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after &citing); ro that the water was not quite Rift when they got into the ciftern neither could I perfuade all of them to lay themfelves down gently, much kia to keep their heads undcr water fo long a time as one fecond fo that, in moll of the obrervations, the furface of the water was far from being nuke fo Rill, as to render the rneafures perfeftly ex ivd, I heing obliged to catch them, as it were, by
taking the mean height between the librations. More-

over, the great area of the ciftern was no inconfiderable bar to the accuracy I expefted.

However,

as I do not recoiled experiments of this kind anywhere recorded, theft, perhaps, may give fome fatisfaftion to fudv perfuns, who may have the curiofity to defire tome knowlege on this fukteft. Were I to

make any DIOR obfervations of this kind, I would chute an uptight paralklopiped, not above 18 or zo inches in the fide of thc fquare ; into which the perfon fhould let himfelf down by fteps nailed to the tide: for in fo (mall an area the motion of the water would former fubfide neither would the libration.
be any thing near fo large as on 2 finance furface.

One of the reafons, that induced me to make their experiments, was a defier of knowing what quantity of fir or oak timber would be fulficient to keep a man afloat in river or fea water, thinking
that mon men were fpecifically heavier than river or common heft, water but the contrary appears from theft trials for, excepting the firft and laft, every man was lighter than his equal bulk of heal water, and much more fo than his equal bulk of (ea-water :

confequently, could perforo, who fall into water, have pretence of mind enough to avoid the fright Vo L. so. ulual F

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