especially as demonstrated in the “rappings” of the Foxes, which attracted so much attention in 1848.
The Tribune did, in December, 1849, publish as a matter of news an account of the “rappings,” signed by responsible citizens of Rochester
, while Greeley Was in Washington
as a member of Congress; but in a long review of a book on the “rappings” the next month it said: “We have not meant to imply that any statement in this book is necessarily false or incredible, but only that they are of such a nature as to require a very large amount of unimpeachable evidence to sustain them.”
Some two years later, Greeley
was present at one of the Fox
seances in a hotel in New York, but he was not impressed with their exhibition.
His wife, whose attention had been turned to things spiritual by the recent death of the son whom they so greatly mourned, attended several of the seances, and was so much interested that she invited the Foxes to spend several weeks at her house, and exhibitions of “rappings” given there were widely talked of, and Greeley
's name was naturally associated with the business.
But this was not an “ism” that won his unconditional acceptance, and he told a correspondent, through