An Essay on Capacity and Genius: To Prove that There is No Original Mental Superiority Between the Most Illiterate and the Most Learned of Mankind; and that No Genius ... is Innate, But Solely Produced by and Dependent on Circumstances. Also Enquiry Into the Nature of Ghosts, and Other Appearances Supposed to be Supernatural

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W. Simpkin and R. Marshall - Genius - 537 pages

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Page 288 - I owed much to an old woman who resided in the family, remarkable for her ignorance, credulity, and superstition. She had, I suppose, the largest collection in the country of tales and songs concerning devils, ghosts, fairies, brownies, -witches, warlocks, spunkies, kelpies, elf-candles, dead-lights, wraiths, apparitions, cantraips, giants, enchanted towers, dragons and other trumpery.
Page vi - I think I may say, that of all the men we meet with, nine parts of ten are what they are, good or evil, useful or not, by their education.
Page 459 - I opened my eyes. I conversed sometimes with my physician and my wife of the phantasms which at the moment surrounded me ; they appeared more frequently walking than at rest, nor were they constantly present. They frequently did not come for some time, but always reappeared for a longer or shorter period, either singly or in company, the latter, however, being most frequently the case.
Page 288 - Though it cost the schoolmaster some thrashings, I made an excellent English scholar; and by the time I was ten or eleven years of age, I was a critic in substantives, verbs, and particles.
Page 415 - And he said unto her, What form is he of? And she said, An old man cometh up; and he is covered with a mantle.
Page vi - Tis that which makes the great difference in mankind. The little or almost insensible impressions on our tender infancies have very important and lasting consequences: and there 'tis, as in the fountains of some rivers, where a gentle application of the hand turns the flexible waters in channels, that make them take quite contrary courses; and by this direction given them at first in the source, they receive different tendencies, and arrive at last at very remote and distant places.
Page 445 - I put out my arm to feel it, and my hand seemingly went through the body of it, and felt no manner of substance till it came to the wall ; then I drew back my hand, and still it was in the same place. Till now...
Page 444 - I leapt out of bed, and, not staying to put on my clothes, went out of my room and along a gallery to the door, which I found locked or bolted; I desired him to unlock the door, for that I could not get in ; then he got out of bed and opened the door, which was near, and went immediately to bed again...
Page 500 - Sirrah ! will not you take time to translate that book which is sent unto you out of Germany ? I will shortly provide for you both place and time to do it ;' and then he vanished away out of my sight.
Page 445 - ... the hands visible beneath the sleeve, of a middle stature. I related this description to Mr. John Lardner, Rector of Havant, and to Major Battin of Langstone in Havant Parish ; they both said the description agreed very well to Mr P. a former. rector of the place, who has been dead above 20 years : Upon this the tenant and his wife left the house, which has remained void since.

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