Reference numberJBO/1/116
Alternative reference numberJBO/1/137
TitleMinutes of an ordinary meeting of the Royal Society
Date4 February 1663
Description ' The Experiment of the force of falling bodies was tryed, but the Instrument used for that purpose, being defective, Mr Hook, the Curator of this Experiment, was ordered to have it better fitted against next day, and then to repeat the Experiment.

The Experiment of respiring the same Air, was made, both in a Glasse immersed in cold water, and in a Bagge. Mr Ball respired in the Glasse 30 times; Dr Merritt 36; Mr Hook 13; the Operator 56; But here the time was not observed; Then the same was tryed in a Bagge, where Mr hook respired 19 times in 1/14 minute, and Dr Merrit 76 times in three minutes. It was ordered to be made againe the next day, in a Glasse immersed in warm water.

Dr Merrit related a Story of a Caulker, that managed his breath so well under water, as to stay ½ an hour under it, to repair a foundred Ship.

Sir Robert Moray Suggested, that, Some of the Society intending to go into the Downes, the Experiment of conden-sing Air in certain Glasses, sunk under Sea - Water, might be made.
Mr Zulichems's letter to Sir Robert Moray, of Febr. 3 1662 was read; and the 2 Experiments mentioned therein viz that of the [symbol for quicksilver?] sticking to the finger, and that of the not subsiding of Water purged from Air; were recommended to be made again, to Dr Goddard; the former, ina Cane of a lesser bore, then formerly; and to Mr Hook the later.

Mr Hook mentioning that the Refraction of Water is greater than that of Ice, was desired to give an Account of that Experiment in writing.

Dr Charleton moved, that the Eyes of some Animals might be frozen, to see their Structure the better. And it was hinted that this would somewhat vitiate the figure of the Eye. In the mean time, the Operator was ardered to freeze some Cat's Eyes against next day, if the frost hold.

It was queried, whether Eggs, after they have been frozen, be fecund; and these, that had conveniency, were desired to try it.

Dr Green mentioned, to have seen New-laid Eggs frozen (though not very hard) without the Shells broken.

The same offered to make the Experiment, set downe by Bartholinus de Nive, of putting on Eggs in Rhenish wine, to see whether and how the Crystalls of Tartar gather about the Eggs.
Mr Pell, Dr Pope, and Dr Croon, were desired to observe the next Exlipse of the Moon on the 12th of February 1662 and Dr Croon, to write to Dr Power, to do the Same: And my Lord Brouncker and Sir Robert Moray, to observe it at Whitehall.

Dr Croon had the Enquiries for the East Indies, and the Directions for Seamen, delivered him, to send them away for the East Indies.

Mr Pell had a Copy of the same, to make Additions to them. '
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