Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
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About Charles Scarborough
COR CAROLI is a single Star of the second Magnitude near the Great Bear so call'd in Memory of King Charles I. by Sir Charles Scarborough Physician to King Charles II.
About Thursday 24 May 1660
And considering what advantage may arise to the Kingdom, by Linning Manufactories, no Nation Spinning better and cheaper, We do earnestly intreat all who love the Honour , prosperitie and wealth of the Kingdom, cordially and speedily to set about the erecting of Manufactories for Cloath, Stuffs, Linnen & others.---A REPRESENTATION of the ADVANTAGES, that would arise to this KINGDOM, by the erecting and improving of MANUFACTORIES. 1683.
About Wednesday 23 May 1660
If some equated "Democracy with Anarchy" don't forget that we have four states who decided to be called "commonwealth" instead. Wonder where they got that idea?
About Royal Charles (was Naseby)
If you want to see what the Royal Charles/Naseby looked like: http://bloodflag.blogspot.com/2013/04/royal-cha...
It's only a little simplistic to say that in Pepys' time, as in antiquity, the best history was a good story with a moral. And what better story than a hero wandering in the (sometimes figurative) wilderness, overcoming adversity and betrayal, and returning tiumphant in the end. Think Moses or Heracles or Odysseus or Elizabeth I or Charles II! No wonder that today's entry is even more alive than usual.
About Marmaduke Darcy
Marmaduke Darcy, born 1615, a gallant gentleman, as my Lord Clarendon writes, who was sent by the Earl of Rochester into the north to prepare the way for the restoration of King Charles the second; where he brought many who would have rose for the King, had not the Earl, who came there, discouraged them. He was Gentleman usher of the privy chamber to King Charles the second, and dying unmarried on the 3d of July 1687, aged 72, was buried at Windsor.---Peerage of England. A. Collins, 1756.
About Thomas Killigrew
Sometimes like Will Sommers before Henry VIII., Killigrew would appear in the presence of Charles in disguise. Once he came before the King in pilgrim's attire, "cockled hat and shoon." "Whither away?" asked Charles. "I am going to hell," boldly replied the jester, "to ask the devil to send back Oliver Cromwell to take charge of the affairs of England; for as to his successor, he is always employed in other business."---The History of Court Fools. J. Doran, 1858.
The right of purveyance was an antient prerogative, by which the officers of the crown could at leisure take provisions for the household from all the neighboring counties, and the use of carts and carriages; and the price of these services was fixed and stated. The payment of the money was often distant and uncertain; and the rates were always much inferior to the market price; so that purveyance, besides the slavery of it, was always regarded as a great burthen, and being arbitrary and casual, was liable to great abuses.---The History of England Under the House of Tudor. D. Hume, 1759.
About Thomas Lucy
Malone has successfully proved that Charlecote the park of Sir Thomas Lucy whence Shakespeare is said to have stolen deer did not exist as a park in the poet's time The Lucys determined not to lose the honour of being robbed by the poet have since shifted the locality.---Traditionary anecdotes of Shakespeare. J. Dowdall, 1838.
About Tuesday 22 May 1660
Round-House, in a ship, is the uppermost room or cabin on the stern of the ship where the master lies.---Glossographia Anglicana Nova. 1707.
POOP of a Ship, is the Floor or Deck over the Round-house or Master's Cabin, being the highest or uppermost part of her Hull.---Lexicon Technicum. J. Harris, 1725.