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About Monday 20 June 1664

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“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

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“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

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“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

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“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

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“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

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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.

About Shuffleboard

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The table had parallel lines or divisions, marked with figures, according to the value of which the player counted his game, and it is something in this way that the game of shove-groat or shove-halfpenny is still played. The width of the lines apart should be about a quarter of an inch greater than the pieces of money used. There is a balk or line, over which a shot must pass to be valid—otherwise it is a failure. The marks on the side are made with chalk. The players begin by one of them placing a halfpenny at the edge of the table, projecting about one third over its edge—then carrying his hand perpendicularly, thumb uppermost, he strikes it like a billiard ball on to the lines. If it be between any two of them it counts, and one of the marks at that space on the player's side is rubbed out. A lined shot may become good if struck into an opening by either party. If a line is crossed by the coin in the slightest degree it is of no value. When either of them has erased all the marks from any of the openings, should he lodge a shot there his opponent takes the benefit by erasing one of his own marks from that opening, should he have such still remaining. The players thus proceed alternately, five shots at a time. The game affords scope for considerable skill, as will be found by any one who will try it. The table must be steady and heavy, such as the old dormant tables of a hall, on which indeed it was invariably played, and of which specimens are not uncommon with the diagram inlaid in marquetrie. De Foe, in his Journey through England, 1724, mentions a marble shovel-board.
---The Second Part Of Henry The Fourth. King Henry The Fifth, Volume 10. 1861.

About Bow

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Stratford Le Bow, (the Stratford atte Bowe of our old writers of the 14th and 15th centuries), now commonly called Bow, formerly a hamlet of Stepney, but made into a separate parish in 1720, lies a mile east of Mile End. The name Stratford or Straet-ford is derived from a ford through the Lea at the place where it was crossed by the old Roman Road to Colchester. About the beginning of the 12th century Queen Matilda built a bridge over the Lea near the "Old Ford," and from the shape of this bridge the name of the village took the addition of "atte Bow."

The old bridge, consisting of three narrow arches, had been so often repaired as to leave little of the original structure when taken down in 1835.

The French of Chaucer's "Prioress" was spoken in the Stratford manner:—

And Frensch sche spak ful faire and fetysly,
After the scole of Stratford atte Bowe,
For Frensch of Parys was to hire unknowe.
Prologue to Canterbury Tales, I. 124.

---London, Past and Present. H.B. Wheatley, 1891.

About Wednesday 27 July 1664

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“ Mr. Duke, who is to be Secretary to the Fishery, and is now Secretary to the Committee for Trade”

" March 14, 1664. The King to the Duke of York, Governor, and the Assistants of the Royal Fishing Company. Recommends George Duke, late Secretary of the Committee for Trade, to be entertained by them in the same post, for which he is particularly fitted" ("Calendar of State Papers," 1663-64, p. 515).
---Wheatley, 1904.