Excerpt from Concerning the Blind: Being a Historical Sketch of Organised Effort on Behalf of the Blind of Great Britain, and Some Thoughts Concerning the Mental Life of a Person Born Blind
The introduction of a preface provides an opportunity for a personal note carefully avoided in the pages that follow, and so presents a temptation too strong to be resisted. This book, short as it is, has been twenty years in'the making. Part of it has been in typescript for longer than I care to think. It has been put together in a straggle of odd half-hours, has been repeatedly relegated to the backmost pigeon-hole, has been taken down, dusted and put back again until its unfinished condition has become an annoyance and a reproach.
I have tried to give, within a modest compass, a sketch of the development of organised effort on behalf of the blind in Great Britain and have added some thoughts on the mental life of a person born blind. 'i had intended, in a third section, to discuss the problems which confront the teacher in a school for blind children, but that design, alas, is still in the unsubstantial region of pious hopes. It has therefore been thought best to bring out the book in its present form. To have waited for a further indefinite period might have led to the idea of publication being given up altogether.
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