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Considerations on the Doctrine of Phlogiston – Priestly’s Last Defence

Joseph Priestly’s last defence of phlogiston:

Gentlemen,

Having drawn up a short defense of the doctrine of phlogiston, I take the liberty of inscribing it to you, as the principal advocates for the Antiphlogistic theory. My view in this is to draw your attention once more to the subject, and I request the favour of an answer to my objections. I hope I am not wanting in a proper deference to the opinion of men so justly eminent as yourselves and your friends in France, and also that of great numbers in England, and wherever chemistry is known, who have adopted your hypothesis. But you will agree with me, that no man ought to surrender his own judgment to any mereauthority, however respectable. Otherwise, our own system would never have been advanced…. read more

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