Memoirs of Benjamin Franklin; Written by Himself. [Vol. 1 of 2] With His Most Interesting Essays, Letters, and Miscellaneous Writings; Familiar, Moral, Political, Economical, and Philosophical, Selected with Care from All His Published Productions, and Comprising Whatever Is Most Entertaining and Valuable to the General Reader

By Benjamin Franklin

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"Paris, January 31, 1783.


"When I had read over your sheets of minutes of the principal
incidents of your life, recovered for you by your Quaker
acquaintance, I told you I would send you a letter expressing my
reasons why I thought it would be useful to complete and publish it
as he desired. Various concerns have, for some time past, prevented
this letter being written, and I do not know whether it was worth
any expectation; happening to be at leisure, however, at present, I
shall, by writing, at least interest and instruct myself; but as
the terms I am inclined to use may tend to offend a person of your
manners, I shall only tell you how I would address any other person
who was as good and as great as yourself, but less diffident. I
would say to him, sir, I solicit the history of your life, from the
following motives:

"Your history is so remarkable, that, if you do not give it,
somebody else will most certainly give it; and perhaps so as nearly
to do as much harm as your own management of the thing might do

"It will, morever, present a table of the internal circumstances of
your country, which will very much tend to invite to it settlers of
virtuous and manly minds. And, considering the eagerness with
which such information is sought by them, and the extent of your
reputation, I do not know of a more efficacious advertisement than
your biography would give.

"All that has happened to you is also connected with the detail of
the manners

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--Poke-weed a cure for cancers.
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Meanwhile, I had formerly been extremely fond of fish; and when one of these cod was taken out of the frying-pan, I thought its flavour delicious.
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At first, believing himself possessed of talents for the stage, he thought of turning actor; but Wilkes, to whom he applied, frankly advised him to renounce the idea, as it was impossible he should succeed.
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My fellow pressman drank every day a pint of beer before breakfast, a pint with bread and cheese for breakfast, one between breakfast and dinner, one at dinner, one again about six o'clock in the afternoon, and another after he had finished his day's work.
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Grey afterwards found, that, by suspending rods of iron by silk or hair lines, and bringing an excited tube under them, sparks might be drawn, and a light perceived at the extremities in the dark.
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Since we are of opinion that there is really no more electrical fire in the phial after what is called its _charging_, than before, nor less after its _discharging_; excepting only the small spark that might be given to, and taken from the non-electric matter, if separated from the bottle, which spark may not be equal to a five hundredth part of what is called the explosion.
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this natural proportion of electrical fluid is taken out of a piece of common matter, the triangles formed by the remainder, are supposed to widen by the mutual repulsion of the parts, until they occupy the whole piece.
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If one strip of gold, the length of the leaf, be not long enough for the glass, add another to the end of it, so that you may have a little part hanging out loose at each end of the glass.
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--But, Take a wire bent in the form of a C, with a stick of wax fixed to the outside of the curve, to hold it by; and apply one end of this wire to the coating, and the other at the same time to the prime conductor, the phial will be discharged; and if the balls are not electrified before the discharge, neither will they appear to be so after the discharge, for they will not repel each other.
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With respect to your letters on electricity, * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *.
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In fact, it is not difficult to conceive, that a large cloud, highly charged positively, may reduce smaller clouds to a negative state, when it passes above or near them, by forcing a part of their natural portion of the fluid either to their inferior surfaces, whence it may strike into the earth, or to the opposite side, whence it may strike into the adjacent clouds; so that when the large cloud has passed off to a distance, the small clouds shall remain in a negative state, exactly like the apparatus; the former (like the latter) being frequently insulated bodies, having communication neither with the earth nor with other clouds.
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In this respect, therefore magnetism differs from electricity.
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The phial which is least charged must have more electric matter given to it, in proportion to its bulk, than the cork-ball receives.
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_Handel_, criticism on one of his compositions, ii.
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