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About Tuesday 23 February 1668/69

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"to the Glass-House, and there shewed my cozens the making of glass,....[later] my eyes were so out of order, that I had little pleasure this night at all, though I was glad to see the rest merry"

This occasion appears to be the one which Pepys recalled in 1677, when he setr down an account of his health. He wrote then that it was after exposing his eyes to the brightness of the flames of the glasshouse that ihe began to suffer attacks of pain when reading: printed in Bryant, ii.407. (L&M note)

About Tuesday 23 February 1668/69

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"I had one or two singing-glasses made, which make an echo to the voice, the first that ever I saw"

The glasses vibrated in sympathy when certain notes were sung, their sound continuing after the voice ceased. Cf. Birch, ii.453. (L&M note)

About Tuesday 23 February 1668/69

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"we homeward to the Glass-House, and there shewed my cozens the making of glass"

There were glasshouses at various times on both sides of the Fleet river and near the Duke of York's Playhouse. Glass House Alley (north out of Tudor St) still bears witness to them. In 1696 there were said to be 24 glasshouses in London and Southwark, making a variety of glass: looking-glass, crown-glass, flint- and bottle-glass etc. (Per L&M footnote)

About Glass-House

Terry Foreman  •  Link

There were glasshouses at various times on both sides of the Fleet river and near the Duke of York's Playhouse. Glass House Alley (north out of Tudor St) still bears witness to them. In 1696 there were said to be 24 glasshouses in London and Southwark, making a variety of glass: looking-glass, crown-glass, flint- and bottle-glass etc. (Per L&M footnote)

About Monday 22 February 1668/69

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"besides that, my eyes being very ill since last Sunday and this day se’nnight, with the light of the candles, I was in mighty pain to defend myself now from the light of the candles. "

L&M: these were the chandeliers, which, together with footlights, were the chief means of illuminating the stage in this space.

About Sunday 21 February 1668/69

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L&M transcribe: "my Lady Paulina, who is desperately sick and is gone to Chelsy, to the old house where my Lord himself was once sick -- where I doubt my Lord means to visit her, more for young Mrs. Beck’s sake than for hers."

Betsy Becke had been Sandwich's mistress, c. 1962-3.

About Charles Boyle

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Perhaps Charles Boyle, 3rd Viscount Dungarvan, 3rd Baron Clifford, FRS (bapt. 12 December 1639 – 12 October 1694), a British peer and politician. Boyle was the son of Richard Boyle, 2nd Earl of Cork, and his wife, Elizabeth, suo jure 2nd Baroness Clifford, and was styled with the courtesy title of Viscount Dungarvan from birth. Commons, then for Yorkshire from 1679. In 1689, he was called to the British House of Lords in the barony of Clifford of Lanesborough, which had been created for his father in 1644. On 7 May 1661, Dungarvan had married Lady Jane Seymour (1637-1679), the fourth daughter of William Seymour, 2nd Duke of Somerset and his wife, Frances. They had five children. After the death of his wife in 1679, Dungarven married Lady Arethusa Berkeley (1664-1743, daughter of George Berkeley, 1st Earl of Berkeley) in 1688 and they had one child. Boyle died on 12 October 1694. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Boyle,_3r...

About Bethleham ("Bedlam") precinct

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Bethlem Royal Hospital, also known as St Mary Bethlehem, Bethlehem Hospital and Bedlam, is a psychiatric hospital in London....Originally the hospital was near Bishopsgate just outside the walls of the City of London. It moved outside of Moorfields in the 17th century, then to St George's Fields in Southwark in the 19th century, before moving to its current location at Monks Orchard in West Wickham in 1930....The year 1634 is typically interpreted as denoting the divide between the mediaeval and early modern administration of Bethlem. It marked the end of the day-to-day management by an old-style keeper-physician and its replacement by a three-tiered medical regime composed of a non-resident physician, a visiting surgeon and an apothecary. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bethlem_Royal_Hos...

About Thursday 18 February 1668/69

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Marcello Malpighi, (born March 10, 1628, Crevalcore, near Bologna, Papal States [Italy]—died Nov. 30, 1694, Rome), Italian physician and biologist who, in developing experimental methods to study living things, founded the science of microscopic anatomy....Malpighi conducted many studies of insect larvae—establishing, in so doing, the basis for their future study—the most important of which was his investigation in 1669 of the structure and development of the silkworm. https://www.britannica.com/biography/Marcello-M...