Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
Weavethe hawk has posted 13 annotations/comments since 19 February 2013.
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About Saturday 1 December 1660
My goodness, Vincent was verging on the intolerable.
About Wednesday 25 July 1660
Here's an interesting take on from where the expression "Welch", as in renage on a promise, originated. This explanation comes from an actual Weshman.
In Celtic culture there is no difference between this life and the next and the next life after that etc forever. Therefore from a purely Celtic viewpoint, if I owed money in this life but for some reason was unable to pay it, then quite naturally I would pay off the debt in the next life or the one after that. It has been understood by non-Celts (Anglo Saxons) that the Welsh therefore cannot be trusted - so the word Welsh/Welch is used to describe a person who does not pay up when the debt is due to be paid etc.
About Tuesday 17 July 1660
"they bought a Quarter of Lamb, and so we ate it, but it was not half roasted" I grew up in England, in an era when everything was over-cooked, meat vegetables, the lot. I'm sure he would be aghast at today's trend of consuming under-cooked beef, lamb etc.
About Sunday 15 July 1660
I think Montagu was possibly agnostic, or even atheist, who knew that he had to pay lip service to religion for his own safety.
About Wednesday 27 June 1660
Gillian,Ill dressed refers to the food.
Mark,I agree with your correction of the punctuation, but I think by badly dressed, Sam means badly presented rather than badly prepared.
About Wednesday 6 June 1660
I would be very interested in the article.
About Monday 21 May 1660
The "regicides" are now in for a very rough ride, starting with Maj-General Thomas Harrison. Pepys will, later in the year, give a rather cool and brief description of the man's execution. Men who were, not long ago, being honored and promoted, are now being vilified and hunted down. The turncoats are ruling the roost.
About Sunday 1 April 1660
The diary of Ralph Josselin is worth a look. It runs contemporaneously with Sam's diary, but is years longer. The man was a little too effusive with his devotions to God, but he was, after all, vicar of Earls Colne in Essex for many years. Not as detailed or interesting as Sam's observations, but an interesting insight into rural English life of this period. His details concerning prices of everyday commodities are fascinating.
About Monday 5 March 1659/60
Oh, I see he's an old boy, thank goodness.