Benjamin Franklin Papers

Report of the Purfleet Committee to the Royal Society, 18 November 1773

Report of the Purfleet Committee to the Royal Society2

ALS: the Royal Society

House of the Royal Society Novr. 18. 1773


In pursuance of your Appointment of Sepr. 9th last, we went to Purfleet, on the 14th of the same month, to view the Conductors erected on the Magazines there, and having carefully examined the same, we found them constructed agreeable to the written directions formerly given by your Committee.

H. Cavendish
William Watson
B Franklin
J Robertson

To the President and Council of the Royal Society

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

2This report was the aftermath of the acrimonious investigation the previous year into ways and means of protecting the magazine against lightning. Although pointed lightning rods were now installed, the controversy over them continued. See above, XIX, 154–6, 213, 232–3, 262–5, 429.

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