Autobiography of George Tait, a Deaf Mute: Who First Gave Instructions 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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Bowes, 1890 - Deaf - 32 pages
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Page 18 - Braidwood's pupils is wonderful. They not only speak, write, and understand what is written, but if he that speaks looks towards 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.
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 30 - 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 $10,000 from the state treasury, and the other securing to the institution a moiety of...
Page 28 - York institution may be regarded as having been as independant in its origin as that of Hartford. In 1816 William Lee, Esq. on his return from Bordeaux, France, where he had been consul, brought a letter from Mr. F. Card, the distinguished pupil of the Abbe St. Sernin, the director of the institution at that place. The letter was written in excellent English, which Mr. Card, had studied, and was addressed to "Philanthropists of the United States," and contained an offer of himself as teacher of the...
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 - D , who was appointed first principal of the London asylum in 1792, made use of signs of action, including signs purely natural and others more or less arbitrary grafted on them, and also of the two hand" manual alphabet. He also believed in the graduation of difficulties and taking up one at a time. In this sense he may be said to have marked out a course intermediate between those of Heinicke and De L'Epee, equivalent, in some respects to a combination of the two, thougn it is evident that he did...
Page 29 - Clinton, was then formed, and a petition 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.
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 17 - ... of a congenital deaf mute. After much observation and reflection, he came to the conclusion that the most obvious instrument for effecting his purpose was the natural pantomime which grew out of the modes of thought of one born deaf, enlarged in its scope, and methodized in its arrangement. Commencing his labors in the instruction of the deaf and dumb about the year 1775, with two young girls whose pitiable condition touched his heart, he taught successive -classes till his death, in the year...
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. He, however, as we infer from the practice of his nephew, Joseph Watson, LL.D., who was appointed first principal of the London asylum in 1792, made use...

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