The Voice Box
Mrs Thomas Everitt - Direct Voice Medium
Mrs. Thomas Everitt
One of the earliest and best British private mediums and the first to produce direct voice in England. She was the wife of a North London tailor. She began to give séances in 1855 but was little known to the public before 1867. She produced a variety of physical phenomena, raps, movement without contact, psychic lights, and direct writing, in addition to the direct voice of "John Watts" and of "Znippy," a South Sea Islander, who was heard through a cardboard tube. The earliest such record of "Znippy" dates from 1867 when, at a dark séance with Agnes Guppy-Volkman, Everitt was thrown for the first time into trance.
Many descriptions of Everitt's phenomena were published in Morell Theabold's Spirit Workers in the Home Circle (1887). The Theobald and Everitt families were close friends. The book describes how Everitt, on returning to consciousness, frequently told what she had seen in the spirit world, that cool breezes and scents were frequent phenomena, and that she had considerable powers of Psychometry. On one occasion, in Cornwall, she placed a piece of rock to her forehead and entertained her friends by descriptions of antediluvian monsters, boiling masses, and upheaving rocks.
Theobald compared the sounds that accompanied her direct-writing phenomena to a quickly working electric needle. In close and legible characters he had seen 500 or more words produced in five or six seconds.
E. Dawson Rogers, in a letter to E. T. Bennett, states: "The most completely proven cases of direct writing of which I know are those of Mrs. Everitt. As to many of them I can personally testify their genuineness is beyond dispute. My first séance with Mrs. Everitt was on May 3, 1870. I thought I would ask a question which Mrs. Everitt herself could not possibly answer. 'John Watts' spoke, and promised to give us some direct writing and I thereupon said 'Please give us a definition of the distinction between the Will and the Understanding.' Paper and pencil had been placed on the table and in eight seconds, or perhaps ten, on lighting up, we found a direct and intelligent answer to the question, containing over 150 words. Its phrasing was peculiar. I afterwards found it was an extract from one of Swedenborg's writings, with a few slight alterations, and an extract such as it would be extremely difficult for anyone to carry in his memory. Certainly Mrs. Everitt could never do it. One of Mrs. Everitt's spirit attendants is said to be a gentleman who had been a distinguished Swedenborg Minister."
Several other pieces of direct writing proved to be quotations from books, sometimes from ancient ones. Once, in the presence of Sir William Crooks and Edward William Cox, the following quotation was given in direct writing: "Religentum esse oportet Religiosum nefas. You will find the meaning in Incerti Autoris Aprice Aut. Gell." (and below) After considerable search, the passage was found in Autus Gellius, book 4, canto 9. (Gellius was a poet who lived in the reign of Adrian in the second century.)
Writing in Light, July 7, 1894, Mr. Everitt describes a cold wind and strange sounds that preceded the approach of the "influence" and states: "Then the paper and pencil are whisked up into the air, a rapid tick-tick-ticking is heard, lasting barely a few seconds, paper and pencil fall to the table, and a light is called for. The writing is done. The speed of production varies from 100 to 150 words a second. The exceeding minuteness of the writing is striking, also the closeness together of the words and the lines. Crookes was the first to draw attention to the fact that no indentation whatever is produced by this writing. Even with the thinnest paper there is not the slightest perceptible mark on the back."
Everitt being a private medium, test conditions were not applied.
Theobald, Morell. Spirit Workers in the Home Circle. Boston: Colby & Rich, 1887.
Gale Encyclopedia of Occultism & Parapsychology:
Religentum esse oportet Religiosum nefas
Google Translation: Religious Persuasion must be wrong