The Life and Adventures of Mr. Duncan Campbell: In One Volume. to Which Are Added, the Dumb Philosopher; and Everybody's Business Is Nobody's Business

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CHAP. VII.
Concerning the second-sight.
MR. MARTIN lately published a book, entituled, A Description of the Western Isles of Scotland, called by the ancient geographers, Hebrides. It contains many curious particulars relating to the natural and civil history of those islands, with a map of them; and in his preface he tells us that, perhaps, it is peculiar to those isles that they have never been described, till now, by any man that was a native of the country, or had travelled them, as himself has done; and in the conclusion of the said preface he tells us, he has given here such an account of the second-sight as the nature of the thing will bear, which has always been reckoned sufficient among the unbiassed part of mankind; but for those that will not be satisfied, they ought to oblige us with a new scheme, by which we may judge of matters of fact. The chief particulars he has given us concerning the second-sight, are here set down by way of abstract or epitome, that they may not be too tedious to the reader.
1. In the second-sight, the vision makes such a lively impression on the seers, that they neither see nor think of anything else but the vision as long as it continues; and then they appear pensive or jovial, according to the object which was presented to them.
2. At the sight of a vision the eyelids of the person are erected, and the eyes continue staring

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