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CHAP. III. Of the General Division of Nervous Distempers

Fit of an Apoplexy, feems to me to be but one continued Dilorder, or the feveral Steps or Degrees o f it, arifing from a Re­ laxation or Weaknefs, and the Want o f a fufficient Force and Elafticity in the Solids in general, and the Nerves in particular, in Proportion to the Refinance of the Fluids, in

foever from Yawning and Stretching, up to a mortal

turing Diftempers, for Chearfulneis and Free­ dom o f Spirits, for intellectual Pleafures, mental Enjoyments, and Length of Days) they (confidering the Temptations and Miferies o f this mortal State) generally have, and may always have, the Advantage o f thefe others. (I always except extreme De­ grees of Nervous Difeafes ) As for intel­ lectual Plcafurcs, the Cafe is without all manner o f doubt, (without fome notable Error, or in extreme Cafes) poifibly, becaufe the Organs of thefe Operations being in their own Nature delicate and fine, when waited or fcrap’d, (by Chronical Difcaies not mortal) and thus communicated to their Pofteritv, thefe naturally fubtil Parts thus become more fine and fcnfible, are hinder’d by the natural Weaknefs o f Children, in their tender Years, to incraffate and grow clumfy, and fo are longer prcferv’d in their Senfibility and Refinement; at leaft the Cafe is generally in fad fo, (as I have •obferv'd in moit originally tender Perions, well educated and dilciplin'd) Infinite Goodnefs and Power bringing Good out o f inno­ cent Evil. (For the common Proverb is juil and true, that a Venice Gljfs will laft as long, i f well look’d after, and even Ihinc more •bright, than a more grofs and coarfe one.) But to leave thefe Pofiibilities, and paf?