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POINTED conductors to secure buildings from lightning have now been in use near 20 years in America, and are there become so common, that numbers of them appear on private houses in every street of the principal towns, besides those on churches, public buildings, magazines of powder, and gentlemen's seats in the country. Thunder storms are much more frequent there than in Europe, and hitherto there has been no instance of a house so guarded being damaged by lightning; for wherever it has broke over any of them the point has always received it, & the conductor has convey'd it safely into the earth, of which we have now 5 authentick instances. Here in England, the practice has made a slower progress, damage by lightning being less frequent, & people of course less apprehensive of danger from it; yet besides St. Paul's Church, St. James's Church, the Queen's Palace & Blenheim House a number of private Gentlemen's seats round the town are now provided with conductors, and the ships bound to the east & W Indies & the Coast of Guinea begin to supply themselves with chains for that purpose made by Mr. Nairne, especially since the return of Messrs Banks & Solander, who relate that their
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Publication information: Book title: The Ingenious Dr. Franklin:Selected Scientific Letters of Benjamin Franklin. Contributors: Nathan G. Goodman - Editor, Benjamin Franklin - Author. Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press. Place of publication: Philadelphia. Publication year: 1931. Page number: 62.