Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
Weavethe hawk has posted 21 annotations/comments since 19 February 2013.
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About Saturday 6 July 1661
I think Sasha is close to the mark. He probably found her in bed, looking pretty rough, and maybe smelling not too sweet.
About Sunday 5 May 1661
Not one mention of the "red faced parson", Mr Holland, which I would have thought to be an interesting topic. Anyone know how he came to be known by that sobriquet?
About Tuesday 30 April 1661
I Haven't lived in London for many years, but I'm having difficulty trying to figure out how a location which is south of Wateroo can be north of Kennington.
About Wednesday 3 April 1661
Becomes awfully long winded at times, doesn't it?
About The Garden at the Navy Office
I would love to know where I could see a larger version of the 1742 print showing the wall and gate in 1597.
About Wednesday 16 January 1660/61
Dental hygene would have been non-existant as well. The oder from people's breath alone would be overwhelming to modern sensitivities.
About Tuesday 18 December 1660
Never was so much written by so many about so few lines!
About Friday 14 December 1660
I wish some of these annotators would concentrate on improving their modern spelling, and resist the temptation to try to invent their own versions of archaic spelling in their posts. Very pretentious.
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.