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Homeopathic Physician, Translator and Biographer of Swedenborg

James John Garth Wilkinson (1812-1899).  Homoeopathic physician, translator and biographer of Swedenborg and a writer on a variety of religious, medical and social topics.  He edited the first letter-press edition of Blake’s Songs of Innocence and Experience.  His many friends and correspondents in the literary world included Ralph Waldo Emerson, Thomas Carlyle, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Charles Dickens, Robert Browning, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Coventry Patmore, and George MacDonald.  His greatest friend was the American Swedenborgian thinker Henry James senior, who named his third son Garth Wilkinson James in his honor.  An early practitioner of homoeopathy, he saw Hahnemannn’s system as a scientific application of Swedenborg’s doctrine of correspondences.

References:  Richard Lines, ‘James John Garth Wilkinson: Author, Physician and Translator’ in Annual Journal of the New Church Historical Society for 2002 and CJ Wilkinson, James John Garth Wilkinson.