Expériences et observations sur l'électricité faites à Philadelphie en Amérique

By Benjamin Franklin

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pointe par sa plus grande finesse recevant le fluide trop tôt pour que
son opposée puisse le décharger à distances égales, elle se retire de la
lame électrisée, & s'avance plus près de la lame non-électrisée, jusqu'à
ce qu'elle vienne à une distance où la décharge puisse être exactement
égale à la charge. Cette dernière étant diminuée, & la première
augmentée; & elle y demeure aussi long-tems que le globe continuë à
fournir de nouvelle matière électrique. Ceci paroîtra évident, lorsque
la différence de la finesse dans les angles sera devenuë fort grande.
Coupez un morceau d'or d'Hollande (qui est le meilleur pour ces
expériences, parce qu'il est plus fort) dans la forme de la figure X.
que l'angle d'en haut soit un angle droit, les deux suivans des angles
obtus, & le plus bas un angle fort aigu, & amenez cet or sur votre lame,
qui est sous la lame électrisée, de manière que la partie coupée à angle
droit puisse être d'abord élevée, ce qui se fait en couvrant la partie
aiguë avec le creux de la main, & vous verrez la feüille prendre place
beaucoup plus près de la lame supérieure que de la lame inférieure,
parce que sans être plus près, elle ne peut recevoir aussi promptement à
la pointe de son angle droit, qu'elle peut décharger à la pointe de son
angle aigu. Tournez cette feüille de façon que la partie aiguë soit la
plus élevée, & alors elle se placera tout auprès de la lame
non-électrisée, parce qu'elle reçoit plus promptement à la pointe de
l'angle aigu qu'elle ne peut décharger à la pointe de l'angle droit;
ainsi la différence de distance est toujours proportionnelle à la
différence d'accélération. Prenez garde en coupant votre feuille de ne
pas laisser de petits lambeaux sur les extrémités, qui forment
quelquefois des pointes où vous ne voudriez pas les avoir; vous pouvez
faire cette figure si aiguë dans sa partie inférieure, & si obtuse dans
sa partie supérieure, qu'il ne soit pas besoin de lame inférieure, se
déchargeant d'elle-même assez promptement dans l'air. Si elle est plus
étroite, comme on le voit dans la figure comprise entre les lignes
ponctuées, nous l'appellons le _poisson d'or_, à cause de sa manière
d'agir. Car si vous le prenez par la queuë, & que vous le teniez à un
pied, ou à une plus grande distance horizontale du premier conducteur,
lorsque vous le laisserez aller, il volera à lui avec un mouvement vif,
mais ondoyant, semblable à celui d'une aiguille dans l'eau; il prendra
place alors sous le premier conducteur, peu-être à un quart ou

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9, 10.
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As the Spirit is the agent through whom the gospel is preached, and the gospel the instrument by which the Spirit makes believers, the agent is mentioned for the effect, which is belief—made believers by the Spirit and baptized into Christ, into one body.
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pleasant and interesting to worldly-minded persons, and not do any thing or say any thing that would remind any one of the Savior of the world.
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He clearly designed no such wickedness as this; but what has followed? Where has the “light within” led his followers? It has led some of them to neglect and forsake the word of God; to regard the Bible simply as a good book, a true history and guide to the people of its time, but not as an authority, a rule of faith and practice for us.
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Do not wait for a _call_, but _go_; do not wait for some certain promise of support, but trust to the promises of God; go in faith; trust in God; sow the good seed of the kingdom, the word of God, that it may fall into good and honest hearts and bring forth much fruit.
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But, put the question, What did you learn? and silence would reign.
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They have no worthy object—they can have no worthy object in opposing the Bible.
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of the blood of the everlasting covenant, by the glories of heaven, or the terrors of hell, to turn to the Lord and follow him who loved us and gave himself for us? Is the public mind so distracted, and are the people so confused and lost to all that God has said and done, that they can not be induced to love Christ better than all human theories, regard him and feel the force of all his love to our lost and ruined world? Are the people so set upon gnawing the bone of contention, keeping up sectarian feuds; disputing upon the lifeless, soulless and profitless controversies thrust upon them, that they will neither hear the Lord nor be interested in the word of his grace? Must the public mind be wholly occupied with the useless distinctions between the views of men, the useless comparisons of doctrines and commandments of men, the comparative merits of different human systems, and an eternal train of customs unknown to the primitive church, thus bewildering the people and blinding their minds that they may neither see the Lord nor regard his authority? Is it impossible to bring the authority of the Almighty again to bear upon the world, to lift up the Lord before the people, that he may draw all men unto him, convert them to the Lord and place them under him? Is it impossible to rescue the people from the blinding influences of these times—from being merely followers of men, and believing human theories, which have no power to save, in the place of believing the great truth, that Christ died for our sins, according to the Scriptures—that he was buried, and that he rose from the dead? Is it impossible to interest the public mind with the things of God—with the revelation from God to man, with the religion of Christ itself? Is the love of God gone from the world? Has the Holy Spirit of God abandoned the church? Is the human race mad, insane and ruined, so that all pleadings and entreaties to turn to God must fail? Must the holy religion of Christ be set aside for the silly disputes of these times? Shall that holy religion that saved such vast multitudes in the days of the apostles, fired the hearts of the missionaries of the cross and supported the holy martyrs in passing through all the cruel scourgings, tortures and privations for the name of the Lord, be contemned, despised and rejected by the people of our day? O, that God would enable us to _arouse_ the people of this.
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And I heard a great voice out of heaven, saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them and be their God.
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A system must have a common center of attraction, holding it, in its revolutions, from flying into atoms.
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” “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
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The stream of oaths continued from almost every mouth.
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[A] Many brethren are inquiring of us about the Spirit, “correct views of the Spirit,” and of “the influence of the Spirit,” and insisting that we.
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Let us hold fast and be faithful, lest the trying hour come on us unexpected.
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” To see a lady sit and play with her infant, in time of preaching, laugh at its little pranks, and try to induce others around her also to laugh at them.
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The whole matter rests _upon Christ_, and not upon the congruity or the incongruity of the sacred narratives, unless their consistency can be so impaired as to destroy their testimony concerning Christ.
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—With your views of the subject, we shall never do any good.
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Opportunities for doing good never return.