Benjamin Franklin and the First Balloons

By Benjamin Franklin

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p. 7, Added a missing comma after "Sir" at the beginning of the letter
"A hot air balloon carrying animals", as there is one in every
other letter;
p. 7, added missing "t" to "than" in
"more satisfactory than anything";
p. 9, "Proces verbal" corrected to "Proces verbal";
p. 11, added a missing comma after "Robert" in
"Mess^rs. Robert, two Brothers,";
p. 11, "Aiant encor dans leur Galerie le deux tiers de leur
Approvissonement." was corrected to "... les deux tiers de
leur Approvisionement." "Aiant encor" might be "Ayant encore",
as printed in the "Journal des scavans" of January 1784,
but was not corrected here;
p. 14, "Carr" corrected to "Car" in "on both Sides their Car,";
p. 16, removed a space after "d'" in "Beaucoup d'habitants";
p. 16, "Bart." corrected to "Bar^t." in "Sir JOSEPH BANKS, Bar^t.";
p. 17, "Sept. 2d" corrected to "Sept. 2^d", for 2nd.

The following possible mispellings have been retained:

p. 6, "M. Pilatre du Rozier" should be "M. Pilatre de Rozier";
p. 10, "chearfully" is possibly an older spelling for "cheerfully";
p. 16, there are several missing accents that might have been in the
original French document, in "desorientes", "operation",
"deja", "depart", "detache" and "extremites".
There are two occurences of "&c" for "&c."

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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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--Six men knocked down at once by an electrical shock.
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I took leave of Keimer, upon the pretext of going to see my parents.
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In the same year he conceived the astonishingly bold and grand idea of ascertaining the truth of his doctrine, by actually drawing down the lightning, by means of sharp-pointed iron rods, raised into the region of the clouds.
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He looked forward to the period when an institution on an enlarged plan would become necessary.
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academy as "a foundation for posterity to erect a seminary of learning more extensive, and suitable to future circumstances.
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All the arguments urged in favour of negro slavery, are applied with equal force to justify the plundering and enslaving of Europeans.
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they lose their fire; the particles of the other clouds close in receiving it: in both, they have thereby an opportunity of coalescing into drops.
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Perhaps they may be different modifications of the same element; or they may be different elements.
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But easiest of all between L, C, M, where the quantity is largest, and the surface to attract and keep it back the least.
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while such fluid passes in _small quantity_, the mutually repulsive power of its parts is confined and overcome by the cohesion of the parts of the body it passes through, so as to prevent an explosion; but when the fluid comes in a quantity too great to be confined by such cohesion, it explodes, and rends or fuses the body that endeavoured to confine it.
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But such accumulation seems still more inconceivable when the electrical fire has but a few feet depth of water to penetrate, to return to the place from whence it is supposed to be collected.
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"But after the part C B of the tube was heated to 600, the corks continued to separate, though you discharged the electricity by touching the wire at E, the electrical machine continuing in motion.
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stroke of lightning than our common dwellings.
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--When the water stands at an equal height in both these balls, and all at rest; if you wet one of the balls by means of a feather dipt in spirit, though that spirit is of the same temperament as to heat and cold with the water in the glasses, yet the cold occasioned by the evaporation of the spirit from the wetted ball will so condense the vapour over the water contained in that ball, as that the water of the other ball will be pressed up into it, followed by a succession of bubbles, till the spirit is all dried away.
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This seems a proof, that though the small sharpened part of the wire must have had a _less natural_ quantity in it before the operation, than the thick blunt part; yet a greater quantity was _driven down from it_ to the balls.
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At a certain period, the cohesion is weakened and in its progress towards putrefaction, which tends to produce a total separation, the flesh becomes what we call tender, or is in that state most proper to be used as our food.
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_Currents_ at sea, often not perceivable, ii.