About 20 years later, the quote was used in the book The Art of Speaking , where it was translated to "These inventions require much wit, and application; and therefore it was, that Mons. Pascal an author very famous for his felicity in comprising much in few words excused himself wittily for the extravagant length of one of his letters, by saying, he had not time to make it shorter. Sixty years later, Benjamin Franklin wrote the quote in a letter to the Royal Society in London regarding his experiments on electricity entitled "New Experiments and Observations on Electricity Made at Philadelphia in America" shown below, left. Nearly years later, in , author Henry David Thoreau used the quote in a letter to a friend shown below, right , saying, "Not that the story need be long, but it will take a long while to make it short. In , Mark Twain included a version of the quote in a letter to a friend. Thus much precious time is lost.
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Rained the forepart of the day I determined to go as far as St. Charles a french Village 7 Leags. Lewis Could finish the business in which he was obliged to attend to at St Louis and join me by Land from that place 24 miles; by this movement I calculated that if any alterations in the loading of the Vestles or other Changes necessary, that they might be made at St. I Set out at 4 oClock P.