The Complete Works in Philosophy, Politics and Morals of the late Dr. Benjamin Franklin, Vol. 2 [of 3]

By Benjamin Franklin

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Text Comparison with Benjamin Franklin and the First Balloons

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, in December, 1905, and previously had belonged to G.
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(THE FIRST HYDROGEN BALLOON.
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It is suppos'd to have burst by the Elasticity of the contain'd Air when no longer compress'd by so heavy an Atmosphere.
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Among the Pleasanteries Conversation produces on this Subject, some suppose Flying to be now invented, and that since Men may be supported in the Air, nothing is wanted but some light handy Instruments to give and direct Motion.
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as fast as that Wind, and over Hedges, Ditches & even Waters.
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I send you enclosed the Proposals, which it is said are already subscribed to by a considerable number and likely to be carried into execution.
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If those in the Gallery see it likely to descend in an improper Place, they can by throwing on more Straw, & renewing the Flame, make it rise again, and the Wind carries it farther.
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One of these courageous Philosophers, the Marquis d'Arlandes, did me the honour to call upon me in the Evening after the Experiment, with Mr.
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But the Emulation between the two Parties running high, the Improvement in the Construction and Management of the Balloons has already made a rapid Progress; and one cannot say how far it may go.
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FRANKLIN Sir JOSEPH BANKS.
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When it arrived at its height, which I suppose might be 3 or 400 Toises, it appeared to have only horizontal Motion.
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le Duc de Chartre et Fitz James, qui apres les avoir embrasses, ont signe le Proces verbal de lieu et d'heure.
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La Chute du Jour l'a determine a redescendre une lieue et 1/2 plus loin, aux environs de Fouroy.
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As this interesting document has never been published, to my knowledge, I have given it here _literatim_ from my press-copy.
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11, "Aiant encor dans leur Galerie le deux tiers de leur Approvissonement.