Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
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About Henry Mordaunt (2nd Earl of Peterborough)
MORDAUNT, HENRY, second Earl of Peterborough (1624?-1697), cavalier; educated at Eton; served in the parliamentary army; deserted to Charles I, 1643; raised the royal standard at Dorking, 1647, but was defeated and wounded; escaped to Antwerp, 1647; governor of Tangier, 1661; resigned, 1662: escorted Mary of Modena to England, 1673; privy councillor, 1674; suspected of complicity in the Popish plot; K.G., 1685; became a Roman catholic, 1687; impeached, 1689, but released on bail, 1690; published a book on the genealogies of his family under the pseudonym 'Robert Halstead,' 1685.---Dictionary of National Biography: Index and Epitome. S. Lee, 1906.
Henry Mordaunt, second Earl of Peterborough, born November 16th, 1621; Captain-General of the Forces in Tangier, Fez, and Morocco, and Chief Governor of Tangier from September 6th, 1661, to June, 1663; Privy Councillor, 1674-79, 1683; and in 1685 made Groom of the Stole to James II. He was created K.G. 1685, and died June 19th, 1697.---Wheatley, 1899.
About Tuesday 22 October 1661
"this new disease, an ague and fever"
This complaint is referred to in Ben Jonson's "Every Man in His Humour," and in 1659 H. Whitmore published a little book entitled "Febris Anomala, or the New Disease that now rageth throughout England." It appears to have been somewhat similar to subsequent epidemics of influenza.---Wheatley, 1899.
About Love and Honour (Sir William Davenant)
A tragi-comedy by Sir William Davenant. It was originally acted at the Blackfriars, and printed in 1649. "This play was richly cloath'd; the King gave Mr. Betterton his Coronation suit, in which he acted the part of Prince Alvaro; the Duke of York giving Mr. Harris his, who did Prince Prospero; and my Lord of Oxford gave Mr. Joseph Price his, who did Lionel, the Duke of Parma's son. The Duke was acted by Mr. Lilliston; Evandra by Mrs. Davenport, and all the other parts being very well done. The play having a great run produc'd the Company great gain and estimation from the Town." — Downes, Koscius Anglicanus, 1708, pp. 21, 22.---Wheatley, 1899.
About Saturday 19 October 1661
"I not being neat in clothes"
NEAT, clean, trim, cleanly and tightly dressed, clever.---An Universal Etymological English Dictionary. N. Bailey, 1675.
"to hire a dock for the herring busses"
BUSS, a small Sea Vessel, used by the Hollanders, and now by the English, for the Herring Fishery, etc.---An Universal Etymological English Dictionary. N. Bailey, 1675.
A peculiar boat of ten or fifteen tons, for the herring fishery. — Smyth's Sailor's Word-Book. ---Wheatley, 1899.
A part of the main river-side road was long known as Limekiln Hill, after this lime-house.---Wheatley, 1899.
About Alfonso VI (King of Portugal)
The King of Portugal was Alfonso VI., who ascended the throne in 1656, and was deposed in 1667.---Wheatley, 1899.
About George Cocke ("Captain")
Captain George Cock, a merchant possessed of large tanning works in Limerick. On July 31st, 1660, he was rewarded for his services during the Civil War with the office of searcher of the port of Newcastle, his native place; commissioner for inspecting the chest; and in November, 1664, steward for sick and wounded seamen. Elected a Fellow of the Royal Society, 1666, and died 1679.---Wheatley, 1899.