Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
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About Sunday 11 January 1662/63
"a pitifull sermon of the young Scott"
Pepys suffered much from this young preacher, who served St Olave's sometimes for about a year from October 1662, and for Pepys always disastrously: e.g. "the Scott preached and I slept most of the afternoon.'' http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1663/10/25/ He is never named in the diary, and his identity can only be conjectured. (L&M note) "It is possible that he was the Alexander Mill, M.A., who received his preacher's license in Aug. 1662. An Alexander Milne took his M.A. at Aberdeen in 1658." (Companion, p. 393)
About Monday 12 January 1662/63
"Lawson’s description of Tangier and the place for the Mole,1 of which he brought a very pretty draught. Concerning the making of the Mole, Mr. Cholmely did also discourse very well, having had some experience in it."
Lawson was one of the contractors for the mole's construction; Hugh Cholmley (who had built Whitbey pier) the principal engineer. (L&M note)
"Whitby's harbour piers used to protect the fishing fleet which has declined but they're still a great tourist attraction.Whitby Abbey has got to be the pinnacle of tourist attractions in the town, but probably coming a close second at the twin harbour piers which were first mentioned in 1545 when they were at that time timber construction.
"In 1632 they were rebuilt using stone but still having a framework of timber and It is thought that the first pier was on the west side, with the east pier being built much later. A gentleman called Sir Hugh Cholmley took a great deal of interest in developing the harbour piers, but it took until 1702 for an act of Parliament to be granted for complete reconstruction of both [east and west] piers." http://www.endeavourcottage.co.uk/whitby-blog/w...
About St Catherine's Hill, Guildford
Artington: Braboeuf Manor and Gardens
Braboeuf Manor, formerly part of the Manor of Artington and the Manor of Godalming, was the property of the same family for over 700 years, a rare occurrence. The first mention of the manor is c.900 AD, when the manor was a possession of King Alfred the Great. In 1171, the Crown granted the Manor to Master David of London for his services as envoy to the Pope in Rome in the negotiations that followed the murder of Thomas Beckett, Archbishop of Canterbury. In 1559, the Manor was held by Agnes, daughter of Joan and Robert Kemp, who married John Wight of London. The Manor remained in the the hands of the Wight family from 1559 to 1914. Samuel Pepys called on his uncle and aunt, the Wights, on August 8th 1668. The manor was purchased by The College of Law in 1964, which still own it today. http://www.exploringsurreyspast.org.uk/themes/p...
About Wednesday 7 January 1662/63
"viewed old pay-books, and found that the Commanders did never heretofore receive any pay for the rigging time, but only for seatime, contrary to what Sir J. Minnes and Sir W. Batten told the Duke the other day."
Cf. Pepys to Coventry, 7 January: *Further Corr.*, pp. 2-5., Pepys had searched over 100 paybooks and proved that, until the First Dutch War, commanders (Mennes and Batten themselves included) had never been paid for the period when thei ships were being rigged. (L&M note)
" and so to prayers and bed."
Is a reference to "prayers and bed" on a weekday anywhere else in the diary? Did Pepys dash this phrase off in a rush?
About Claracilla (Thomas Killigrew)
Claricilla: A tragi-comedy, the scene Sicily By Thomas Killigrew -- text can be read online via Google ebookhttp://books.google.com/books?id=U11RAAAAcAAJ&p...
About Vittoria Corombona (John Webster)
The White Devil is a revenge tragedy by English playwright John Webster (1580–1634).
The story is loosely based on an event in Italy thirty years prior to the play's composition: the murder of Vittoria Accoramboni in Padua on 22 December 1585. Webster's dramatisation of this event turned Italian corruption into a vehicle for depicting "the political and moral state of England in his own day", particularly the corruption in the royal court.
The play explores the differences between the reality of people and the way they depict themselves as good, "white", or pure. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_White_Devil
The White Devil is a revenge tragedy by English playwright John Webster (1580–1634). According to Webster's own preface to the 1612 Quarto Edition, the play's first performance in that year was a notorious failure; he complained that the play was acted in the dead of winter before an unreceptive audience. The play's complexity, sophistication, and satire made it a poor fit with the repertory of Queen Anne's Men at the Red Bull Theatre, where it was first performed. It was successfully revived in 1630 by Queen Henrietta's Men at the Cockpit Theatre and published again in 1631.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_White_Devil
About Thursday 1 January 1662/63
"... a true and allowable tragedy."
L&M remind us Pepys had been called on to define an allowable tragedy 1 September 1660 when he "dined at the Bullhead upon the best venison pasty that ever I eat of in my life, ....[and there] rose in discourse at table a dispute between Mr. Moore and Dr. Clerke, the former affirming that it was essential to a tragedy to have the argument of it true, which the Doctor denied, and left it to me to be judge, and the cause to be determined next Tuesday morning at the same place, upon the eating of the remains of the pasty, and the loser to spend 10s." http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1660/09/
And on Tuesday the 4th, "so to the Bullhead, where we had the remains of our pasty, where I did give my verdict against Mr. Moore upon last Saturday’s wager, where Dr. Fuller coming in do confirm me in my verdict." http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1660/09/04/
About Saturday 1 September 1660
"Here rose in discourse at table a dispute between Mr. Moore and Dr. Clerke, the former affirming that it was essential to a tragedy to have the argument of it true, which the Doctor denied, and left it to me to be judge, and the cause to be determined next Tuesday morning at the same place, upon the eating of the remains of the pasty, and the loser to spend 10s." And so, on the 4th instant, Pepys's verdict: http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1660/09/04/