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Christmas, perversion of,
57|| Galitzin, Prince, his letter to Mr. Solo.
147|| George the III. character of, 349—anec.
217 Ghossaul, Jay Narrain, letter from, 41
263|Graves, Rev. Allen, his journal at Ma.
and the United States, compar-
Allabay. 44-his tour to Panwell, • 509
Hurrowby, Lord, speech of before the Bi.
445| Highlands of Asia, temperature of, 309
5| Hindoo method of bringing the devil into
259 | Humphrey, Rev. Heman, extract from his
ment of children, 595--rules of govern. Jenks, Rev. William, his donation of books
500| Jews, Society for promoting Christianity
---arrival of Messrs. Fisk and Pride, 26% rejection, 393-great offence of, 437 —
96] Kingsbury, Rev. Cyrus, attends the Choc-
taw council, 27-letter to a friend, 47—
Lexington, (Ken.) meteorological observ.
Mahin, journal of Mr. Graves at, 369, Dok-tib-be ha, jouroal of Mr. Kingsbury
535 Palestine Mission, liberal donation to, 96
dress of the Trustees of, 167-donat. to, 323 at Smyrna, 144--letter of do. 173_their
262,344,406,450,496 ter, dated off Gozo, 231-their letter from
115 the 'T'urkish empire, 266-donation of
of the mission, 554, 555--letter of the
103 Rev. Mr. Williamson, 555--immense
125 feld for Christian enterprise in the
Turkish empire, 556-letter of Mr. Par.
Pushamutahaw, a Choctaw chief, his sig.
461 190, 228--levival of at Boscawen, N. H.
189 terboro', N. Y. ib.--Plainfield, Con. ib.
Report of the Prudential Committee of
318 |Review, of Worcester's Elements of Geo-
373,412-tour to Cullian and Bhewudy, 415 Rev. Mr. Noel, 193. of the Christian
144,181,232-letter to the Treasurer ness, 48--letter to his brother, 268. See
deus spoken, 48--Mr. Binghani's letter
264,312,407,576 91-brief review of the mission, 569,570
Signs, on the language of,
3, Tukkeer, village of, Mr. Hall's visit to, 510 Sin, on the deceitfulness of,
269 Slave trarle, discussion respecting the, in United States and Great Britain, compar. the Congress of Aix la Chapelle,
272 ed with respect to Christian exertions, 301 Society Islands, progress of Christianity Vermont, missionary labors in,
217 in, 40--visit of Mr. Charles Bowers at, 126 Vienna, encouragement of the arts in, 308 Solomon, Rev. B. N. recommended by the Virginia, law of concerning slaves, 243 einperor of Russia,
261|| Visiting committee of the school at BrainState of the world, a monitor of duty,
132 Steiner, Rev. Abraham, his visit to Brain- War, prevalence of in this world,
87|| Warren, Rev. Edward, tribute to the Stewart, Dugald, a great philosopher, 4
520 Subterraneous sounds,
300 Supyen, meution of, 522 Warren, Rev. John B. voyage of,
501 Swezey, Rev. Samuel, letter from, 143 Warriors, their extensive fame,
479 and his brethren, 188--private journal Tillipally, sickness of Mr. Poor at, 177-- of,
192,227 arrival of Dr. Scudder,
519 Worcester's Geography, review of, 13 Tissera, Gabriel, hopeful conversion of, Wright, Rev. Alfred, sets out for the 278--letter from, 282 Choctaw station at Elliot,
286 Trumbull county, Ohio, revival of religion in, 527|| Zeul of the poor,
INDEX TO THE SIGNATURES.
212,455 56,261 SAMUEL NOTT, jun.
12 293 SPECTATOR,
250 445|U. Y.
496 445W, M.
10,52,100,158,255,507 55,109 ZETA,
206 6 Z. Y.
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Ia the Christian Observer for October last, p. 646, is the following sensible and well-written article on a very interesting subject. Judging from internal evidence alone, we have no hesitation in attributing the piece to our highly respected country man, Mr. Gallaudet, superintendent of the Connecticut Asylum for the Deaf and Dunb.
To the Editor of the Christian Observer. In the number of your publication for August, 1818, are some remarks on the Expediency of teaching the Deaf and Dumb to articulate.” I am glad to see that you do not consider any field of benevolent effort beneath your regard, and that you are anxious to do good even to such humble and uncomplaining sufferers as the deaf and dumb. I have always felt a deep interest in these lonely heathen of a Christian land;" and, because I have had very dear friends in this helpless condition, I have endeavored to make myself familiarly acquainted with the modes of their instruction, and even at length to venture so far as to attempt, perhaps in a very imperfect manner, to teach a few of them according to the general outlines of the system pursued by the Abbe' Sicard, whose works on this subject I have studied with deep interest and attention. I was forcibly struck with a remark in the article to which I have alluded in these words: “There is really no more intrinsic connexion between written and spoken words and ideas, than between signs and ideas: indeed, the language of the deaf and dumb is abundantly more significant than any other, inasmuch as it denotes that change which takes place in our bodies and countenances, by the movements of the soul; and so far as intellectual processes bear any analogy to the motions of matter, it shadows forth this analogy in very striking and significant emblems.'
This is so true, Mr. Editor, that I think it almost capable of demon. stration, that the deaf and dumb can learn the English, or any other language, only just so far as their own native language of signs is employed as a medium of interpretation. No sounds can be addressed to their ear. If a written or articulate word is addressed to their eye, it must, previous to explanation by signs, be perfectly unintelligible. If I utter the word "hat,” or write it, there is no analogy between either the spoken or written sign and the object; but if I describe, in the native language of the deaf and dumb, this object by appropriate signs, my meaning is at once understood. My pupil has never known the meaning of the word “power." ! VOL. XVI.
speak it, and bid him observe the motion of my lips; or I write it, and bid him mark the different letters which compose it, in either case, its import is completely hidden from him. But I pourtray by his own expressive language of signs a huge rock, and a mighty man lifting this rock and hurling it on his antagonist, and then tell him that this is power, and he comprehends me. How shall I give him the import of the word "admiration?” I describe by signs a lofty edifice, I raise one stone upon another to a great beigiit, I adorn it with all the magnificence and beauty of architecture, 1 describe myself as approaching it, I look at it, I pourtray my feelings in my countenance, and by the position of my body and the motions of my hands, I ask him, "Did you ever feel so?" "Yes." "Well, this is admiration."
I am anxious to lay the foundation of his moral and religious instruction; and before I can proceed, he must become familiar with the import of the terms “good and evil.” Yesterday I saw him angry with his companion; I recal the circumstances of the scene by appropriate signs; I pourtray the emotion of anger in my countenance. I point to himself as having indulged the same emotion in his own breast. With a look of inquiry, and expressing. by my features and gestures the marks of approbation, I demand whether in that state of feeling he deserved approbation. His conscience furnishes the reply, and he shakes his head, I tell him that state of feeling was "evil.” I refer to some common acquaintance with whom we are very familiar; I imitate by my looks and gestures his peculiar kindness of deportment. I describe one act of this kindness which my pupil witnessed. Again, I inquire if this deserved approbation. He assents, and I tell him such a state of feeling was "good."
I might multiply examples of this kind without number, all of which would go to prove, that it is impossible, from the very nature of the Case, to teach the deaf and dumb the import of any word except through the medium of signs. It is true, that so far as the meaning of words can be communicated by definitions, so far the pupil may learn by this help; but then the words which compose the definition must have previously been explained by signs. To prevent mistakes, I ought, perhaps, before this to have observed, that by signs, I mean, not any alphabet on the fingers, which is as purely arbitrary as either written or spoken language; but all that can be expressed by the various changes of the countenance, attitudes of tbe body and limbs, delineation of visible objects by the hands; and all the varieties of pictures and paintings. And this language of signs is significant, copious, perspicuous, and precise, to a degree which I believe would surprise any one, who devotes attention enough to become familiar with it. It describes with more rapidity and accuracy than written or spoken language, every object which is addressed immediately to any one of the bodily senses. It pourtrays with a peculiar vividness and beauty all scenes and transactions which are presented solely to the eye. In truth my mind has been more agitated by a description of the day of judgment, which I have seen my ingenious friend Mr. —,who, you know, is deaf and dumb, exhibit in his own native language of signs, than by the loftiest flights of eloquence, which are to be found in the pages of Massillon or Bossuet. He was the judge, and I trembled before him. He was the accepted disciple of Christ, and I almost felt