The Rail, and the Electric Telegraph, Comprising a Brief History of Former Modes of Travelling and Telegraphic Communication, with an Account of the Electric Clock, Etc: With Illustrative Anecdotes and Engravings ...

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Page 73 - I would propose that upon the lovers' dial-plate there should be written not only the four-and-twenty letters, but several entire words which have always a place in passionate epistles; as flames, darts, die, language, absence, Cupid, heart, eyes, hang, drown, and the like. This would very much abridge the lover's pains in this way of writing a letter, as it would enable him to express the most useful and significant words with a single touch of the needle.
Page 72 - The friend, in the mean while, saw his own sympathetic needle moving of itself to every letter which that of his correspondent pointed at. By this means they talked together across a whole continent, and conveyed their thoughts to one another in an instant, over cities or mountains, seas or deserts.
Page 71 - ... at never so great a distance, moved at the same time and in the same manner, He tells us, that the two friends, being each of them possessed of one of these needles, made a kind of dial-plate, inscribing it with the four-and-twenty letters, in the same manner as the hours of the day are marked upon the ordinary dialplate.
Page 71 - Strada, in one of his Prolusions*, gives an account of a chimerical correspondence between two friends by the help of a certain load-stone, which had such virtue in it, that if it touched two several needles, when one of the needles so touched began to move, the other, though at never so great a distance, moved at the same time, and in the same manner.
Page 72 - Accordingly, when they were some hundred miles asunder, each of them shut himself up in his closet at the time appointed, and immediately cast his eye upon his dial-plate. If he had a mind to write anything to his friend, he directed his needle to every letter that formed the words...
Page 16 - has no serious trial yet been made of the qualifications of so diligent a courier ? and if he should be proved competent to the task, why should not our kings hold councils at Brighton with their Ministers in London ? Why should not our Government govern at Portsmouth almost as promptly as at...

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