To date, many scholars approaching A Christmas Carol have taken the existence of the spiritual within the story as a matter of fact without considering the imaginative origin of the spirit world as an object of inquiry. They accept Dickens’s inclusion of the supernatural without considering what may have inspired him to do so. Dickens’s discussion of the spiritual realm in A Christmas Carol hearkens to the work of a well-known mystic and writer, Emanuel Swedenborg. In Heaven and Its Wonders and Hell: From Things Heard and Seen (1758), Swedenborg recounts his own experiences with beings of the spiritual state. He attests to direct interaction with otherworldly beings throughout a period of thirteen years (Swedenborg 1946, 3, § 1).2 Swedenborgian theory circulated in his own country and abroad through the Romantic and Victorian eras, and the question of whether or not Dickens wrote under Swedenborgian influence motivates this study.