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Page xi - ... That Dalgarno's suggestions with respect to the Education of the dumb, were not altogether useless to Dr. Wallis, will, I think, be readily admitted by those who take the trouble to compare his letter to Mr. Beverley (published eighteen years after Dalgarno's treatise) with his Tractatus de Loqueld, published in 1653.
Page xi - The Universal Character, by which all Nations in the World may understand one another's Conceptions, Reading out of one Common Writing their own Mother Tongues. An Invention of General Use, the Practise whereof may- be Attained in two Hours' space, Observing the Grammatical Directions.
Page viii - commonly they have a tongue. For instance, I doubt not but " the words hand, foot, dog, cat, hat, &c. written fair, and as often " presented to the deaf child's eye, pointing from the words to the " things, and vice versa, as the blind child hears them spoken, " would be known and remembered as soon by the one as the
Page x - Wilkins, who, from thence taking a hint of greater matter, carried it on, and brought it up to that which you see extant. This Dalgarno was born at Old Aberdeen, and bred in the University at New Aberdeen ; taught a private grammar school, with good success, for about thirty years together, in the parishes of S. Michael, and S. Mary Mag., in Oxford ; wrote also Didascalocophus, or the Deaf and Dumb Man's Tutor; and dying of a fever, on the 28th of August, 1687, aged sixty or more, was buried in the...
Page ii - ALEXANDER MACDONALD, ESQ. WILLIAM MACDOWALL, ESQ. THE VERY REV. PRINCIPAL MACFARLAN, DD ANDREW MACGEORGE, ESQ. ALEXANDER MACGRIGOR, ESQ. DONALD MACINTYRE, ESQ. JOHN WHITEFOORD MACKENZIE, ESQ. GEORGE MACINTOSH, ESQ. ALEXANDER MACNEILL, ESQ. JAMES MAIDMENT, ESQ. THOMAS MAITLAND, ESQ. WILLIAM MEIKLEHAM, ESQ. WILLIAM HENRY MILLER, ESQ. WILLIAM MURE, ESQ. ALEXANDER OSWALD, ESQ. JOHN MACMICHAN PAGAN, ESQ.
Page ix - Oxford, 1680." As I had never happened to see the slightest reference made to it by any subsequent writer, I was altogether ignorant of its existence, when a copy of it, purchased upon a London stall, was a few years ago sent to me by a friend, who, amidst a multiplicity of more pressing engagements and pursuits, has never lost sight of the philosophical studies of his early years.
Page vii - I feel myself called on to lay hold of the only opportunity that may occur to me, of rescuing from oblivion the name of a Scottish writer, whose merits have been strangely overlooked both by his contemporaries and by his successors. The person I allude to is George Dalgarno, who, more than a hundred and thirty years...
Page ii - ESQ. JOHN KERR, ESQ. ROBERT ALEXANDER KIDSTON, ESQ. GEORGE RITCHIE KINLOCH, ESQ. JOHN GIBSON LOCKHART, ESQ.
Page vii - Language ; and it now appears to me equally clear, upon a farther acquaintance with the short fragments which he has left behind him, that, if he did not lead the way to the attempt made by Dr. Wallis to teach the dumb to speak, he had conceived views with respect to the means of instructing them, far more profound and comprehensive than any we meet with in the works of that learned writer, prior to the date of Dalgarno's publications. On his claims in these two instances I forbear to enlarge at...