Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
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About Capt. Roger Cuttance
Sorry, typo above: "captain of the fleet, 1665."
CUTTANCE, Sir ROGER (ft. 1650-1669), navy captain; commanded the Sussex in the Dutch war, 1652-3; assisted in reduction of Porto Farina, 1655; flag-captain of the Naseby, 1657; knighted, 1665; captain of the fleet, 1666.---Dictionary of National Biography: Index and Epitome. S. Lee, 1906.
About Monday 4 March 1660/61
"this date" in both instances above being 4 March 1660/61.
Sounds good Nate.
Wheatley in his annotation of the diary for this date says that the current (i.e., as of this date) King of Sweden, Charles XI, is the person who gave "my Lord" the jewel with the picture in it.
About Friday 1 March 1660/61
In the 17th century it appears that the midday meal (dinner) was "fuller" than the evening meal (supper):
Digestion is better made in the Night when we sleep than in the Day when we are awake, ... for in Sleep, the Blood and Spirits, being not so much carried to the external Parts of the Body; the Stomach receives more Acid and Heat, and is the more nearly contracted, and so the better embraces the Meat; and consequently the Supper, which is contrary to Custom now adays, ought to be a fuller Meal than the Dinner; and tho' the Time betwixt Dinner and Supper, is less than betwixt the Supper and the next Days Dinner, yet you must know, that that which is eaten at a large Dinner, is often not fully digested before Supper, and so the Stomach has a double Task.---A Plain Introduction to the Art of Physick. J. Pechey, 1697.
If you are ordered to break the claw of a crab or a lobster, clap it between the sides of the dining-room door between the hinges. Thus you can do it gradually without mashing the meat; which is often the fate of the street-door key, or the pestle.---Directions to Servants. Jonathan Swift, 1745.
About Tuesday 23 April 1661
"then in the Quire at the high altar"
QUIRE, that Part of a Church where Divine Service is performedto QUIRE it, to sing in Concert as the Choir does.QUIRISTER, one who sings in the Choir of a Cathedral, &c.;---An Universal Etymological English Dictionary. N. Bailey, 1675.
About Wednesday 1 May 1661
"Up early, and bated at Petersfield" On this trip to Portsmouth, Sam "bated" yesterday also.
To BAIT, to take some Refreshment on a Journey.---An Universal Etymological English Dictionary. N. Bailey, 1675.
About Tuesday 30 April 1661
"I am sorry that I am not at London, to be at Hide-parke to-morrow, among the great gallants and ladies, which will be very fine."
Monday May 1 was more observed by people going a-maying than for divers years past, and indeed much sin committed by wicked meetings with fidlers, drunkenness, ribaldry and the like. Great resort came to Hyde Park, many hundreds of rich coaches and gallants in attire, but most shameful powdered hair; men painted and spotted women, some men played with a silver ball, and some took other recreation. But his Highness the Lord Protector went not thither, nor any of the Lords of the Council.—Severall Proceedings, April 27 to May 4, 1654.---London, Past and Present. H.B. Wheatley, 1891.
There is an encyclopedia entry for May Day: http://www.pepysdiary.com/encyclopedia/348/
"We got a small bait at Leatherhead"