Reference numberJBO/1/141
Alternative reference numberJBO/1/207
TitleMinutes of an ordinary meeting of the Royal Society
Date29 July 1663
Description ' Sir John Talbot, and Mr Waterhouse elected

Mr Hook produced several figures, both for Sounding Insruments without a line, and for Vessells to fetch up water from the bottom of the Sea. He had the thanks of the Company, and was desired to giue an explanation of the said figures in writing, and the Operator was ordered to make two models against next day ; One of the Sounding - instrument, and another of the water drawing vessel ; each after the draught of the first figures of each kind.

The Operator gaue an Account of the Observations made of the Torricellian Experiment in the long Tube ; and particularly of its rising and falling according to the weather. He was ordered to continue his observations, and to put them all in writing.

The same was enjoyned, well to exhaust the Air out of the Tube, for the making of Monsr. Zulichem's Experiment against next day.

Mr Hook was ordered to apply Mr Boyles Engine to the long tube , for the Torricellian Experiment to see whether all the Air could be thence exhausted and whether thereupon the waer would Subside at all.

Mr Graunt read two letters from Sir William Petty, concerning the Success of his new ship, in its Saylin to Holy-head. He was desired to give Sir William the thanks of the Company for this communication, as also to give an extract of the said Letters to be registered.
Dr Clarke produced two Coco-nuts, that seemed to be outwardly petrified.

Mr Hook was put in mind, of the Journey for Seeing the discovered Spring neer Chersy : as also to assist Dr Charleton, in drawing a Scheme of the Carpe or Salmon, which he is to dissect, to shew the duct from the fishes bladder to the Gills.

Dr Ent, upon the mention made concerning the Insects found in Barnet waters , suggested that they are there found onely in August.

Dr Charleton cut the Spleen out of a dog of about a year old, the dog surviving : on which occasion it was related that Fioravante the Italian writeth in one of his Italian books that the same had been practised successfully upon a Lady, much troubled with Splenetick distempers, shee outliving the losse of her Spleen, diuers years.

Experiments for the next day were ordered,
1. The Continuation of the Torricellian Eperiment in the Long Tube
2. That of Mr Zulichem's, to keep the water Suspended, sfter the Exsuction of all the air.
3. Some Experiment or other in the Compressing Engine. '
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