Reference numberJBO/1/152
Alternative reference numberJBO/1/234
TitleMinutes of an ordinary meeting of the Royal Society
Date14 October 1663
Description ' A Receipt to prevent the Rott in sheep , presented by Mr Boyle , was read, and ordered to be entered. He affirmed it to have ben made use of , by a person of mote, with good Success. [In margin; Lib. 2 Fol 204]

A new Way of hatching Pidgeons , sent from Oxford, and there tryed by Dr Wallis, wqa read, and ordered to be entered. [In margin; Lib. 2 fol 165 ]

Mr Boyle gave some Account of the Mineral committed to his Examination at the precedent Meeting, and he affirmed it to abound, with Vitriol mixed with some Brimstone ; and that a solution of Coperas made of it , and put to Galls , turned not to black , but blue : As also that some of the Mineral being laid in aWindoe, got an Efflorescence of the taste of vitriol . He was desired to examine it further and to see whether it will shoot etc.

Dr Hoar being Spoken to concerning the Account of the Cornwall-mines (at the last Meeting, said to be written by Collonel Noy) promised to communicate it to the Society within a little time.

The Experiment of making the Quicksilver stand about its usual Station, was further inquired into ; and Mr Boyle affirmed, to have tryed it again, and kept it suspended to the perpendicular

The Operator was called upon for the rest of the Thermometers to have them ready against [inset; this Oct] day .

Occasion was here taken by Dr Wilkins to enquire about the Original of this kind of Thermometers with Spirit of Wine , sealed up : to which Mr Boyle said that they came out of Italy , and that he thought to have thence received , the first thereof, here in England .

It was quaried, whether this way might not be practicable , with common water : And Dr Goddard affir-med to haue tryed it so , and found the greatest va-riation thereof to be not aboue 2 inches.

Dr Croon and Mr Hook , not having yet met to cut a peice of a don's skin and sow it on again , to see whether it will grow , and Dr Charleton affirming , to haue tryed this Experiment formerly , he was desired to meet on Friday next with the other two Curators at Gresham College , and there to make the Experiment together .

Mr Hook was desired to lodge some dayes in Gresham College , for the well-fitting the Compressing Engin , and the giuing Order to tye Operator , for the making the Engine , described by him , to determine the force of Powder by weight as also for the Arti-ficial Eye , ad tye perfecting Dr Wren's new kind of Thermometer , with 2 round Glasses and Quicksilver in them .

Dr Charleton not having yet procured the unspleened Dog from Bathe , to open him and to see whether any thing was come in the place of the exsected Spleen , or what shang there might be about these parts ; Dr Hoar affirmed to haue himselfe opened such kind of cut Doggs after a whole years Execution , but found nothing grown in stead of the spleen ; nor any thing else remarkable in those parts .

Dr Hoar related that he knew a person , who by the parings of Horse-hoofs , fryed in any sweet oyle , and carried in his pocket , made any dog follow him , and leave any other meat for this .

Mr Boyle suggested that the parings of Hors-hoofs had been found good to stay Fluxes , they having food store of Volatile Salt in them .

Dr Hoar promised to bring in an Account of a Cock's-spurre growing on a Cock's head .

Mr Clayton affirmed to have seen at Dr Brown's , a horn grown on a Cock's head naturally .

The Operator was ordered to provide a Cock against next day , to try the Exepriment of making Feathers grow on his Combe .

Mr Boyle mentioned , that one made a [crossed out illegible] horn grow on the forehead of a Horse .

Mr Clayton related that a Lady having lost one of her teeth , a Porter was hyred , one of whose teeth Le Roche , drew , and put it into the Ladies mouth , where it grew firme .

This was confirmed by Dr Whistler , relating that the same Le Roche hit on this Art accidentally , having once drawn out the wrong tooth of a Countryman , for which mistake he found him extremely enraged : he told him , he should haue but a little patience , and he would bput it in , and make it grow again , as firme as before : and sodid accordingly , setting in the good tooth , and putting the Gums carefully about it .

Dr Charleton mentione , that my Lord Hatton's sonne having some of his teeth to stand much away , had them loosened (yet without pulling them quite out) and set [crossed out; illegible] streight .

Mr Waterhouse acquainted the company that he had Spoken with Mr Childrey , concerning his Collections about the Observations of all kinds of Weathers , and that he was willing to communicate them to the Society after he had looked them over , and brought them into some Order .

Mr Hook brought in two Microscopical Observations one of a Common Fly , the other , of Mosse growne upon a Brick , together with the seed .

Mr Evelin produced the measure of a yew-tree standing at Braeburn , two miles from Scothch-hall , in Kent ; being twenty yards in compasse and seventeen foot at least in Diameter . '
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