The Royal Society today at Arundel House — from the Hooke Folio Online
Iune. 25. 1668. The curator brought in a microscopicall Obseruation concerning the texture of wood tending to shew the manner of the Iuices ascending to the top of tall trees by a kind of Values but the company not being satisfyd wth the Observation made this day by a microscope of a peice of wood It was orderd that It should be referred to a cleerer day, and that a better microscope should be prouided for that purpose as also that the curator should look on a Bulrush to obserue how the texture of that appears to be -
The Prest. Related that he had made an Expt. wth [mercury] & water. in a tube after the torrecellian way and found that the proportion of [mercury] to water was not as 14 to 1. but as 9 to 1. his Lp. was desired to obserue whether in this case there were not a bubble of air at the top of the Barometer.
There was made an Expt in the Rarefying engine with a sloworme which vpon exsuccion did swell (earth instead of soap)
Description of the Ruines of Ariconium. [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ariconium ]
Ludus Helmonty [ http://goo.gl/Dd3Lc and http://goo.gl/bdLDu ]
Heuelius [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johannes_Hevelius ] Letter about his cometography. which he submitted to their Iudgment, this Letter conteining some exceptions [In margin]Vz. to what had been formerly communicated to the said mr Heuelius by mr Hook about telescope sights as much better then the common ones for quadrants sextants Leuells, and especially for all kinds of celestiall obseruations It was orderd that a Coppy of that part of the Letter should be giuen to mr Hook to declare himself further about it.
"Description of the Ruines of Ariconium."
Thomas Dudley Fosbroke. Ariconensia, or, Archaeological sketches of Ross and Archenfield : illustrative of the campaigns of Caractacus, the station Ariconium, &c, with other matters never before published http://www.ebooksread.com/authors-eng/thomas-du...
"Up, and to the office all the morning, and after dinner at home to the office again, and there all the afternoon very busy till night, and then home to supper and to bed."
Just think, if he'd been a lazier man when it came to writing, virtually all the entries could be variants of this! Thanks, Sam, for being the chatty fellow you normally were.
"The curator brought in a microscopicall Obseruation concerning the texture of wood tending to shew the manner of the Iuices ascending to the top of tall trees by a kind of Values"
Plant valves again. Would these be regarded as primarily mechanical as they are today? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valve and the controlling metaphor a mechanism? or would organism be primary as here?:
late 14c., "one of the halves of a folding door," from L. valva "section of a folding or revolving door," lit. "that which turns," related to volvere "to roll" (see vulva). Sense extended 1610s to "membranous fold regulating flow of bodily fluids;" 1650s to "mechanical device that works like a valve;" and 1660s in zoology to "halves of a hinged shell." http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=valve