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Goodwin Wharton Paperback – 7 Dec 1989
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"Goodwin Wharton" is the story of the attempts by 17th century aristocrat Goodwin Wharton to transmute arcane knowledge into wealth, power and salvation with the assistence of parish spiritualist, physician and confidence woman, Mary Tomson Boucher Lawrence.
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Out of favor with his family and shunned under James the Second for his apparent Whig sympathies, Wharton returned to some fame and power following the accession of Mary II, but his journals all but ignore events in the real world in favor of the details of his attempts to create an alchemist's stone, meet the Fairy Queen, raise sunken ships, find buried treasure, talk with spirits, and hear the voice of God. It is clear that Mary Parish was a charlatan for the ages, and Wharton endlessly gullible and hopeful that their next exploit would lead him to unimagined wealth. Suffused with hope, Wharton believes any story his consort invents to explain the failure of their most recent exploits, and this boundless gullibility can eventually get tiresome for a 21st Century reader. Nevertheless, the book is a curious and rare look at how one man thought in an age when faith, superstition and magic began to cross with science, a behind-the-scenes look at an eccentric 17th Century Englishman and the wildly inventive woman who took him on the ride of his life.