Reference numberJBO/1/115
Alternative reference numberJBO/1/135
TitleMinutes of an ordinary meeting of the Royal Society
Date28 January 1663
Description ' Mr Hook made the Experiment of shutting up, in an oblong glasse, a burning Lampe, and a Chick, and the Lamp went out within two minutes, the Chick remaining Alive, and lively enough.

The same brought in an Account ] of some Tryalls, for find-ing of the pressure of the parts of Water upon one another ; and the Elasticall power of the Air ; it was read, and ordered to be entred.
Mention being made, in this Paper, of aDiving glasse, serving to give a true Account of the Pressure of teh Water, at the bottome of the Sea against Air ; He was Ordered to try it in Dr Goddard's long Wooden Tube ;

Mr Hook was ordered to have a Glasse made , that may serve in stead of a Bladder, to make the Experiment of respiration viz. how long the same Air will serve to breath in, without any supply of fresh Air.

The same is to try , how long Fishes will live, in the open Air, and in a Glasse full, and exhausted of Air.

Dr Charleton, mentioned that Fishes dye; by hindring the motion of their Gills, by Gagging, or hooking them etc. He was desired to shew this by an Experiment.

Dr Merritt suggested that the Gills of Fishes, are to them a Supplement, and do the Offices of Lungs ; and added that the Aorta doth divaricate it selfe into the Gills ; and that the water, being taken in by Fishes at the mouth, is carried out again Slymy by the Gills. He was desired to demonstrate the Circulation of the Blood in Fishes, by some Anatomy of a Fish.

Mr Wren gave an Account of a Carpe, kept a whole week in a Cellar, out of the Water, and fed with moistened bread, wetting the Gills of it once or twice a day ; Dr Croon was put in minde, to make this Experiment, as he had been appointed formerly.

Dr Charleton brought in again his Account abot the Ordering of Wines, together with those of De Merrett and Mr Wilde; which were ordered to be entrd.

Mr Matthew Wren, mentuioned an Opportunity to send the Directions for Seamen, and the Queries for the East Indies ; the Amanuensis was ordered to draw, a copy of both, against next day. And Mr Wren was desired to have constantly a Copy dormant, ly by him, to serve upon Occasion.

Mr Henshaw offered himself, to recommend the Island Queries to a fit person ; whereupon he had a copy of them delivered unto him.

Another Copy thereof, was ordered to be given to Collonell Tuke, to be by him recommended, to the Lord Alefeld, that was lately Danish Ambassador in England.

The Report of the Committee, formerly appointed by the Society to examine and give an Account of the matter of Fact, concerning the Structure and Sayling, of Sir William Petty's new Ship, was read ; and Dr Wilkins desired, to returne unto them, the thanks of the Society for their care and pains, taken in this matter.

Mr Graunt, acquainted the Company, that he had received a letter, of a fresher date then that, which conteined the aforementioned Report ; and that therein, Sir Wm Petty mentions, to have so altered this Vessell since, that it can now bear, 720 square feet of Sayle, whereas it carried but but 600 before.

Mr Pell was desired to peruse the East Indian directions and enquiries, and to adde such, as he should think fit.

Sir Robert Moray, spoke of a Letter he received from Mr Zulichem ; which was ordered to be Englished against next day, and the Scheme contained therein, to be drawn in great. '
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