Reference numberJBO/1/135
Alternative reference numberJBO/1/188
TitleMinutes of an ordinary meeting of the Royal Society
Date17 June 1663
Description ' In the Experiment of exhausting Air out of Water, which returneth into the pores of the water again ; it was found, that the Air, which, at the former meeting, was put into the place of the bubble, remaining in one of the Boltheads, was relapsed into the pores of the water, as well as the Bubbles left in the other Bolthead. It being suggested, that the Bubles floating in both the Boltsheads, after the drawing our of the Air of the Receiver, might be real Air, got in at the pouring in of the water, and lurking between the water and the sides of the Glasses, and that such a parcel ofr Air thus crowded in might upon the readmission of the Air, and the reascension of he water, be driven up before it to the top : for the clearing of this, the Operator was commanded to make the same Experiment in glasses of different bignesse to see, whether the Bubles remaine in proportion to the quantity of water, or in proportion to the Surface of the Glasses.

The Operator was commanded to make the Compressing Engine very Stanch, and for that end, to try it often by himselfe that it may be in good Order against next meeting, to try some Experiments with live Creatures therein.

Mr Hook's observations upon Dr Goddards peice of petrified wood, was read, and Ordered to be entered.

The same was desired to continue his observations, by a Microscope, upon the Sage-leaves ; he having at some time seen nothing like little Spiders in the Cavities thereof, at other times abundance of a kind of litle Eggs upon the said Leaves.

My Lord Massareene signified to the Society, that tis any wood, that in a Lough of his, in the North of Ireland, turneth to stone ; and that a part is often wood, and the other part Stone ; but the Story of the part thus turned into Iron in the Earth, under that petrifying water, he knew nothing of. It was ordered, that his Lo. P. should be desired by the Secretary, to gratify the Society, with such a peice ; part wood, part Stone ; as also to onforme them, whether there be any Amber found in the same Lough.

Sir Robert Moray was charged to giue an Account of the rock concreted to one of the Arches of London-bridge.

Dr Clark suggested, that the Story of the man, voyding more stones than his owne weight, was found in Causbon upon one of the Satyres of Persius.

Mr Beal's Observations concerning the Smutt of Corne, as also the Rise fo the Colours of Insects were read, as they were sent in a letter of his to the Secretary : He was to have the thanks of the Society given him, and an extract of the said Notes was ordered to be entered.

Mr Long confirmed Mr Beal's Observations concerning the Ornaments of Insects, by some of his owne of that kind.

Monsieur de la Quintinie's Letter, sent to the Secretary for the Society was read, concerning the Ordering of Melons, after they are knotted and appear in their fruit ; as also the way of keeping the Seeds well ; Order was given to the Secretary to thanke this Gentleman, for his respect to the Society ; and to make an extract of what is material in the said Letter, in Order to be registred.

Mr Long mentioned a way of producing good Melons without transplanting them, and he promised to communicate the same to the Society.

Monsr. Monconis having left in the hands of Sir Robert Moray, a Description of the way used in Egypt to hatch Eggs, it was ordered to be read at the next meeting.

Dr Croon was desired to have the pot with the Viper-pouder, kept by Mr Pelleyn, brought to the Society, to see, whether anything alive were in it.

The Operators Account of the Wheat Sinking and f;oa-ting again in water, was read, and ordered to be entered. '
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