Reference numberJBO/1/123
Alternative reference numberJBO/1/149
TitleMinutes of an ordinary meeting of the Royal Society
Date25 March 1663
Description ' The Experiment of purging water from Air, did not Succeed, the Engine not being tight. Ordered to be tryed again next day: and then to try again also, how long a Fish will live in Water thus freed from Air. Item, the celerity of a falling Body in a long Glasse exhausted of air. Mr Hook, to be Curator of these 3 Experiments.

My Lord Brouncker promised to bring in next day his Notes of the Observations lately made by him and Sir Rober Moray at Sea.

Dr Croon shewed the Company an Eggshell put into Champain Wine, and covered with a king of Tartarous Substance . He was desired to bring it in writing; as also the Account of the Carpe fed out out Water.

Mr Winthrop received a Copy of the Directions for Seamen and the Operator was ordered, to make ready for him, as Soon as he could, those wooden Balls and Leads, he was appointed to make formerly.

The Amanuensis was commanded to make another Copy of the same Directions, for Major Homes.

Sir Robert Moray, Dr Wilkins and Mr Hook were desired to be Curators of trying the two Sorts of Cylin-dericall Vessells, for the fetching up of Water from the bottom of the Sea.

The Comittee appointed to consider of Mr Buckland's letter, made a Report: Viz. that the said Letter was read before them, containing a Proposition to plant Potatoes throughout all the parts of England, together with the way of Ordering them; and the benfit thereof in time of Scarcity of Food: And that hereupon several Members of the Committee had confirmed the Substance and particulars of the said Letter, concerning the Soyle fit for them, their diffusiuenesse, their usefullnesse for meat and bread, their prospering as well in ploughed, as in delved Land; the easinesse of defending them from Frost, by any refuse etc. And that there-fore the Committee had approved of the said Proposition, with the result:
1. That all those Members of the Society, that have Land, should be desired, to begin the planting of this Root, and to perswade their friends to doe the same.
2. That in Order thereunto Mr Buckland should be desired, if he have any quantity to Spare, to send up Some, to furnish those that have conveniency to plant them; Mr Howard and Mr Boyle offering themselves to procure as many of them as they could for that purpose.
3. That Mr Boyole should be desired to communicate to the Society, those Observations and Notes which he had made upon this Root, the manner of planting it, and the diffusiuenesse of the Seminal Virtue therof.
4. That Mr Evelin should be desired to joyn this Proposition by way of Appendix, to his discours of Timber-trees. This Report being made, the Society approved of all the particulars of the result of this Ciommittee, and accordingly recommended this worke to their Members; Ordering withal, that thanks should be returned to the Author of this Proposition for his respect to the Society, and care of the publick good.

Dr Wilkins gave an Account of the way and benefit of setting Corne, by a peculiar Engine: He was desired to Send for it from Oxford, and to communicate to the Society in writing, the substance of what he had related to them this day, concerning this matter.

Sir Robert Moray mentioned that he had asked Dr Morison, concerning the production of Animals by the putrefaction of vegetables, said to have been done by the Duke of Orleans; but that the said Doctor knew of of no such thing.

Mr Evelin was put in minds of the Experiment committed to him; of closing up bloud and peices fo Flesh, to see whether it would produce any Insects.

Sir Robert Moray, Coll. Tuke and Dr Wilkins appointed Curator of the Experiment of producing Maggots by Cheese and Sack.

Dr Croon Suggested that the Viper-pouder formerly committed to the care of Mr Pelleyn, might be looked aster, and that Mr Pelleyn should be desired to observe the proper time wherein 'twas thought, Vipers would be produced out of the pouder.

Mr Hook was Solicited to prosecute his Micro-scopical Observations, in Order to publish them. Sir Robert Moray brought in a poisoned Dagger presented to his Majesty from an Indian King, by the Captain of the Ship Truro, lately come home from the East Indies. The dagger was warmed and with it bloud was fetched from a Kitten, to see whether it would be killed therby. The kitten not dying whils the Company was together, the Operator was appointed to observe what became of it. The Dagger was committed to the care of Dr Goddard.

It being mentioned, that a certain Spirit extracted out of Tobacco, was by some conceived to be a Subtile Poyson, it was debated, whether some ways of Extracting such a Spirit should be tryed; and it was thought fit to deferre it, till the Socity heard from Sir John Finch, to whome the care of this matter was recommended.

A Fish was put in a Glasse with water, closed up with line, to See, how long it would live so, the air being excluded from it.

Sir Robert Moray mentioned that Monsr. Le Fevre had made the Experiment formerly committed to him of holding Salt of Tartar, both in hot water, and in the Steam onely of hot water. He was desired to Speak to the Curator of this Experiment to bring it in writing next day.

Sir Robert Moray acquainting the Company, that Sir Henry Bennet had procured his Ma[jest]ies hand to the Patent, it was orderd, that my Lord Brouncker, Sir Robert Moray, Sir Paul Neil and Mr Aerskine should give Sir Henry Bennet, the thanks of the Society for this Favour and Care.

Collonell Tuke proposed Mr James Long as Candidate, to the Society. '
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