RE: [asa] Wesley, Primitive Physic

From: Dick Fischer <>
Date: Mon Mar 12 2007 - 10:33:34 EDT

I'm so relieved!

Dick Fischer, Genesis Proclaimed Association
Finding Harmony in Bible, Science, and History

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Behalf Of Ted Davis
Sent: Monday, March 12, 2007 9:14 AM
To:;; Michael Roberts
Subject: [asa] Wesley, Primitive Physic

This will be my final post on the Wesley thing.

It's usually easy to tell whether one has an "s" or an "f". As I
stated, I
don't even notice the long "s" when I read a text, any more than readers
German even notice some of the typeography used in those works, once
get used to it. So I went back for one more look at my facsimile

I studied a lot of letters in this particular edition, and it seems that
the printer had multiple characters for the long "s", somewhat depending
the size of the character used (ie, the font size). The smaller "s"
type, which is used in this particular instance, has a half bar on it
halfway up the letter, on the left side. In the "f" character, the bar
all the way across. In the larger italic long "s," however, there is no
at all. The latter is much easier to discern and results in no
The smaller character, however, can be confusing. On the previous page,
e.g., the word "frankincense" is written using both the "f" and the long
in smaller type, and you have to look at it closely to realize that the
letters are different: it's really quite a subtle difference. If the
letter is a "t," or even another long "s," you sometimes can't tell at
simply from the typeface--context has to help.

Upon further examination and comparison, I would now say with confidence
that Wesley said "suck". But it's easy in this case to see why someone
might honestly misread what's written. If it were the larger typeface,
problem; but the smaller italic is very hard to discern.


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