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john has posted 24 annotations/comments since 14 March 2013.

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About 16, 17, 18, 19 July 1661

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Ah, vincente, your comments on haying reminds of the days of my youth, standing on a stooking sled pulled behind a baler, hoisting bales to make 6-bale pyramids, which were released by press of a pedal. (Eventually, the farmer could afford to put a motorized conveyer on the baler.) I also recall many a farmer taking chances putting steaming-hot bales in the loft.

Renting out land also allows the landowner to pay agricultural tax rates.

About 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th July 1661

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If the gnats were biting gnats (here boringly but descriptively called Little Black Flies and belies their nastiness), they would be very bothersome indeed.

About Saturday 6 July 1661

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A corpse in the garden would be fair game for many scavengers (pigs, canids, birds).

About Wednesday 19 June 1661

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Eric, it is not so much that medicine is inexact as its practitioners do not heed warnings. In his Nobel lecture (1945), Fleming said: "The time may come when penicillin can be bought by anyone in the shops. Then there is the danger that the ignorant man may easily underdose himself and by exposing his microbes to non‐lethal quantities of the drug make them resistant."

About Monday 13 May 1661

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@A. Hamilton (if you ever read this a decade later), the delay may have been for several reasons: Sam was not a good estimator; or the hole between floors may have been awkward (requiring unforseen collaring and so on, even given the redundancy of that time period).

About Sunday 12 May 1661

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Lancing abscesses back then was risky due to infection but leaving them risks collateral damage.

About Thursday 9 May 1661

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Up to now, I assumed that "dirt" meant plaster dust and sawdust. Given that the house is old and behind the walls of century-old houses one finds all manners of rodent and insect detritus, dirt may have been dirty indeed.

About Thursday 2 May 1661

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With respect to dead links, I have faith that the Wayback Machine will still be around in 2024.

About Tuesday 30 April 1661

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"This morning, after order given to my workmen"

Methinks this entry hints at why Sam was so much amongst his workmen, namely to arrange for the day's work in the absence of architectural plans.

About Monday 22 April 1661

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JWB wrote: "If you've ever ridden gussied-up horses, you know they're as vain as Sam in his velvet coat."

They also rode stallions, not mares or geldings, so the analogy fits well.