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john has posted 32 annotations/comments since 14 March 2013.

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About Friday 15 November 1661

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Draft horses had a better life (urban and rural) in that they seem to have been reasonably fed and cared for. Urban carriage horses were treated horribly. I recall reading that over 40 dead horses were removed daily in late 19th century New York City and that most were worked to death in three years. I suspect that same in London. The coming of the horseless carriage eliminated much suffering and cruelty.

About Monday 4 November 1661

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Beef-marrow consumption ceased for a while due to BSE (mad-cow disease).

About Sunday 3 November 1661

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Bill: "A physique [that] must have been quite harsh."

Indeed, anyone who has undergone the mandatory cleansing before a colonoscopy can attest to that.

About Thursday 10 October 1661

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I concur with M.N. Hull -- swollen testicles come go, nowadays assisted with Analgesics (vide as well as the Wikipedia entry. I have had a few with no pain and little discomfort.

About Thursday 19 September 1661

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Today's entry made the OED:

horse, v. [f. prec. n.]
2. intr. To mount or go on horseback.
1661 Pepys Diary 19 Sept., Then we all horsed away to Cambridge.

About Tuesday 17 September 1661

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Odd that Sam would not have seen Elizabeth ride before now. I know no one who has ridden side-saddle (including me, of course) but, Australian Susan, have you actually ridden so and for so long?

About Sunday 15 September 1661

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@Louise: Of course, he was a snob. That was the accepted manner of behaviour in 17th century society.

About Sunday 11 August 1661

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"the King tired all their horses ..."

Whilst Charles probably rode three-point (or even two-point), I imagine many of the party leaning back, slapping their horses' backs on every stride. That sort of pounding will tire out a horse very quickly.

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.