Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
Louise Hudson has posted 45 annotations/comments since 9 November 2013.
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About Sunday 15 September 1661
Sam is apparently a snob.
About Friday 13 September 1661
Nate Lockwood wrote, ". . . but I'm at a loss to understand a Canada potato".
Isn't it possible that the reference was to potatoes grown in and shipped from Canada, and not a particular type? Canada is and has been a large producer of potatoes, at least in the past few centuries.
About Thursday 12 September 1661
Lawrence thought blind alley might describe a blind ale house, but a blind alley is one that is closed at one end.
About Saturday 7 September 1661
plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose
About Thursday 5 September 1661
I'm happy to see Elizabeth displaying her independence. If she vexes her husband, more power to her. She deserves her feathers.
About Tuesday 3 September 1661
Some Protestant sects were and still are adamant to distance themselves from Catholic rituals. The Anglican Church, however, kept most of them.
About Wednesday 4 September 1661
Oysters do spawn in the summer months and don't taste as good then (I've heard). There was probably an Old Wives' Tale that they were poisonous in the summer. Modern farm-bred oysters are eaten year-round and even wild oysters in the Americas don't seem to lose their flavor in the summer. Still, old myths die hard. In Sam's time if you managed to eat a bad oyster, or any bad seafood, it might create a very unfortunate reaction and there wouldn't have been any kind of medicine to relieve the distress.There were many food-borne illnesses back then and many Old Wives' Tales about foods as a result. Better safe than sorry.
The devices for filing were probably spindles or perhaps filing boxes, though a "turner" would imply spindles. I suspect Sam stayed home all morning with his papers because he was eager to use his handsome devices, whatever they were--like new toys. He's still a boy at heart.
A. De Arajo: Priests even in the Church of England baptise babies "In the name of the Father, the of the Son and of the Holy Ghost" and make the sign of the cross. Maybe the priest omitted that. High Anglican churches were and are very much like Roman Catholic ones with all of the same rituals. Some would be hard-pressed to tell the difference.
Sam's mother may treat him as if he were a child, but Sam treats his mother as if she were a fool. What goes around comes around. I'd give him a hard time, too.
About Friday 30 August 1661
Calling a man "pretty" was probably as much a put-down as it would be today.
About Wednesday 28 August 1661
Sam would love Facebook.