|Title Page of Transaction Number 2|
The letter shows how the Philadelphians' were actively looking for new spiritual happenings. From Denmark, to Germany, and then back to England, there was clearly an extensive communication network that can only partially be recovered from historical records unearthed so far. As this letter, and many others, have not been located in their original form, it would suggest that a substantial portion of the Philadelphian's letters have been lost. The reliability of some of these letters is questionable to say the least. In a letter from Hereford, a member describes an account of a spiritual apparition which he had been told about 'some time ago' by a friend. This friend had heard the story while in York from a Mr Wright, making the Philadelphians recipients of third-hand information. The story itself is rather humerous- Mr Wright, while trying to sleep, saw a shadow move at the end of the bed. Thinking it was his dog, he was shocked to discover it was in fact a friend who had died two years earlier, dressed in 'a Night-cap and a little Hat'. The apparition had several messages to pass on to his still alive wife, and tasked Mr Wright with delivering them.
|Roach sets his own poem to music|
The final section of the publication features part of Roach's poem 'Solomon's Porch' set to music. The poem had previously appeared in the first part of Jane Lead's diary, published in 1696. Here the mystical poem serves a communal purpose. According to Roach the poem had been adapted to fit with 'Natural Recitative Musick', suggesting that the poem was meant to be communally recited more as a chant than a song. This again, like in the first volume of the Theosophical Transactions, allows us a glimpse into the likely content and happenings of a Philadelphian meeting.
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