William Carpenter (Common Sense)
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|Born||25 February 1830|
Greenwich, Kent, England
|Died||1 September 1896 (66) |
|Nationality||British; American (from 1879)|
|Noted work(s)||"One Hundred Proofs the Earth is Not a Globe" (1885)|
William Carpenter (February 25, 1830 - September 1, 1896) was an English-born printer and stenographer, as well as author and publisher of various tracts and texts in support of Spiritualism and Samuel Rowbotham's Zetetic Flat Earth theories, both under his own name and under the pseudonym Common Sense.
as Common Sense
- Common Sense (1864), The Earth Not a Globe, by Common Sense, London: Job Caudwell
- Common Sense (1864), Sir Isaac Newton's Theoretical Astronomy Examined and Refuted by Common Sense, London: Heywood and Co.
- Common Sense (1865), Something about Spiritualism: Herein Is Shown What Spiritualism Really Is; the Opinions of Mr. Spurgeon, Mr. W. Howitt, and Others, Are Given; the Mysteries in Connexion with the Brothers Davenport Are Explained; and Full Instructions Are Laid Down, London: Job Caudwell, http://www.iapsop.com/ssoc/1865__carpenter___something_about_spiritualism.pdf
- "Bosh" and "Bunkum"! Dedicated to the "Christian World", London: Heywood & Co., 1868, https://books.google.com/books?id=ugWHibKW5SEC&pg=PA1
as William Carpenter
- Vicars, Hedley (1858), Carpenter, William, ed., Spiritualism, a Discourse, with Introductory and Concluding Prayers, by the Immortal Spirit of Captain Hedley Vicars, Greenwich: Printed for the Proprietor, http://www.iapsop.com/ssoc/1858__carpenter___spiritualism_a_discourse.pdf — [a.k.a. Communion with "Ministering Spirits"]
- Carpenter, William (1871), Water, Not Convex! The Earth Not a Globe!: Demonstrated by Alfred R. Wallace on the 5th of March, 1870, by Experiments Conducted on the Old Bedford Canal, Near Downham Market, Norfolk, London: William Carpenter
- Carpenter, William (1875), Proctor's "Planet Earth": Dedicated to the Members of the London School Board, London: W. Carpenter
- Carpenter, William (1876), Mr. Lockyer's Logic: Dedicated to the Members of the London School Board, London: W. Carpenter
- Carpenter, William (1877), The Delusion of the Day; Or, Dyer's Reply to "Parallax", London: W. Carpenter
- Carpenter, William (1878), A Reply to Professor Airy's Ipswich Lectures to Workingmen, London: W. Carpenter
- Carpenter, William (1885), One Hundred Proofs the Earth is Not a Globe, Baltimore: The Author, https://archive.org/details/onehundredproofs00carp
Carpenter also briefly published two magazines in the United States: "Carpenter's Folly" (1887); and "Shorthand" (1893-1894).
- "Obituaries, American", Appleton's Annual Cyclopaedia and Register of Important Events of the Year 1896, 3, 1, New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1897, p. 549, https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015053690684;view=1up;seq=575, retrieved 2017-02-10, "Carpenter, William, author, born in England in 1830; died in Baltimore, Md., Sept, 1, 1896. He learned the printer's trade, and worked for several publishers in London. He removed to Baltimore in 1879, and was afterward engaged in teaching stenography[...] His theory, in brief, was that the earth is not a globe, but has a flat (circular!) form, revolving on a central axis with the sun stationary over the center. The equator was the center of the earth's surface, and the polar regions the outer edge. He attempted to defend his theory both on scientific and religious grounds."