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owing to the weaknefs of magnetifm in the brafs, or to fome other caufe, I don't pretend to know.
bane tried to info& magnetic virtue into kraal pieces of copper, lead and pewter ; but all my endeavours have not ban able to make them an, aa the needle at all. Indeed, when I have held a pticce of pewter, that I have tryed to make magnetical, to the needle, the needle would tremble, but not approach the pewter. I and you another piece of bills, whole either end
Ovals either of the poles; this I have int-tired the magnetic virtue into, and can at any time fo as to stoat and repel the needle; but, like ifeellhat is at a low blue, it lofeth that polarity in a few hours; which may wife for its being too (hat for its weight,
or from its different temper of hardnefs or fohnefs. A third piece I alfo fcnd you, which with all my endeavours I cannot make attraa the needle in the leaft; and yet I can perceive no difference between the appearance of this piece and that of -thole which
Would &me ingenious man purfue there experiments, perhaps we might have needles made of brafs to aft as ftrongly as &el ones do, which would have the advantage of being lefs liable to ruff at fea than heel ones are.
But my whole defign was to flaw, that brafs is
by no means a proper metal to make compars-bones of, or to be employed in any inftrument where rnagnetifm is concerned. For as it is &mollifiable, be-
yond all contradiakin, that &me bra's is found en.
dued with a posar of attraaing the magnetic needle; that other pieces are capable of receiving it either by
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