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About Saturday 2 November 1661

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Will was dismissed 5 September 1660:

About Wednesday 30 October 1661

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"I do not think there is any plot as is said, but only a pretence" -- the details from the DNB, Vol. 63, p. 285

At the Restoration Yarranton was thrown into prison by the lord lieutenant of Worcestershire ‘for refusing his lordship's authority.’ He was free in November 1661, when he was compromised by the discovery of some letters relating to an intended presbyterian rising. On 16 Nov. a message was sent from London ordering his arrest, and in May 1662 ‘the escape of Andrew Yarranton, a person dangerous to the government, from the custody of the provost marshal,’ was reported from Worcester [cf. art. Pakington, Sir John, (1620–1680)]. After ‘meetings with several disaffected persons,’ he went up to London, where a warrant was issued for his re-apprehension. He is subsequently described as being ‘as violent a villain against the king as any in those parts.’

In a full account of the affair published by Yarranton in 1681, he declares that the compromising letters were forged; that after he had been imprisoned some five months an account of the fraud was made known to his wife, and by her communicated to himself; that he then publicly denounced the imposture and was released, went up to London ‘to acquaint the king with the great wrong he had received,’ was arrested, but immediately released; returned to Worcester, and within six months was a third time arrested on a new charge of ‘having spoken treasonable words against the king.’ ‘The witnesses were one Dainty (a mountebank, formerly an apothecary of Derby), who afterwards acknowledged that he had 5l. for his pains; the other witness lived in Wales, and went by two names. This was done at the assizes of Worcester; the bill being found by the grand jury, Mr. Yarranton put himself upon his trial, and tho' he did not except against any one of his jury, yet upon a full hearing of his case they presently acquitted him’ (Yarranton, Full Discovery of the First Presbyterian Sham Plot, 1681).,_Andre...

About Argalus and Parthenia (Henry Glapthorne)

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Argalus and Parthenia (1684) full text in the Internet Archive

About The Country Captain (William, Duke of Newcastle)

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A link to the text as Dirk posted:

"The Country Captain" (or "Captain Underwit") is given as a work of 1639-1640, "a domestic comedy of Shirley's [no mention of Cavendish!], written in close imitation of Ben Jonson" by A.H. Bullen (ed.), in "A Collection of Old English Plays" vol.II, 1882-89
(who also notes that "it must be owned that there are few plays of Shirley's written with such freedom, not to say grossness")

A small text sample (which must have sounded familiar to Sam):

_Richard_. What? is he readie?

_Dorothy_. Alas, hee's almost dead.

_Richard_. How? dead?

_Dorothy_. He has been troubled with a fitt o'th stone, Sir, all this night. Sweet gentleman he groanes, And sweates, and cannot--

_Richard_. What?

_Dorothy_. Make urine, Sir.

About Monday 21 October 1661

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"Charles II lent his Coronation robes to Betterton for a performance of *Love and Honour*. Whether it was the performance Sam is at, I'm not sure,"

L&M; note that Downes says it is. "John Downes (died ca. 1712) worked as a prompter at the Duke's Company, and later the United Company, for most of the Restoration period 1660—1700. His 'historical review of the stage', Roscius Anglicanus (1708), is an invaluable source for historians both of Restoration and of Stuart theater."

About Tuesday 22 October 1661

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"... this new disease, an ague and fever," First mentioned by Pepys on 3 July:

About Monday 21 October 1661

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"At Whitehall, at the Privy Seal, did with Sir W. Pen take advice about passing of things of his there that concern his matters of Ireland."
L&M; note these "matters" were a grant of c. 12,000 acres of land in co. Cork made to Penn under the terms of the Irish land settlement of November 1660, in compensation for the loss of the lands he had gained in the Cromwellian settlement of 1652 and which were now returned to their former owner, the Earl of Clancarty. Disputes over the grant continued until 1669. (Cf. the post by Rex Gordon above.),

About Love and Honour (Sir William Davenant)

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The complete texts of Davenant's Love and honour and The siege of Rhodes

About Fountain (The Strand)

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There's a Fountain Court off Middle Temple Lane s. of the transition to Fleet Street from the Strand. Check it out.