Author, "I Would Still Be Drowned in Tears": Spiritualism in Abraham Lincoln's White House
Hi, Michelle! I'm just finishing up a Lincoln ghostlore book for Llewellyn that touches on a lot of these same topics; your book looks like an excellent examination! I desperately want the story of Lincoln riding a floating piano to be true, but Kase's changing stories and the letter introducing Colburn to Lincoln at a much later date than the supposed seance force me to doubt it. Still, Browning's diary and all the other accounts of Belle making pianos rise and fall keep it in the realm of possibility.
Hi Adam, your book sounds really interesting also! The problem with all the sources for the Lincolns interest in Spiritualism (and just about every aspect of their lives) is that they are all unreliable on some level. In my book I discuss the letter introducing Nettie to the Lincolns and, for the first time, placed it into its proper context so it actually makes sense. If you have anymore questions, comments please feel free to contact me through my facebook page, I am under Michelle L. Hamilton.