Stiles, Joseph D
Stiles, Joseph D.
American printer who, in the early days of Spiritualism, received through automatic writing remarkable prophecies of the impending Civil War. The story was published under the title Twelve Messages from John Quincy Adams through Joseph D. Stiles in 1859 by Josiah Brigham. The author had met Stiles in June 1854. The messages were written by Stiles in trance from August 1854 until March 1858. They came in John Quincy Adams's handwriting and under his signature.
Stiles also produced other remarkable autographs. One prophecy—"I thus boldly prophesy the dissolution of the American Confederacy, and the destruction of slavery"—was signed "George Washington" with every peculiarity of Wash-ington's difficult signature.