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Nature volume 114, page 30 (05 July 1924) | Download Citation

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June 29, 1681.· In discussion the president [Wren] observed, that it was necessary, that all wholesome food should have oils: that most roots wanting oil are not of themselves a good nourishment: and that in Ireland, where the people feed much on potatoes, they help themselves by drinking milk soured, to make the potatoes digest the better. June 30, 1686. Ordered, that the treasurer, to encourage the measuring of a degree of the earth, do give to Mr. Halley fifty pounds or fifty copies of the “History of Fishes,” when he shall have measured a degree to the satisfaction of Sir Christopher Wren, the president, and Sir John Hoskyns.

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