Reference numberDM/5
TitleDomestic Manuscripts Volume 5
Date17th Century-18th Century
DescriptionVolume 5 ('Miscellaneous administrative papers of the 17th and early 18th centuries'), includes minutes of the Society's earliest committees, drafts of diplomas for Foreign Members and financial information on the Society, 1662-1733.


Nos 1-18 Mostly papers relating to the payment (and non-payment) of arrears by Fellows of the Royal Society.

Nos 14-15 Appointment of curators to the Royal Society, for the topics of Physic-Mathematical (Robert Hooke), Anatomic-Chymical (Nehemiah Grew) and Curator for the History of Trade (Mr Blackburn)

Nos 53-58 Drafts and fair copies of diplomas, marking the election as Fellows of the Royal Society of Johannes Hevelius, Antonio Alvarez da Cunha, Renatus Franciscus Slusius and Alexander Danilovich Menzicoff. 1664-1714

Nos 60-68 Minutes from early committees of the Royal Society: Committee to be appointed 'to consider of Mr Buckland's proposition to plant potatoes through all the parts of England'; Committee for reviewing the Laws; Committee 'for collecting the Phenomena of nature and all philosophicall experiments hitherto observed, made and recorded'; Committee for Agriculture; Georgicall Committee; Mechanicall Committee; Committee for Correspondence. 1662-1665.

Nos 72-80 'Experiments recommended to severall persons'. Slips of paper on which are written the persons name and the experiment which it is recommended he should make. 1660s

Nos 85-89 Lists of occasions on which items of natural curiosity were either given to the Royal Society or produced at a meeting. 1660-1734

Nos 98-115 Lists of benefactors to the Royal Society Library and Museum. 17th-18th century

No 104 Form of a demand for 'one human body legally condemned and put to death' for the use of the Royal Society. 1738
See also DM/1/62-63
Extent118 items
FormatManuscript and printed documents
Access statusOpen
Access conditionsOPEN - but photocopying forbidden.
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