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Companions from Another World
Godfroy Patteson, Mrs Wreidt, Joan Patteson and Prime Minister Mackenzie King at Kingsmere. Copyright/Source
Mackenzie King with the Forster painting of his mother, Mrs. John King, in his library at Laurier House, ca. 1945. Copyright/Source
Mackenzie King took up spiritualism in the 1920s, when it was a popular fad, and continued to practice it throughout his life. Together with his friend Joan Patteson and mediums such as Mrs. Weidt, King communed with a variety of spirits, including his mother, his grandfather William Lyon Mackenzie, Wilfrid Laurier, Saint Luke and Saint John, all of whom he consulted on his career and life.
Transcript of a séance at Laurier House, from Mackenzie King's diary, October 6, 1935. Copyright/Source