Reference numberJBO/1/106
Alternative reference numberJBO/1/110
TitleMinutes of an ordinary meeting of the Royal Society
Date26 November 1662
Description ' Mr Dridan Admitted.

My Lord Brouncker acquainted the Society with the approach of St Andrews day, and that be reason of the necessity of making some alterations in their Charter, theire Could not bee conveniently made an Election of a New Councill this yeare; but yet it was offerd to the Society, whether they would propose some other persons to bee presented to the King, and according to His Maiesties pleasure to bee put into the Concell of the altered Patent, in stead of some of those, that are in the first.
Uppon which it was put to the question, whether in case any such alteration of Chancellours should bee made, it should bee done by Ballot or open Vote? And it was Carried for the open Vote.

After which it was put to the question, whether any alteration should bee made in the Councell, or not? And it was Carried in the Negative.

Mr Hooke brought in his account of the Experiments, tryd with glasse balls: which was read, and orderd to bee considerd next day, when the Author also, was desired to shew the Severall Experiments (mentioned in his Paper) to the Company; and to have ready a Scheme in greate of the glasse vessels whereby he endeavours to prove, that the parts of Glasse are pressed close together. Hee was also desired to think upon some Experiments of Freezing.

Mr Henshaw likewise was put in mind of the Experiments of the same kind of which formerly he made mention to the Society.

Mr Croone brought in Dr Power Subterraneous Experiments; which were orderd to be read next day, and the Amanuensis to draw large Schemes thereof.

Sir Robert Moray's letter to the East Indies, recommending the Queries of the Society to his friend in those parts, was read, forthwith he had the thanks of the Company, who orderd that a Copy thereof should bee kept; and that the Queries should be made ready with all speed, inserting therein those, that were this day presented by Mr Colwall, Mr Hoskins, Mr Haak, and that which was mentined by Dr Ent, concerning the spring-tides falling out at the quarter moones in the East Indies.

Dr Charleton being calld upon for his account of the Pikes mouvable teeth, and hee desiring to the bringing of it in, diferrd till next day, Dr Ent made mention of another fish, having two rowes of teeth, whereof the innermost are all moveable.

Sir William Petty's second letter to My Lord Brouncker was read, giving a further account of his New Ship: as also an extract of another letter of his to Mr Graunt; who was desired to let him know, that the Society was very well pleased with the Ingenuity of this invention It was further orderd that those Members of the Society, that are in Ireland or any three of them should bee desired by the President in the name of the Society to consider and to send them an exact account of this New Ship, both as to her Structure and Sayling.

Dr Wilkins brought some further account of the lamps burning under water in the midst of the Glasse vessel; and was desired to prosecute the same, and to bring in all in writing.

The same shewed the Society his Way wiser, and the Effects thereof, upon a Coach: for which he receved thanks and was desired to leave his first engine of this kind with the Society.

Dr Smiths paper concerning Sider was read, for which he had the thanks of the Company; and the paper was orderd to bee Enterd.

Severall other papers were brought in, of Sir Rob: Moray's concerning an Echo in Scotland, and of Mr Haake of Oysters, as also Mr Winds larger Scheme of the Whispering place at Glocester, according to Mr Powles Description, formerly sent to the Society. All which were orderd to bee read next day.

Dr Ent promised to bring in something about Oysters.

Dr Charleton brought in his Observations upon Wines, for which hee had the thanks of the Society, who orderd it to be kept, and desired the Author to bring it againe, next day, if he now tooke it home. '
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