Salter, W(illiam) H(enry) (1880–1970)
British lawyer who was president of the Society for Psychical
Research, London. He was born on March 19, 1880, in
London, England. He was educated at St. Paul’s School, London
and Trinity College, Cambridge University (M.A., LL.B.).
In 1915 he married Helen Woollgar de Gaudrion Verrall, the
daughter of medium Margaret Verrall. Helen Salter, who actually
introduced her husband to psychical research, became an
Encyclopedia of Occultism & Parapsychology • 5th Ed. Salter, W(illiam) H(enry)
important officer at the SPR and even served a term as vice
Salter served with the Ministry of Munitions during World
War II (1916–21) and was awarded the Member of the British
Empire in 1918. He joined the SPR in 1916, and was honorary
treasurer (1920–31), honorary secretary (1924–48), and president
(1967–68). Salter participated in a number of experiments
and became an authority on the subject of automatic
writing. He was also interested in telepathy, apparitions,
mediumship, and the evidence for survival. Helen Salter,
above and beyond her work for the society, was well-known for
her automatic writing and took part in the famous ‘‘crosscorrespondence’’
tests. After his death in 1970, William Salter
left a series of papers concerned with these correspondences
and his reminiscences of life at the SPR at Trinity College,
Cambridge, with instructions that they were not to be opened
until 1995 and 1996 respectively.
Berger, Arthur S., and Joyce Berger. The Encyclopedia of
Parapsychology and Psychical Research. New York Paragon
House, 1991.
Pleasants, Helene, ed. Biographical Dictionary of Parapsychology.
New York Helix Press, 1964.
Salter, William H. ‘‘An Experiment in Pseudo-Scripts.’’ Proceedings
of the Society for Psychical Research 36, no. 103
———. Ghosts and Apparitions. London G. Bell & Sons,
———. The Society for Psychical Research; An Outline of Its History.
London Society for Psychical Research, 1948.
———. ‘‘Some Automatic Scripts Purported to be Inspired
by Margaret Veley.’’ Proceedings of the Society for Psychical Research
38, no. 110 (1928–29).
———. Trance Mediumship An Introductory Study of Mrs. Piper
and Mrs. Leonard. London Society for Psychical Research,
———. Zoar The Evidence of Psychical Research Concerning
Survival. New York Arno Press, 1961.

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