Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
Edith Lank has posted 6 annotations/comments since 26 September 2013.
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About Friday 23 November 1660
In the US, landlords and sellers of properties built before 1978 must give potential tenants and buyers written alert about the possiblity of lead paint on the premises.
About Tuesday 13 November 1660
When I was first married, we had a gas oven with no thermostat, and some cook books in those days talked about opening the oven door and judging by how many seconds you could hold your hand in there. Lamentably subjective of course.
About Tuesday 30 October 1660
Posting this at 2:17 p m October 31 in Rochester NY. I realize that by the time I read your comments over here, it's usually too late to join the conversation -- but can someone tell me how come I'm seeing comments today bearing datelines for the second and even third week in November? Have I missed something?
About Thursday 18 October 1660
I remember my mother inspecting live chickens at the butcher's (sawdust on the floor, I realize now, to absorb stray blood?). She'd blow on the hind feathers to see how much fat was under the skin, make her selection, and hand the bird ofer to the butcher for the coup de grace and de-feathering. Those final pinfeathers, unfortunately, had to be removed at home over a flame on the gas stove. Fragrance from that operation so strong I'd duck out on the portch (known in Boston as the piazza) at that point.
About Thursday 27 September 1660
The more I read Pepys the stronger my suspicion that "merry" is another word for "drunk."
About Tuesday 25 September 1660
That reference to drinking tee was quoted somewhere (too lazy to look it up) long before the Diary had been officially translated. As far as I know, nobody knows how this happened. Mystery.