Reference numberJBO/1/122
Alternative reference numberJBO/1/147
TitleMinutes of an ordinary meeting of the Royal Society
Date18 March 1663
Description ' Mr Winthrop acquainting the Company with his intention to returne Shortly into New England, was desired to take with him a Copy of the Directins for Seamen; and to make as many of the Observations and Experiments contained therein as he could. The Amanuensis was commanded to have the said Copy ready for him against nest meeting; And the Operator, to have a dozen Sounding Leads and 3 or 4 Balls made against the same time; as also the Cylindricall Vessel with Valves, to fetch up water from the bottom of the Sea.

Sir Robert Moray suggested that the same Directions together with the same Sounding Balls, might be recommended to Major Homes, ready to go for the Streights.

Mention being made again, that liquors boyled or distilled, before Fermentation, yield no Spirit, or very little; It was alledged that a certain Brewer, received all the Exhalations of the Beir, and also he brewed, thinking to make a considerable gain of the Spirit, which he made account it would yield: but it proved all Phlegme.

Here it was suggested by Mr Hook, that Urine distilled before 'tis fermented yields no Spirit at all.

Mr Hook's Accouont of the Cart with Leggs, brought in by Mr Aubrey form Mr Pottter, was read: and the sane with some alterations, was ordered to be sent to the Author of this Invention; together with the thanks of the Society.

Mr Hook also was ordered to draw up a full Description of this Cart, together with the Scheme thereof: to the end that it may be entered, with the Animadversions upon it.

Mr Oldenburg acquainted the Company with a Letter sent him from Mr Buckland, a Somersetshire Gentleman, wherein is proposed a way of preventing Famine, by dispersing Potato's through all parts of England: The heads of the Letter were read, and a Committee appointed to consider of all the particulars thereof, and to report to the Society. The persons of this Committee were named; Mr Howard, Mr Boyle, Mr Brereton, Sir Robert Moray, Dr Wilkins, Dr Goddard, Collonell Tucker, Mr Evelin, Mr Ball, Dr Merrett, Dr Whistler, Mr Henshaw, Mr Oldenburg. They should meet the 20th March ion the afternoon at 3 of the Clock, in Arundel house, at Mr Howard's lodgings.

My Lord Brouncker, Sir Robert Moray and Mr Bruce brought in an Account of the observations and Experiments they had lately made upon the River of Chattam. And my Lord Brouncker promised to adde hereunto Some Notes of his owne. They had the Thanks of the Company; and the Paper being read, was ordered to be entered.

Mr Aubrey mentioned, that he had understood, that the Duke of Orleans had a way to produce Animals, by the putrefaction of Vegetables. Sir Rober Moray promised to aske Dr Morison concerning it.

This gave occasion to discourse again of Equivacall Generation, and to desire those person, that were, October 22 1662 , charged with making experiments concerning the same, to discharge their undertaking: and to them were added Dr Goddard, Dr Whistler, Mr Evelin; the last whereof, undertook particularly, to put up several peices of Flesh, and some bloud, in a closed vessel, which might not be fly-blowne, to se what it would produce; Dr Goddard to try what would be produced, by Sack pured upon good Cheese.

Sir Nicholas Crispe and Mr Francis Potter were chosen Members of the Society.

Resolved, that Mr Evelyns Treatise concerning Timber-trees and fruit trees be printed by Order of the Royal Society, upon the perusal of it by Dr Wilkins, Dr Goddard, and Dr Merrit; who were desired to peruse it accordingly. '
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