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About Thursday 27 February 1661/62

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Rare but not archaic; OED has:

'pickthank, n. and adj. < . . after to pick a thank . .
A. n. A person who curries favour with another, esp. by informing against someone else; a flatterer, a sycophant; a telltale.
. .1598 Shakespeare Henry IV, Pt. 1 iii. ii. 25 Smiling pickthanks, and base newes mongers.
. . 1710 L. Milbourne Meas. Resistance to Higher Powers 24 When other pick-thanks might be ready to inform against them . .
. . 1996 Toronto Life (Nexis) Dec. 102–6 And besides, I like this man. Here is no conceited pickthank.

B. adj. Of, characteristic of, or designating a pickthank; flattering, sycophantic; talebearing.
. . 1999 Financial Mail (South Africa) (Nexis) 28 May 132 During their elongated pickthank interview Molefe took the part of the straight guy.’

About Wednesday 26 February 1661/62

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OED has:

‘cast, v. . . Middle English cast-en , < Old Norse kasta . .
. . 37bc. esp. in to cast accounts , originally to sum up or reckon accounts (so to cast reckonings ); now, to perform the ordinary operations of arithmetic.
. . 1655 T. Stanley Hist. Philos. I. i. 53 Counters used in casting accompts,..sometimes stand for a great number, sometimes for a lesser . .

cast up
10. To add up, reckon up, calculate.
. . 1660 S. Pepys Diary 10 Dec. (1970) I. 315 Did go to cast up how my cash stands . . ‘

About Tuesday 25 February 1661/62

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OED has:

‘doubt, v. < Latin dubitāre to waver in opinion . . Branch II ‘to fear, to be in fear’, a development of the verb in Old French, was an early and very prominent sense of the verb and its derivatives in Middle English.
I. 1. intr. To be in doubt or uncertainty . .

II. 5. trans. To dread, fear, be afraid of.
. . b. With infinitive phrase or objective clause: To fear, be afraid (that something uncertain will take or has taken place). arch. and dial.
. . 1665 S. Pepys Diary 27 Nov. (1972) VI. 387 Doubting that all will break in pieces in the Kingdom . .

6. In weakened sense (app. influenced by I.):
a. To anticipate with apprehension, to apprehend (something feared or undesired).
. . 1703 N. Rowe Fair Penitent ii. ii. 588 Still I must doubt some Mystery of Mischief . . ‘

I read the entry as meaning that it was Lord B who ‘himself confessed it was the first time of his robbing; and that he did pay dearly for it, for he was a dead man.’ and it is using sense 6.a that SP ‘doubted things will be proved otherwise . . ’

The sense of ‘doubt’ = ‘expect’ without any negative emotion is far from ‘archaic’ as Language Hat has it; it is still used in the north of England but is not in OED.

About Friday 21 February 1661/62

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For those new to the term:

‘analemma . . ancient Greek ἀνάλημμα prop or support, . . 3. A scale drawn on a terrestrial globe showing the changing position of the true sun over the course of a year; a similar item on a sundial. When the sun's declination is shown on the y-axis, and the equation of time (the difference between sundial time and clock time) on the x-axis, the resulting curve is a distorted figure 8 . . On a globe an analemma is traditionally placed in the Pacific Ocean where it least interferes with geographical features.
. . 1800 J. Vint Conc. Syst. Mod. Geogr. I. 31 A kind of calendar on a narrow slip of paper, and called an analemma, containing the months and days; and also the sun's declination for each day. This on some globes pasted across the equator at the vernal equinox . .’ [OED]

About Saturday 22 February 1661/62

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‘stand . . III. An appliance to stand something on.
21. a. A base, bracket, stool or the like upon which a utensil, ornament, or exhibit may be set; the base upon which an instrument is set up for use.
. . 1686 tr. J. Chardin Coronation Solyman 39 in Trav. Persia As we set our Candlesticks upon Tables or Stands.
. . 1706 Phillips's New World of Words (ed. 6) Stand,..a Frame to set a Candle-stick on, or a Vessel in a Cellar, &c. . .

22. A frame or piece of furniture upon which to stand or hang articles.
1692 Dryden Cleomenes Life 10 After Supper, a Stand was brought in with a brass Vessel full of Wine, two silver Pots,..a few silver Cups . . ‘

About Sunday 23 February 1661/62

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OED has:

‘cold . . 5. b. As a mass noun: disease attributed to an excess of the quality of coldness within the body or part of the body, to a superfluity of cold humours (esp. phlegm), or to exposure to low temperature; (in later use) spec. acute and self-limited catarrhal illness of the upper respiratory tract . .
. . 1646 T. Juxon Jrnl. (1999) 134 My Lord General Essex died at his house..of an apoplex, having been sick about a week, taking cold in hunting the stag.
. . 1747 J. Wesley Primitive Physick p. xxiii, Obstructed Perspiration (vulgarly called catching Cold) is one great Source of Diseases . .

c. As a count noun: an instance of such disease . . now known to be caused by any of numerous viruses . .
. . 1600 Shakespeare Henry IV, Pt. 2 iii. ii. 178 A horson cold, sir, a cough sir.
1679 London Gaz. No. 1436/4 His Majesty..has been indisposed for some days by a Cold he took . . ‘

About Tuesday 18 February 1661/62

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Daryl, 2008: There is a portrait of ‘Saltonstall, Sir Richard (bap. 1586, d. 1661), colonist in America,’ in oil, 1644, at the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts.

About Monday 17 February 1661/62

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"This night was buried in Westminster the Queene of Bohemia . . “ (Evelyn)

‘ . . She was the . . (Elizabeth) eldest daughter of James VI and I, King of Scots, England, and Ireland . . her grandson succeeded to the British throne as George I of Great Britain . . The reigning British monarch, Elizabeth II, is her direct descendant of the 10th and 11th generation through different paths. Most other European royal families . . are also descended from Elizabeth Stuart . . ‘,...

And yet our diarist was too busy gambling and giving himself indigestion to noticed her funeral.

About Saturday 15 February 1661/62

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OED has:

‘sasse, n. < Dutch sas, of obscure origin = lock n.2 11.
. . 1662 S. Pepys Diary 25 Jan. (1970) III. 18 Sir N. Crisp's project of making a great sasse in the King's Lands about Deptford, to be a wett dock . . ‘


‘very . . 3. In emphatic use, denoting that the person or thing may be so named in the fullest sense of the term, or possesses all the essential qualities of the thing specified . . Common from c1550 to c1700; now chiefly in the superlative, freq. qualifying something bad, objectionable, or undesirable . .
a. With a or the preceding . .
1693 Dryden tr. Juvenal Satires vi. 112 When Poor, she's scarce a tollerable Evil; But Rich, and Fine, a Wife's a very Devil.
. . b. With a inserted between the adj. and the n. qualified, esp. as or so very a . . Now rare or Obs.
. .1667 S. Pepys Diary 29 July (1974) VIII. 364 He is as very a wencher as can be . . ‘

About Saturday 8 February 1661/62

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OED has:

‘collier . . 2. a. One who carries coal (orig. charcoal, later also pit-coal) for sale. Obs.
1479 in T. Smith & L. T. Smith Eng. Gilds (1870) 425 All maner of colyers that bryngeth coleys to towne.
. . 1662 S. Pepys Diary 8 Feb. (1970) III. 25 All the morning..with the Colliers, removing the Coles out of the old coal-hole into the new one . . ‘