Memoir of the late captain Joseph Huddart [by his son Joseph Huddart].

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Page 74 - He then attempted to name the different stripes ; the several stripes of white he uniformly and without hesitation called white ; the four black stripes he was deceived in, for three of them he thought brown, though they were exactly of the same shade with the other, which he properly called black. He...
Page 71 - He observed also that, when young, other children could discern cherries on a tree by some pretended difference of colour, though he could only distinguish them from the leaves by their difference of size and shape. He observed also, that by means of this difference of colour they could see the cherries at a greater distance than he could, though he could see other objects at as great a distance as they ; that is, where the sight was not assisted by the colour.
Page 72 - Dark colours in general he often mistook for black, but never imagined white to be a dark colour, nor a dark to be a white colour.
Page 71 - ... which he could only guess at with hesitation, and frequently with error. His first suspicion of this arose when he was about four years old. Having by accident...
Page 74 - The middle stripe, which had a slight tinge of red, he called a sort of blue. But he was most of all deceived by the orange colour ; of this he spoke very confidently, saying, " This is the colour of grass; this is green.
Page 70 - His name was Harris, by trade a shoemaker. I had often heard from others that he could discern the form and magnitude of all objects very distinctly, but could not distinguish colours. This report having excited my curiosity, I conversed with him frequently on the subject. The account he gave was this : That he had reason to believe other persons saw something in objects which he could not see ; that their language seemed to mark qualities with confidence and precision, which he could only guess...
Page 72 - Large objects he could see as well as other persons ; and even the smaller ones, if they were not enveloped in other things, as in the case of cherries among the leaves. I believe he could never do more than guess the name of any colour ; yet he could distinguish white from black, or black from any light or bright colour. Dove or...
Page 71 - ... stocking, though he did not understand why they gave it that denomination, as he himself thought it completely described, by being called a stocking. The circumstance, however, remained in his memory, and, together with subsequent observations, led him to the knowledge of his defect. As the idea of colours is among the first that enters the mind, it may perhaps seem extraordinary that he did not observe his want of it still earlier. This, however, may in some measure be accounted for by the circumstance...
Page 73 - He had two brothers in the same circumstances as to sight, and two other brothers and sisters, who, as well as their parents, had nothing of this defect.
Page 74 - ... whether he thought they could be various degrees between white and black ; and that all colours could be composed of these two mixtures only ? With some hesitation he replied, no, he did imagine there was some other difference.

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