Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
Weavethe hawk has posted 16 annotations/comments since 19 February 2013.
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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.
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.