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Account of a Familiar Spirit," The Analytical Magazine 4 (Philadelphia: Moses Thomas, 1814): 313-26.
They do, however, refer to sprites and imps as synonymous with familiar spirits.
8); "correspondences, and exchange between spirits and humans have been a central topic of this book" (158); "With our modern sensibility we may address the topic of 'spiritual' presences' in early modern Europe with ironic disinterest (the familiar spirits are archeological and curious details of a defunct culture, and their relevance resides in their historical value), yet my entire book is dedicated to these nonexistent beings" (139).
With the introduction last summer of Baileys Minis, the brand looked to bridge the gap between single-serve alcoholic beverages that carry familiar spirits names and the actual spirits products.
O'Brien quotes Kimbra Gish as pointing out how the books portray in a positive light activities condemned in both the Old and the New Testament--enchanting, divination, charms, consulting with familiar spirits, "abominations" in the eyes of God which must be driven out.
Familiar Spirits doesn't recount the remainder of Lurie's career as a fiction writer, but I'll support my opening comment above by pointing out that her third novel, an expose of the world of mediums and spiritualist mysticism, is dedicated to Merrill and Jackson.
The bad sense of brudiwr is clearest in the Welsh Bible of 1588, where a geisio wybodaeth gan gonsuriwr, neu frydiwr of Deuteronomy 18:11 corresponds to 'or a wizard, or a consulter with familiar spirits' in AV, and yna'r ymofynnant ag eulynnod, ac a swynyddion, ac a dewiniaid, ac a brydwyr of Isaiah 19:3 with 'and they shall seek to the idols, and to the charmers, and to them that have familiar spirits, and to the wizards'.