Reference numberJBO/1/113
Alternative reference numberJBO/1/130
TitleMinutes of an ordinary meeting of the Royal Society
Date14 January 1663
Description ' My Lord Annesley and Mr Neile were admitted.

Dr Godard's Account of the Tube and Quicksilver was read, and ordered to be entered. [In margin; Lib. 2. Fol. 225]

Mr Hook's two papers were read; the one containing an Account of some tryalls, for finding how much the pressure of Water is increased, by the descent of heavier, or the ascent of lighter Bodies therein; the other conteining an Wxperiment touching the differing weight of cold and warme water; both were ordered to be entered. [In margin; Liv. 2 Fol. 89. Fol. 93. The former printed in Dr Hooke's Philosophical Experiments and Observations p.14 - 18.]

The Committe, at the last meeting, appointed for the considering of Mr Beals' proposition, for spreading of Syder fruit, made a report, that they had mett according to order, considering of the said overture, and agreed, that this businesse, should be recommended to all the Members fo the Society; That as many of them, as have conveniency may fall upon the works themselves, and that those tht have none, may endeavour to perswade their friends in the Country that have to promote this works, and that Mr Beal should be desired, to send up Grasse and seeds, and directions for ordering them; as also to publish something in print, that may quicken to this work; Moreover to acquaint the Society, what experience he hath or the drawing of Aquavitae, in good quantity, out of Cherries, plums, Elder - berries etc.

Mr Howard, Mr Breretton, Coolnell Tuke, Dr Wilkins, Dr Holder, Mr Evelin, Mr Henshaw, Mr Hoskins etc engaged to take off some of the Grasse to be sent up, and to conveigh them to their friends for propagation.

Mr Hook mad ethe Experiment, of condensing Air, by the pressure of water, but the tryall not agreeing with the Hypothesis it was ordered to be repeated next day.

The same made an Experiment, of the force fo falling bodies to raise a weight, but he was ordered to try it by himself, and then to shew it again in publick.

Dr Merrit suggested an Experiment, of keeping two Weather glasses, one in a celler [crossed out; cave] the other abroad, to see, whether it be colder in Collers, in winter then in Summer. He was desired to make the Tryall, Mr Hook furnishing him with weather glasses.

Dr Merrit mentioned an Experiment of Zurchius, proving that there is really an unequall temper in Collers, as to heat and cold, in Summer and Winter.

Sir Robert Moray and Mr Hoskins related the way of making the burning -balls at Leeds [crossed out; illegible] etc, which is a thrifty kind of fuell, lasting long, and burning without smoak, and leaving no Ashes. Sir Paul Neile hinted that the practise of this thriftinesse, would prove prejuciciall to Shipping. Mr Hook was ordered, to consider of the severall ways of ordering fuell, that have been suggested, in order to make improvement therof.

Sir Robert Moray brought in writing the Story concerning people killed with subterraneous dampe, it was ordered to be entered. [In margin; Lib.2 Fol. 96]

Mr Vermugden, told away, that is used for the reviving of men, stifled in the Coalmines, by putting theire heads into fresh earth; It was desired to give the Account thereof in writing , as also of his other observations made concerning Coalmines, and the adventures therein. Mr Winthrop mentioned, that lately, a ship built in New England, was arrived here: and he was desired to bring in an Account, of the size and shape of the Vessell.

The same was desired, to be mindfull of the Indian bread, and Mault.

Mr Vermuyden adn Mr Stanhope mentioned, that the Groenland men, do not load their ships so deep, in the Goenland Seas, as they might because they feare sinking, when they shall come more Southward. Quar. Whether they do this, upon the Account of thinner and lighter water, or from fear of foule water.

Mr Stanhope, Mr Hoskins, and Mr Hook were desired to draw up some Enquiries, concerning the said particular of Loading Ships in Groenland, in Order to be sent with the menxt fleet going thither.

My Lord Brouncker, was put in minde [crossed out - concerning] his Experiment concerning the measure of teh first Velocity of Bodies.

Mr Hook would bring in the following Experiments next day. 1. of the living of Insects in condensed Air; 2. of the force of fallying bodyes. 3. of Respiration. 4. of the Differing Refractions in cold and warm water. '
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