Reference numberJBO/1/156
Alternative reference numberJBO/1/245
TitleMinutes of an ordinary meeting of the Royal Society
Date11 November 1663
Description ' Mr Francis Potter and Mr Thomas Cox admitted

The persons following were voted by Ballot a Committee to examine, according to Statute, the Treasurers Account, Sir Anthony Morgan, Dr Wallis, Mr Colwall, Mr Awbrey, Mr Hoskins. And it was ordered, that they, or any these or more of them, should meet for this purpose, at Sir Anthony Morgan's Lodgings, on Satturday next being the 14th instant at 3 of the Clock in the afternoon, and to bring in their report a fortnight hence being the 25 November, at the Ordinary Meeting of the Society.

Mr Gomeldon the elder was elected into the Society.

Sir Robert Moray presented from Prince Rupert to the Society, an Instrument of his Highnesses Inven-tion, for casting any platforme into perspective. It was ordered , that the President, Sir Robert Moray, Mr Aerskine, Dr Wilkins, Dr Wallis, Dr Goddard, Mr Oldenburg, wait upon the Prince on friday next , the 13th instant, and return him the humble thanks of the Society ; and withal shew him an Instrument of Dr Wrens Invention for casting any natural Object into perspective.

Mr Hook suggesting, that Additions might be made to the said Invention of Prince Ruperts, so that it might incline and recline, and be fitted to draw also solid Bodies in perspective ; and likewise to describe all kind of Dyalls, was desired to bring in these Additions in writing, and then to give a Discription, and to shew the practice of the whole : in the mean time, the Princes Instrument should remain simple, as it is now without any alteration therein.

Mr Clayton's Diamond being again spoken of, the President mentioned that he had one upon his finger, that being without Clouds, would shine notwithstanding, when rubbed in the dark. And Mr Hook added that he had a Ring with 6 small Diamonds, that would all do the like, but continue for a very little time. And Mr Boyle related, that he was credibly informed of a certain stone, brought by an Admiral of he Dutch Fleet out of the East Indies in a Chest, which stone did so shine, when the Chest was opened in the dark, that by it they could see all that was therein besides. Sir Anthony Morgan spoke concerning Cliffs in Scotland which by the Relation of many on their North-west -side would give a great Light in the dark. This was confirmed by Sir Robert Moray, who was desired to make a more particular Inquiry into it, which he undertook to doe.

Sir Robert Moray mentioned that Prince Maurice of Nassaw had a considerable shining stone ; and Mr Povey was desired to write into Holland for the favour of a particular information concerning the same, which he promised to doe.

Mention was also made of the Bolonian stone ; concerning which, Mr Boyle affirmed, that if it were very good it would shine without the Sun, by a Candle, or in a Cloudy day. The same suggested to make a Tryall whether the Bolonian stone, may not be made to shine without calcining it. Mr Henshaw mentioned that he had one, which had once the quality of Shining, but lost it ; it was queried whether a way might not be found, to recover that quality, the same person affirming, that rotten wood that had Shined, would upon its being exposed to the fire and growing dry, loose its shining quality, but after 2 or 3 dayes regain it. Sir Robert Moray queried what degree of Putrefaction made Fish or wood shine? Mr Boyle did conjecture, that the shining of those Bodies, and the losse of their shining, dis depend upon a slight change of their Texture.

Mr Clayton promised to bring some of this Bolonian Stone mentioned, at the next Meeting of the Society.

Dr Wilkins moved that a Collection might be made, of all such bodies that shine in the darke : and Mr Boyle mentioned to have some such Collection amongst his writings who was thereupon desired to communicate it to the Society , and to think upon the cause of this Phenomenon.

Dr Wilkins produced an Instrument and paper of Dr Power's, representing and describing the Copernican motion of the Sun upon its Axis etc. It was both delivered to the Operator, to put into Order ; and referred to Mr Hook to see, whether it would doe.

Sir Robert Moray mentioned a new way of Carriage inventied in France by the Duke of Roanes, with much ease to ride as swift as a Poste over all kinds of ground, without concussion and danger of falling ; And that the Author was now taking out a Patent for it. This occasioned Mr Hook to present to the Company a Scheme of an Instrumetn to walk in, upon the Land or water, with Swiftnesse, after the manner of the Wheel of a Crane : Severall Objections being made to this Proposition, it was judged fit it should be further considerd, and if upon econd thoughts it was conceived probable for Success, a Modell should be made of it.

Mr Hook shewed the Scheme of another Engine for Carriage, vizof such an one that goeth withone wheele and is drawne by ne Horse, socontrived that it shall not fall, but be kept perpendicular, what way soever it moveth, even on the declivity of a hill etc. He was desired to haue a Modell made hereof.

The same being called upon, whether he had tryed his new Sounding -balls for Major Homes, affirmed to have tryed them, and found them doe exceeding well. Oazy ground was sid to be most likely to make them unsuccessfull.

Mr Povey mentioned that Mr Jonas More had an Engin to stay 2 or 3 hours under water in ; and likewise a way of blowing up great Rocks ; both practized by him at Tangeir ; The Proposer was desired either to bring the Artist to this meeting, or a Description of these two practices in writing : which he promised to doe.

Mr Hook spoak of a way of carrying Air downe to the bottom of the Sea, at any depth, and of bringing it up , under a Bell. He was desired to giue in a particular description hereof.
Sir Robert Moray mentioned a new use to bemade of Thermometers ; viz to know by their helpe the degrees of heat in a man's body, in fevers etc by putting it into a man's hand, or mouth, or Veine etc. The Physicians present conceived there would be little certainty in it.

The same acquainted the Company that Major Home was now again charged with the two Pendulum -clocks in his Voyage to the West Indies, to try them the second time, for an Exct measures of Time : As also , that the abovementioned Sounding - balls were committed tohim to make tryalls with.

Mr Boyle produced some Vitrio he hadmade of he Oar put into his hands by Sir Robert Moray upon the desire of this Company ; and affirmed, thate had made it shoot very well into this Copperis, without any Addition at ll : It was well coloured, and thought not inferioour to Danzick Vitriol ; it coloured a knife.

Sir Robert Moray was desired to procure more of the same [crossed out; Vitriol] Minerall for farther tryall ; which he promised to do from Colonell Long.

Dr Goddard mentione, to have dissolved Manna in fair water ande found it shoot into very fine Chrystalls.

Mr Boyle said to haue dissolved Ambergris, and made it Chrystallize in very curious figures.

Mr Hook was appointed to provide a good Experiment in the Compressing - Engin against next day.

The Operator was ordered to haue a Dogge ready aginst next day, to cut off a peice of his Skin. Curators appointed for it, Dr Croon and Mr Hook. '
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