Thursday 28 May 1668

Up, to set right some little matters of my Tangier accounts, and so to the office, where busy all the morning, and then home with my people to dinner, and after dinner comes [L&M have a blank space here. P.G.] about a petition for a poor woman whose ticket she would get paid, and so talked a little and did baiser her, and so to the office, being pleased that this morning my bookseller brings me home Marcennus’s book of musick, which costs me 3l. 2s.; but is a very fine book. So to the office and did some business, and then by coach to the New Exchange, and there by agreement at my bookseller’s shop met Mercer and Gayet, and took them by water, first to one of the Neat-houses, where walked in the garden, but nothing but a bottle of wine to be had, though pleased with seeing the garden; and so to Fox Hall, where with great pleasure we walked, and then to the upper end of the further retired walk, and there sat and sang, and brought great many gallants and fine people about us, and, upon the bench, we did by and by eat and drink what we had, and very merry: and so with much pleasure to the Old Swan, and walked with them home, and there left them, and so I home to my business at the office a little, and so to bed.

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Terry Foreman  •  Link

The Royal Society today at Arundel House — from the Hooke Folio Online

May. 28. Letter from Prince Leopold ['_Medici ] to Ld Brounker. Comenius Letter & book i.e. via Lucis vestigata & vestiganda [ ]

Boyle portable baroscope.[ ] )

Dr. King acquainted the Company that he wth mr Hooke had Repeated the Expt. appointed to try what time a dog would liue wthout fresh air, obseruing the directions Lately giuen him about it by the Society. and that it had killd the Dog. As also that he had tryd another Anat: Experiment in priuate. (Boyle queryd whether air fit for breathing might not be made)

Dr. Pr. Dumoulins [ ] Letter about reforming the Year
There was tryd the Expt. ordd. the Last Day concerning the Dilation of Bodys wth. [aqua fortis] . glutted wth [mercury] . the weight of the [aqua fortis] imployed was 3 [ounce] and 3/4. wherewth was mixed half the weight of [mercury] .the weight of the glasse ball in the air was 5 drams & 7 gr. and of the same in [aqua fortis] alone was 100 gr. and of the same in the mixture was 12 gr. the curator was orderd to bring in the next meeting a full account of this tryall in writing.

The same was orderd to try in priuate the Expt of the floridnesse of Blood when passed from the right ventricle of the Heart to the Left through the Lungs. & Dr King was desired to Ioyne wth him in the making the Expt.

(Beals letter about the variation of the needle obserued by [Capt. Samuel] Sturmy. it was desired the same obseruations should be made here in Iune and to obserue the Solstices) to the Doing of which the Pt. Sr P Neil. Mr Ball & Mr Hook were particuarly desired to attend.

(D Coxes scheme for composing a history of Vegetables. to be read next meeting. mr Skippon said mr wray had with much of this subiect

At this meeting there was also tryd the expt. of precipitating the [mercury] in the [aqua fortis] . by putting in some white salt but in
this short space of time it did not precipitate.

It was orderd that this tryall and the statick expt. should be presesented the next Day. as also that the Rarefying engine should be brought hither & the expts. formerly proposd tryed therein.…

Chris Squire  •  Link

‘ . . and took them by water, first to one of the Neat-houses, . . and so to Fox Hall, . . and so with much pleasure to the Old Swan, and walked with them home . . ’

A merry pub-crawl!

‘ . . pub-crawl v. intr. to go on a pub crawl; to drink at a succession of different pubs.’

Peter Taylor  •  Link

In Sam's code what does basier mean?
Someone had to ask.

Matt Lee  •  Link

Baiser = Kiss. Sam does his risque writings in French or a mix of French and English.

Clement  •  Link

...and Spanish, and I think other Romance languages...

Claire Lee  •  Link

"Neat"--neatsfoot oil comes from the lower leg #but not the foot# of cows.

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