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About Sunday 1 November 1663

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"at noon dined at home alone, a good calves head boiled"

To bake a Calves head to be eaten cold.
You must half boyl a fair Calves head, then take out all the bones on both sides, and season it with the aforesaid seasoning, and Lard it with Bacon, and a little Lemon peel; then having a coffin large enough, not very high, nor very thick, but make it four square, lay on some sheets of Lard on the top and butter, when it is bak'd and cold, fill it with clarified butter.
The Accomplish'd Lady's Delight in Preserving, Physick, Beautifying, and Cookery. 1685.

About Merchant Strangers' Company

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Merchants, Merchandise.
I. Magna Charta, Stat.5R.2.Stat.2.1. Merchant-Strangers shall have safe Conduct of coming into, going out, and remaining in England, to buy and sell, without being exacted upon by excessive Tolls, except in time of War, if they be of our Enemies Countrey : and albeit they be so, yet so long as our Merchants be used well there, they shall have the like usage here.
II. Stat.9E.3.1. Merchant-Strangers may freely buy and sell within the Realm without Disturbance, except they be Alien Enemies.
etc., etc. etc.
---An Exact Abridgment of All the Statutes in Force and Use from the Beginning of Magna Charta. 1704.

About Canon

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CANNIONS, Boot hose; an old fashioned Garment for the Legs.
---An universal etymological English dictionary. N. Bailey, 1724.

About Hole Haven

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Holehaven or Holy Haven, a creek on the south coast of Essex. Lobsters from Norway and Scotland are deposited here for conveyance up the Thames.
---Wheatley, 1893.

About Thursday 26 November 1663

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“there met with Mr. Cutler the merchant, who would needs have me home to his house by the Dutch Church”
The Dutch church in Austin Friars. Pepys on September 29th, 1664, stated that Mr. Cutler had "bought all the Augustine Fryers."
---Wheatley, 1893.

About Austin Friars

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The street of Austin Friars, off Old Broad Street, takes its name from the Augustinian Priory that once stood nearby. The priory was originally built by Humphrey de Bohun, Constable of England, in around 1253, the priory church incorporating the existing parish church of St Peter-le-Poer as a private chapel; and it was extended in 1354. The priory was attacked during the Peasants’ Revolt of 1381, when 13 Flemings were dragged from its sanctuary and beheaded. Many of the barons killed at the Battle of Barnet in the Wars of the Roses in 1471 were buried here. Erasmus of Rotterdam, the Dutch priest, theologian and philosopher, the so-called “Prince of the Humanists”, lodged here in 1513, complained about the quality of the wine on offer, and left without settling his bill! Miles Coverdale worked on his translation of the Bible here in 1529. And Thomas Cromwell, the lawyer, banker and soldier, and sometime statesman, Vicar-General and Vice-Regent in Spirituals to Henry VIII, lived here from the 1520s until his execution for treason and heresy in 1540.

About Pelham Humfrey

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HUMFREY, PELHAM (1647-1674), lutenist and composer; with Blow and Turner composed the 'Club Anthem,' 1664; studied music in France and Italy, 1665-6; introduced Lully's methods into England; gentleman of Chapel Royal, 1667; master of the children, 1672-4; composer in ordinary for violins, 1673; composed anthems, services, and songs, contained in the Tudway collection and Boyce's 'Cathedral Music,' and other works.
---Dictionary of National Biography: Index and Epitome. S. Lee, 1906.

I Will Always Give Thanks (The 'Club' Anthem)