Reference numberCMO/1/247
Alternative reference numberCMO/1/288
TitleMinutes of meeting
Date26 December 1678
DescriptionPresent at the Council: Mr Henshaw Vice President; Mr Abraham Hill Treasurer; Mr Daniel Colwall; Dr Brown; Mr Robert Hooke; Sir John Hoskins; Dr Gale; Dr Allen; Dr Nehemiah Grew

Ordered the Treasurer to repay Mr Hooke the £5 paid by him to Mr Crawley for working on the Weather Clock, and also his salary for half a year at Christmas as voted by ballot.

Dr Grew to procure the Museums for the Library of the Society according to the desire and direction of the President.

Ordered the Treasurer to give Dr Grew ten pounds as a gratuity for his service to the Society as a Secretary. Voted by ballot.

Ordered the Treasurer to pay Mr Wicks one year's salary ending at Christmas 1677. Voted by ballot.

Ordered that Dr Grew may borrow such of the natural rarities of the Repository as he shall have reason to describe and that he leave a catalogue of the same with Mr Hunt until he returns them, which is to be in one week. Voted by the ballot.

Ordered that Mr Hooke be asked for the future to keep the correspondence of the Society and that it shall be continued by the help of a small journal of some particulars read in the Society. The journals shall not be sent or sold to anyone except members of the Society and those who correspond with Mr Hooke by the Society's directions, and make considerable returns to him for the Society's use. All such returns shall be brought into the Society regularly and read before them at the very next meeting after their receipt. Mr Hooke is also to draw up a specimen of the journal suggested by him by the next meeting of the Council. Voted by ballot.

A paper brought in by Dr Gale containing rules for the keeping of the Library were read and approved as follows;

' Orders concerning the Government of the Bibliotheca Norfolkiana
1. That the Long Gallery in Gresham college be the place for the Library, if it may be procured.
2. That an Inscription in Letters of Gold be set up in some convenient place in honor of the Benefactor.
3. That there be an exact Catalogue of all the Bookes of the Bibliotheca Norfolciana made apart, and also of all other Bookes which shall accrew.
4. That for securing the bookes and to hinder their being imbezilled noe booke shall be Lent out of the Library to any person whatever.
5. That Such person or persons as shall desire to use any booke in the Library shall returne it unto the hands of the Library keeper intire and unhurt.
6. That the Library shall be surveyed once in the yeare by a Committee chosen by the Council to the number of six, any three of which to be a Coram [quorum] '.

Ordered that Mr Hooke to agree with Mr Bradell about two rooms which he would like of Dr Popes lodgings, but he is not to let it for under five pounds per annum.
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