Reference numberJBO/1/155
Alternative reference numberJBO/1/242
TitleMinutes of an ordinary meeting of the Royal Society
Date4 November 1663
Description ' The Earle of Argile was Admitted .

Mr Thomas Cox was elected .

The Statutes of the Society were published .

Dr Wilklins presented the Society with several things for their Repository . 1 . A Wind - gun ; 2 - a Burning Glasse in a brasse frame ; 3 another burning - glasse in a
wood - frame . 4 . Seales , for weighing of gold without any counterpoise . 5. A Strange bone , with a Ribb in the middle . 6 . A Geometrical Arch , composed of many small peices of wood , without any nailes or Pins . 7 . A Loadstone , now with Sir William Persal ; ordered to be called for by the Operator . 8 . A large concaue Metall . 9 . A Cylinder Metallin . 10 . An Angular Mettall . 11 . A blew concaue glasse . 12 A peice of petrified wood . 13 A Coco - nutt . 14 . An Ostrich Eggshell . 15 . A peice of perspective . 16 . Two Papers of petrified grasse . The Operator was ordered to fit the Wind - gun , and to polish and Varnish the Burning - glasse : The Presenter of these things received the thanks of the Company , and was ordered to be registered as a Benefactor , together with Prince Rupert for his Water - Engin ; The Bishop of Exeter for his Pendul - Clock ; Mr Boyle for his Engine ; The Solicitor - general , for remitting the Fee due to him for the Society's Charter ; And Dr Bates for Ten pounds in money .

The History of Whale - fishing and the making of whale - Oyle , was brought in by the Secretary from one Mr Gray , of the Grenland - Company , that hath been in those parts , and present at the killing of Whales , and the making of Oyle , a dozen times . It was ordered to be Entered . [In margin; Lib. 2 Fol. 308]

Sir Robert moray moving , that it might be considered whether there might not be devised an Engin , fit to strike the Whales with more ease and surenesse , and at a greater distance , than now they do : It was ordered that Dr Wilkins and Mr Hook should think upon such an Engin , that might be cheap and easy to be managed .

Mr Hook shewed the Company some Microscopical Observations . 1 . A Mite . 2. Sparks of a flint . 3 . Hairs of a mans head , of a Cat , of a Horse and some Bristles .

Mr Howard mentioned something of the care taken by him for the propoagation of Saffron , and of several Observations he hath made concerning it : desiring that some persons of the Society might be joyned with him , for the prosecution of this work : whereupon Mr Boyle , Mr Evelyn and Mr Henshaw were desired to do so : and himselfe was Solicited , to communicate his Notes aforesaid to the Society .

The Same desired Leave , to take out of the Register - book a Copy of Dr Charletons Receipt for the Embalming of Birds , for Dr Brown : The Clerk was ordered to give a Copy as was desired .

Mr Boyle suggested that Oyle of Turpentine or Spirit of Wine was good to keep birds ; and the first better than the Second , for this purpose .

Dr Croon communicated a Letter from Mr Newburgh about the fertilizing of barren Orchards , by turning cattell into them , and foddering them there all winter . An Extract thereof was ordered to be Entered .

Dr Wallis was desired to prosecute the Observations of the Satellites fo Jupiter , began by Mr Took .

Mr Hook was desired to try the new Sounding ball in the Thames , for Major Homes , and to giue an Account of the success to the Society .

Mr Boyle acquainted the Company that he had made more Observations with Mr Claytons Diamond , which he intended to adde to the former : And , that among the rest , he had caused some Corascations in it by pricking it with a Bodkin .

Dr Charleton made the Experiment of grafting a Cocks - spurr upon a Cock's - comb . It was desired to take care of the Successe . and to giue an Account of all in writing .

The Operator was Ordered again , to provide another Dogge , for Dr Charleton to cut off a piece of his Skin and to sow it on again . '
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