PROCEEDINGS OF THE SOCIETY FOR PSYCHICAL RESEARCH
[The Theosophist, Vol. IV, No. 3, December, 1882, p. 72]
The first number of the journal of this new Society is full of interesting matter and indicates that our sister association will do good work in a field where such service was sorely needed. Our friendly interest in its operations has been already declared (The Theosophist, July) without reserve, and we need only repeat that our Society is ready and willing to carry out any line of psychic research in India or Ceylon that the S.P.R. may indicate. The more so that some of our ablest men of the British Theosophical Society have become members of the new body. The roll of its officers and Council contains some names great in science; such as Mr. Henry Sidgwick, of Cambridge; Professor Balfour Stewart, F.R.S., of Owens College, Manchester; Professor W. F. Barrett, F.R.S.E., of Trinity College, Dublin;* Dr. Lochart Robertson; Rev. W. Stainton-Moses, M.A. (Oxon); Mr. C. C. Massey; Dr. Wyld, etc., etc. The present number of the journal is occupied with the inaugural address of President Sidgwick—a calm, dignified and able paper—and reports of experiments in thought reading by Professors B. Stewart and Barrett, Messrs. Edmund Gurney, F. W. H. Myers, and Rev. A. M. Creery; a list of the Society’s members and associates and its constitution and rules. Those who can read the significance of coincidences will please make note of the fact that the Society’s first general meeting was held—as, seven years earlier, that of the
* [See important information in appendix, under Barrett.—Compiler.]
Theosophical Society had been—on the seventeenth of the month; in July, the seventh month of the year; and that the members number seventy-five. Omen faustum.