An Instrument of Initiatic Knowledge
Doctor Paschal Beverly Randolph is one of the great, mysterious figures of nineteenth-century occultism. There has been much talk about him, and much heated discussion of his bizarre theories by those not initiated into them, outside of his students and secret adepts. But it has never been possible to reconstruct the personality and intimate life of this American mulatto, who trusted no one and constantly surrounded himself with absolutely impenetrable mystery. Silence was his emblem and the watchword that he imposed on all those who approached him.
Still, the few details,...