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The Complete Works in Philosophy, Politics and Morals - Volume 2

Benjamin Franklin

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. . .e it as seen from latitudes more or less distant; darkish in colour, but yet sufficiently transparent to permit some stars to be seen through it.

28. The rays of electric matter issuing out of a body, diverge by mutually repelling each other, unless there be some conducting body near, to receive them: and if that conducting body be at a greater distance, they will first diverge, and then converge in order to enter it. May not this account for some of the varieties of figure seen at times in the motions of the luminous matter of the auroras: since it is possible, that in passing over the atmosphere, from the north in all directions or meridians, towards the equator, the rays of that matter may find, in many places, portions of cloudy region, or moist atmosphere under them, which (being in the natural or negative state) may be fit to receive them, and[74] towards which they may therefore converge: and when one of those receiving bodies is more than saturated, t. . . Read More

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Fantastic read!

The early newspapers must have been desperate for interesting material.

There is some genuinely witty stuff in here, and I find the concept of a 16-year old boy writing as a middle-aged widow to be amusing, and there are a few good observations of human nature with good suggestions for remedying soci

Time very well spent

I have read Franklin’s autobiography several times through the years. This collection of his writings does justice to this admirable soul.