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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On the saltness of sea-water 91

On the effect of air on the barometer, and the benefits derived
from the study of insects 92

On the Bristol waters, and the tide in rivers 95

On the same subject 102

Salt-water rendered fresh by distillation.--Method of relieving
thirst by sea-water 103

Tendency of rivers to the sea.--Effect of the sun's rays on cloth
of different colours 105

On the vis inertiæ of matter 110

On the different strata of the earth

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Imagining it may be equally agreeable to you to learn the circumstances of _my_ life, many of which you are unacquainted with, and expecting the enjoyment of a few weeks' uninterrupted leisure, I sit down to write them.
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With that view I took some of the papers, and, making short hints of the sentiments in each sentence, laid them by a few days, and then, without looking at the book, tried to complete the papers again, by expressing each hinted sentiment at length and as fully as it had been expressed before in any suitable words that should occur to me.
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My unexpected appearance surprised the family; all were, however, very glad to see me, and made me welcome, except my brother: I went to see him at his printing-house.
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Denham, a Quaker merchant, and Messrs.
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per week; as much as we could then afford.
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But so determined I was to continue doing a sheet a day of the folio, that one night, when, having imposed my forms, I thought my day's work over, one of them by accident was broken, and two pages reduced to _pi_, I immediately distributed and composed it over again before I went to bed; and this industry, visible to our neighbours, began to give us character and credit; particularly, I was told, that mention being made of the new printing-office at the merchants' every-night club, the general opinion was that it must fail, there being already two printers in the place, Keimer and Bradford; but Dr.
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For though I did indeed receive and send papers by the post, yet the public opinion was otherwise; for what I did send was by bribing the riders, who took them privately; Bradford being unkind enough to forbid it, which occasioned some resentment on my part, and I thought so meanly of the practice, that, when I afterward came into his situation, I took care never to imitate it.
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, for fifty years, Mr.
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Had he been in my opinion a good preacher, perhaps I might have continued, notwithstanding the occasion I had for the Sunday's leisure in my course of study: but.
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He laughed and thanked me, and said he would take my advice.
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Collinson for the present of the tube, &c.
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He set out for.
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_ In what proportion had population increased in America? _A.
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_ Yes; captures of ships carrying on the British trade there with British manufactures.
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Peggy was Shehaes's daughter; she worked for her aged father, continuing to live with him, though married, and attended him with filial duty and tenderness.
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Considerable, however, as most of them for happiness of situation, fertility of soil, product of valuable commodities, number of inhabitants, shipping amount of exportations, latitude of rights and privileges, and every other requisite for the being and well-being of society, and more considerable than.