The reading of
Baglin (1839-1908) by Professor G Rudd
Below is a
transcript of a written report (and a copy of the first & last page of that
report) on the phrenology reading of William Baglin by Professor Rudd.
The reading was made shortly before the wedding of William Edward Baglin
to Gertrude Rosa Burgess so that George Burgess (then retired Phrenologist)
could give his blessings to the wedding. Therefore this reading would
have been made sometime between June 1901 & June 1905.
The natural conditions of your constitution
are not unfavourable, but still the condition of health should be studied
and attended to it you would retain the constant enjoyment of health.
The health of the mind will depend on the health of the body, and happiness
will depend on both. And it will not be difficult for you to live long
and be healthy if you study and obey the health laws. The power of your
brain does not fully dominate over your physical structure, but on the
whole your physical and mental developments are fairly balanced. You
possess abundant feeling, and all your feelings are glowing and easily
moved. You are very much alive to criticism, and you will be the happier
in proportion as you avoid being influenced so much by this criticism.
When people disapprove of you in any respect you are too likely to be
cast down in spirit on account of it. But you are as readily elated
in feeling when people make much of you, for you really love for people
to appreciate you highly. True and sensible praise will act very favourable
upon your mind and actions, but discouragement will act most ruinous
upon you. The majority of people could bear it better than yourself.
Your organ of self esteem is not sufficiently developed, hence you will
be somewhat wanting in dignity of character. You require a little more
reasonable pride, not more love for approval – but greater inward
consciousness of your own individual worth. You are apt now to underrate
yourself, and live below your natural sphere of usefulness.
You have a sensitive temper, and are
easily offended, but it will not render you very dangerous, your general
intellectual developments indicate a fair practical intellect. You will
not however be very largely comprehensive or philosophic. You have no
inclination to look into mysterious or deep subjects and will therefore
not be a man of great literary knowledge. You have talents for ready
and acute perception, and are somewhat ingenious and wide-a-wake on
some points. You can remember better what you hear than what you read,
and you may learn more from observations than from book study.
Still, you might make a fair general
scholar and teacher. You have a good development of language, which
with your quickness of perception will render you fluent in expression
and you could become an easy speaker of what you may know. You can remember
places and facts well. You should concentrate your mind upon the thing
in hand until it is thoroughly finished or studied, rather more than
you are in the habit of doing. You are not suited for a monotonous or
tedious sphere of life, but will be better adapted for a little business
sphere where in there is variety of action and thought required.
You are open, free, and expressive in
manner, and are not quite cautious enough some times. And liable to
tell more than you need to tell occasionally. You have no deception
about you, neither have you any disposition to deceive in guilty sense.
Your moral qualities will not render you remarkable for reverence, buy
you have much conscientious feeling, which will keenly condemn you for
wrong doing. Your hopes re rather fluctuating, but you are not unusually
suspicious. All your social organs are very fully developed. Hence you
really enjoy a thorough friend. You love the other….. so much
that they…… easily bias you. ………..ingenious
one could pick you off the B……. does best easily ……..