Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Thomas Percival, 10 January 1775: résumé

From Thomas Percival

AL: American Philosophical Society

<Manchester, January 10, 1775, a note in the third person: Presents his compliments and encloses an extract from Bede’s Ecclesiastical History.4 The experiment of calming waves with oil was successfully performed in Manchester last week.>

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

4Undoubtedly the story of Bishop Aidan’s foretelling a storm at sea and, to calm its fury, giving the voyagers holy oil. Bede, Historia Ecclesiastica, III:XV.

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