Mansfield, J. V. (ca. 1870)
Nineteenth-century American medium who advertised as
the ‘‘spirit postmaster’’ in the Banner of Light. He obtained
thousands of letters in sealed envelopes addressed to spiritfriends,
read them clairvoyantly, and wrote out replies automatically
in various languages. German, Spanish, Greek, Arabic,
Sanskrit, and even Chinese answers were sometimes given.
Encyclopedia of Occultism & Parapsychology • 5th Ed. Mansfield, J. V.
Many witnesses testified to his powers. His scripts were preserved
in evidence. His mediumship is described in N. B.
Wolfe’s Startling Facts in Modern Spiritualism (1875).
However, in the report of the Seybert Commission, Dr. H.
H. Furness, the acting chairman, discredited Mansfield’s powers
on the basis of a clairvoyant sitting and a sealed letter test.
For a detailed account of Mansfield’s handling of an ingeniously
sealed letter, see the Spiritual Magazine (1868, p. 425).
Wolfe, N. B. Startling Facts in Modern Spiritualism. Chicago
Religio-Philosophical Publishing House, 1875.