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Page 39 - When those difficult cases occur, they are difficult, chiefly, because, while we have them under consideration, all the reasons pro and con are not present to the mind at the same time ; but sometimes one set present themselves, and at other times another, the first being out of sight. Hence the various purposes or inclinations that alternately prevail, and the uncertainty that perplexes us.
Page 39 - I endeavor to estimate their respective weights; and where I find two, one on each side, that seem equal, I strike them both out: if I find a reason pro equal to some two reasons con, I strike out the three.
Page 39 - Then, during three or four days consideration, I put down under the different heads short hints of the different motives, that at different times occur to me, for or against the measure.
Page 23 - Every six days they call a founday, in which space they make eight tun of iron, if you divide the whole sum of iron made by the foundays : for at first they make less in a founday, at last more. The hearth by the force of the fire, continually blown, grows wider and wider, so that...
Page 39 - And, though the weight of reasons cannot be taken with the precision of algebraic quantities, yet when each is thus considered, separately and comparatively, and the whole lies before me, I think I can judge better, and am less liable to make a rash step, and in fact I have found great advantage from this kind of equation, in what may be called moral or prudential algebra.
Page 37 - Bqjador, was by that prince ordered to carry his prisoners back to Africa : he landed them at Rio del Oro, and received from the Moors in exchange, ten blacks, and a quantity of gold dust, with which he returned to Lisbon.
Page 24 - ... the hammer. Under which they, then removing it, and drawing a little water, beat it with the hammer very gently, which forces cinder and dross out of the matter ; afterwards, by degrees, drawing more water, they beat it thicker and stronger 'till they bring it to a bloom, which is a foursquare mass of about two feet long. This operation they call shingling the loop.
Page 48 - ... when observations have been making on the sun, to take notice of every cloud that interrupted the observation, almost as justly as they who could see it. He could tell when any thing was held near his face, or when he passed by a tree at no great distance, provided...