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honest, harmless mice, and wish that to prevent mischief you had used boys and girls instead of them. · In what light we are viewed by superior beings, may be gathered from a piece of late West-India news, which possibly has not yet reached you. A young angel of distinction being sent down to this world on some business, for the first time, had an old courier-spirit assigned him as a guide: they arrived over the seas of Martínico, in the middle of the long day of obstinate fight between the fleets of Rodney and De Grasse. When through the clouds of smoke, he saw the fire of the guns, the decks covered with mangled limbs, and bodies dead or dying; the ships sinking, burning, or blown into the air ; and the quantity of pain, misery, and destruction, the crews yet alive were thus with so much eagerness dealing round to one another, he turned angrily to his guide, and said, “ You blundering blockhead, you are ignorant of your business ; you undertook to conduct me to the earth, and you have brought me into hell!” “No, Sir," says the guide, I have made no mistake; this is really the earth, and these are men. Devils never treat one another in this cruel manner; they have more sense, and more of what men (vainlyy call humanity.”
But to be serious, my dear old friend, I love you as much as ever, and I love all the honest souls that meet at the London Coffee-House. I only wonder how it happened that they and my other friends in England came to be such good creatures in the midst of so perverse a generation. long to see them and you once more, and I labor for peace with more earnestness, that I may again be happy in your sweet society,
I showed your letter to the Duke de la Rochefoucault, who thinks with me that the new experiments you have made are extremely curious, and he has given me thereupon a note
which I enclose, and I request you would furnish me with the answer desired. *., Yesterday the Count du Nord! was at the Academy of Sciences, when sundry experiments were exhibited for his entertainment; among them, oue by M. Lavoisier, to show that the strongest fire we yet know is made in a charcoal blown upon with dephlogisticated air. In a heat so produced, he melted platina presently, the fire being much more powerful than that of the strongest burning mirror. Adieu, and believe me ever, your's most affectionately,
To DR. SHIPLEY, Bishop of St. Asaph.?
Passy, June 10, 1782. I received and read the letter from my dear and much respected friend, with infinite pleasure. After so long
# The Grand Duke of Russia, afterwards Emperor Paul I. 19 JONATHAN SHIPLEY took his degrees at Christ Church, and in 1748 was made Prebendary of Winchester. After travelling, in 1745, with the Duke of Cumberland, he was promoted in 1749 to a Canonry at Christ Church, became Dean of Winchester in 1760, and in 1769 Bishop of St. Asaph. He was author of some elegant verses on the death of Queen Caroline, and published besides, some poems and sermons, and died in 1788.
He was an intimate and much esteemed friend of Dr. Franklin's, and a warm and eloquent advocate in parliament in favor of Ames rica. Of the latter his “ Speech intended to have been spoken" on the bill for altering the charter of the colony of Massachusetts Bay, (printed for Cadell in 1774) remains an honorable testimony. It has been thus noticed by a contemporary writer :-“ Among all the productions, ancient or modern, it would be difficult to find an instance of more consummate elegance than in a printed speech intended to be spoken in the House of Lords." ( Introduction to Mainwaring's Sermons, 1780.)
a silence, and the long continuance of its unfortunate causes,
You ask if I still relish my old studies ? I relish them, but I cannot pursue them. My time is engrossed unhappily with other concerns, I requested of the congress last year, my discharge from this public station, that I might enjoy a little leisure in the evening of a long life of business; but it was refused me, and I have been obliged to drudge on a little longer.
You are happy as your years come on, in having that dear and most amiable family about you. Four daughters ! how rich! I have but one, and she necessarily detained from me at a thousand leagues distance. I feel the want of that tender care of me which might be expected from a daughter, and would give the world for one. Your shades are all placed in a row over my fire-place, so that I not only have you always in my mind, but constantly before my eyes.
The country residence of the bishop.
The cause of liberty and America has been greatly obliged to you. I hope you will live long to see that country florish under its new constitution, which I am sure will give you great pleasure. Will you permit me to express another hope, that now your friends are in power, they will take the first opportunity of showing the sense they ought to have of your virtues and your merit! !
Please to make my best respects acceptable. to Mrs. Shipley, and embrace for me tenderly all our dear children. With the utmost esteem, respect, and veneration, I am ever, my dear friend, yours most affectionately,
B. FRANKLIN. To Dr. INGENHAUSZ." Reflections on misunderstandings between friends-M. La
voisier's experiment— American affairs. (EXTRACT.)
Passy, June 21, 1782. I am sorry that any misunderstanding should arise between you and Dr.
The indiscretions of friends on both sides often occasion such misunderstandings. When they produce public altercations, the ignorant are diverted at the expense of the learned. I hope, therefore, that
will omit the polemic piece in your French edition, and take no public notice of the improper behavior of your friend; but go on with your excellent experiments, produce facts, improve science, and do good to mankind. Reputation will follow, and the little injustices of contemporary laborers will be forgotten : my example may encourage you, or else I should not mention it. You know that when my papers were first published, the Abbé Nollet, then high in reputation, attacked them in a book of letters. An answer was expected
· JOHN INGENHAUSZ, F.R.S. an eminent physician and chemist, born at Breda, 1730, died in 1799.
from me, but I made none, to tllat book nor to any other. They are now all neglected, and the truth seems to be established: you can always employ your time better than in polemics.
Monsieur Lavoisier the other day showed an experiment at the Academy of Sciences, to the Comte du Nord, that is said to be curious. He kindled an hollow charcoal, and blew into it a stream of dephlogisticated air. In this focus, which is said to be the hottest fire human art has yet been able to produce, he melted platina in a few minutes.
Our American affairs wear a better aspect now than at any time heretofore. Our councils are perfectly united; our people all armed and disciplined. Much and frequent service as militia, has indeed made them all soldiers. Our enemies are much diminished, and reduced to two or three garrisons ; our conimerce and agriculture florish. England at length sees the difficulty of conquering us, and no longer demands submission, but asks for peace. She would now think herself happy to obtain a federal union with us, and will endeavor it; but perhaps will be disappointed, as it is the interest of all Europe to prevent it. I last year requested of congress to release me from this service, that I might spend the evening of life more agreeably in philosophic leisure; but I was refused. If I had succeeded, it was my intention to make the tour of Italy, with my grandson, pass into Germany, and spend some time happily with you, whom I have always loved, ever since I knew you, with uninterrupted affection. We have lost our common friend, the excellent Pringle! How many pleasing hours you and I have passed
Sir John Pringle, Bart. born in Roxburghshire, in 1707, physician to the queen's household, afterwards to the king, and president to the Royal Society; died in 1782. Ile wrote “Observations on Diseases of the Army," se. &c.