Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
Gerald Berg has posted 126 annotations/comments since 4 March 2013.
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About Sunday 19 July 1663
No way would that be me.
About Saturday 18 July 1663
I did not have sexual relations with that woman.
Well, did he?
What a great entry. Feeling guilty? Sure, but no filling the entry with whining about having sinned against God for his filthy, disgusting lustfulness. I know that's how I would've done it if I were then!
I even think he would've respected her in the morning.
About Wednesday 15 July 1663
The Queen? Really? Not Lady Castlemaine?
What do you call sporting with the Queen?
About Monday 13 July 1663
"before I sleep fancying myself to sport with Mrs. Stewart with great pleasure."
What sort of sport and to what end pray tell?
About Sunday 5 July 1663
R Gertz "a little grovelling" is a misinterpretation I feel.
Isn't this a kind of look see for Pepys into what Batten graft results in? Good luck has it, he gets along with the man's wife. I recall it happening on another occasion with milady.
The boat, she sails on.
About Friday 26 June 1663
"collation of great mirth" Hmmm, sounds like a party!
RE: blind beggar - He built this house! No wait, he built that outhouse.
About Thursday 11 June 1663
So finally, the smoking gun of Elizabeth's dissatisfaction with Ashwell and the irony is the Sam is completely oblivious. Ashwell is Sam's intellectual equal in a way that Elizabeth can't be. Has Sam ever described Ashwell because I haven't a clue what she looks like? All I know is Sam isn't tempted by her otherwise we would've heard about it. Poor Elizabeth can't win for losing.
About Monday 1 June 1663
Sorry, should read "speech impediment". Up betimes...
RE: weak I was remembering Tom's speak impediment along with the visitudes of class coupled with disability. Not sure exactly what that would entail but I would imagine Tom's range of friendship options would be restricted. Sam's observation but evidence thereof?
About Saturday 16 May 1663
Liz seems to be having a good time for once!WR the green demon I noticed that Sam did not make a vow (or renew his vow) to remain faithful to Liz. He has been very good with his theatre vows, so it is not that he is weak willed. I take this self criticism with more than a grain of salt and of very little worth. Well deserved discomfiture IMHO.