Early Science at the Royal Society


    January 3, 1662/3. The president reported a letter in favour of the society to the duke of Ormonde, lord lieutenant of Ireland.—“I am desired by the Royal Society in their names to entreat your grace's favour and countenance in the effectual settlement of the fractions of adventures, arrears, lands, which by the act for the better execution of his majesty's gracious declaration were vested in his majesty, in trust for, and the better to enable his majesty to grant the same to them, so as his majesty being their founder might also be their chief benefactor” … [signed Brouncker, P.R.S.].-Sir William Petty who was then in Ireland, was desired to make a calculation of these fractions of adventures which he accordingly did, but did not send the society the result of it, in regard that interest was past before by patent acts unto some others, as he mentions to Sir Robert Southwell, when the latter desired him, in the name of several of the most eminent members of the society, to send over to them his calculations.

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    Early Science at the Royal Society. Nature 115, 34 (1925) doi:10.1038/115034a0

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