Lightning

Printed letter signed in type by Benjamin Dearborn requesting further study of the lifesaving benefits of remaining in a close room during lightning strikes.

Printed Letter, signed in type, "Benjamin Dearborn", one page, 9.75" x 8.25", May 26, 1807, Boston. Addressed to the Presidents and Members of the American Academy of Arts and Science. Benjamin Dearborn, who signed the broadside in type, proposes to study the effects of lightning and methods of seeking safety from strikes. "From early life I have been in the habit of observing the circumstances attending an electric explosion, particularly where the loss of life was a consequence, and no instance has fallen within my knowledge of a person being killed by lightning in a close room. Whether it be a fact that such an occurrence never takes place, I am not prepared to decide; but if, upon extensive inquiry, none such shall be found, it may be inferred that a close room presents one of the greatest chances of security. / On this subject I have found the general opinion to be divided - advocates appearing as numerous for an open as for a close room during a thunder gust. In cases not admitting of mathematical demonstration, theories are often erected upon vague conjectures and unaccountable prejudices; but it is the dictate of reason that opinions thus founded should submit before the influence of facts - I would therefore offer, for the consideration of the Academy, the following motions"
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Lightning
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