From The Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia

Necromancy is a letter written by Arthur Conan Doyle published in the Daily Mail on 28 october 1919.


Daily Mail (28 november 1919, p. 8)

From Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

To the Editor of The Daily Mail.

Sir, — My late friend Mr. Grant Allen was misinformed. [In his "Evolution of the Idea of God" he wrote, I have known two instances of modern spiritualists who had their wives' bodies embalmed that the spirit might return and inhabit them."] Anyone who embalmed a body with the idea that the spirit would return to it was certainly not a spiritualist. It is only one of those wild assertions like that of a leading paper's leading article the other day, which asserted that spiritualists "call up spirits." But the light spreads.

Arthur Conan Doyle,
Windlesham, Crowborough, Sussex.