Autobiography of George Tait, a Deaf Mute, who First Gave Instruction to the Deaf and Dumb in the City of Halifax: Also an Extract from an American Paper on Teachers and Modes of Teaching the Deaf and Dumb

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J.W. Doley, 1884 - Deaf - 32 pages
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Page 18 - There is one subject of philosophical curiosity to be found in Edinburgh, which no other city has to show ; a college of the deaf and dumb, who are taught to speak, to read, to write, and to practise arithmetick, by a gentleman, whose name is Braidwood.
Page 18 - is only the representative of articulate sound. It addresses itself to the eye, and can never be imprinted on the soul, or become the medium of thought. That is the sole prerogative of the voice. Without an acquaintance with spoken language, a deaf-mute child can never become any thing more than a writing machine, or have any thing beyond a succession of images passing through his mind.
Page 18 - They not only speak, write, and understand what is written, but, if he that speaks looks toward them, and modifies his organs by distinct and full utterance, they know so well what is spoken, that it is an expression scarcely figurative to say they hear with the eye. * * * It was pleasing to see one of the most desperate of human calamities capable of so much help. Whatever enlarges hope will exalt courage. After seeing the deaf taught arithmetic, who would be afraid to cultivate the Hebrides...
Page 17 - There is no more natural and necessary connection between abstract ideas and the articulate sounds which strike the ear than there is between the same ideas and the written characters that address themselves to the eye.
Page 19 - Braidwood's views of the importance of teaching vocalization to the deaf may be inferred from his declaration " articulate or spoken language hath so great and essential a tendency to confirm and enlarge ideas above the power of written language, that it is almost impossible for deaf persons, without the use of speech, to be perfect in their ideas.
Page 18 - It was pleasing to see one of the most desperate of human calamities capable of so much help: whatever enlarges hope, will exalt courage; after having seen the deaf taught arithmetic, who would be afraid to cultivate the Hebrides?
Page 29 - Around him were grouped four young deaf mutes, who had been brought to him this morning, and whom he was in the act of teaching the letters of the manual alphabet. They were to live at home, and come to him every day. Before the close of the year 1818, had been gathered thirtythree pupils, and Miss Mary Stansbury had been employed as an additional teacher. Twenty-four of these pupils were day scholars, and nine were boarders who were accommodated in rooms hired for their benefit.
Page 28 - WARREN BRIDGE. The subject of erecting a free bridge to lead from Boston to Charlestown was agitated in 1822, Subscriptions were raised, and a petition presented to the Legislature for an act of incorporation, which was opposed with great skill and perseverance by the friends and proprietors of Charles River Bridge. The subject before the Legislature was deferred from one session to another, till the winter of 1827, when a bill for a free bridge passed both houses, and only wanted the Governor's...
Page 29 - Ackerly as secretary of the board of trustees, accompanied by Mr. Stansbury and eleven of his pupils, proceeded to Albany, and held an exhibition before the Legislature. The result of the favorable impression thus created was the passage, on the 13th of April, 1819, of two acts — one making a direct appropriation of...
Page 28 - ... presented to the Legislature for an act of incorporation. The high character of the applicants, and the unexceptionable, though novel, nature of the application, insured a ready and favorable hearing, and on the 15th of April, 1817, the New York Institution for the Deaf and Dumb acquired a legal existence with the usual corporate privileges.

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