elliott, March and Wood, objected, at times quite vitriolically. ‘No connection with quacks’ was one of the phrases used by Dr. Wood, a Medical Officer in the Dispensary, at the prospect of homeopaths practicing in the proposed Infirmary. Nevertheless despite these objections the proposal was carried and a pledge of £3650 [£166,805.00 in today’s money] taken from the various people present…’ However, the course of the proposed homeopathic Rochdale Infirmary became mired in the perennial argument between old and new medicine. In Rochdale, the supporters of homeopathy were primarily non conformists, dissenters and Liberalists, and included John Bright, Benjamin Butterworth, Dr. Cox, Thomas Hahnemann Hayle,  Dr. HollandEdward Miall,  George Morris, J K Cheetham, and Joseph Seed amongst many others. The Homeopathic Infirmary in Rochdale was never  built as a result of all this upset. (From Helen Kelsall, The Development of Voluntary Medical Institutions in Rochdale 1832-1872), Transactions New Series Number 4, (1994, Rochdale Literary and Scientific Society)).

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John Frederick Denison Maurice 1805 – 1872

John Frederick Denison Maurice (1805-1872), often known as Frederick Denison Maurice, was an English theologian and Christian Socialist.

Frederick Denison Maurice was a friend of James John Garth Wilkinson (Robin Larsen, Emanuel Swedenborg: a continuing vision: a pictorial biography & anthology of essays & poetry, (Swedenborg Foundation, 1988). Page 132.  Thomas Carlyle‘s circle included Henry James seniorJohn Stuart MillAlfred Lord TennysonGeorge Lewes, Frederick Denison Maurice, Alexander Bain, and James John Garth Wilkinson). Denison was also a friend of Thomas Erskine.

In 1866,  John Frederick Denison Maurice was an Occasional Lecturer at the Working Woman’s College at 29 Queen Square Bloomsbury. James John Garth Wilkinson was a subscriber to this college at this time (Anon, Second annual report of the council of teachers, London working women’s college, (1866). Page 2).

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John Spurgin 1797 – 1866

John Spurgin 1797 – 1866, was a British orthodox physician and medical writer, Senior Physician to the Foundling Hospital from 1835 to his death, and Honorary Physician at St. Mark’s Hospital (see Frontispiece to Cure of the sick: not homœopathy, not allopathy, but judgment).

Spurgin was the second Chairman of the Swedenborg Society, indeed, he was the longest serving Chairman, holding this office nearly every year from the latter 1820s until the early 1860s. Spurgin, as a young medical student at Guy’s Hospital, had acted as a mentor to John Keats, even writing earnest letters to the poet from Cambridge encouraging him to read Emanuel Swedenborg.

Spurgin was a colleague of John Ryan (who wrote an article Spurginism and coined the term Spurginism in honour of his friend who wrote two works referring to homeopathy), and James John Garth Wilkinson.

‘… As for our mutual friend Dr. Spurgin [John Spurgin], I fear his advice would not help me, for his practice is not, I am sorry to say, on the increase. I spent a day or two with him at his country place at Bradwell in the autumn, and he was most kind; but he complains heavily of the present state of medicine… Dr. Spurgin, by the way, delivers the [Harveian] Oration next year… (Swedenborg Archive K134 [b] Letter dated 19.12.1850 from Garth Wilkinson to his father James John Wilkinson senior)’

Spurgin wrote Cure of the sick: not homeopathy, not allopathy, but judgmentHomeopathy not ‘the law of healing’, and a very large number of other publications on various matters.

Spurgin also had an extensive practice at 38 Guilford Street, and later at 17 Great Cumberland Street,

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James John Garth Wilkinson an Introduction by Frederick Henry Evans

Excerpts from  James John Garth Wilkinson An Introduction by Frederick Henry Evans 1912 (1).

I sent my Soul through the Invisible,

Some letter of the After Life to spell:

And by and by my Soul return’d to me,

And answer’d “I myself am Heav’n and Hell.”

Fitzgerald’s Omar
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Sydney Ringer 1836 – 1910

Sydney Ringer 1836 – 1910, FRS was a British orthodox physician and pharmacologist, Holme Professor of Clinical Medicine, Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, Fellow of the Royal Society, Assistant Physician at the Children’s Hospital, Great Ormond Street, Professor of Materia Medica, Pharmacology and Therapeutics, and the Principles and Practice of Medicine at the University College Hospital Faculty of Medicine, Member of the Physiological Society,

Ringer is best known for inventing Ringer’s solution,

In 1869, Ringer’s popular and successful Ringer’s Handbook of Therapeutics, which was subsequently re-issued in thirteen editions between 1869 and 1897, and clearly demonstrated the impact and influence of homeopathy upon allopathy, as this book gives clear descriptions and specific actions of therapeutic agents, so very unlike the vague descriptions typical of allopathic Materia Medicas published but a few decades previously. Ringer’s Handbook of Therapeutics incorporated a large number of homeopathic remedies into a standard allopathic Materia Medica text book for the first time (John James Drysdale, Robert Ellis Dudgeon, Richard Hughes (Eds.), The British Journal of Homeopath, Volume XXVII, (Henry Turner 77 Fleet Street, 1869), Pages 516-518. See also Anon, The Century, Volume 24, (Century Company, 1882). Page 150. See also H. K Lewis, Lewis’s 1844-1944: a brief account of a century’s work, (H.K. Lewis & Co, Lewis (H. K.) and Company, ltd., publishers, London, 1945). Pages 14-17.).

In Ringer’s Handbook of Therapeutics, Ringer proclaimed that ‘no drug was more valuable than aconite for controlling inflammation‘, and he also spoke favourably about Chloride of Ammonia (homeopathic ammonium muriaticum), and arsenicum is recommended to be used along homeopathic guidelines, ‘as if the author was a homeopath’, and of camphor – ‘its benign influence in cholera is most conspicuous‘, he recommends ipecacuanha for vomiting, mercury for hepatic problems, belladonna in 10 minim doses for bronchitis, the use of tiny doses (100th of a grain), and also the use of highly dilute homeopathic doses ‘… An examination of this latest systematic work on therapeutics by a Profession of the dominant school shows us how rapidly the teachings of that school are converging towards the specific doctrines of the homeopathic school: in fact, we might give many extracts from the work before us which might equally well have appeared in the work of a writer on homeopathic therapeutics…’ (John James Drysdale, Robert Ellis Dudgeon, Richard Hughes (Eds.), The British Journal of Homeopath, Volume XXVII, (Henry Turner 77 Fleet Street, 1869), Pages 516-518).

Ringer advises taking the totality of the symptoms of digitalis into consideration when regarding the drug, and Ringer was among the first of allopaths to call attention to the value of the homeopathic use of certain drugs (Anon, The Century, Volume 24, (Century Company, 1882). Page 150), and demonstrated such open support for homeopathy that this led to criticism from allopaths, and Ringer was accused of having ‘homeopathic tendencies’ (H. K Lewis, Lewis’s 1844-1944: a brief account of a century’s work, (H.K. Lewis & Co, Lewis (H. K.) and Company, ltd., publishers, London, 1945). Pages 14-17), Continue reading Sydney Ringer 1836 – 1910

Epidemic Man and his Visitations

Epidemic Man and his Visitations by James John Garth Wilkinson 1893

In this book written by James John Garth Wilkinson in 1893, the author outlines the true causes of epidemics, pestilences, wars, violence and disease.

James John Garth Wilkinson explains how the ‘Spiritual World’ rebounds in a circle of mischief, as the stronger Nations suffer from ‘the lust of eating everything up’, which creates starvation in weaker Nations, creating a panic of ‘advancing death’, and disease which emerges in weaker Nations and then rebound back on the stronger Nations ‘to complete the round and finish the war’.

James John Garth Wilkinson calls these effects ‘evil correspondences’, as the stronger Nations can deny all responsibility for them.

James John Garth Wilkinson explains that ‘the attitude of Man to the World is the source of all his bliss and his woes. This manifests into the World in the ‘misuse of the soil of many ages’, resulting in pestilence, violence and warfare… and all at the expense of Man’s better nature’. Continue reading Epidemic Man and his Visitations

The Homeopathic Convalescent Home Eastbourne

The Homeopathic Convalescent Home EastbourneThe Homeopathic Convalescent Home in Eastbourne (*photo used courtesy of Homéopathe International by Sylvain Cazalet at PHOTOTHÈQUE HOMÉOPATHIQUE) 36, Enys Road, corner of Enys and Carew Roads (nearly opposite the Princess Alice Memorial Hospital), opened in 1888 under the management (Anon, The Hahnemannian Monthly, Volume 53, (LaBarre Printing Company, 1918). Page 318) of the London Homeopathic Hospital,

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