Webster Edgerly

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Webster Edgerly
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Photo portrait of "Edmund Shaftesbury"

Born Albert Webster Edgerly
20 December 1852(1852-12-20)
Salem, Massachusetts
Died 5 November 1926 (73) [1]
Trenton, New Jersey
Pen name Edmund Shaftesbury,
Everett Ralston
Occupation(s) Author, Publisher
Nationality American
Alma mater Boston University
Affiliations Martyn College
Ralston Health Club
Personal Magnetism Club of America
Known for Ralstonism; Glame
Spouse(s) Ella F. Glines (1877);[2]
Cora E. Burchstead (1883)[3]
Edna Reid Boyts (189?)
Webster Edgerly, c. 1921

Albert Webster Edgerly (December 20, 1852 - November 5, 1926) was an American attorney, actor, author, and health guru, founder of Ralstonism and the Ralston Health Club (under the name Everett Ralston), through which he acted as a promoter of various doctrines for self-improvement (generally under his authorial pseudonym Edmund Shaftesbury).

Selected Bibliography

As Webster Edgerly

As Everett Ralston

  • The introductory membership books for the Ralston Health Club, in sundry editions and forms, with titles like General Membership Book of Knowledge of the Ralston Health Club and The Book of Complete Membership in the Ralston Health Club.
  • Ralston, Everett (1891), The Ralston Brain Regime, Washington, D.C.: The Martyn College Press,  — "Presenting a Course of Conduct, Exercises and Study designed to develop perfect health in the physical brain, strength the mind, and increase the power of thought."

As Edmund Shaftesbury


Magnetism / Esoteric

  • Shaftesbury, Edmund, Personal Magnetism 
  • Shaftesbury, Edmund, Universal Magnetism, I 
  • Shaftesbury, Edmund, Universal Magnetism, II 
  • Shaftesbury, Edmund, Operations of the Other Mind: Making Known the Unseen Powers of the Universe in Their Control Over Human Life 
  • Shaftesbury, Edmund, Mental Magnetism 
  • Shaftesbury, Edmund, Advanced Magnetism 
  • Shaftesbury, Edmund, Magnetism of the Sexes 
  • Shaftesbury, Edmund (1898), Immortality, a Scientific Proof of Life After Death, Washington, D.C.: Martyn College Press Association, 
  • Shaftesbury, Edmund (1903), The Adam-man Tongue: The Universal Language of the Human Race, Washington, D.C.: Ralston Publishing Company, 
  • Shaftesbury, Edmund; The Committee of the Society, eds. (1907), Book of the Psychic Society, a Study of the Unseen Powers that Surround Human Life, Based on Fixed Natural Laws, Washington, D.C.: Ralston Company, 
  • Shaftesbury, Edmund (1907), Physical Religion: A System of Warfare Against the Penalties of Existence, Based Upon the Laws of Universal Life, Washington, D.C.: Ralston Health Club 
  • Shaftesbury, Edmund (1908), Book of Glame: A Complete Course in Life Electricity; The Source of Vitality, Washington, D.C.: Ralston University Publishing Company 
  • Shaftesbury, Edmund (1926), Thought Transference: Or, the Radio-Activity of the Human Mind, Based on the Newly Discovered Laws of Radio Communication Between Brain and Brain, Meriden, Conn.: The Ralston University Press 
  • Shaftesbury, Edmund (1926), Future Seeing and Philosophy of Philosophies: A Study of Coming Events, Conditions, and Transactions Based on the Well Established Law That All Future Occurrences are Absolutely Controlled By Unvarying Lines of Causation That Are Discernible in Present Day Activities, Meriden, Conn.: The Ralston University Press 
  • Shaftesbury, Edmund (1928), The Great Psychic: The Master Power of the Universe: a Study of the Origin, Meaning and Purpose of Those Controlling Influences that Precede, Attend and Follow Human Existence on Earth: an All-inclusive Educational System Based on New Sources of Knowledge, Meriden, Conn.: The Ralston University Press 

As King Wallace

(It is likely that Edgerly wrote as King Wallace, though unconfirmed.)

  • Wallace, King (1892), The New War: A Prediction, Washington, D.C.: The Martyn Publishing House  — a novel about race war between blacks and whites, in which a group of black conspirators plan to poison the whites; this failing, the whites retaliate, committing genocide against all the blacks in the United States. Opens with a statement that the conspiracy against the white race described in the novel is real.[4]


  1. "Find A Grave Index," database, FamilySearch ( : 13 December 2015), Webster Edgerly, 1926; Burial, Ewing, Mercer, New Jersey, United States of America, First Presbyterian Church of Ewing Cemetery; citing record ID 59221213, Find a Grave,
  2. "Massachusetts Town Records, ca. 1638-1961," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 20 April 2016), Albert W. Edgerly and Ella F. Glines, 15 Oct 1877; citing Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts, United States, Town clerks and local churches; FHL microfilm 1,927,902.
  3. "Massachusetts Town Records, ca. 1638-1961," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 20 April 2016), Albert W. Edgerly and Cora E. Burchstead, 23 Feb 1883; citing Lynn, Essex, Massachusetts, United States, Town clerks and local churches; FHL microfilm 1,927,901.
  4. Bleiler, Everett F.; Bleiler, Richard J. (1990), "2285. THE NEXT WAR. A PREDICTION.", Science-Fiction, the Early Years: A Full Description of More Than 3,000 Science-fiction Stories from Earliest Times to the Appearance of the Genre Magazines in 1930 : with Author, Title, and Motif Indexes, Kent, Ohio: Kent State University Press, p. 785,, retrieved 2016-12-16