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

By Benjamin Franklin

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chacun une certaine quantité de ce feu,
on les a distingués en corps électriques & corps non-électriques. Ces
distinctions sont assez connuës.

3. Les premiers sont propres à communiquer ce feu, & non à le conduire:
les derniers le reçoivent & le transmettent, sans pouvoir le communiquer
par eux-mêmes.

4. En ce sens l'air est naturellement électrique, & l'eau ne l'est pas.

5. Les corps non-électriques retiennent le feu dont ils ont été une fois
chargés, jusqu'à ce qu'il en approche d'autres corps qui en ayent moins;
alors le feu se communique avec bruit, & se distribue également

6. L'eau étant électrisée, les vapeurs qui s'en exhalent le sont aussi.

7. Les particules de matière électrisée se repoussent mutuellement; delà
vient apparemment que l'électricité, aussi bien que la chaleur, augmente
l'évaporation des liqueurs.

8. Le frottement entre un corps non-électrique & un corps originairement
électrique produit le feu électrique, non en le créant, mais en le

9. La mer est un composé d'eau corps non-électrique, & de sel corps
originairement électrique.

10. Lorsqu'il y a du frottement entre les parties voisines de sa
surface, la matière électrique y est rassemblée des parties inférieures
& y devient apparente. C'est ce qu'on remarque dans le sillage d'un
vaisseau, sous les coups de rames, dans l'écume & dans les parties d'eau
agitées par le vent. Enfin dans une tempête toute la mer paroît en feu.

11. Les particules d'eau détachées étant alors repoussées de sa surface
électrisée, emportent avec elles le feu électrique qui a été rassemblé,
& en s'élèvant elles s'attachent elles-mêmes aux particules d'air
qu'elles rencontrent.

12. Les particules d'air ainsi chargées & appésanties par les particules
d'eau qui y sont adhérentes, retomberoient bientôt sur la terre, si le
feu électrique attaché à ces dernieres ne les rendoit spécifiquement
plus légères. La chaleur du soleil contribuë encore à les alléger.

13. Aidées de ces deux puissances le feu électrique & le feu commun, les
vapeurs de la mer s'élèvent fort haut dans l'air, & y forment des nuages
chargés comme elles de l'un & l'autre feu.

14. Quand même ces nuages fortement électrisés viendroient à s'élever
dans la région la plus froide au-dessus de la terre, le froid qu'ils y
rencontreroient pourroit diminuer leur feu commun; mais loin de diminuer
leur feu électrique, il ne feroit qu'en augmenter la force.

15. Les nuages formés des exhalaisons de la terre, ayant peu de feu
électrique, ne s'élèvent pas beaucoup, & déposent leur eau promptement &
aisément; c'est de là que les vents de terre qui soufflent sur mer se
font facilement reconnoître par leur sécheresse.

16. Il en est tout autrement des nuages formés

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