The death announcement of Louis Claude de Saint-Martin (18 January 1743 – 13 October 1803)

The text below was published in the broadsheet ‘Journal des débats‘ on November 6, 1803.

“M. de Saint-Martin, who had founded in Germany a religious sect known as the Martinists, has just died at Aunay, near Paris, at the home of Senator Lenoir-Laroche. He had acquired some celebrity for his bizarre opinions, his attachment to the dreams of the illuminated and his famous unintelligible book ‘Errors and Truth’.

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It is generally believed that French mystic Louis-Claude de Saint-Martin did not transmit a personal ritual initiation, and founded no society, nor any order of any kind. Saint-Martin did not found the ‘Martinist Order’ either, which was in fact created by Papus in 1887-1891. Clearly, however, his death announcement suggests otherwise, and that there was indeed a contemporary German group in existence surrounding St Martin calling themselves ‘Martinistes‘ during his lifetime. What became of this German group?

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