Reference numberJBO/1/114
Alternative reference numberJBO/1/133
TitleMinutes of an ordinary meeting of the Royal Society
Date21 January 1663
Description ' Mr Aubrey was admitted.

Mr Beal's Letter to the President, was read,wherein he acknowledgeth the favour of teh Society, in receiving him as honorary member, and engages his fervour for their Service: whereupon he was elelcted a Fellow of the Socity, at at his further desire.

An Order passed for demanding the Arrears of weekly payments, and for advancing the remainder of this Quarter.

Mr Evelin was desired to read oute and digest Mr Beal's papers, lately sent to Mr Olderburg, concerning the propagation of Syder, together with directions and encouragement for the same in order to print them.

Mr Hoskins was desired to engage in the same work, the Lord Scudamore and his owne father; Mr Beal having in an Especiall manner, recommended these two persons for it.

My Lord Brouncker, Dr Wilkins, and Dr Holder, promised to engage their friends also in this Syder businesse.

Mr Hook made an Experiment, of condensing air by water, wherof he was ordered to bring in a written Account against next day.

The President did suggest, that it was to be considered in this Experiment, whether the compression of Air, was made by the weight of the water, onely, or whether the coldnesse thereof did contribute to it.

The same would have it tryed, whether the compression in the same Experiment, holds exactly by 20. 4. 60. 80. Or not.

Mr Hook shewed the Scheme of an Instrument, for making the Experiment of teh Force of falling bodyes Ordered, to be made next day.

Mr Hook made a tryall with a Bladder, how long the same Air would serve for respiration, without the Supply of fresh air; and he found it serve for fine inspiration though with difficulty: It was ordered to try it again, but with a glasse; And to bring in the Account thereof in writing.

Dr Merritt, acquainted the Company, that he had received an Information from Naples, of one that had an Art of keeping new-borne infants alive, without respiration, for a good while; it was thought very desirable, to have a further inquiry made into this matter, both as to the truth of the thing, and the way of performing [crossed out - of] it; viz. whether it be done by hindring the closure of the Foramen ovale which is supposed to be shut, soone after the birth of the Animall.

Dr Merrett suggested severall Examples of Diver's living a good while under water, without respiration; And he was desired to bring them in writing.

Mr Boyle mentioned to have kept a Viper alive under water, for five hours; and moved that the Lungs of amphibious animals, and particularly, of Froggs and Tortoyses, might be carefully dissected, and the structure thereof will observed.

The same mentioned swallows living under frozen water, in the Baltick Sea.

Dr Croon suggested an Experiment, of keeping a new cast puppy, in warme milke, to see how long it would live so without Air. He was desired to be Curator of this Experiment and to remember also the Experiment he was formely charged with, to make a Carpe live for a good while in the Air.

Mr Hook's paper of the Enquiries to be made in Iesland was read; and it was ordered that it should be entered; and also by Colonell Tuke, to the Danish Lord, that was lately Ambassador in England, and gave the Society a Visit.

Mr Croon moved that some English water might be sent into the East Indies, to try, whether at the returne thereof it would yield an inflammable spirit. It was ordered that a Copy of the enquiries for the East Indian Voyages should be given him, and that this Experiment suggested by him, added thereunto.

Mr Pell, was also desired, to peruse the same Enquiries and to consider, what observable things may be added to them.

Mr Graunt read Sir William Petty's letter, giving a further Account of his new Ship; and he was desired to give an Extract thereof.

Mr Hook proposed an Experiment against next day, of shutting up an Anmal and a Candle together in a vessel to see, whether they would dye at the same time or not. '
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