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Naturevolume 120page136 (1927) | Download Citation



July 24, 1747.—About the same time that Franklin was experimenting on lightning conductors, William Watson (1715–1787) made experiments which appeared to show than the passage of electricity was instantaneous, Some of these experiments were made in the sum of 1747. On July 24 of that year Watson assisted by Charles Cavendish and Martin Folkes charge of electricity through 800 feet of water at the New River, Stoke Newington. The following year Watson, at Shooter's Hill, also sent discharges through 12,276 feet of wire.


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