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[6] For the rays and emanations of fire which come from a distance impart to some bodies merely light and warmth; but in those which are dry and porous, or which have sufficiently rich moisture, they collect themselves together, break into fierce flame, and transform the material. There has been much discussion about the origin of 1
.... or whether rather the liquid substance that feeds the flame flows out from a soil which is rich and productive of fire.

1 ‘This naphtha’ and the first ‘whether’-clause, have fallen out of the text.

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