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Object Name: handbill for a lecture on electricity by William King
Date: circa 1810
Inventory Number: 1998-1-1098b
Classification: Handbill
Maker: William King
fl. 1810-1838
Cultural Region: United States
Dimensions: 0.1 x 26 x 29.2 cm (1/16 x 10 1/4 x 11 1/2 in.)
Materials: paper
Description: This is an undated advertisement for a popular scientific exhibition, which aimed to entertain and instruct ladies and gentlemen of the audience on electricity. This advertisement promises several fascinating displays involving electricity, including "curious and surprising philosophical experiments with a large electrical machine," an electric battery, and an electric orrery, along with medical treatments. The advertisement promises that "no shocks of Electricity will be given" to any person without consent.

The handbill, which is torn around the edges, has multiple blanks for filling in the time and date of the lecture.
Accessories: three inserts about William King; second handbill, 1998-1-1098a
Signed: top center: WILLIAM KING, Philosophical and Medical Electrician, / Respectfully informs the Ladies and Gentlemen of that he / proposes to entertain them with a / LECTURE UPON ELECTRICITY, / which will be illustrated by a variety of curious and surprising / PHILOSOPHICAL EXPERIMENTS, / With a large Electrical Machine and Apparatus.
Curatorial Remarks: See a different handbill for a lecture by King, 1998-1-1098a.
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