Reference numberJBO/1/105
Alternative reference numberJBO/1/106
TitleMinutes of an ordinary meeting of the Royal Society
Date19 November 1662
Description ' Dr Goddard made the Experiment of quicksilver and water together in a glasse cane of 6 ¼ foot long; the Cylinder of Qiocksilver being about 26 ½ inches, and the rest filld up with water: Inverted nto the stagnant [sign for quicksilver] the Cylinder of Quicksilver subsided to 21 ¼ inches, and the water was 47 ¾ inches, and about 3 inches of aire on the top of the water, which seems to overthrow the proportion of the weight between quicksilver and water, stated by some to be at 2 to neere 14.

Dr Goddard was desired to prosecute the Experiment, together with Sir Robert Moray and Dr Wilkins.

Mr Hooke made the Experiment of breaking severall glasse bubbles with rarefied Aire, and Nip't up: whereof some did breake with a briske noise, others not. He was desired to bring in the account of this Experiment in writing against next day: as also to make the Experiment of weighing the same glasse first with the rarefied Aire, and afterwards with the common Aaire admitted into them, when unsealed. The same undertook to shew an Experiment about the Tenacity of Aire and did also acquaint the Society with an Engine he had, for trying many Experiments of condensation: which was ordered to bee mde, as soone as might bee.

Mr Croone acquainted the Society with a Letter, he received from Dr Power wherin he promiseth to send shortly an account of those subterraneous Experiments formerly recommended unto him.
Dir Edward Byshe, Dr Smith, and Mr Driden were elected into the Society.

Mr Colwall brought in some inquiries for the East Indies, to bee added to those, that formerly were offered by others for those parts. And it was desired that as many of the Company, as had any more Queries fit to bee sent theither, would prepare them aginst next day.

Dr Charleton was desired to bring in an account of his observations upon the teeth of Pikes, and upon those of the Rana piscatrix.

Mr Graunt is to give in an Extract of Sir William Petty's letter about his new fashond ship, together with the Modell of the same against next day.

My Lord Brouncker gave his thoughts upon the musicall paper of Mr Birchinshaw: obiecting that he made a halfe Note bigger then a whole Note; and every halfe Note of a differing quantity, etc.

Dr Wilkins being calld upon for a further account of his Experiments of making lamps burne under water, promised to give it against next day: and to add, what he had lately tryd about a way - wiser.

It was suggested by Sir Rob: Moray that a Syphon with a Cock might be added to the vessel for the burning lamps under water, to let in the Aire towards the continuance of the Burning.
[In margin; Reg. Mp.2. fol 41] Dr Charleton brought in the receipt of making the pouder for Embalming Birds and preserving them and their feathers to the life. He was desired to communicate to the Societey in writing the whole process, according to the relation he made of it by word of Mouth.

Dr Smith was desired to procure the observations his Brother has made concerning Sider.

Sir Paule Neile was desired to communicate likewise his observations of the same liquour.

Dr Charleton and Dr Merrett desired to bring in their observations upon the preserving of severall, especially of the delicater sorts of Wines, such as are Champagne - and Florence-Wines, and Frontignac etc.

Mr Wren acquainted the Society that My Lord Chancellour upon their desire had expressed his readinesse to communicate to them severall papers of Mr Harriot, which he had in his custody and that he would give Mr Wren an accesse to his Trunks, for them.

Mr Haake made a Relation of what hee had learned concerning Oysters at Colchester, and hee was desird to give it in, in writing against next day.

Colonell Tuke promised to bring in, likewise an account of the same subject.

A Hint was given, that the position of Oysters, and a certain quality of the ground, together with the salt, are the causes of their greennesse;

Item that Oysters are good to bee eaten after some days of dry weather; following upon much wet.

Further inquiries to be made whether the Spawn of Oysters ever swims.

Mr Haake shewed the Company a specimen of his repertory.

Dr Croone's Account of the Experiments of wire-breaking was referrd till next day. '
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