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

By Benjamin Franklin

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seront déchargées.

»Sur l'assertion de Mr. Franklin que, si l'on approche l'un de l'autre
les crochets des deux bouteilles également chargées, il n'en résultera
ni étincelle, ni choc: _Ho! voilà_, s'écrie M. L. N.[20], _ce dont je ne
conviendrai pas; car dès la premiere fois que j'en fis l'épreuve, je vis
très-distinctement éclater le feu électrique entre les deux crochets, &
je ressentis un coup assez vif dans les deux bras_. Cela peut être, & je
crois que cela est, pour l'avoir éprouvé de même; mais la proposition de
M. Franklin n'en est pas moins vraie, & il faudra que le physicien
François en convienne malgré sa protestation, car il faut se rendre à
l'évidence; il doit sçavoir qu'après l'expérience de Leyde, la bouteille
n'est plus chargée, & qu'il n'y reste plus de feu: si les deux
bouteilles dont il s'agit restent chargées après en avoir approché les
deux crochets l'un de l'autre, c'est une preuve incontestable qu'elles
n'ont pas produit tout leur effet. Celui que M. L. N. a ressenti n'est
venu que de ce que l'une des bouteilles étoit plus chargée que l'autre,
& le feu qu'il a vû si distinctement entre les deux crochets, n'est que
ce qui en a passé de l'une à l'autre pour les remettre toutes deux en
équilibre: elles n'en restent pas moins chargées l'une & l'autre après
cette légère commotion, qui d'ailleurs n'est pas différente de celles
qu'on ressent dans la main à chaque étincelle que l'on tire d'un peu
loin du conducteur, quand on charge une bouteille.

[Note 20: Lett. sur l'Électricité, pag. 123.]

»Pour avoir sur ce sujet une conviction encore plus complette, il ne
s'agit que de varier l'expérience: prenez deux bouteilles dont l'une
soit bien chargée & l'autre ne le soit point du tout; en approchant
leurs crochets l'un de l'autre, vous verrez une étincelle & vous
recevrez un coup; mais après cela les bouteilles seront toutes deux à
demi chargées; preuve certaine que le feu est sorti par le crochet de
celle qui étoit électrisée, comme il y étoit entré.

»Cette erreur de M. L. N. ne vient donc que de ce qu'il n'a pas fait
attention que pour cette expérience les deux bouteilles doivent être
_également_ chargées. Quand elles le sont, il n'y a réellement ni
étincelle, ni choc, comme l'a judicieusement avancé M. Franklin.

40. Variez l'expérience en chargeant deux fioles également, l'une par le
_crochet_, l'autre par le _côté_; tenez par les _côtés_ celle qui a été
chargée par le _crochet_, & tenez par le _crochet_ celle qui à été
chargée par le _côté_; appliquez le _crochet_ de la première au

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