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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Distillation.--Method of relieving Thirst by Seawater 264

To the same.--Tendency of Rivers to the Sea.--Effects of
the Sun's Rays on Cloths of different Colours 266

To the same.--On the Effect of Air on the Barometer, and
the Benefits derived from the Study of Insects 270

To Dr. Joseph Priestley.--Effect of Vegetation on Noxious Air 273

To Dr. John Pringle.--On the Difference of Navigation in
Shoal and Deep Water 274

To Oliver Neale.--On the Art of Swimming 277

To Miss Stephenson.--Method of contracting Chimneys.--Modesty
in Disputation 281

To M. Dubourg.--Observations on the prevailing Doctrines
of Life and Death 282

Lord Brougham's Portrait of Dr. Franklin 285


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[Illustration: (Water Spouts) _Plate V.
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Your queries, towards the end of your paper, appear judicious, and worth considering.
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will be 2 _c_, 3 _c_, &c.
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So that supposing large canals and boats and depths of water to bear the same proportions, and that four men or horses would draw a boat in deep water four leagues in four hours, it would require five to draw the same boat in the same time as far in shallow water; or four would require five hours.
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On these two hooks hang the two bodies, the thread that connects.
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Only as the paper kite rises in the air, this is to descend in the water.
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I then observed it was a pity no notice was taken of this current upon the charts, and requested him to mark it out for me, which he readily complied with, adding directions for avoiding it in sailing from Europe to North-America.
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The sweet potatoe of America and Spain is excellent for this purpose.
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into the chimney, sufficient to fill the opening, being necessary to oppose and prevent the smoke coming out into the room; it follows, that the openings of the longest funnels may be larger, and that those of the shorter funnels should be smaller.
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Where coals are the fuel, the grates will be proportioned to the openings.
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This happens more certainly when the door is shutting, for then the force of the current is augmented, and becomes very inconvenient to those who, warming themselves by the fire, happen to sit in its way.
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For many years past, I have rarely met with a case of a smoky chimney, which has not been solvable on these principles, and cured by these remedies, where people have been willing to apply them; which is indeed not always the case; for many have prejudices in favour of the nostrums of pretending chimney-doctors and fumists, and some have conceits and fancies of their own, which they rather chuse to try, than to lengthen a funnel, alter the size of an opening, or admit air into a room, however necessary; for some are as much afraid of fresh air as persons in the hydrophobia are of fresh water.
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Then putting some Windsor loam in the grooves of the cover B, lay that on: trying the sliding plates Y Y, to see if they move freely in the grooves Z Z, V V, designed for them.
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prevent your fire burning in your absence, you may do it by taking the brass flame from the top of the vase, and covering the passage with a round tin plate, which will prevent the entry of more air than barely sufficient to keep a few of the coals alive.
Page 269
The mould is made with thin but deep sides, that it may be both light and stiff: it is suspended at each end with cords that pass over pullies fastened to the cieling, their ends connected with a counterpoise nearly equal the weight of the mould.
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"It at once illustrates," says he, "the true grounds and reasons of all capital punishments whatsoever, namely, that every man's property, as well as his life, may be held sacred and inviolate.
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It has been for some time a generally received opinion, that a military man is not to inquire whether a war be just or unjust; he is to execute his orders.
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a number of bottles at once, how done, _ibid.