Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
Harvey has posted 3 annotations/comments since 2 December 2013.
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About Wednesday 27 March 1661
Well, even more careful reading shows Sam is to receive sixty pounds. But the bill could have been drawn for more and originally by a third party, so my conjecture remains possible. His words "not know how to get" could mean "how to collect."
Considering that Sam is not at this time impecunious, I doubt that the bill of exchange is one he writes for the purpose of borrowing ready specie. Isn't it more likely that this is a note someone has given Sam but is of doubtful worth and that Sam will endorse it over to Cateret in exchange for gold, passing the credit risk (and some profit potential) to Cateret?
Careful reading indicates that the bill of exchange is for sixty pounds but Cateret promises only "some" money, i.e., he is discounting the bill. I don't think Sam would put it quite this way if it were his own note.
About Saturday 1 December 1660
As good Puritans knew, nothing in the Bible points to December as the season of Christ's birth.
Reading the Diary should convince one that the return of the High Church and its holidays coincided with a sharp decline in public morality. For this and other reasons It is fallacious to think that dislike of a certain religion is necessarily blind prejudice.