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BY THE

REV. CHAUNCY HARE TOWNSHEND, A.M.

LATE OF TRINITY HALL, CAMBRIDGE.

"A great perturbation in nature! —to receive at once the benefit of
sleep, and do the effects of watching. In this slumbery agitation, besides
her walking and. other actual performances, what, at any time, have you
heard her say ?"— Shakspeare.

"I'll charm your blood with pleasing heaviness,
Making such difference 'twixt sleep and 'wake.
As is the difference 'twixt night and day, —
The hour before the heavenly-harness*d team
Begins its golden progress in the east." Shakspeare.

LONDON:

LONGMAN, ORME, BROWN, GREEN, & LONGMANS,

PATERNOSTER-ROW.

1840.

London: Printed by A. Spotoswoode, New-Street-Square.

INTRODUCTORY EPISTLE.

TO JOHN ELLIOTSON, M. D. Cantab. F.R.S.

My Dear Sir,

On seeing that I dedicate the following pages to you, the world will, perhaps, be kind enough to say — " Here is a Coalition!" I not the less fearlessly place the work under your auspices; trusting that some persons at least may conceive that two may be of one mind on a subject, and yet guiltless of a conspiracy against Church or State — Truth or Science. And what if we are ranged under the same banner? Union is not Treason; — and I trust that there is no harm in our being equally impressed with a conviction of the reality of Mesmerism, and equally animated by a resolution to disclose honestly that which we know certainly. Here, then, is our coalition— if any one so chooses to term it, — a coalition to defend truth — and not to spread imposture. Perhaps, however, it may be as well to state (lest we should leave too much to the sagacity of those who smell a plot in every thing), that I have pursued my

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