Reference numberJBO/1/98
Alternative reference numberJBO/1/87
TitleMinutes of an ordinary meeting of the Royal Society
Date1 October 1662
DescriptionMr Francis Willughby was admitted member of the Society. Sir Francis Fane was chosen, and admitted member of the Society.

Mr Boyle shewed an experiment of 2 limpid liquours, which mixed together, did soone coagulate into a consistent body : one of these liquours hee said to bee Spiritt of wine, the other no spirit.

He was asked to prosecute both his experiments about coagulation, and those concerning the mixture of colours.

Mr Willoughby shewed a Snakes Egg, which being opened a snake was taken out of it, that had a kind of Navill fastend to a peece of flesh, like a placenta and two little protuberant parts neer its tayle, taken by some for a Geminus penis.

Mentionedthe difference between the brooding of snakes and that of vipers, which was that the latter lay their eggs in dunghills, by the heat whereof they are brooded; but the former brood their eggs within their bellies, and bring forth live Vipers. One of the Company mentioned, that he had seen a snake lie upon her eggs like as a hen sits upon hers

Dr Wren presented to the Company some cutts, dome by himself of a new way of Etching, stating that he could almost as soon do a piece on a plate of brasse as another could draw it with a crayon upon paper.

Dr Merret read his paper about the planting and preserving of timber; together with his collection of those statutes, that formerly have been made by the Parliaments of England, concerning the same.

Dr Ent suggested, that sets of trees cut near the root, and then transplanted, witll thrive very well, without observing their position as to North and South.

Dr Wren suggested, that the grafting of a root upon a tree, and so setting it within the ground, makes it thrive very well.

Mr Hill was asked that some of our English water might be sent in glass-bottles to the East Indies, to see, whether it will putrify in glass as well as it does in wooden vessels.

Mr Evelyn was asked to peruse the papers concerning the propagating of Timer, brought in by Dr Goddard, Dr Merret and Mr Winthrop; and to add what he had of his owne, digesting the sum of all into one paper for the next meeting.

TheeExperiment of breaking a silver wire of 1/6 of an inch diameter was made, and the wire broken by the weight of 850lb The Operator was ordered to provide against next day a wire of 1/12 of an inch diameter; and the Experiment to be tried as well in iron and brass-wires, as in silver ones.

The experiment of lifting up bellowes under water was made: and Dr Goddard, Dr Whistler, and Dr Wren asked to prosecute the same.

Dr Wilkins proposed the experiment of sinking a lamp in a glasse vessel under water, to see how long it will burn there.

Dr Wren proposed the experiment of forcing up water in two pipes of differing diameters, and equal altitudes but having both in the lower end equal bores, the water in the larger pipe would be forced out by less strength, then that in the smaller pipe. He was asked to bring in a description of this experiment, and something by way of account concerning it for the next meeting.
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