Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
Gerald Berg has posted 42 annotations/comments since 4 March 2013.
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About Tuesday 10 September 1661
linkman et alHenry Fielding: Life and Death of Tom Thumb the Great.
Noodle: I mean, my liege, Only to grace my tale with decent horror;Whilst from my garret, twice two stories high,I looked abroad into the streets below,I saw Tom Thumb attended by the mob,Twice twenty shoe-boys, twice two dozen links, Chairmen and porters, hackney-coachmen, whores; Aloft he bore the grizzly head of Grizzle;When of sudden through the streets there cameA cow, of larger than the usual size,And in that moment---guess, oh! guess the rest!In that moment that cow swallowed up Tom Thumb.
About Friday 23 August 1661
What? No comments about Sam taking the wife to see a play? This is first from my recall. RE: simpleSam had not much good to say about his deceased uncle's wife either...
About Tuesday 13 August 1661
Smallpox has killed more people than any other disease. No other can compare. Extinct --outside the laboratory -- due to vaccination. I say this only to remind how ignorant and ahistorical the anti-vaccination movement of today is and how important it is to insist that this is so.
About 16, 17, 18, 19 July 1661
I have trouble seeing anyone signifying hay solely by the word 'crop'. Rather 'hay' or 'hay crop'. Too early to be harvesting much else. However, there could be grain stored in silo. Hence "upon the ground" (to me) would be the present ripening field crop being let out. If one doesn't wish to spend the remaining growing season tending to the crop, letting out would be optimal.
About 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th July 1661
Gee. Look at Vincente -- re copy holder. He can write clearly and to point if he wishes. Very interesting!
About Saturday 22 June 1661
Tarkovsky's Andrei Rublev has a spectacular scene sequence involving the casting, raising and ringing of a bell. Been a long time since I had watched the scene -- pre internet -- and here it is on youtube! From around 18:40 mark and runs to around the 40 min. mark. Was great to see it again!
About Tuesday 18 June 1661
Thank you Andrew Hamilton! I was wondering how long the stairs were taking to build. 3 months and counting! The stairs to my basement took 2 days.
Turret-garden. So is this a first example of a garden folly? Very early for what became an 18th C. must have. Visionary...
About Monday 10 June 1661
"persons of condition" !? What, a group of pregnant women getting together? That's the only condition I now know. Well, one other sort. I always did love the Kenny Rogers line: 'Just dropped in to see what condition my condition was in.'I know exactly what he means.
About Thursday 6 June 1661
"...keeping time to the musique while it plays..." That would be simple and completely pointless to boot. Unless she were a listener grooving to the vibrations and not a conductor. A conductor, I assume, is what she was. It being so very hip and new, the latest sensation coming from France! I don't think SP understands what a conductor is for. That is, the one whom the music keeps time to, not the reverse formulation as he puts it.
About Thursday 23 May 1661
Parish boundaries. Not that different today with gangland boundaries throughout the world. The punishment today for overstepping your border could be somewhat more severe however. Tithes are of an entirely different order also.