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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Ditto. From this date the temperature of the air and water
was taken at noon, as well as morning and evening.

---- 16. Northerly current.

---- 19. First saw gulph weed.

---- 21. Southerly current.

---- 22. Again saw gulph weed.

---- 24. The water appeared luminous in a small degree before the
moon rose.

---- 29. No moon, yet very little light in the water.

---- 30. Much gulph weed to-day.

---- 31. Ditto.

Sept. 1. Ditto.

---- 2. A little more light in the water.

---- 4. No gulph weed to-day. More light in the water.

---- 5. Some gulph weed again.

---- 6. Little light in the water. A very hard thunder-gust in the

---- 7. Little gulph weed.

---- 8. More light in the water. Little gulph weed.

---- 9. Little gulph weed. Little light in the water last evening.

---- 10. Saw some beds of rock-weed; and we were surprised to
observe the water six degrees colder by the thermometer than the
preceding noon.

This day (10th) the thermometer still kept descending, and at five
in the morning of the 11th, it was in water as low as 70, when
we struck soundings. The same evening the pilot came on board,
and we found our ship about five degrees of longitude a-head of
the reckoning, which our captain accounted for by supposing our
course to have been near the edge of the gulph stream, and thus
an eddy-current always in our favour. By the distance we ran from
Sept. 9, in the evening, till we struck soundings, we must have
then been at the western edge of the gulph stream, and the change
in the temperature of the water was probably owing to our suddenly
passing from that current, into the waters of our own climate.

On the 14th of August the following experiment was made. The
weather being perfectly calm, an empty bottle, corked very tight,
was sent down 20 fathoms, and it was drawn up still empty. It was
then sent down again 35 fathoms, when the weight of the water
having forced in the cork, it was drawn up full; the water it

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Text Comparison with Franklin's Way to Wealth; or, "Poor Richard Improved"

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" [Illustration: Published by W.
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DARTON_, And of most Booksellers in the United Kingdom.
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I stopped my horse, lately, where a great number of people were collected at an auction of merchants' goods.
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"He that hath a trade, hath an estate; and he that hath a calling, hath an office of profit and honour," as Poor Richard says; but then the trade must be worked at, and the calling well followed, or neither the estate nor the office will enable us to pay our taxes.
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Darton, Junr.
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" You may think perhaps, that a little tea, or a little punch now and then, diet a little more costly, clothes a little finer, and a little entertainment now and then, can be no great matter; but remember, "Many a little makes a mickle.
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You call them goods; but, if you do not take care, they will prove evils to some of you.
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consult, consult your purse.
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" At present, perhaps, you may think yourselves in thriving circumstances, and that you can bear a little extravagance without injury; but "For age and want save while you may, No morning sun lasts a whole day.
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' * * * * * Thus the old gentleman ended his harangue.