Thursday 16 July 1668

Up, and to the office, where Yeabsly and Lanyon come to town and to speak with me about a matter wherein they are accused of cheating the King before the Lords’ Commissioners of Tangier, and I doubt it true, but I have no hand in it, but will serve them what I can. All the morning at the office, and at noon dined at home, and then to the office again, where we met to finish the draft of the Victualler’s contract, and so I by water with my Lord Brouncker to Arundell House, to the Royall Society, and there saw an experiment of a dog’s being tied through the back, about the spinal artery, and thereby made void of all motion; and the artery being loosened again, the dog recovers. Thence to Cooper’s, and saw his advance on my wife’s picture, which will be indeed very fine. So with her to the ‘Change, to buy some things, and here I first bought of the sempstress next my bookseller’s, where the pretty young girl is, that will be a great beauty. So home, and to supper with my wife in the garden, it being these two days excessively hot, and so to bed.

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Terry Foreman  •  Link

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

Iuly. 16. 1668. stenos Expt. tryd by Dr King)

The curator produced a new kind of Leuell diused by himself with a peice of glasse bent into a curue hauing this aduantage aboue other Leuells that it is of a true figure other Leuells made wth glasse canes [ ] not being soe . but because the bubble water & bubble of air in the water is subiect to Rarefaction & Condensation it was thought necessary that an other liquor should be imployd that is not soe [ ], it was orderd that one of those Leuells should be made for the Repository and a description thereof brought in for the register.

(wallis's paper commendation [In margin]q of mercators Logarithmo technia
[ ]) Sr. R moray. Walllis paper about Borellj Expt. in De vi percussionis [… ]) . . The iournall book was found in Ian 25. 1664. to confirm what the curator affirmd Last meeting -

The curator produced some petrifyd bodys vitrolated which he affirmd were the teeth of sharks. the same affirmd to haue found many shells in portland stones, and at this time it might be seen in such stones lying about the Exchange, others as Dr Ball & mr. Skippon took notice of shells plentiful to be found at the tops of hill particularly on the Appenines and here also in England which was conceiud by some could not be solued but by earthquakes though others thought it might be by the Deluge.

The Curator vpon occasion intimated that he thought Alcalys being Exposd to the air would arrest the Volatill salt that is in the air and turne it into niter. mr Cox added to the consideration of the Company whether the air added that nitrous substances to Alcalys or Extricated it out of them. It was conceiued this might be best decided by weight e.g. to weigh a quantity of salt of tartar before exposd to the air & after. mr. Cox said he had a way of fermenting vegetable wthout additamt. that being distilld they shall yeald in the form of a Volatill salt, which if the herbs were burnt
would be an Alcali. -…

Terry Foreman  •  Link

"I doubt it [is] true" = I fear it [is] true [that they cheated the King]

Chris Squire  •  Link

Re: ' . . I have no hand in it, . . ':

'b. Part or share in the doing of something: esp. in phrase, to have a hand in .
1600 Shakespeare Henry IV, Pt. 2 v. ii. 139 In which you father shall haue formost hand.
1625 Bacon Ess. (new ed.) 110 His Queen, had the principall hand in the Deposing and Murther of her Husband.
1766 O. Goldsmith Vicar of Wakefield I. i. 6 We had two romantic names in the family; but I solemnly protest I had no hand in it.' [OED]

JWB  •  Link

Vivisection aside, I'll have a go at the chemisty.

1) Alcalys=KOH,CaOH,NaOH...
Ammonia from sublimation of 'Volatill salt' (ammonium carbonate)
= no reaction.
2) Mr. Cox's suggestion would give misleading result, in that, salt of tartar (potassium carbonate) is hygroscopic, meaning that it takes up water from the air, and thus would add weight, but not from nitrous substances.

Terry Foreman  •  Link

N.B. the Hooke Folio Online excerpts posted above and elsewhere, are not the minutes of the Royal Society, but are the curator's working notes -- mostly what he has dome, accomplished, promised, been entrusted with and the upcoming experiments he will need to prepare for.

This is not the first time "stenos Expt." -- described by Pepys -- has been tried; so what this tag refers to is well-known within the RS. The minutes of today's meeting also assume this familiarity:

July 16. At a meeting of the Society,

The experiment of Mr. Steno was tried, according to his method, before the society by Dr. King, and succeeded, so as the dog, upon whom it was made, was seen to be deprived of all motion below the part, where the descending artery was tied, which was upon the top of the spine by a needle passed through between the 8th and 9th ribs.

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