Reference numberJBO/1/102
Alternative reference numberJBO/1/97
TitleMinutes of an ordinary meeting of the Royal Society
Date29 October 1662
Description ' Dr Wilkins and Dr Goddard gave an account of the Experiment that had been made of a Lampe burning under water, in a vessel of foure gallons, the Ellycknium being one single thred of Cotton, and the Lamp wholly under water, the flame lasted eleven minues.

They were desired to repeate the Experiment severall times, as also to try it with some live creatures.

Dr Croone gave an account of a silver wire of 1/16 of an inch, breaking by one hundred, a quarter and a halfquarter weight, besides the weight of the scales. He was desired to prosecute the Experiment and bring in the severall tryalls thereof.

Mr Barrow was admitted fellow.

Mr Colwall brought in a paper of the manner of ordering Oysters at Colchester. He had the thanks of the Society, and the paper was orderd to be filed up.

The proposition of making iron with seacoales being mentiond againe, Sir Robert Moray added to what he had formerly saide about it, that the undertaker pretends to doe it without charing the seacoale, and without a reverberating furnace and without any additament to the Coales, and that he thought, he would doe it by a furnace of a certain figure, whereby the fire should bee proportioned and regulated in such a manner, as to produce the effect intended, viz : good iron, serving for all purposes.

There was also mentioned a way of making Lead by sea-coales, and the undertaker hereof being said to bee at Winsor, and known to the Amanuensis, he was ordered to write to him about it.

Sir Robert Moray offered to the consideration of the Society a way to compare the effect of heat and cold in rarefaction and condensation of Aire with that of force or weight. Where Dr Goddard suggested the way of Drebbels gouverning a fournace by a Thermometer of Quicksilver.

Dr Goddard proposd the third of his Experiments of weighing glass Canes with the Cylinders of Mercury in them: which hee said did shew, that the Tube and the [sign for Mercury?] weighed as much, notwithstanding the pressure of the aire, that should put them in Aequilibris, as they would doe being weighed in a paire of seales a part. And My Lord Brouncker was desired to give his thoughts uppon it.

Dr Wilkins was put in mind to prosecute his universall language.

Mr Schroter proposed the Experiment of breaking a Serpentine Stone by a Spider, which he was desired to shew to the Society next day.

The Amanuensis was Commanded to give Sir Robert Moray a copy of both of the Experiments, and queries, formerly drawne up, to be sent to the Indies.

Dr Wilkins Mentioned Mr Streets proposition of the Londitudes. It was thought fit that the same should bee communicated to the Lord Brouncker, and Sir Rob: Moray, to consider of it, before it bee presented to His Maiesty.

Sir Robert Moray suggested, that there were some considerable papers of Mr Harriot, and of Dr Harvey, that might bee retrived. And it was orderd that those of Mr Harriot, being with My Lord
Chancellor, might bee inquired after by Mr Wren, and those of Dr Harvey by Dr Ent and Dr Scarburgh. '
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