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

By Benjamin Franklin

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A more particular account of the same, &c. 422

Letter of Mr. W. Watson, F. R. S. to the Royal Society, concerning
the electrical experiments in England upon thunder-clouds. 427

No. 2. Remarks on the Abbé Nollet's Letters to Benjamin Franklin,
Esq. of Philadelphia, on electricity. 430


PLATE I. Electrical Experiments facing page 182

PLATE II. Electrical Air Thermometer 336

PLATE III. Cavendish Experiment 348

PLATE IV. Lightning Rod Experiments 388


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2 10: for true, read me.
5 5: for was born, read who was born.
20 1: for Tryon, read Tyron's.
_ib._ 7 from the bottom: for put to blush, read put

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