Stiles, Joseph D.
American printer who, in the early days of Spiritualism, received
through automatic writing remarkable prophecies of
the impending Civil War. The story was published under the
title Twelve Messages from John Quincy Adams through Joseph D.
Stiles in 1859 by Josiah Brigham. The author had met Stiles in
June 1854. The messages were written by Stiles in trance from
August 1854 until March 1858. They came in John Quincy
Adams’s handwriting and under his signature.
Stiles also produced other remarkable autographs. One
prophecy—‘‘I thus boldly prophesy the dissolution of the
American Confederacy, and the destruction of slavery’’—was
signed ‘‘George Washington’’ with every peculiarity of Washington’s
difficult signature.