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CONTENTS.

Page. Chapter I. Reality of spectral impressions

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

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CHAPTER II.

A lawyer's argument for the exist

sions, from recollected perceptions-New Eng-
land witches-Cardun -DonneJonsonThe
maid of France- and other visionaries - -

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CHAPTER III. Beaumont's VisionsThose of

Tasso Kotter - Drabicius -- Arise Evans-
Bovet - - - - - - - - . - - - 69

CHAPTER IV. Medical distinctions of spectral

impressions. Sepulchral remedies: Preparations
of the human skullMumia--Apparition om
Ficinus to Michael MercatoWarning voice
to QuarræusVisions of Dr. Pordage. Latent
lunacy ; exemplified in the character of Hamlet

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CHAPTER V. Accessory causes of delusion, re.

garding spectral impressionsApparition of
Desfontaines-Ghosts at Portnedown Bridge-
Lucian's story of a Split Ghost - Instance of a
Ghost in two places at once.

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W HEN a late ingenious Physician discovered the elastic fluid, which he termed his Gas of Paradise,' and which he hoped to render a cheap substitute for inebriating liquors, he claimed the honors due to the inventor of a new pleasure.

How far mankind would have bene fited, by the introduction of a fresh mode of intoxication, I leave to the reflection of those sages, whose duty it would have become to appreciate its value,

as an additional source of revenue to the state. But when I consider the delight with which stories of apparitions are received by persons of all ages, and of the most various kinds of knowledge and ability, I cannot help feeling some degree of complacency, in offering to the makers and readers of such stories, á view of the subject, which may extend their enjoyment far beyond its former limits. It has given me pain to see the most fearful and ghastly commencements of a tale of horror reduced to mere common events, at the winding up of the book. I have looked, also, with much compassion, on the pitiful instruments of sliding pannels, trap-doors, backstairs, wax-work figures, smugglers, robe bers, coiners, and other vulgar machinery, which authors of tender consciences have

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