Excerpt from Thomsonian Manual, Vol. 4: May 1, 1838
This stimulus or animating principle in a natural body does not depend on its organization, or its fig ure, nor any of those inferior forms, Which make up the system of its visible qualities; but it is the power which, not being that Organization, nor that figure, nor those qualities, is yet able to produce, to preserve and to employ them. 'it is therefore the power, which, departing, the body Ceases to live, and the members soon pass into putref'action and decay.
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