Swedberg wrote a brief explanation of “A New System of ReckoningWhich Turns at 8” to present to King Charles XII of Sweden. The king had apparently encouraged him in pursuing the matter, having himself experimented with a system based on 64. The king’s death prevented delivery of the manuscript, but it was preserved and is now in the Royal Library at Stockholm. In 1941 it was translated from the Swedish by Dr. Alfred Acton and published by the Swedenborg Scientific Association. Dr. C. E. Doering reviewed it in the October, 1941, issue of the New Philosophy.This little work still serves as a valuable illustration of the natureof tradition and its influence upon human thought. The readersees that the system using eight remains unused in spite of its advantages.But, more important, he witnesses his own reactions to its novelty and gains an insight into how many of his own mental processes are little more than traditional rituals, established by practice more than by reason.