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About Monday 2 March 1662/63

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"to the Ropeyard, and saw a trial between Riga hemp and a sort of Indian grass, which is pretty strong, but no comparison between it and the other for strength, and it is doubtful whether it will take tarre or no. "

The Indian grass was probably jute. Of all hemps, that from Riga was generally accounted the best. (L&M note)

About Monday 2 March 1662/63

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"the iron bridles, which we are making of for to save cordage to put to the chain"

The bridles connected the ship to the mooring-chain which was stretched between anchors fixed on either side of the river. (L&M note)

About Sunday 1 March 1662/63

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chris, L&M transcribe "mightily concerned for my brother’s late folly in his late wooing at that charge, to no purpose, nor could in any probability expect it."

Perhaps Will Joyce's silly point of view was that Tom's last futile wooing was (whatever else) a financial failure?

About Dr Jonathan Goddard

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Jonathan Goddard (1617–1675) was an English physician, known both as army surgeon to the forces of Oliver Cromwell, and as an active member of the Royal Society.

His father Henry Goddard was a wealthy shipbuilder in Deptford. A student at the Magdalen Hall, Oxford, he qualified in medicine at the University of Cambridge. He joined the College of Physicians in 1643, and became physician to Charles I of England when he was held captive by Parliament. In the 1650s he was made Warden of Merton College, Oxford (1651), and was one of the 'Oxford club' group around John Wilkins. He was also a Member of Parliament for Oxfordshire in the Barebone's Parliament of 1653. He became Professor of Physic at Gresham College in 1655.

He was one of five doctors attending Cromwell when he died (the others being George Bate, John Bathurst, Thomas Trapham and Laurence Wright).

On the English Restoration of 1660, he lost his position at Merton. But his early position in the Royal Society was solid (he became a founding Fellow in November, 1660), and indeed at the beginning of 1661, when the Society was homeless and moved to Gresham College, it met in his lodgings.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jonathan_Goddard

About Friday 27 February 1662/63

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Sir John Mennes "took me aside to tell me how being at my Lord Chancellor’s to-day, my Lord told him that there was a Great Seal passing for Sir W. Pen, through the impossibility of the Comptroller’s duty to be performed by one man; to be as it were joynt-comptroller with him"

The Duke's warrant to the law-officers had [ in fact ] been issued on 6 January, but Mennes' resistance was successful until January 1667, when two assistants -- Penn and Brouncker -- were appointed. (L&M note)

About Monday 23 February 1662/63

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"But it being my birthday and my day of liberty regained to me, and lastly, the last play that is likely to be acted at Court before Easter, because of the Lent coming in, I was the easier content to fling away so much money."

I.e. on the visit to Lincoln's Inn Fields. It was not until 1675 that the King allowed a company to charge for admissions to a court performance at Whitehall -- much to Evelyn's disgust (29 September). (L&M note)

29th September, 1675. I saw the Italian Scaramuccio
act before the King at Whitehall, people giving money
to come in, which was very scandalous, and never so be-
fore at Court diversions. Having seen him act before in
Italy, many years past, I was not averse from seeing the
most excellent of that kind of folly.
The diary of John Evelyn http://archive.org/stream/diaryofjohnevely02eve...

About Monday 23 February 1662/63

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The discussion of Santiago and Jamaica is very much on-topic.

Founded in 1509, Santiago [Jamaica] was part of the early Spanish colonization of the Americas.

Clashes with the English in the Caribbean in 1655 resulted in the capture of the island from Spain, the only place in the Spanish West Indies that did not have new defensive works. Jamaica was the first place in that part of the New World to be occupied by another European power beside Spain. Its capture was the casus belli that resulted in the Anglo-Spanish War, the actual war between England and Spanish Empire. England took formal control of Jamaica island and the Cayman Islands after the Treaty of Madrid was signed in 1670. Spain also agreed to permit English ships freedom of movement in the Caribbean. Each country agreed to refrain from trading in the others territory.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colony_of_Santiag...

About Tower Street

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As Pedro says "The church of All-hallows, Barking, [is] at the [east] end of Tower Street" (see the Rocque map)
http://www.motco.com/Map/81002/SeriesSearchPlat...

Tower Street runs on its west end from the R. lower edge of this 1746 Rocque segment to Little Tower Street
http://www.motco.com/Map/81002/SeriesSearchPlat...