During the Buchanan administration, Horace H. Day, a rubber manufacturer, was particularly resourceful when it came to entertaining Congressmen in Washington. According to Roy Franklin Nichols,
Mr. Day retained the services of two spiritualists, a Mrs. Gould and Mrs. Sarah H. Whitman of Providence, described as "an authoress of some celebrity." A Mrs. Stone, wife of one of Day's clerks, also was active "moving with members." A witness later testified, when asked if Mrs. Stone were a spiritualist, "I think not -- I think she was more material."