Excerpt from The Popular Science Monthly, 1883, Vol. 23
The only way it is possible to explain the evidence of Browne and Wiseman is that they were ardent royalists, and held the efiicacy of the royal touch to be as much a party tenet as the divine right of kings, and that by doing so they pleased the court and so advanced their own interests. Had they doubted it, they would have incurred the suspicion of being disaffected to the government.* Failures of cure were attributed, as in our own day, to want of faith, as one writer puts it, none ever failed of receiving benefit unless their little faith and credulity starved their merits.
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