Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
Dick Wilson has posted 123 annotations/comments since 18 February 2013.
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About Tuesday 11 December 1660
Bill: One of the annotators mentioned "Camels". Those are not dromedaries. They are floodable floats, that could be lashed to the side of a ship and pumped dry. They would then heave the vessel out of the mud. They were most commonly used to help ships get over shallow spots, sand bars and the like, and could help refloat a ship that ran aground. I suppose they might be used to help the Assurance. Did the ship capsize at night? The disorientation of people caught below decks, and December water temps, and the tendency of non-swimmers to panic when their faces go underwater, could easily drown a score of men. The Costa Concordia, the cruise ship that ran aground and capsized off the Italian coast, lost 32 people, with half the ship above water. Tragic.
About Monday 19 November 1660
The Treasurer, Sir George Carteret, is a Very Important Person in American History , too. He was (I believe) Lord Proprietor of New Jersey, which he named, and was deeply concerned in the affairs of the Carolinas and Maryland.
About Wednesday 7 November 1660
"My Lord did advise with me how to get this received, and to put out 3000l. into safe hands at use ..." In modern English, I would take this to mean "into safe hands at interest...", a process we would call "investment" while they would call it an "adventure". The safest of hands in those days were still very risky.
About Gunpowder Plot Day
Phil insists that anecdotes go here, and not on the diary pages --"As a lad, on Guy Fawke's night, I tossed a banger from the leads which chanced to burst 30 cm above the center of the bonnet and 30 cm in front of the windscreen of a car that had swerved into Somer's Crescent to avoid the rowdiness occurring in Hyde Park Crescent --- Translating that into my native tongue:As a boy, on Guy Fawke's night, I tossed a firecracker from a roof which chanced to burst a foot above the center of the hood and a foot in front of the windshield of a car that had swerved into Somer's Crescent to avoid the rowdiness occurring in Hyde Park Crescent.
About Thursday 1 November 1660
Yes Terry, and he cut up an old pair of boots to reinforce his riding boots (or pants; the entry is ambiguous) . Yet it still appears that this was purely a social call. Our boy Sam is a social animal, but it is one thing to nip round to the local for a pint or two (or six or eight) and it is something else to get on a horse and ride out, drink, and ride home at nine o'clock at night. I am glad they made a convivial stop on the way home. The trip might have made somebody thirsty. Sounds like a fun day.
I'm missing something here. What was the purpose of this visit? Did Pepys & Pen have business with Batten, or he with them, that could not wait until all met at the office? Or did Batten just invite the two to come have drinks with some of his country buddies?
About Monday 29 October 1660
Sylviasmother: That is a very interesting video. One can almost smell the place -- and be grateful that you can't!
About Wednesday 24 October 1660
Yes Carol, you are correct. I forgot about Charles.
The Lord Chancellor has become the grandfather of the Duke of Cambridge. The current Duke of Cambridge is William, Prince of Wales.
About Thursday 18 October 1660
Sam sounds disappointed that he was not able to witness the double-dismembering scheduled for the morning, but, as the occasion is merely postponed for a day, perhaps he could escort little The Turner (aged about 8) to see the fun tomorrow!