Orthodox Phrenology

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Simpkin, Marshall, & Company, 1871 - 133 pages

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I am intrigued by the topic and mostly am fascinated because the author is a Great great uncle of mine...I have ordered this book and have yet to read its contents and familiarize myself with the study of Phrenology. On the surface it seems like an interesting way to analyse behaviours which stem from the form of the head and subsequently the affect of the brain. As I say this is unfamiliar territory for me and cannot draw any conclusion as to the content of this book. I am looking forward to reading it though when it arrives in its paperback format. I cherish my heritage whatever their beliefs or claims to fame...I am nonetheless thrilled to discover the personality and drive of my ancestor. Denise Brooks 

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Page 132 - Not Chaos, not The darkest pit of lowest Erebus, Nor aught of blinder vacancy scooped out By help of dreams, can breed such fear and awe As fall upon us often when we look Into our minds, into the mind of man, My haunt, and the main region of my song.
Page 125 - Oh ! there are looks and tones that dart An instant sunshine through the heart, As if the soul that minute caught Some treasure it through life had sought...
Page i - It is true, that a little philosophy inclineth man's mind to atheism; but depth in philosophy bringeth men's minds about to religion. For while the mind of man looketh upon second causes scattered, it may sometimes rest in them, and go no further; but when it beholdeth the chain of them, confederate and linked together, it must needs fly to Providence and Deity.
Page 48 - But when wit is combined with sense and information, when it is softened by benevolence and restrained by strong principle, when it is in the hands of a man who can use it and despise it, who can be witty, and something much better than witty, who loves honour, justice, decency, good nature, morality, and religion ten thousand times better than wit, wit is then a beautiful and delightful part of our nature.
Page 35 - Or slow distemper, or neglected love, (And so, poor wretch ! filled all things with himself, And made all gentle sounds tell back the tale Of his own sorrow) he, and such as he, First named these notes a melancholy strain. And many a poet echoes the conceit...
Page 43 - NOT worlds on worlds, in phalanx deep, 'Need we to prove a God is here ; The daisy, fresh from Nature's sleep, Tells of his hand in lines as clear.
Page 93 - Even those who dwell beneath its very zone, Or never feel the rage, or never own; What happier natures shrink at with affright, The hard inhabitant contends is right. Virtuous and vicious every man must be, Few in the extreme, but all in the degree; The rogue and fool by fits is fair and wise; And even the best by fits what they despise.
Page 123 - The times have been That, when the brains were out, the man would die, And there an end ; but now they rise again, With twenty mortal murders on their crowns, And push us from our stools.
Page 79 - Our laborious manner of life, compared with theirs, they esteem slavish and base ; and the learning on which we value ourselves they regard as frivolous and useless. An instance of this occurred at the treaty of Lancaster, in Pennsylvania, anno 1744, between the government of Virginia and the Six Nations.
Page 42 - And he gathers the prayers as he stands, And they change into flowers in his hands, Into garlands of purple and red; And beneath the great arch of the portal, Through the streets of the City Immortal Is wafted the fragrance they shed.

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