Reference numberJBO/1/127
Alternative reference numberJBO/1/161
TitleMinutes of an ordinary meeting of the Royal Society
Date22 April 1663
Description ' Dr Goddard was desired to keep some of the vinegr, with the little Fishes in it, well stopped, and some unstopped; to see if they would Live in the one and dye in the other.

Mr Hook brought in two Microscopical Observations ; one was of Leeches in Venigar ; the other, a Blewish mould upon a mouldy piece of Leather.

Mr Boyle shewed the Company a Box, with figures carved onait, very deep, done by an Art of softning wood, which he can harden again. The Company desired Mr Boyle to let the Artist know, how well they were pleased with this Skill of his, and that they were willing to assist him, in procuring a Patent for him, to make benefit of this Art; upon condition, he would acquaint them with the Secret.

Dr Wren was desired to direct the Operator, for the making the Engin to set Corne.

Mr Long proposed, that Fishes of several kinds and several ages, might be put in the Pneumatick Engine, to see, which of them would die soonest ; he being perswaded, that the youngest would die soonest ; and that Roches, Daces and Carpes, would dye sooner than Tenches, Eels, etc. the Operator was appointed to provide several sorts of Fishes, and a more capacious Glasse against next day.

Sir Robert Moray desiring that it might be considered which way was best, to transport Fish from one Country to another ; whether by the Spawn, or by young Fry, or by old Fish ? Mr Long said, that, as to the Spawn, he could give no Account thereof. And, as to the Fry, he was of Opinion, that the younger the Fish was, the sooner it would dye, and the lesse it would be able to endure any hardship : but the older they were, the longer they would live, and the more hardship they wold bear.

Sir Robert Moray mentioning the Fish being transported, in vessels from one place to another, would have their noses against the Vessel, and die soone after; Dr Wren related, that a Fish, (whereof Dr Wilkins had the Picture) had been taken alive, a part of whose head and Nose was bitt off, and one Eye wanting.

The Observations made by Mr Rook of the Satellites of Jupiter, were said to be delivered by the Bishop of Exeter, to Dr Pope; who was desired, with Mr Hook, to continue them as they had Opportunity.

Mr Long acquainted the Company that there were Ermins in England, and that he would produce some before them. He mentioned also that Baysalt, being throwne upon Toads, would kill them. He was desired to make the Tryall with common Salt, or an vegetable or mineral salt.

The same made mention of a kind of Stones with natural Scrues ; and promised to shew the Company some of them.

My Lord Brouncker, Sir Robert Moray, Mr Ball, Dr Wren, Dr Pope, Dr Croon and Mr Hook, were desired to name at the next meeting, some signe, or part of a Signe of the Zodiack that they would undertake to Survey.

The Experiment of the not subsiding of Water purged from Air, to be made against next day : As also, that of making the Air extracted out of Water relapse into water.

Mr Boyle should be desired, to try whether highly rectified Spirit of Wine, and Camphir dissolved therein, would burne away together, when lighted.

Mr Louther was chosen into the Society.

Dr Croon brought I writing 3 Experiments, formerly recommended to him ; 1. of an Eg putinto wine, and encrustated with Tartar. 2. of Wine transuding through a Stomach. 3. of a Carpe fed in the Air ; the reading thereof was deferred till next day. '
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