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" Watt did ; and the dates here become very material. It appears that he wrote a letter to Dr. Priestley on 26th April, 1783, in which he reasons on the experiment of burning the two gases in a close vessel, and draws the conclusion, " that water is composed... "
Mechanics' Magazine - Page 84
1840
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Fraser's Magazine, Volume 29

James Anthony Froude, John Tulloch - 1844
...from Watt explaining the hypothesis which a view of Priestley's experiments had suggested. This was, that water is composed of dephlogisticated air and phlogiston deprived of part of their elementary heat. This letter was communicated by Priestley at the time to several fellows of the Royal...
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The Scientific Papers of the Honourable Henry Cavendish Volume Ii Chemical ...

Henry Cavendish
...reproduce it in full: As Mr. Watt, in a paper lately read before this Society, supposes water to consist of dephlogisticated air and phlogiston deprived of part of their latent heat, whereas I take no notice of the latter circumstance, it may be proper to mention in a few words the...
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