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Louise Hudson has posted 94 annotations/comments since 9 November 2013.

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About Sunday 25 May 1662

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"To church, and heard a good sermon of Mr. Woodcocke’s at our church; only in his latter prayer for a woman in childbed, he prayed that God would deliver her from the hereditary curse of child-bearing . . ."

Of course, being a man, Mr. Woodcocke himself would never think that he (or any man) was able to deliver his wife from the "hereditary curse of childbearing." It was apparently all God's doing and had nothing to do with human males.

About Monday 19 May 1662

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"Long in bed, sometimes scolding with my wife, "

Probably bickering, as married couples are wont to do. 

"and walked and eat some cheesecake and gammon of bacon, but when I was come home I was sick, forced to vomit it up again."

Cheesecake and bacon, no wonder he was sick. 

"So my wife walking and singing upon the leads till very late, it being pleasant and moonshine."

Liz apparently got over any annoyance at the "scolding" or bickering. Maybe she thought his being sick served him right.

About Monday 5 May 1662

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Serafina and Mary, notice he said his wife is shopping for a gown for him, not herself--probably some sort of nightshirt for wearing to bed, or a dressing gown.

About Saturday 19 April 1662

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". . .but there rather appeared the symptoms of an universal face of Sadness in that vast and generally tumultuous Assembly, who were the Spectators of their several Deaths."

"So to the office, then home to dinner . . "

Seeing three human beings hanged and quartered doesn't seem to have created "a face of sadness" on Sam nor did it have had any apparent negative effect on his appetite--nor his conscience. Just another bit of pleasant entertainment to round out the day.

About Friday 18 April 1662

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Sam doesn't draw the line at beating boys. He has also beaten female servants and written about it in his diary. . I wonder if he beats Elzabeth, there being no law or custom against it. I doubt he'd mention it in his diary, though. I wonder if he could be beaten by his superiors for supposed lapses. Beatings of social inferiors seemed to be common and accepted in Sam's day and continued well into the 20th century. I'd rather think Sam was above that, but apparently not.