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Emilie Augusta Louise Lind-af-Hageby



                                                                                              MERCY PHILLIMORE


            It is with pleasure that I recall a few memories of Miss Lind-af-Hageby whose death occurred on Dec. 26 1963, at the age of 85. Though born a Swede, the greater part of a lifetime spent in this country made her virtually an Englishwoman.

            Miss Lind was no waverer in her support of the Spiritualist movement. She was a popular public speaker, generous with her time in addressing large propaganda meetings for all sections of the movement. She was President of the London Spiritualist Alliance from 1935 to 1943, having joined its Council in 1930.

            Her complete conviction of individual survival of death was drawn partly from experience with the most successful mediums, but more particularly from her own personal form of mediumship, which was only used privately among her most intimate friends.

            Animal Welfare and Anti-Vivisection called forth her greatest efforts. She was Founder and President of the Animal Defence League, and in logical compliance with her opinion-I think it correct to say, with her knowledge-she was a vegetarian.

            The welfare of children was also close to her heart, and for some years she was responsible for the care of needful children at a beautiful property at Carcassonne, in France, in the conduct of which she followed enlightened modern theories.

            In all her public work Miss Lind was enthusiastically supported by the late Duchess of Hamilton and two other ladies. The four enjoyed an ideal friendship: each one participating in the work had her own special department. The other three, though younger, predeceased Miss Lind, and one can realise with sympathy a certain loneliness in her closing years.

            Now that all have passed on, it may be permissible to mention that Miss Lind's psychic gifts were used in company with those devoted coworkers with the object of receiving inspiration for their combined work. Miss Lind believed herself to be in close association with Anna Kingsford, the famous Victorian anti-vivisectionist who herself spent some years in the study of medicine in order to combat the practice of vivisection. This identity of interest, together with the friends' practice of keeping their circle entirely private, favoured truer communication. Such a claim, which raises eyebrows among unbelievers, must be judged in the light of the intelligence and achievement of those concerned. Probably those who knew Miss Lind and understood the significance of psychic activity as a dynamic experience supporting faith in survival will be ready to accept this claim from a courageous woman who faced much obloquy throughout her life because of her chosen work. (p. 40)

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[Published in Light, Vol. LXXXIV, . 3.456, 1964.]