Symbolic System

S Pepys to Lord Reay, 21 November 1699

” Whereas in this case, we are entertain’d with daggers, Shrouds, Arrows, Gibbets, & God knows what, that indeed are not: And consequently must be the creature of the mind only (however directed to them) & not of the eye.”



Daggers, shrouds, arrows and gibbets, these are species of vision that were thought to defy the normal rules of time as they are a species of object that came from the future. Lord Reay suggests they were a species of vision, directly related either to a particular quality found in Scottish air or in a quality found in the eye ball of Scottish seers. Pepy’s counters that with the perspective that it is a quality of mind only. A species of thought.



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