Reference numberJBO/1/109
Alternative reference numberJBO/1/120
TitleMinutes of an ordinary meeting of the Royal Society
Date17 December 1662
Description ' The experiment of expanding the Air from the Spirit of Wine was made, and agreed very near with the Accompt given in by Mr Hook in writing concerning it.

Dr Merret shewd some Oyle of Vitriol frozen and keeping a sharp taste.

Sir Robert Moray mentioned out of Zuechuins an Experiment of infrigidating luke warm water which according to the Authors description was firs seen to contract it selfe unto a lesse roome, and afterward to dilate so as to run over; many great Bubles arising out ot the Water to the top, and there breaking; which were folloed by many little ones, whereof some were seen to stick here and there to the sides of the glasse;

Mr Hook brought in his Accompt concerning the diversity of the Parts of common water, as also some remarks about the freezing figures in urine, and the Figures of the small shootings of hore - frosts which was Ordered to be entered.

He was made Curator of three Experiments against next day, viz. One of weighing ascending and descending bodyyes in Water, 2 . of weighing some bodies at the top of Westminster Abby and at the foot, 3 of forcing water out of a Glasse by its owne Vapours.

Dr Goddards Experiment of driving out Water by its owne Exhalations, was used, and Ordered to be entered.

The Letter drawne up by Dr Wilkins to be sent to Sir William Petty from the Society, was read, approved and ordered to be written fiar, to be disptchd for Ireland, by the next Post.

Colonell Tuke brought in the History of the Generation and ordering of the green Colchester oysters, which was read and ordered to be entered, thanks being given to the Author.

Mr Hoskins brought in some inquiries to be sent for Greenland; and was desired to collect some for Island also, against next day; to which should be added a Sealed up Barometer to see the degree of Cold in that Countrey above that of England.

Dr Charleton promised to bring in the next day, his observations upin the Ordering of Wines; And Mr Wilde was desired to add his observations upon the same Subject.

Dr Merret's observations concerning the same matter were read, and Ordered to be entered, thanks being fiven to him for it.

Dr Merret reported that the Experiment brought in at the former meeting by Mr Oldenburg out of Gassendus concerning the firme freezing of Ice upon wood with some salt put on the top of the Ice, was since made by him and found true.

Sir Robert Moray promised to bring in the way of brewing Ale and Beer in Scotland, and proposed that the whold History of Maulting, and of brewing all sorts of Ale and Beer, might be considered; Whereupon Mr Hill mentioned one Mr Phillips, versed in this matter and fit to serve the Society herein; a proof being given he might then be propounded at Candidate.
Sir Andrew king was also propounded Candidate by Mr Gaunt.

Dr Charleton acquainted the Society, that Mr Crew did intend to present them with an Eagle imbalmed after his way: And that the Paraketto, which he was desired to embalme, was not so fit to be well done.

Mr Winthrop, shewing the Society some Indian Corns, whereof some grains were blewish, promised to give them in writing the History of Ordering it in the West Indies.

He shewed also the tayle of a Rattle - Snake, which he said did increase every year by one ring, whereas the people concluded, the age of this ancient. Dr Merret took it home with himi to make some tryall of the powder of of it.

Dr Croon acquainted the Society of Dr Collins's Offer to correspond with them from Russia, and he was desired to entertain that correspondency, and to peruse Olearius, for inquiries to be recommended to Dr Collins. '
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