Reference numberJBO/1/125
Alternative reference numberJBO/1/157
TitleMinutes of an ordinary meeting of the Royal Society
Date8 April 1663
Description ' The Operator gave an Account of Tench, tryed in the Pneumatick Engine, and that after 1 ½ hours, he opened the Glasse, whereupon the Fish sunk to the bottom immediately, and being taken out, was found dead, and opened, had its Bladder burst. He was appointed to give this in writing.

The like Experiment was tryed upon two young Eeles; but they seemed not sensible of the Excsuction of the Air. Order was given to try these two Experiments again next meeting.

Mr Hook shewed the Company a Scheme of the appearance of common Mosse in a Microscope. He was desired to continue, and against next day, to have ready the Microscopical appearance of the little Fishes in Vinegar.

Mr Boyle brought in a written Account of Potatoes, from his Gardener, which was ordered to be entered.

Mr Palmer presented the Company with some Oyle seeds, esteemed to be the Sesamum, come out of Syria, yielding very good Oyle: Mr Howard and Mr Evelin took it with them, promising to sow thereof here in England.

Mr Evelin acquainted the Company to have closed up some peices of Flesh, and some Bloud etc. And exposed it to see what Insects would thence be produced.

Dr Merret promised to bring in his Experiment of Freezing a Fortnight hence.

Monsr. Le Fevre brought in two vials, both containing some Salt of Tartarm and Hermeticaly sealed up, whereof one had been put and kept a while in warme water, but suffered no visible alteration, nor stuck to the sides of the glasse: whereas the other that was only held, in the steam of warme water without immerging it therein, had the salt sticking to its sides; the subtil aqueous Vapour seeming to have been able to penetrate, where the water it selfe could not. The Author of these Experiments was desired to repeat that of them, wherein the Salt adhered to the sides of the Glasse.

The same brought in a certain Volatill Spirit, which he said to have drawn from Spunges, having the Scent and tase of Hartshorns Spirit: commended by him to be an excellent remedy for all strumous swellings.

The Story of a Cure, done upon a Lady in a consumption by a Mineral Slate-water, being repeated again by Sir Robert Moray; Monsr. Le Fevre assured, that slate had a Vitriol and Sulphur in it, which by infusion did communicate it's Virtue, and he promised to produce some of it before the Company; and to give in writing, the processe of drawing such Vitriol and Sulphur out of Slate.

Monsr. Le Fevre gave the Company an Account of a Mixture of salt of Tartar and Allum, yielding a strang stinking Spirit, and incrustating the Recipient with a black substance. He was desired to bring his discourse thereof In writing.

Mr Hook was ordered for next meeting to mak: the 2 Experiments of Water purged from Air, and of the Descent of Bodies in an exhausted Receiver. '
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