Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
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Pills of boyled Turpentine.Take of Venice Turpentine, boyled till it is hard in Radish Water, or in the Water of Winter Cherries, four Ounces ; of Liquorish cleansed, and finely powdered, one Ounce; boyl the Turpentine over a soft Fire, in the distilled Water of Radishes, or Winter Cherries, or in any other Plant that forces Urine, till it be so hard, that you may make it into Pills. Then pour away all the Water from the Turpentine, and before it is cold, incorporate with it the Liquorish finely powdered. These Pills force Urine when it has been stopt by Flegm, and Gravel, or by the French Disease. They are also good at the Beginning of a Gonorrhea, to make it run. One Dram or two of it may be taken several Days together.---A Plain Introduction to the Art of Physick. John Pechey, 1697
About Tuesday 12 July 1664
“but of no great profit to him that oweth them for ought we see.”
To OWE. … 4. To possess, to be the right owner of.---A Dictionary Of The English Language. Samuel Johnson, 1756.
HELENA:I am not worthy of the wealth I owe,Nor dare I say 'tis mine, and yet it is;---All’s Well that Ends Well. Shakespeare.
About Saturday 9 July 1664
“we would not be obliged to attend the business when we can, but when we list”
LIST, Will, Desire, &c.LISTLESS, having no Desire to any Thing, careless, regardless, uneasie. ---An universal etymological English dictionary. N. Bailey, 1724.
About Monday 20 June 1664
“But I was never more vexed to see how an over-officious visitt is received” OFFICIOUS, ready to do one a good Office, serviceable, very obliging.---An universal etymological English dictionary. N. Bailey, 1724.
About Saturday 18 June 1664
“pert Sir W. Pen is to-day newly come” PERT, brisk lively.---An universal etymological English dictionary. N. Bailey, 1724.
About Thursday 16 June 1664
“and there eat a messe of creame” MESS, a Portion of Food for one or more Persons.---An universal etymological English dictionary. N. Bailey, 1724.
About Wednesday 15 June 1664
“but did cheapen several parcels” To CHEAPEN, to ask or to beat down the Price of a Commodity.---An universal etymological English dictionary. N. Bailey, 1724.
About Tuesday 14 June 1664
“yet is a fine lady, of a fine taille” Taille, cut, cut out.Tailler, to cut, to cut out.Tailleur, Taylor.---A short dictionary English and French. G. Miège, 1684.
About St Dunstan-in-the-West
The churchyard (facing Fleet Street) was built in with stationers' shops; and Smethwick (one of the most celebrated) always described his shop as "in St . Dunstan's Churchyard in Fleet Street, under the Diall." Such is his address on the 1609 edition of Romeo and Juliet, and the 1611 edition of Hamlet. Here, in St. Dunstan's churchyard, Marriot published the first edition of Walton's Angler.
There is newly extant a book of 18d. price, called "The Compleat Angler; or, the Contemplative Man's Recreation, being a Discourse of Fish and Fishing, not unworthy the perusal of most Anglers. Printed for Richard Marriot, in St. Dunstan's Churchyard, Fleet Street."—Mercurius Politicus, for May, 1653.
Dr. Donne, the poet, and Dr. Thomas White (founder of Sion College), were vicars of this church. A monument with medallion bust of White has been lately erected.
Eminent Persons buried in.—Simon Fish, author of the Supplication of Beggers (d. A.d. 1531). Davies, of Hereford, the poet and writing-master (d. 1617). Thomas Campion, Doctor of Physic, also a poet (d. 1619). Dr. White (d. March 1, 1623/1624). Simon Wadlow, landlord of the Devil Tavern, Ben Jonson's "King of Skinkers" (buried March 30, 1627). George, first Lord Baltimore, Secretary of State, and one of the early colonisers of North America (d. April 15, 1632). John Graunt, one of the founders of Political Economy (d. 1674). Pinchbeck, who gave his name to a metallic compound (d. 1783). Thomas Mudge, the celebrated chronometer maker (d. 1794).---London, Past and Present. H.B. Wheatley, 1891.
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