Memoirs of Benjamin Franklin; Written by Himself. [Vol. 2 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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To David Rittenhouse.--New and Curious Theory of Light
and Heat 224

Of Lightning; and the Methods now used in America for
the securing Buildings and Persons from its mischievous
Effects 227

To Peter Collinson.--Electrical Kite 231

Physical and Meteorological Observations, Conjectures, and
Suppositions 232

To Dr. Perkins.--Water-spouts and Whirlwinds compared 240

To Alexander Small.--On the Northeast Storms in North
America 254

To Dr. Lining.--On Cold produced by Evaporation 256

To Peter Franklin.--On the Saltness of Seawater 263

To Miss Stephenson.--Salt Water rendered fresh

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Text Comparison with The Complete Works in Philosophy, Politics and Morals of the late Dr. Benjamin Franklin, Vol. 1 [of 3]

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245 Accumulation of the electrical fire proved to be in the electrified glass.
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In fine--and I may as well avow it, since nobody would believe me were I to deny it--I shall perhaps, by this employment, gratify my vanity.
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I was touched with the unhappy situation of their daughter, who was almost always melancholy, and continually seeking solitude.
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A number of persons, to the number of about 120, principally inhabitants of Donegal and Peckstang or Paxton township, in the county of York, assembled; and, mounted on horseback, proceeded to the settlement of these harmless and defenceless Indians, whose number had now been reduced to about twenty.
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This was his last public act.
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If the phials were both charged through their hooks, the cork, when it has been attracted and repelled by the one, will not be attracted, but equally repelled by the other.
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Let the two sets then represent two clouds, the one a sea cloud electrified, the other a land cloud.
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[44] Thunder-gusts are sudden storms of thunder and lightning, which are frequently of short duration, but sometimes produce mischievous effects.
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The corner that happens to be uppermost when the leaf is rising, being a sharp point, from the extreme thinness of the gold, draws and receives at a distance a sufficient quantity of the electric fluid to give itself an electric atmosphere, by which its progress to the upper plate is stopped, and it begins to be repelled from that plate, and would be driven back to the under plate, but that its lowest corner is likewise a point, and throws off or discharges the overplus of the leaf's atmosphere, as fast as the upper corner draws it on.
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If this were so, I imagined that by forcing a constant violent stream of air against my prime conductor, by bellows, I should electrify it _negatively_; the rubbing particles of air, drawing from it part of its natural quantity of the electric fluid.
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That the progress of the electrical fire is so amazingly swift, seems evident from an experiment you yourself (not out of choice) made, when two or three large glass jars were discharged through your body.
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the 24th of January past, inclosing an extract from your letter to Mr.
Page 253
Where metal is melted by lightning, some part of it is generally exploded; and these explosions in the joints appear to have been the cause of unhooking them; and, by that violent action, of starting also most of the staples.
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the faces of the stone where they could obtain the greatest breadth, or some other advantage in the form.
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FOOTNOTE: [79] Mr.
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If you slip down the _whole distance_ at once, the ball falls instantly down to the stem.
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In this respect, therefore magnetism differs from electricity.
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some account of, iii.
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_Mahogany_, expands and shrinks, according to climate, ii.