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Shipping agent. B. July 16, 1881, London: d. February 24, 1943, Lynton, Devonshire, England. Saltmarsh, forced by ill health to retire from business at an early age, became interested in psychical research through a study of theosophical literature and, later, philosophy. He joined the Society for Psychical Research, London, in 1921, serving on its Council from 1931 until his death.

In 1930 Saltmarsh organized a series of sittings with the medium Mrs. Warren Elliott, in which sessions were divided into two classes, those which the "sitter" attended and those to which the sitter sent an object in a sealed package. Records were made and annotated of the medium's statements under both sets of circumstances, and Saltmarsh reported on the sessions in the SPR Proceedings (Vol. 39, Parts 112, 114; 1930). He also surveyed and classified material relating to precognition and made a special study of the "cross-correspondences" and other forms of possible survival evidence.

Saltmarsh was author of the books Foreknowledge (1938) and Evidence of Personal Survival from Cross Correspondences (1938). His articles in the SPR Proceedings included "Report on the Investigation of Some Sittings with Mrs. Warren Elliott" (Vol. 39, Part 112, 1930); "A Method of Estimating the Supernormal Content of Mediumistic Communications" (with S. G. Soal, q.v., Vol. 39, Part 114, 1930); "Is Proof of Survival Possible?" (Vol. 40, Part 122, 1931-32); "Report on Cases of Apparent Precognition" (Vol. 42, Part 134, 1934); "Some Comments on Mr. Tyrrell's Paper on Individuality" (Vol. 44, Part 148, 1936-37); "Ambiguity in the Question of Survival" (Vol. 46, Part 165, 1941).

Taken from Helene Pleasants (1964) Biographical Dictionary of Parapsychology with Directory and Glossary 1946-1996 NY: Garrett Publications



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