Re: [asa] Wesley, Primitive Physic

From: Michael Roberts <>
Date: Mon Mar 12 2007 - 13:50:28 EDT

The mind boggles! It sounds like sf!!!!!

  ----- Original Message -----
  From: Iain Strachan
  To: David Opderbeck
  Cc: Dick Fischer ; ASA
  Sent: Monday, March 12, 2007 4:32 PM
  Subject: Re: [asa] Wesley, Primitive Physic

  One surmises, perhaps that W. thought human milk was beneficial for consumption? ( "suck" = "suckle"). Maybe they didn't have hang-ups about that kind of thing in those days?


  On 3/12/07, David Opderbeck <> wrote:
    Interesting .... but, um, does this really make things much better, or just a little more bizarre?

    On 3/12/07, Dick Fischer < > wrote:
      I'm so relieved!

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

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      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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