Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

By Benjamin Franklin

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XIX. Agent of Pennsylvania in London 296


Electrical Kite 327
The Way to Wealth 331
The Whistle 336
A Letter to Samuel Mather 34O

Bibliography 343


Franklin at the Court of Louis XVI _Frontispiece_

"He was therefore, feasted and invited to all the court
parties. At these he sometimes met the old Duchess of
Bourbon, who, being a chess player of about his force,
they very generally played together. Happening once to
put her king into prize, the Doctor took it. 'Ah,' says
she, 'we do not take kings so.' 'We do in America,'
said the Doctor."--Thomas Jefferson.

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Text Comparison with The Complete Works in Philosophy, Politics and Morals of the late Dr. Benjamin Franklin, Vol. 1 [of 3]

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Franklin, as a philosopher, a politician, and a moralist, is too well known to require illustration, and his writings, from their interesting nature, and the fascinating simplicity of their style, are too highly esteemed, for any apology to be necessary for so large a collection of them, unless it should be deemed necessary by the individual to whom Dr.
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--Observations recommended for ascertaining the direction of the electric fluid.
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25 4 from the bottom: for pasquenades, read pasquinades.
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best of my belief, was brought up to the trade of a wool-dyer.
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This business displeased me, and I felt a strong inclination for a sea life; but my father set his face against it.
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" The only one that existed before was the "Boston News Letter.
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" As I appeared at first not to think quite so ill of them as she did, she related many things she had seen and heard, which had escaped my attention, but which convinced me that she was in the right.
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Our debates were under the direction of a president, and were to be dictated only by a sincere desire of truth; the pleasure of disputing, and the vanity of triumph having no share in the business; and in order to prevent undue warmth, every expression which implied obstinate adherence to an opinion, and all direct contradiction, were prohibited, under small pecuniary penalties.
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Let the citizens of America, then, encourage institutions calculated to diffuse knowledge amongst the people; and amongst these, public libraries are not the least important.
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This is shewn by applying the negatively charged wire of a phial to two cork balls, suspended by silk threads, and many other experiments.
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And when trees or houses are set on fire by the dreadful quantity which a cloud, or the earth, sometimes discharges, must not the heat, by which the wood is first kindled, be generated by the lightning's violent motion, through the resisting combustible matter? If lightning, by its rapid motion, produces heat in _itself_; as well as in other bodies (and that it does I think is evident from some of the foregoing experiments made with the thermometer) then its sometimes singeing the hair of animals killed by it, may easily be accounted for.
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_Accounts from Carolina (mentioned in the foregoing Letter) of the Effects of Lightning on two of the Rods commonly affixed to Houses there, for securing them against Lightning_.
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comes to water.
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the earth whatever which is, or can be, naturally in a state of negative electricity: and though different circumstances may occasion an inequality in the distribution of the fluid, the equilibrium is immediately restored by means of its extreme subtilty, and of the excellent conductors with which the humid earth is amply provided.
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6thly, A great heat, by expanding the substance of this steel, and increasing the distance between its particles, affords a passage to the electric fluid, which is thus again restored to its proper equilibrium; the bar appearing no longer to possess magnetic virtue.
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101, in order to account for the playing of a cork-ball between the wire thrust into the phial, and one that rises up from its coating.
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supposed originally all salt, 91.