Reference numberJBO/1/108
Alternative reference numberJBO/1/117
TitleMinutes of an ordinary meeting of the Royal Society
Date10 December 1662
Description ' The Experiment of purging water from Aire, to see, whether it subsides, according to the Torricellian Experiment, was put off till Next day, because the Engine was not tight.

Dr Croone brought in sdome account of the breaking of wires, the Experiment whereof appearing as yet very uncertain he was desired to prosecute the same, by trying severall wires of different matter, and the same size, to see, whether the proportion of toughnesse in different metals may be found.

Mr Henshaw presented the Society with his Experiments of freezing; of some of them Dr Merrett gave an account, from his owne observations, who was desired to try the rest, and to bring in the relation hee made this day, on wensday next in writing, together with what in the meane time he should further observe.

Mr Oldenburg brought in some enquiries also about freezing, recommended likewise to Dr Merrett to make the Experiments of.

Dr Croone brought in a dead Parrokits to be embalmed by Mr Cren at the recommendation of Dr Charleton, who being absent, the President was pleased to take the care of having it conveighed to him.

Severall letter of Sir William Petty were read, concerning the further success of his New Ship; one to the President, another to Sir Robert Moray and two to Mr Graunt: of all which an Extract was ordered to bee taken and Entered, and Dr Wilkins desired to draw up a letter to Sir William petty from the Society, expressing their thanks for his communications, and encouraging him to prosecute his invention.

Mr Boyle sent a pewter bottle stoppt up, broken with common water frozen in it.

Mr Hooks account of the rarefaction of aire was read, [insert in margin; which was ordered to be entred: Lib. 2 Fol. 50] and he desired to make the Experiment with Quicksilver and Spirit of Wine (mentioned in his paper) before the Society at the next meeting.

Item: To make the Experiment of weighing ascending and descending bodies in water.

Item: To distill some water and to see whether the halfe of it, being destilld does weigh as much as the other halfe remaining in the retort, to find out, whether there bee some parts in water; subtler adn finer than others.

Sir Robert Moray described to the Society a Kind of Furnace, that spits aire unto a flame, by pipes being outwardly heated, and blowne by belowes; by the meanes of which furnace some doe pretend to melt oare into water.

Mr Hoskins was desired to peruse the Authors that have written of Iceland and the neighboutring Countrys, and thence to Collect the observables in those parts, for further inquiry to bee made therof by one that is foeing thither. A wether glass to bee sent there.

Dr Power should bee desired to make some Experiments of freezing in Mines together with those of teh former that are not yet made by him.

Mr Oldenburg read some Aphorismes of Sider, sent to him in a letter by Mr Beale, to be communicated to the Society, who desired that thanks might bee returned to him, and ordered, the said Observations to bee entered.

Dr Goddard was desired to bring in the Experiments of Linus [?] about the sticking of the finger to the tube, that is lesse then 29 ½ inches as also that of forcing water out of certaine glasse vessels by its owne vapour raised in it by hot water.

Dr Wilkins undertook to informe the Society concerning Mr Toogoods sucking-pump, raising water 42 foot high.

Dr Merrett gave in his observations concerning the ordering of wines, the reading whereof was differed till next Day. '
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