Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
Sasha Clarkson has posted 134 annotations/comments since 16 February 2013.
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About Sunday 29 September 1661
Not so foxed that he don't know that he's foxed! :D
About Saturday 28 September 1661
Sir William has obviously forgiven Sam for his role in the recent practical joke.
Of course Batten, the instigator and hence the real "tankard prankard*", is away at the moment.
* Yes - I know the word doesn't exist, but it should! :)
About Friday 27 September 1661
Quite Bill, :)
.... and earlier on he was being linked to Manchester, which was obviously wrong.
About Saturday 14 September 1661
'Fumifugum': John Evelyn's book about the problem of air pollution in London, with suggested causes and remedies.
About Thursday 12 September 1661
In fact, the prank upon the admiral proves to be a "storm in a tankard", and blows over pretty quickly; even if there was a pause, Sam is soon socialising with Penn and his family again. Indeed, over the course of the diary, it is obvious that Penn enjoys Sam's company and they are often together.
I don't think it helpful to make comparisons with Japan, a different culture with different social norms and command structures: such a prank would not have been played there.
About Monday 9 September 1661
It's a huge company gone to drink at Penn's expense: even Comptroller Slingsby. There must have been quite a few happy to take him down a peg or two, even if Sam is now starting to have pangs of conscience.
About Sunday 8 September 1661
Interesting and nice that, despite the rain, there's no mention of anger, from either Sam or his Elizabeth, that Doll was asleep.
About Friday 6 September 1661
It occurs to me, that as Sam's ma also suffered from bladder stones (according to Wikipedia), that this might help account for her less than cheerful disposition as she got older?
Elisabeth died of typhoid fever in 1669 after a short period of illness.
Given Sam's life-long problems with (hereditary) bladder stones, I doubt that he would have lived as long as he did (70 years) if he had also suffered from a venereal disease. Some philanderers were luckier and/or more careful than others.
About Monday 2 September 1661
Yesterday: " ... good God! what an age is this, and what a world is this! that a man cannot live without playing the knave and dissimulation."
Today: " ... and there walked an hour or two talking, and though he be a fool, yet he keeps much company, and will tell all he sees or hears ..."
No contradiction here of course, more a demonstration: "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em!"