When I first published my e-book, "Mathew Franklin Whittier in his own words," in year 2011, I thought I had found just about as much historical information as was available. I had written out his life in 10 chapters, in roughly chronological order; then there was a chapter devoted entirely to his relationship with his famous brother, poet John Greenleaf Whittier, and a chapter devoted to his written works. Finally, there was a 13th chapter wherein I placed the additional evidence which had come in after the bulk of this work was completed, which tended to verify my past-life impressions, as set forth throughout the first 10 chapters.
I had no idea.
That represented roughly two years of research; but over the next six years, I kept on finding things in the historical record. Chiefly, I used Google, Archive.org, historical libraries, and E-bay. That's right, E-bay was a huge source for material. That's because it has a saved search function, and I built up to something like 94 saved searches (because, I think I had complained about something at some point, and was given additional ones). Unlike library collections of notable persons' "papers," what you find on E-bay isn't culled for embarrassing content, or for worldly importance. In library collections, letters from inconsequential people like Mathew are generally not included (even where his brother is concerned, though there were a few); and anything embarrassing is sifted out.* Not so on E-bay. E-bay is as good as your ability to use searches; and your perseverance.
Every time I found a piece of evidence, it informed 25 different research issues, in web-fashion. The question, then, was where to insert the information, and how to cross-reference it. Where I had said "This is the earliest example I have seen," somewhere on page 500, suddenly it wasn't true any longer. And I had to keep all those things consistent. I also had to be sure that I didn't add information about XYZ on page 350, when actually that topic wasn't introduced until page 420.
Whereas the past-life match, and my conclusions about Mathew's life, had been somewhat tentative when I first published in 2011, by the time I got into 2017, both the reincarnation case and these conclusions about his life were all established far beyond a reasonable doubt. If you read the entire book, reincarnation is proven; and Mathew's authorship of a number of disputed works (i.e., disputed by me) is established, as well. This last issue--wresting Mathew's works, which were written under obscure pseudonyms, from the plagiarists who claimed them, took a great deal of time just by itself.
So as of this writing, given that there is a large Appendix plus a great number of images, still, it is coming in at about 2060 pages, now. And most of that is the final chapter, into which the bulk of the new evidence naturally fell.
That's absurd. Nobody does this, and nobody would think of reading such a thing. I don't market, I just maintain this website. No-one seems to have an interest in this book. I can go for weeks without seeing that a single person has even looked at it, at the point-of-purchase site.
And yet, an average of 350 persons visit my website each day; and something like that per month read this blog. I notice that many experts, in my field and in related fields, have written, say, 26 books. I would guess that their total verbiage actually exceeds mine; except that you have to pay 26 times for their books (which, perchance, are all on very similar topics, and contain quite a bit of overlap); whereas you simply buy mine once and have done with it.
The reason I'm writing all this today, is that once again, for the hundredth time, I have been entertaining the idea of writing a condensed version. I would have to try to condense over 2,000 pages down to perhaps 300. And whenever I think about doing this, I know that I would lose something crucial and indefinable. I find it very hard to explain. This book is my research journey. If the reader goes on the journey with me, he or she will experience the evidence as I experienced it, and will be convinced by that experience.
If, on the other hand, I summarize it, then we are back to a presentation which one can believe, or not believe.
Whether you like detective work, or you like humor and clever writing, this is an entertaining book. It is also smoothly-written, which I insured by going over it carefully dozens of times. (By contrast, I typically go over each of these Updates four or five times.) If someone wanted to get a feel for it, and to be entertained, all he or she would have to do is to read three relatively short summaries in the Appendix: Mathew's life chronology, or what I call the "Mathew Franklin Whittier timeline"; the chronological summary of the major research discoveries, or the "Research timeline"; and my results tabulation, called the "Scorecard summary." With these under your belt, or better-yet, printed out by your side, you could dip anywhere into these final research results chapters, and enjoy whatever you ran across, there. I have everything separated into inline sub-headings, so you could just read them like popcorn. You could save it for a rainy day, and keep on coming back to it like this, over a period of months, and I think it would be well-worth the price of admission.
The only thing you couldn't do, if you read it like this, is to assert that it fails to prove my proposed past-life match, and hence, reincarnation itself. For that, you have to immerse yourself in the book and read it from beginning to end. If you can get all the way through it, and then honestly pronounce that it doesn't prove reincarnation, fine.
But you can't.
I am proving reincarnation. I have no interest in summarizing a case, short of that proof. So every time I think about shortening this book to a reasonable length, I give up the idea--because that wasn't the reason I wrote it in the first place.
I predict that sooner or later, even without advertising, there will be people who do purchase this book and enjoy reading the various sub-headings like popcorn, and feel that the purchase price was well worth it. But eventually, there will come along the second class of people--those who eagerly immerse themselves in it, let it carry them along, and discover the depth of the thing.
I may not still be alive by that time; but then again, I may be back...
Stephen Sakellarios, M.S.
*In one instance, however, I found a piece of "dirt" that had been cut out of a letter for exclusion, but this snippet had accidentally been included instead of excluded.
Music opening this page: "Last House on the Block" by Eric Johnson, from the album "Europe Live"