Saltmarsh, H. F. (1881–1943)
Shipping agent who became a prominent member of the Society
for Psychical Research, London. He was born in London
on July 16, 1881. His business career was interrupted by ill
health, and in his early retirement he became interested in
theosophical literature and philosophy, which eventually led
him to psychical research. He joined the SPR in 1921 and
served on the council for more than a decade (1931–43). Saltmarsh
organized sittings with the medium Mrs. Warren Elliot,
which were reported in the Proceedings of the SPR (vol. 39; parts
112, 114; 1930) and made a special study of ‘‘crosscorrespondence’’
tests. He also classified evidence for precognition
and survival. He died February 24, 1943.
Sources
Saltmarsh, Herbert Francis. ‘‘Ambiguity in the Question of
Survival.’’ Proceedings on the Society for Psychical Research 46,
no. 165 (1941).
———. Evidence of Personal Survival from Cross Correspondences.
New York Arno Press, 1975.
———. Foreknowledge. London G. Bell & Sons, 1938. Reprint,
New York Arno Press, 1975.
———. ‘‘Is Proof of Survival Possible’’ Proceedings of the Society
for Psychical Research 40, no. 122 (1931–32).
———. ‘‘Report on the Investigation of Some Sittings with
Mrs. Warren Elliott.’’ Proceedings on the Society for Psychical
Research 39, no. 112 (1930).
Saltmarsh, H. F., and S. G. Soal. ‘‘A Method of Estimating
the Supernormal Content of Mediumistic Communications.’’
Proceedings of the Society for Psychical Research 39, no. 114
(1930).