Extract from Inquiries
into Human Faculty (1883)
A common form of vision is a phantasmagoria,
or the appearance of a crowd of phantoms, sometimes hurrying past
like men in a street. It is occasionally seen in broad daylight,
much more often in the dark; it may be at the instant of putting
out the candle, but it generally comes on when the person is in
bed, preparing to sleep, but by no means yet asleep. I know no
less than three men, eminent in the scientific world, who have
these phantasmagoria in one form or another.
It will seem curious, but it is a fact that I know of no less
than five editors of very influential newspapers who experience
these night visitations in a vivid form. Two of them have described
the phenomena very forcibly in print, but anonymously, and two
others have written on cognate experiences.