LECTURE ON ANIMAL MAGNETISM, DELIVERED (BY REQUEST) BEFORE THE MOBILE FRANKLIN SOCIETY, ON THE 18th FEBRUARY, 1846
1846 · Charleston
by Nott, J.C.
Charleston: Burges and James, Printers, 1846. Originally published in the "Southern Journal of Medicine and Pharmacy." Disbound pamphlet. 22 cm. 31 pp. Inscribed at the head of the title page: "Hon. M. King with the respects of R.W. Gibbes." Some scattered foxing, else very good. Nott (1804-1873) was born in South Carolina and educated at South Carolina College, the College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, and the University of Pennsylvania, before settling in Mobile, Alabama, in 1836. While developing an international reputation for his work with yellow fever in the 1840s, he also experimented with the principles of mesmerism and animal magnetism that had been gaining popularity. In this lecture, he cites correspondence with his old friend Dr. R.W. Gibbes of Columbia, South Carolina: "In this letter [from Gibbes] he detailed to me certain facts, the results of his own private experiments, which were so simple in their nature and so clearly stated" as to convince Nott of the efficacies of animal magnetism. Nott also became one of the leading southern voices in advancing the proposition that blacks were inherently inferior to whites, writing a book on the subject with George R. Gliddon, "Types of Mankind," published in 1854, proposing racist doctines of multiple creations and separate species of humans.
R.W. Gibbes (1809-1866) was a leading physician and civic leader in Columbia, and contributor to the field of vertebrate paleontology of South Carolina. Mitchell King (1783-1862) was a prominent lawyer and judge in Charleston, and founder of the Philosophical Society of Charleston.
OCLC lists one copy [in a bound volume of pamphlets]: Univ. of Chicago. (Inventory #: 60989)