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Ben Franklin and his water spouts... The slavery issue...



Item # 612207 GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, February, 1788 

* Benjamin Franklin on water spouts
* Post Revolutionary War era


Perhaps the most interesting article is: "Dr. Lindsay on Dr. Franklin's Doctrine of Water-spouts" which comments on Ben Franklin's work (see for portions). This article takes 2 1/2 pages and one of the plates includes prints of various water spouts (see).
An article: "Edict in Favour of America, Issued at Paris" begins: "While the British court are endeavouring in some measure to discourage the American trade, the French are pursuing the quite contrary policy..." with more (see) taking more than a full page. Among other items of interest in this magazine are: "Original Letter on the Salmon Fishery in the Tweed" "Summary of the Proceedings in Parliament" "Second Manifesto of the Empress of Russia" being Catherine the Great; and much more. The article: ""Circular Report of the Committee for Abolishing the Slave Trade" relates to the now-famous anti-slavery medal which was created (print appears in the March issue) as shown & detailed in this hyperlink.
Included are all three plates called for, one showing the waterspouts as noted above.
Complete in 96 pages, 5 by 8 1/4 in. generally in nice, clean condition.

A very nice magazine from the late 18th century with a wide range of varied content. This was the first periodical to use the word "magazine" in its title, having begun in 1731 and lasting until 1907

Category: The 1600's and 1700's

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