Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
Chris Squire UK has posted 173 annotations/comments since 16 February 2013.
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About Thursday 25 July 1661
‘tattle, n. < tattle v. Compare Low German tätel in same sense. a. The action of tattling; idle or frivolous talk; chatter, gossip. . . 1654 R. Whitlock Ζωοτομία 57 At Gossipings, Funeralls, at Church before Sermons, and the like opportunities of tattle.1726 Swift Cadenus & Vanessa 16 They..told the Tattle of the Day.
. . Compare also tittle v.1, and tittle-tattle n., in Low German titeltateln. Ultimately onomatopoeic.’
About Monday 22 July 1661
'brave . . 3. loosely, as a general epithet of admiration or praise: Worthy, excellent, good, ‘capital’, ‘fine’, ‘famous’, etc.; ‘an indeterminate word, used to express the superabundance of any valuable quality in men or things’ (Johnson). arch. (Cf. braw adj.) . . b. of things. . . 1600 Shakespeare Much Ado about Nothing v. iv. 127 Ile devise thee brave punishments for him.a1616 Shakespeare King Lear (1623) iii. ii. 79 This is a brave night to coole a Curtizan.1653 I. Walton Compl. Angler 104 We wil make a brave Breakfast with a piece of powdered Bief.1798 R. Southey Eng. Eclogues ii, Here she found..a brave fire to thaw her . . '
About 16, 17, 18, 19 July 1661
I read this as meaning the crops of wheat and barley ripening in the fields to be harvested in August.
The key point is they have found Will Stankes to be their bailiff:
‘bailiff Middle English baillif , < Old French baillif, . . 3. . . the steward of a landholder, who manages his estate; one who superintends the husbandry of a farm for its owner or tenant. . . 1617 Janua Linguarum 526 The baliffe gathereth-in harvest into the barne.1678 R. L'Estrange tr. Epistles ix. 75 in Seneca's Morals Abstracted (1679) , My Bayliff told me, 'Twas none of his Fault . . '
I too have heaved hay bales and stood on the platform of a combine harvester handling sacks of grain [in the days before they had storage tanks]. Before that, a binder and sheaves of corn arranged into stooks pointing at the parish church to catch the prevailing wind.
‘Ou sont les moissons d’antan’?
About Monday 15 July 1661
There's no sign on the web of the Pepys House Trust being active in 2014 but the house is pictured and described at http://www.mapperton.org/4555.html
I think the sale in 20004 must have come to nothing and the future of the house after the leasd is up in 2027 is uncertain.
About Sunday 14th July 1661
‘goody, n.1: Shortened < goodwife n., as hussy < housewife. 1. a. A term of civility formerly applied to a woman, usually a married woman, in humble life; often prefixed as a title to the surname. Hence, a woman to whose station this title is appropriate . . 1559 Will of John Eltoftes (P.R.O.: PROB. 11/42B) f. 19, Goody Wilkes [also Goodwyff Wylkes]. . . 1664 A. Wood Life & Times (1892) II. 15 To gooddy Gale for mending my stockings, 6d.1708 F. Fox in Hearne Remarks & Coll. 3 July (O.H.S.) II. 117 Goody Vesey my bed~maker.1708 T. Ward England's Reformation (1716) 156 Fame, a busie tatling Guddy.’
About 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th July 1661
‘copyhold, n. 1. a. A kind of tenure in England of ancient origin: tenure of lands being parcel of a manor, ‘at the will of the lord according to the custom of the manor’, by copy of the manorial court-roll . . 1483 Act 1 Rich. III c. 4 §1 Lands and Tenements holden by Custom of Manor, commonly called Copyhold. . . 1641 Rastell's Termes de la Ley (new ed.) f. 84, Copyhold is a tenure for which the Tenaunt hath nothing to shew but the copies of the Rolles made by the Steward of his Lords Court. . . 1848 J. J. S. Wharton Law Lexicon 139/2 Copyhold, a base tenure founded upon immemorial custom and usage..Because this tenure derives its whole force from custom, the lands must have been demisable by copy of court roll from time immemorial . . ‘
About Monday 8 July 1661
Heres the 2014 url of the 2004 article about our esteemed editor/moderator: http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2004/jul/...
‘Man of the moment: His innovative and practical websites - usually created in his spare time - have won Phil Gyford a loyal following. Bobbie Johnson went to meet him
Phil Gyford is not a name that trips off the tongue alongside those of internet visionaries such as Jeff Bezos, Sergei Brin or Larry Page. For Gyford's business - if you could call it that - is not big, and it doesn't make headline news. He would probably be the last person to describe himself as a guru, but Gyford has made a real mark on the net.
An unassuming freelance web designer by day, by night he's an amateur agitator, an unpaid online inventor with a track record of qualified, but recognisable, innovation. Gyford's wide range of pet projects combined with his no-nonsense approach to the net, continue to draw admiration from casual surfers and web experts alike.
His latest project, TheyWorkForYou.com, was launched last month with the intention of bringing parliament closer to the British people. With a team of almost 20 volunteers, Gyford helped build the site, which provides information on members of parliament and a readable version of Hansard, the parliamentary record . . ‘
Thank you, Phil, both for this and for http://www.theyworkforyou.com/ .
About Saturday 6 July 1661
‘pickle . . II. Extended uses. 4. a. A (usually disagreeable) condition or situation; a plight, a predicament. Now colloq. . . a1616 Shakespeare Tempest (1623) v. i. 284 Alo. How cam'st thou in this pickle? Tri. I hauve bin in such a pickle since I saw you last, That [etc.]. . . 1672 H. Herbert Narr. in Camden Misc. (1990) XXX. 323 Their superiours..were in the same pickle.1711 R. Steele Spectator No. 302. ⁋11, I am ashamed to be caught in this Pickle.1742 H. Fielding Joseph Andrews II. iv. ix. 242 She was ashamed to be seen in such a Pickle . . ‘
About Monday 1 July 1661
' . . ‘Indian . . 1. b. Manufactured in India; of Indian material, pattern, or design. . . 1673 Dryden Marriage a-la-Mode iii. i. 37 That word shall be mine too, and my last Indian-Gown thine for 't. . . . . 1825 in W. Hone Every-day Bk. (1826) I. 967 Flowered Indian gowns, formerly in use with schoolmasters . . ‘
A garment like a modern dressing gown to be worn indoors at home when no company was present.
About Thursday 27 June 1661
vicente 30.06.04 is correct. At 7% rent/capital value he was looking to invest £700.
‘beaver, n.1 One of the animal names common to the Aryan family: Old English beofor . . . . 2. a. The fur of the beaver. . . 1613 G. Wither Epithal. in Juvenilia (1633) 363 A hat of Bever . .
b. attrib., esp. in beaver hat, beaver bonnet: . . 1740 Swift Will (1746) 20 The second best Beaver Hat I shall die possessed of.
3. a. A hat made of beaver's fur, or some imitation of it; formerly worn by both sexes, but chiefly by men. . . 1661 S. Pepys Diary 27 June (1970) II. 127 Mr. Holden sent me a bever, which costs me 4l-5s-0d . . ‘