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 We suppose every particle of sand, moisture, or smoke, being first
attracted and then repelled, carries off with it a portion of the
electrical fire; but that the same still subsists in those particles,
till they communicate it to something else; and that it is never
really destroyed.--So when water is thrown on common fire, we do not
imagine the element is thereby destroyed or annihilated, but only
dispersed, each particle of water carrying off in vapour its portion
of the fire, which it had attracted and attached to itself.
 Our tubes are made here of green glass, 27 or 30 inches long, as big
as can be grasped. Electricity is so much in vogue, that above one
hundred of them have been sold within these four months past.
 To charge a bottle commodiously through the coating, place it on a
glass stand; form a communication from the prime conductor to the
coating, and another from the hook to the wall or floor. When it is
charged, remove the latter communication before you take hold of the
bottle, otherwise great part of the fire will escape by it.
 The river that washes one side of _Philadelphia_, as the _Delaware_
does the other; both are ornamented with the summer habitations, of
the citizens, and the agreeable mansions of the principal people of
 An electrified bumper, is a small thin glass tumbler, near filled with
wine, and electrified as the bottle. This when brought to the lips
gives a shock, if the party be close shaved, and does not breathe
Most people dislike vanity in others, whatever share they have of it themselves; but I give it fair quarter wherever I meet with it, being persuaded that it is often productive of good to the possessor, and to others that are within his sphere of action; and therefore, in many cases, it would not be altogether absurd if a man were to thank God for his vanity among the other comforts of life.Page 8
He had a mechanical genius too, and, on occasion, was very handy in the use of other tradesmen's tools; but his great excellence lay in a sound understanding and solid judgment in prudential matters, both in private and publick affairs.Page 11
for private company as for a publick ball.Page 13
It was the third.Page 28
Then I took an opportunity of letting them see my watch; and, lastly (my brother still grum and sullen), I gave them a piece of eight to drink, and took my leave.Page 43
And thus these poor devils keep themselves always under.Page 47
him with, and, when they expected nothing but the treat, every man at the first remove found under his plate an order on a banker for the full amount of the unpaid remainder with interest.Page 49
Denham took a store in Water-street, where we open'd our goods; I attended the business diligently, studied accounts, and grew, in a little time, expert at selling.Page 58
" This struck the rest, and we soon after had offers from one of them to supply us with stationery; but as yet we did not chuse to engage in shop business.Page 64
I considered my giddiness and inconstancy when in London as in a great degree the cause of her unhappiness, tho' the mother was good enough to think the fault more her own than mine, as she had prevented our marrying before I went thither, and persuaded the other match in my absence.Page 72
Finding the advantage of this little collection, I propos'd to render the benefit from books more common, by commencing a public subscription library.Page 90
I endeavor'd to make it both entertaining and useful, and it accordingly came to be in such demand, that I reap'd considerable profit from it, vending annually near ten thousand.Page 92
I mention this affair chiefly for the sake of recommending that branch of education for our young females, as likely to be of more use to them and their children, in case of widowhood, than either music or dancing, by preserving them from losses by imposition of crafty men, and enabling them to continue, perhaps, a profitable mercantile house, with establish'd correspondence, till a son is grown up fit to undertake and go on with it, to the lasting advantage and enriching of the family.Page 94
Our former differences were forgotten, and our meeting was very cordial and affectionate.Page 98
In 1739 arrived among us from Ireland the Reverend Mr.Page 114
" I enquired into the nature and probable utility of his scheme, and receiving from him a very satisfactory explanation, I not only subscrib'd to it myself, but engag'd heartily in the design of procuring subscriptions from others.Page 132
" I was conscious of an impropriety in my disputing with a military man in matters of his profession, and said no more.Page 142
rounds fired before my door, which shook down and broke several glasses of my electrical apparatus.Page 155
George's Channel, which deceives seamen and caused the loss of Sir Cloudesley Shovel's squadron.Page 160
" 1726 Returns to Philadelphia; after serving as clerk in a dry goods store, becomes manager of Keimer's printing-house.