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A Real Companion and Friend:
The diary of William Lyon Mackenzie King

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Behind the Diary

A King's Who's Who Biographies

Henrietta "Etta" Wriedt (1860-1942)

Henrietta 'Etta' Wriedt, ca. 1934


Henrietta "Etta" Wriedt, ca. 1934

Mackenzie King first met Etta Wriedt, a "direct-voice" medium from Detroit, in 1932, through Mary Fulford. King attended séances with Emma Wriedt at the Fulford home in Brockville, and she came to Ottawa to conduct séances at both Laurier House and Kingsmere. King also visited her in Detroit and had sittings with her there. This photograph of Mackenzie King, Etta Wriedt and Joan Patteson (from left to right) is from King's personal collection.

A noted "direct-voice" medium from Detroit, Etta Wriedt was well known in spiritualist circles on both sides of the Atlantic. Mackenzie King met her in February 1932, through Mary Fulford of Brockville. King attended séances with Etta Wriedt at the Fulford home. Later, Etta Wriedt made a number of trips to Ottawa to conduct séances at both Laurier House and Kingsmere, where King and Joan Patteson communicated with deceased family members and friends, and King's political mentors, such as W.E. Gladstone and Sir Wilfrid Laurier. King also visited Etta Wriedt in Detroit and had additional sittings with her there.

Etta Wriedt died in 1942, and her obituary was printed in the September 16, 1942 edition of the New York Times.