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A thousand fantasies
Begin to throng into my memory,
Of calling shapes, and beck’ning shadows dire,
And airy tongues, that syllable men's names
On sands, and shores, and desert wildernesses.
These thoughts may startle well, but not astound,

COMus, 1. 205.

LONDON:

PRINTED FOR CADELL AND DAVIES ;.

BY

J, AND J. HADDOCK,

WARRINGTON,

THE NEW YORK

PUBLIC LIBRARY

190086

ASTOR, LENOK AND TILDEN FOUNDATIONS

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CONTENTS.

Page.

Chapter 1: Reality of spectral impressions

General law of the system, to which they may
be referred -Division of the subject-Spectral
illusions exemplified

13

CHAPTER II. A lawyer's argument for the erist

ence of witchcraft-Proofs of spectral inpres-
sions, from recollected perceptions - New Eng-
land witches-Cardun - Donne-Jonson- The
maid of France, and other visionaries

28

CHAPTER III. Beaumont's VisionsThose of

Tasso Kotter Drabicius Arise Evans
Booet

69

CHAPTER IV. Medical distinctions of spectral

impressions. Sepulchral remedies: Preparations
of the human skull-Mumia-- Apparition of
Ficinus to Michael MercatoWarning voice
to Quarræus-Visions of Dr. Pordage. Latent
lunacy; exemplified in the character of Hamlet

95

Chapter V. Accessory causes of delusion, re

garding spectral impressions - Apparition of
DesfontainesGhosts at Portnedown Bridge-
Lucian's story of a Split Ghost - Instance of a
Ghost in two places at once.

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