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25th in succession from Egbert, how easy then is it to bring before the eye of the mind tbis object, which at once gives you the date. (See the Chronology of the Kings of England.)
Sometimes the associations will appear a little ludicrous, which cannot be avoided; but, if the means produce the ends we ought to be satisfied. But this ludicrousness will wear off as you get more acquainted with it, and a little perseverance will make it appear more and more beautiful, as you
will daily discover the great advantages arising from this mode of study.
I shall now request your attention to the division of the Floor, and what are called the numerals, or letters for numbering. As far as respects numbering in this system letters are used instead of figures; but these are only consonants, (no vowels ;) and are as follows:
bc, d, fg, hjks, l, mn, pq, r, tv,
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, The x, zand w, will be explained hereafter. The reason for employing letters for numbering instead of figures, is, because figures have no association with words, and this is the reason we cannot recollect numbers to any extent. Indeed if we retain a number for one hour, it is a chance if we do not forget it the next; but by turning numbers into words, they readily associate with what is concerned, and by these means we may with a very little trouble fix in our memories 500 different amounts; for whenever the name, or thing is mentioned, the word or words attached to it for giving the number, will also present itself. In History, and Chronology, I recommend abbreviation as much as possible; i. es taking only the radical, or first part of those words which are sufficient to bring to our remembrance the facts, and the initials of each of these parts of words I have caused to be printed with a capital letter, whether
substantive, verb, or what not; and this will make a much deeper impression on the senses, than if printed in small leters. In doing this, I have endeavoured to compose the sentences which are to be remembered, into long and short syllables, or preserve a kind of measure as in poetry; which will make them read more pleasant, and be better recollected. An Example-Di Al As, Juno dan, dural. See page 103.
Observations on the Floor.
You must imagine the Floor to be divided into nine squares, agreeable to the divisions which you have in the book, page 8.—These squares, are places of locality, for associating things in any order, or succession, so as to be able to call them forth again when we wish; as the 10th King of England, or France; the 15th class in Botany; the 25th verse in Poetry; the 5th class in Mineralogy, &c.
If you turn your back to the fire-place, and hold the book horizontally, you will easily transfer the squares from the page to the Floor. The first division will be in the left-hand corner before you—the second square will be directly opposite you the third will be in the righthand corner before you, &c. or if you stand in the middle of the room, you will be in the fifth compartment, and all the others will surround you—then the 7th square will be in the left-hand corner behind you, and the 9th will be in the right-hand corner behind you; the 4th will be on your left-hand, and the 6th on your right.
You will perceive, that I have caused the letters for numbering to be inserted in the squares of the Floor for the more ready learning of them, then each letter will amount to the number of the square it is found in, and by the assistance of the imagination these numerals will be indelibly fixed on your mind in a few minutes. For
instance, fancy you see f, and in
square, or look steadfastly towards the square, and name them two or three times over; by knowing them to exist in the 3d square, will at all times remind you that each of these letters stand for the figure 3; this is not only a much quicker method of learning the numerals, as I have frequently experienced by teaching them to children, but prevents any confusion arising in the mind, when you come to put them into practise. The reason why I put the s, with the h, j, and k, is because these letters were not sufficient to produce words for the 4's, as you may be convinced by turning to page 15, where you will see there was but one word to express 34, without the s.- When you want a word at any time to denote a number, think of the consonants that will give it, and by introducing vowels you will soon find a word, or words, that will express the number. You will find a vocabulary for numbering, (beginning at page 14,) where there are a few words under each figure, and by looking these over a few times, it will make you more ready in thinking of words when you want them. Many more words may be found that will express these numbers, but I have chosen the best, and advise substantives always to be used if possible, as they make a greater impression on the memory.
Observe, that no prepositions, conjunctions, interjections, articles, or auxiliary verbs should be used for numbering, 'as they should be reserved to join other words, and it being once known that they are not reckoned you cannot mistake,
Having dispatched the Floor, &c. we now come to speak of the division of the Walls. Keeping your position, (with your back to the Fire-place) observe that the Wall on your left-hand is the first, the one facing you the second, the Wall on your right the third, and the one at your back the fourth.
The numbers 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, are cieling numbers.- Imagine then, a square to be drawn on the cieling, over the middle of the first (or lefthand Wall,) and the No. 10 to be put in it; then return to the left corner of that Wall, on the top, and you will have Jl, and so proceed to 12, 13, and to 19, in the last (or lower) corner, on the right; thus you will have the Floor, and each Wall, divided into 9 compartments, which together make 45, and five Nos. on the cieling will amount to 50. These divisions will be found sufficient for the arranging of any subject, let it be ever so long, as will be pointed out in its proper place. You will master the squares on the Walls in a few minutes, if you attend to the following observations --You will perceive that the 5's always come in the middle, the l's in the left corner, on the top, and the 3's in the right. The 7's will be found in the lefthand corner, in the bottom, and the 9's in the righthand corner.-Observe further, that the first figure in the square of the Walls will give you the No. of the Wall, so that you cannot mistake 25 for 15, por 11 for 21, &c. for in your first Wall, the l's will be first in each square, in your second Wall, the 2's come first, &c. In short it is only to hold the Map of each Wall in the Book, perpendicular towards the Wall, and imagine it to be divided in the same simple manner. These compartments, are places of locality, and are for the purpose of