Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
john has posted 28 annotations/comments since 14 March 2013.
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About Thursday 19 September 1661
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
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
@Louise: Of course, he was a snob. That was the accepted manner of behaviour in 17th century society.
About Sunday 11 August 1661
"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
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
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
A corpse in the garden would be fair game for many scavengers (pigs, canids, birds).
About Wednesday 19 June 1661
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
@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
Lancing abscesses back then was risky due to infection but leaving them risks collateral damage.