Reference numberJBO/1/130
Alternative reference numberJBO/1/168
TitleMinutes of an ordinary meeting of the Royal Society
Date13 May 1663
Description ' The Operator charged to provide Frogs and Toads against next day, and some Pitch and Tares, to put upon their backs, according to Mr Henshaw's suggestion.

My Lord Kincarden was desired to try in his Coalpits in Scotland, those subterraneous Experiments, formerly Suggested by Sir Rober Moray and in part tryed by Dr Power.
Sir James Shaen was desired to take care; that English Earth and Roads be sent over into Ireland, and to recommend it to the Members of the Society there, to try, whether Toads doe presently dye upon Irish earth : as also, to have some Irish Earth and wood transported into England to examine what is in it, peculiar.

My Lord Masterson to be desired, to inform the Society of the transmutation of Holly into Iron as far as it is stuck into the ground under water of a Lough, called and into stone as far as it stands in that water, remaining wood, as far as it is extant about the water.

Mr Henshaw related, how an Artist in Italy had hardened Tooles of Steel in Branca Ursine, to make them [crossed out; extra] into Porphyry.

The Operator was ordered to try Mr Awbrey's Experiment, of sinking whet into common water, and to observe, whether after 2 or 3 dayes they do swim again.

My Lord Kincarden confirmed Sir Rober Moray's relation of the way of breeding Fish by transporting Spawne. He was desirede to informe the Society in Writing of the whole manner thereof; how, and in what Season the Spawn must be gathered, how managed, and in what Sort of fishes it hath been practised.

The Operator was commanded to provide some Fishes full of Spawne as Pearches, Flounders, Gudgeons, an to put them into a great Glasse of waterk to observe the Spawne when cast.
My Lord Brouncker undertook to put some Fishes by with Spawne, into his Cisterne at Whitehall, to observe also the Spawne.

Mr Henshaw mentioned, to have seen an Eele choaked with a water-Rat, the two hind legs thereof hanging at the Eele's mouth.

Mr Neile mentioned, to have seen an Eele in St James's Park, with a Duck in his mouth.

Mr Evelin gave some Account of the Experiment recom-mended to him, of putting up some Flesh and Bloud in a Vessel covered with Flannell, to see what Insects it would breed ; and said, that hitherto it had bred nothing. He was desired to continue and prosecute this Experiment.

Mr Hook made two Experiments ; One, of a Carpe included ina vessel of water, out of which the Air was exhausted : the other of extracting the air out of water ; which air, after some time will relapse into water again. He was ordered to bring in the Success of these Experiments in writing.

Dr Bruce wa proposed Candidate by My Lord Kincarden.

The Experiments for next day were appointed ; that of descending Bodies in a Rm. Emptied of air 2. that of putting water purg'd of air into the Engine; 3. of condensing air in the new compressing Engin 4. of killing a Mouse or Frog in the said Engin '
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