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Poem to Ben Franklin with lightning rod reference...



Item # 552880

February 1, 1754

THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, England, February, 1754 

* A poem to Benjamin Franklin
* Mention of his lightning rod


Near the back of the issue is a poem titled: "To Benjamin Franklin, Esq., of Philadelphia, on his Experiments and Discoveries in Electricity" (see photos for full text).

At the bottom of the poem are two footnotes, one reading: "By the application of a rod of iron, or a wire, the effect of thunder and lightening is prevented." and the other reading: "The steeple and organ of St. Philip's church at Charles Town [Charleston] have been twice damaged by lightning."

Also included with this issue is a foldout plate of a bridge, as well as a full page plate of "Edward Cave", the founder and publisher of this magazine, who had recently died.

Complete in 44 pages, measures about 5 by 8 inches, very nice condition.

Category: The 1600's and 1700's

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