Vulgar errors, ancient and modern, attributed as imports to the proper names of the globe, investigating the origin and uses of letters, biblical long-lost names, &c. With a critical disquisition on every station of Richard of Cirencester and Antonius in Britain. To which is added, Richard's original work [the forgery of C. J. Bertram].

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Page 239 - He knew not the shape of any thing, nor any one thing from another, however different in shape, or magnitude, but upon being told what things were, whose form he before knew from feeling, he would carefully observe, that he might know them again; but having too many objects to learn at once, he forgot many of them : and (as he said) at first he learned to know, and again forgot a thousand things in a day.
Page 238 - ... a glass of broken jelly, where a great variety of surfaces so differently refract the light, that the several distinct pencils of rays cannot be collected by the eye into their proper foci; wherefore the shape of an object in such a case cannot be at all discerned, though the colour may.
Page 240 - And now being lately couched of his other eye, he says, that objects at first appeared large to this eye, but not so large as they did at first to the other ; and looking upon the same object with both eyes, he thought it looked about twice as large as with the first couched eye only, but not double that we can any way discover.
Page 239 - ... could look bigger. Before he was couched, he expected little advantage from seeing, worth...
Page 240 - Before he was couched, he expected little advantage from seeing, worth undergoing an operation for, except reading and writing; for he said, he thought he could have no more pleasure in walking abroad than he had in the garden, which he could do safely and readily.
Page 240 - A year after first seeing, being carried upon Epsom Downs, and observing a large prospect, he was exceedingly delighted with it, and called it a new kind of seeing.
Page 240 - But his gratitude to his operator he could not conceal, never seeing him for some time without tears of joy in his eyes, and other marks of affection ; and, if he did not happen to come at any time when he was expected, he would be so grieved that he could not forbear crying at his disappointment.
Page 239 - One particular only (though it may appear trifling) I will relate. Having often forgot which was the cat, and which the dog, he was...
Page 239 - We thought he foon knew what pictures reprefented, which were fhewed to him; but we found afterwards we were miftaken ; for, about two months after he was couched, he difcovered at once, they reprefented folid bodies, when to that time he...
Page 240 - And even blindnefs he obferved, had this advantage, that he could go any where hi the dark much better than thofe who can fee; and after he had feen, he did not foon lofe this quality,, nor defire a light to go about the houfe in the night. He faid every new object was a new delight, and the...

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