Reference numberJBO/1/118
Alternative reference numberJBO/1/144
TitleMinutes of an ordinary meeting of the Royal Society
Date18 February 1663
Description ' The Experiment of the Refraction of a Prisme in water was made by Mr Hook, and he ordered to give in the Account thereof in writing.

His Account of the force of falling bodies was read, and Ordered to be entred, and he desired to prosecute this Experiment with bullets of the same brasse metal to severall Diameters, and to observe the time withal. [In margin; 'R., Lib.2 Fol 115 (151)]

My Lord Brouncker was put in mind of the Experiment heretofore recommended to him, concerning the first Velocity of Bodies.

The Experiment of the celerity of falling bodies, shewing exactly the time they will descend in, at such and such distances, to be made by Mr Hook.

The Experiment of the mercuriall Cane of a small bore, to try whether it will adhere to the finger or not, was made and twas found that it would not stick to the finger, conformably to Monsr. Zulichem's Account. Dr Goddard was desired to bring it in writing.

Mr Ball, Dr Pope and Mr Hook were desired to bring in writing, an Account of the severall observations of the Moon's late Eclipse.

Dr Croon shewed the Copmpany the Tartar gathered about Egshells, put in Champagne wine, and related, that there was 6 Grains of this Tartarous Substance, gathered about the Egshell out of ½ a pint of Wine, in the space of 24 hours. He was desired to try it again, and then to give an Account of all in writing.

Mr Winthrop was acquainted, that Dr Goddard will afford him, necessary accommodations, for the brewing of Beer out of bread of Maitz.

Dr Charleton was ordered to bring in a Scheme of Experiments concerning air, both such, as have been made already about that Subject, and those that sghall occur to him further to be made concerning the same.

Mr Colwall offered himself to discourse with the Governor of the Groenland Company, and to get from hin an Account about the Whale fishing, and such other things, as do occurred considerable in that Country.

Mr Oldenburg acquainted the Company with the conference, for which he had made an appointment with one Mr Gray, that hath been severall times in Groenland: and he was desired, to take such answers, as the said Gray should give to his Queries, in writing, and to bring them in.

Sir Robert Moray mentioned, that it should be considered, whether the Groenlanders might not be assisted with some Engin, to shoot their Harpirons into Whales, with more force and surety.
Mr Howard related a Story of strange Exhalations in Lancashire, which he was desired to give in writing.

Dr Merret, shewed the Company a certain membranous Substance, produced by frost out of Cloud, separated from its Serosity : He was desired to adde it to his Experiments of Freezing, to be brought in writing. '
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