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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Extract of a letter from Mr. Tengnagel to Count Bentinck, dated at
Batavia, the 5th of January, 1770 154

On the difference of navigation in shoal and deep water 158

Sundry maritime observations 162

Remarks upon the navigation from Newfoundland to New-York, in
order to avoid the Gulph Stream on one hand, and on the other
the shoals that lie to the southward of Nantucket and of St.
George's Banks 197

Observations of the warmth of the sea-water, &c. by Fahrenheit's
Thermometer, in crossing the Gulph Stream; with other remarks
made on board the Pensylvania packet, Capt. Osborne, bound
from London to Philadelphia, in April and May, 1775 199

Observations of the warmth of the sea-water, &c. by Fahrenheit's
thermometer; with other remarks made on board the Reprisal,
Capt. Wycks, bound from Philadelphia to France, in October
and November, 1776 200

A journal of a voyage from the Channel between France and England
towards America

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I am very sure there was nothing like the sucking of water from the sea into the spout, unless the spray, which was raised in a ring to a small height, could be mistaken for a raising of water.
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I am on a high dry hill, in a free air, as likely to be dry as any air in France.
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Now waves once raised, whether by the wind or any other power, have the same mechanical operation, by which they continue to rise and fall, as a _pendulum_ will continue to swing, a long time after the force ceases to act by which the motion was first produced: that motion will, however, cease in time; but time is necessary.
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The second experiment that I propose, is, to take two playing cards of the same dimensions, and cut one of them transversely into eight equal pieces; then with a needle string them upon two threads one near each end, and place them so upon the threads that, when hung up, they may be one exactly over the other, at a distance equal to their breadth, each in a horizontal position; and let a small weight, such as a bird-shot, be hung under them, to make them fall in a straight line when let loose.
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The other five are, 1.
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But rusk is better; for being made of good fermented bread, sliced and baked a second time, the pieces imbibe the water easily, soften immediately, digest more kindly, and are therefore more wholesome than the unfermented biscuit.
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At the same time the air, warmed under the bottom plate, and in the air-box, rises and comes out of the holes in the side-plates, very swiftly, if the door of the room be shut, and joins its current with the stream before-mentioned, rising from the side, back, and top plates.
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Then put a little fine mortar (made of loam and lime, with a little hair) into its joints, and set in your back plate, leaning it for the present against the false back: then set in your air-box, with a little mortar in its joints; then put in the two sides, closing them up against the air-box, with mortar in their grooves, and fixing at the same time your register: then bring up your back to its place, with mortar in its grooves, and that will bind the sides together.
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Then it is to be carried into the room which it is to warm.
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I said, it was, perhaps, a mark of the good sense of our English mathematicians, that they would not spend their time in things that were merely _difficiles nugæ_, incapable of any useful application.
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But let such lessons be chosen for reading, as contain some useful instruction, whereby the understanding or morals of the youth may at the same time be improved.
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Franklin and Mr.
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He, that is industrious, produces, by his industry, something that is an equivalent, and pays for his subsistence: he is therefore no charge or burden to society.
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Their plenty would have lessened their value.
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[100] They were to spread the gospel, and maintain a learned and orthodox clergy, where ministers were wanted or ill-provided, administering God's word and sacraments, and preventing atheism, infidelity, popery, and idolatry.
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construction of, 358.
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experiments, Franklin's eager pursuit of, 104.
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does not enter through openings, 368.