Reference numberJBO/1/44
Alternative reference numberJBO/1/30
TitleMinutes of an ordinary meeting of the Royal Society
Date4 September 1661
DescriptionSir Cyrill Wyche and Dr Jasper Needham subscribed their Names.

Some papers were deliverd in, to the Society by Sir Paule Neile from the King and endorsed with his Majesty's owne hand, and Order'd that they bee Register'd: they were abour Mr Kobbets mean proportionals. [In margin 'fol: 99]

Mr Croone shew'd his Experiments with Bladders and water, which succeeded very well and thanks return'd from the Company to him, with intreaty to bring an account in writing the next day.

Sir Kenelm Digby brought in a letter from a freind of his, in Florence, written in the yeare 1656 which treates of a Petrify'd City and Inhabitants: and Order'd that the Copy of this letter bee Register'd. Sir K. Read also a letter from Mr Freniele concerning his Hypothesis of the Motion of Saturne, and Intreated by the Company to write to Mr Freniele and returne him thanks.

Mr Wren intreated to deliver a Copey of his observations and Hypothesis of Saturne to The Amanuensis,to give it Sir Kenelme Digby, to send it to Mr Freniele.

Mr Croone asked to cause a Syphon of Glasse to bee made, and the short and nipt up: for to try the compression of Aire with Quick silver; aand also an experiment to bee try'd with the weight of liquors in a Syphon.

Sir Kenelme Digby asked to draw up some notes upon Mr Henshaws History of Saltpeter.

Mr Mongo Mora propoe'd as a Candidate by Sir Robert Moray.

The Amanuensis to make the Experiment next day with Spirit of Wine and a Wax candle to be burnt in it in a porringer: and so get the Spiritt of Wine of Mr Hill.

Colonel Tuke brought in a Letter to Sir Robert Moray President (from the Society's Secretary att Paris,) which was read by Sir K: Digby, with an other to the Colonell read also by S. K. D: and orderd that they be Registerd in a booke apart. [In margin 'fol: e and 6']

Ordered that a Booke be provided for the engrossment of Letters onely.

Voted that Dr Goddard bring in Writing the Experiments he made in the great water tube with Glasse windows.

Dr Goddard Made an Experiment with two Cylinders of glasse one within another with quick silver and water, causing by five ounces of water, eight or ten ounces of quicksilver to rise 1 and ¼ inch high.

Mr Boyle asked against next day to bring in his experiments of this kind.

Order'd that a Collection of all Quick-silver Experiments be made, examined and brought in by Mr Oldenburg.

Grethericks Compression of water is promis'e against next day.

Sir Thomas Notte and Mr William Aerskine subscribed their Names.My Lord Massurine subscribed also.

Ordered that Sir William Petty bee put in Mind to goe upon his shipping demonstrations.

Mr John Clayton propos'd as a Candidate.

Mr Richard Jones admitted and Subscribed his Name.

Mr Mongo Mora and Dr Pockley admitted into the Society.

Two Committees Nominated to propound Experiments, viz. Dr Goddard, Dr Wilkins, Dr Ent, Dr Whistler, and Mr Croone for this End of the Towne: And My Lord Brouncker, Sir Robert Moray, Sir Paul Neile, Mr Slingsby and Dr Clarke for the other end.

Mr Croone produced two Experiments, one of Compression of Aire with Quick Silver in a crooked tube of glasse, the nipt end of which broke (Mr Boyle gave an account of his same Experiment made by compressing twelve inches of ayre to three inches, with about a hundred inches fo Quicksilver: And the other Experiment with a corke kept downe att the bottome of a cylinder of water ina vessel perforated at the bottome, over which the corke was lay'd: upon stopping of which foramen and water poured in, the corke immediately rose.
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