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and various other processes, both the name of Hogan, a seventh son
ancient and modern. Of the in- of a seventh son, must be placed
fluence of the former, I have re- in the same class; and they ter-
cently possessed myself of some minated as soon as the temporary
unquestioned facts, from a disin- excitement had been allowed to
terested and most excellent expe- run itself out without opposition.
rimenter, which are full of won- Such was, at one time, the influence
ders; which evince a most asto. of this man, and such the influx
nishing, though hidden, influence of patients during his residence
exerted over the bodily functions in the Isle of Wight, that it be-
by means of these processes; and came necessary to appoint a com-
which throw an air of credibility mittee of gentlemen to regulate
and truth over the statements of their admission to this man of
many of the disciples of Mesmer, extraordinary power, whose cures
which I had hitherto considered as were effected by a secret virtue re-
exaggerated or sophisticated, be- siding in the palm of his hand, and
cause I had not the means of judg- in some obstinate instances, which
ing the qualifications of the wit- resisted the impression of this su-
nesses. To this present witness, per-human tact, by a sovereign
however, no doubt can attach; he panacea-even the application of
brought an unsophisticated mind a universal elixir.
to the inquiry; he is a man of Such also is the infinitecredulity,
education, sound judgment, and the folly and fanaticism, which have
deep piety. Twenty years have given reputation to a recent pre-
elapsed since the experiments were tender, who goes further than
made, and yet in the coolness of other Thaumaturgists have gone be-
judgment with which we are ac- fore him, because he not only pro-
customed to review events long fesses to cure diseases by one so-
since past, he reverts to these facts vereign remedy, but also to prevent,
as most extraordinary, and gave by its employment, the morbid ten.
them to me as materials forthought. dencies of the constitution and
My own recent observations on the the consequent occurrence of fu-
wonderful influence of mind upon ture disease. In all these instances
mind, when brought into what the acting principle is the same;
might be termed magnetic contact, the agitating influence of belief,
and under certain peculiarly ex- carried up to its highest degree of
citable states of the nervous sys- tension, if not in the experimenter,
tem, come in support of these ex- yet in those submitted to expe-
periments; and induce me to con- riment, thus acquiring a predo-
clude that the cures effected by minant power over the nervous
animal magnetism, proceed upon system, and, through it, upon all
the same principle of excitement the other functions of body and
of that system in a very peculiar mind ; that is, upon all those
manner; and that the manner in functions which depend for their
which the animal system is sent continuance upon the integrity of
back upon itself, and the know- that system. In all, it seems ne-
ledge it displays of its own presenteessary that the really operative
interior actions, both healthy and cause should not be known, and
morbid, and of their future con- that it should be invested with the
sequences, is most extraordinary, quality of supernatural, Neverthe-
and must be placed among the less, in the cases of sympathetic
hitherto unexplored arcana of our and magnetic cures, there seems
frame, so fearfully and wonderfully necessary an entire incapacity
made.

of judging of natural processes, The cures accomplished a few and also the employment of some years sincé, by an individual of magnetic forms. The ideas of the goodness of God, of faith in him, in which nature, or antecedent of humble confidence in his power, treatment, had effected a cure, and and willingness to save ; of purity excitement alone was required to of mind, of tranquillity of the give full energy to the restored, but heart, and of entire dependence weakened organs; or where the upon him, do not enter into the malady had fixed its hold upon calculation. But the operations the nervous system, and some new of Prince Hohenlohe were without and powerful impression was nemysticism, simple, open to obser- cessary to supersede its morbid vation, and resting on a certain habit or tendency. In both these effect to be produced upon the instances, which indeed may more brain and nervous system, through properly be called one, nervous exthe influence of religious feeling ; citation was alone required ; and and so far they are to be distin- this was employed through the guished from the secret remedies channel above all others most of various pretenders, who operate admirably calculated to produce a for private emolument. Upon the deep and abiding impression, even same principle, such cures as that that of religious emotion. which has more particularly led to It is very important in this this discussion, are to be spoken examination to keep in view the of with tenderness and respect, distinction between palliative and and towards the individuals them- curative treatment : the latter selves, one only feeling should be puts an end to disease, and reentertained, that of Christian love; stores the patient to perfect health; and yet these processes all possess the former, where organic changes one property in common-namely, have taken place to such an exthat of producing their bodily tent that they can no longer be effect through the medium of an overtaken by treatment, consists exalted and excited state of the in allaying irritation, diminishing brain and nervous system, that is, pain, enfeebling sympathetic phethrough the agency of mind upon nomena, taking care of the general matter.

health, attending to the functional I shall proceed to inquire into derangement of other organs, which the general amount of ultimate are disturbed in consequence of good produced upon patients, the structural alterations which through the influence of Prince are going on in the principally Hohenlohe. It is certain that suffering organ, arresting, as far a very considerable effect was as possible, the progress of these wrought upon many individuals; changes, and thereby diminishing but it is equally certain that this the danger to the general system, effect was greatly exaggerated which is commonly, if not unithrough the agency of party spirit formly destroyed, by the giving -of an excited imagination—and way of one organ in the first above all, on the part of the sick, instance ; that organ occasioning by a dislike to acknowledge that general death, by it own complete they had not faith to be healed, or, failure of function. These organic in other words, to exhibit them- changes are cases upon which the selves as objects of the Divine cure by excitement will not opevengeance. In general, the effect rate a perfect restoration ; but was palliative only, diminishing even here, they may be relieved pain, or relieving it wholly, to for a time, and the morbid action return after a longer or shorter may be controuled in the rapidity interval, with its former intensity, of its progress, or it may be checkwhen the influence of excitement ed in its destructive tendency, or had subsided ; and it was cura- it may be suspended altogether. tive only in those happy instances Another very important distinc

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tion, is between being really ill, this place a selection of cases, and and feeling ill. Many a patient is to have entered into a critical exaextremely ill without feeling so; mination of their respective merits, so that it is very difficult to induce but I find that I should occupy too him to pay the necessary attention large a portion of your miscellany; to himself; and, on the contrary, and perhaps, after all, it would be many patients without disease ex- said that the selection had been perience those miserable sensa- invidious, and only chosen to suit tions that they believe themselves my own views of the subject. I ill, and seek a remedy. That re

shall therefore content myself with medy is too generally found by asserting, that there does not appear themselves, in alcoholic fluids; or on record one modern case of perin the still more wretched alter- manent cure of organic structural native, opium ; or in taking medi- alteration ; and I have allowed the cine. In all these processes, (of existence of many such, where the which the last is far the more in- nervous system was predominantly nocent, because an honest medical concerned. As, however, private man will take care so to apportion report has brought to my knowhis remedies to body and mind ledge a recent alleged miraculous at the same time, that he will oc- cure of cancer, I will just mention, casion no constitutional mischief,) that this also appears to have been excitement forms the genuine cha- within the domain of the Prince's racter of the remedy, however gift of healing. It may, however, diversified the mode of its appli- be safely affirmed, that genuine cation; that excitement always ope- cases of this kind, where a maligrating a powerful impression upon nant action had been established, the brain and nervous system. were only palliated, not cured ;

Nothing can be more deceptive and where cure has been effected, than listening to the feelings of the disease was not cancerous. It patients. These ought unques- is not every hard tumour which tionably to be considered as often- possesses a malignant disposition; times expressive of disease, but on the contrary, many are within the judgment should never be reach of the function of absorpgoverned by them: on the con- tion; and this function may be trary, the only certain guide to materially quickened, or even the knowledge of really morbid roused into permanent action, by states consists in the knowledge excitement of the nervous system of those changes which result to the generally, and still further of the system, under its peculiar and esta- individual nerves of the part. But blished laws, from any interference when the primary deposition shall with the regularity of their influ- have become organized, and shall ence; or in those automatic expres- have taken on a malignant action, sions of suffering, which will not no power of absorption will restore be sophisticated, because they are it to health ; no excitement of the removed from the agency ofvolition. nervous system will ever again re

The reputation of Prince Ho- establish healthy function. The
henlohe was based upon the firm- limits of these functions must al-
est foundation, because it rested ways be kept in view, before we can
on the most powerful excitements determine on methods of cure.
to the nervous system,-even reli- Again: in all these instances the
gious feelings, emotions, and sen- influence of enthusiasm is not to
timents. But in general the effect be forgotten. To elucidate this
subsided with the emotions of the influence, let me recur for one
day, and the patient returned in a moment to the scenes produced
short time to his former state. by the miracles of Prince Hohen-

I had intended to have made in lohe ; to the number of patients
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collected together, many of them Now, if all these circumstances stretched on couches, which had should have the effect of awaking been their inseparable companions the attention of professional men to for years, and to which (abandon- the influence of mind upon body ; ed, most shamefully abandoned) by and to convince them, that, in the medicine, they considered them- treatment of disease, it is not less selves as confined in hopeless mi- necessary to act upon the mind by sery to the termination of their moral means, than upon the body suffering existence. And when through the agency of medicine ; these very individuals were shortly and if, moreover, they would feel afterwards seen walking, glorifying the responsibility involved by such God, full of gratitude to the Prince a trust, and would be desirous of as the dispenser of His bounty, consecrating it to the service of excited almost beyond themselves true religion, then indeed wonld with joy and hope and confidence; great good arise from the investiand when the influence of sur- gation. rounding multitudes, gathered to

(To be continued.) gether for the purpose of witnessing these miracles, and almost equally beyond themselves in enthusiastic admiration, is duly ap

PARABLE OF THE LORD preciated; it must be confessed, that an excitement of the mind most favourable to succeeding at- For the Christian Observer. tempts at miraculous cure must have been produced. The few who It has been objected to the Parawithheld their judgment; who ble of the Lord of the Vineyard, sought to inquire into facts and that the conduct of the householdcircumstances; who wished to as- er offends against our instinctive certain if the cure had been real, sense of justice; that the labourer and still more if it would be per- who worked the whole day might manent; would have a certain naturally feel discontented that he stigma cast upon them, as hard to had only the same reward as the be convinced, and unbelieving, re- one who worked an hour ; and quiring more evidence than the that, though legally speaking a nature of the case would admit, man has a right to do what he will though in reality not more than with his own, yet morally speaking the proof of miracle would require. he has not ; for that an arbitrary There might be some bolder spirits, distribution of property, a distriwho would openly venture into bution without reference to the rethe field, and would try to stem spective claims of the parties, is the torrent of that enthusiasm, virtual injustice, and would be felt and of that belief, which assumed to be so in any actual case which the shape of religious zeal and holy might occur—as, for example, a credence; but the mass of the devout father capriciously giving all his would eagerly seize every report, property to his second or third and would give currency to the child, and leaving the rest destimost distorted statements, tute, their claims being equal. proofs that the goodness of God To this it is replied, either, first, had restored to his church and to that the narrative is only parabolic, his servants the power of working and that therefore we are not to miracles, in order to awaken the press every minute feature; or, slumbering Christian, and to re- secondly, that there might be good animate the fervour of religious reasons for the proceeding—such as credence with its ancient brilliance the necessity of the labourers last and intensity.

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charity; or their great diligence him, or violated justice by requiring and good conduct during the short an account of his actions, which, time they were employed, thus re- even where it might be right for him solving it into a claim of merit ;- to give it, they would not be enor, thirdly, that no difficulty really titled to demand. The objections exists, for that the alleged instinc- proceed upon the supposition that tive feeling of injustice is only fac- the householder acted capriciously, titious, and that the employer was or without any better reason than no more morally than legally ac- his mere will; but the real point countable for his conduct.

of the narrative is, not that he had To the first of these solutions it not a good reason, but that he was is rejoined, that the circumstance not obliged to explain his reason alluded to is not a mere casual in- to insolent complainants. To have cident, but the very gist of the yielded to their clamour would narrative ; so that its being a pa- have been a virtual acknowledgrable does not render an explana- ment of their right to intefere with tion of so material a point unne- his actions; and that right he was cessary. To the second it is replied, not obliged to concede. A man is that, though a plea of want, or a bound to do what he believes to claim of merit, would amply justify be right and just ; to explain his the householder, it would contra- motives may or may not be provene the express object of the pa- per. If they are likely to be misrable, which was to make the con- construed, so as to prove a stumduct of the householder depend, not bling-block to his neighbour, and upon the services or necessities of to cast an apparently just reproach the claimants, but upon his own upon his character, to withhold an volition : he had a right to do what explanation would often be an imhe would with his own. In refer- moral act ; but not always, for ence to the third solution it is there may be stronger reasons why argued, that it is in vain to reason he should allow himself to be misagainst those instincts of our na- understood, than that he should ture which God has implanted in disclose all he knows. God himself us ; that every child who reads the deals thus with us: all he does is parable feels, till he learns the so- right, and he often condescends to lution, his moral sense offended, tell us his reasons for his conduct; and wishes that the householder but he is not bound in any case to had given a reason for his conduct, do so : it is enough for us to know in order that the complainants that the Judge of all the earth will might have seen that he did not do right. And this the parable act capriciously

supposes on the part of the houseOf these solutions, the second, holder : it does not intimate canotwithstanding the objection, is price, but only that he had wise simple and solid-namely, that the reasons for not telling the reasons householder had good reasons for on which he had acted. This statehis conduct. What those rea- ment would assuredly satisfy the sons were does not appear ; the alleged“ moral sense of the most only point necessary to the argu- captious objector ; for even a little ment being to shew that he was child

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understand, that, though not bound to produce them. Le- it seems hard upon the first workgally, he might act without either men to have no more than the reason or explanation ; morally, he others, there might be sufficient could not act without reason, but, motives for the householder's conunder certain circumstances, he duct, but that he was not bound to might without explanation : as, for tell them to the repining claimants; instance, if the complainants as- and that even had they not thus sumed an undue attitude towards complained, there might still be

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