Reference numberJBO/1/112
Alternative reference numberJBO/1/126
TitleMinutes of an ordinary meeting of the Royal Society
Date7 January 1663
Description ' Mr Bruce brought in his Accompt of Mills in writing, was thanked for it, and desired, to procure from his friends in Holland, a more particular description of there Engines and their Fabrick. This Accompt was ardered to bee entred.

Mr Pell, took these papers of Mr Bruce with him, and promised to add his observations of Mills to it.

Sir Robert Morays's paer of the way of making malt in Scotland was read, and he thanked for it, and the Accompt ordered to be enterd. Upon this occasion severall ways were mentioned of drying Malt viz. [crossed out illegible] with straw by the Sun it was also suggested, that since in the West Indies they brew beer out of bread made of Maiz, a like tryall may be made with Barley, all also with Maiz: and Mr Winthrop was desired, to be the Curator of this Experiment, as soon as he could be provided with this materiall.

My Lord Brouncker was put in mind of making the Experiment of proportioning bodyes, of Severall matter and bulk, to fall in the same time; Mr Zulichem affirming that a bal of Cork may be so big, as to fall with equall swiftnesse through the Aire, with a Ball of Iron.

Dr Wilkins mentioned the prosecution of the Experiments of compressing of water; And it was objected, that nothing could be concluded from those Experiments, as to what is intended by them, in regard the Vessells, wherein they are made, with retch [?]

My Lord Annesley proposed as Candidate by Sir James Shaen, and presently elected by the Ballot , he waving to come in, by the priviledge of his birth.

Mr Aubrey elected.

Mr Neile elected.

Mr Hook made two of the Experiments proposed by him the precedint meeting, viz that of the difference of the weight of warme and cold water; and that of he dfference of Refraction in warm and cold water; which latter he was ordered to repeat the next meeting, when also he is to make the Experiment of the living of Insects in condensed Air; and to bring in an Accompt of all in writing.
The same gave in his Accompt of some tryalls, for finding how much the pressure of water isincreased by the descent of heavier, or the ascent of lighter bodies therein: the reading whereof was deferred till next day.

He was likewise ordered to shew the Society the way, of making with a Lamp, coloured glasse out of white glasse.

A Letter was read of Mr Beale's, written to Mr Oldenburg, wherein is made an Overture of propagating Cyder - Fruit all over England, by the influence of the Society: Whereupon a Committee was apponted, to consider of this matter, and to meet at Mr Charles Howards Lodgings at Arundell house, on Mundays at ten of the Clock; and to make a Report to the Society. The Persons of this Committee were nominated Mr Howard, Mr Henshaw, Mr Evelyn, Mr Ball, Colonell Tuke, Dr Whistler, Dr Goddard, dr Merrit, Mr Oldenburg; Whereof any three shall be a Quorum.
It was ordered thqt Mr Beal should be thanked by Mr Oldengurg, for his report to the Society, and acquainted, how acceptable his proposition was to them, and what they had begun to doe in order to the promoting of his designe, as also thqt they had declared him, from this time an honorary Member of the Society, and would receive him, upon his desire, a Fellow of he same.
Mr Hook proposed two other Experiments against next day' viz. 1. of the force of descending bodies from different heights; 2. of compressing Air by Quicksylver.

He also desired again, that those that were acquainted with the wayes of Ordering fuell to the best advantage, might bring in an Accompt thereof, to the end, that upon the consideration of what hath been done hitherto, in this matter, it might be further thought upon, how it may be improved;

Whereupon, severall Members of the Society, suggested what came into their minds. Mr Howard mentioned a way of Roasting in a very short time, with basting the meat with flames of Lard powred upon it; Dr Wilkins of boyling and stewing meat with Lamps. Mr Hoskins, of roasting many pieces of meat with a fiery Globe of plated Iron, standing in the middle. Sir Cyrill Wyche, of keeping water and other things warme in a double pot separated by an interstice. Sir Robert Moray and Dr Goddard, by brewing beer in a kettle, having onely a brasse bottome, and in the middle thereof, a Globe of Brasse open at the lower end, into which the fier goeth, whereby the brasse for the rest of the kettle is saved. Mr Ball mentioned the way of boyling water in a hogshed, by a copper-globe with a neck, put in a furnace, heated with Seacole.

Dr Goddard, promised to bring in the Experiment of the adhesion of the finger to the Tube, in the mercuriall Experiment.

Mr Schroter's paper about the making Saltpeter in Austria, was read and ordered to be entred '
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