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About Farthingales

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FARDINGALE, a Whale bone Circle or Hoop, which Ladies wore formerly upon their Hips, a diminutive sort of Hoop'd Peticoat.
---An Universal Etymological English Dictionary. N. Bailey, 1724.

About Saturday 24 May 1662

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"Thence abroad with Mr. Creed, of whom I informed myself of all I had a mind to know."

I want to thank the annotators from ten years ago for the insight and information they provided. Sam needed this also and he got it from Mr. Creed. Much more than just gossip, this insider knowledge was necessary to him to be able to do his job, for the navy and for Sandwich.

About Thursday 22 May 1662

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"some anchovies, olives, and muscatt"

MUSCAT, a delicious Grape of a musky Taste.
---An Universal Etymological English Dictionary. N. Bailey, 1724.

About Daniel Brevint

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BREVINT or BREVIN, DANIEL (1616-1695),divine; educated at protestant university at Saumur; M.A., 1624; fellow of Jesus College, Oxford, 1637; incorporated M.A. Oxford, 1638; deprived of fellowship by parliamentary commissioners; retired to Jersey, his birthplace, and thence to France; chaplain to Turenne; returned to England, 1660; received stall in Durham Cathedral, 1660; D.D. Oxford, 1663; dean and prebendary of Lincoln, 1682 ; published protestant polemics, and devotional works, including 'The Christian Sacrament and Sacrifice,' 1673.
---Dictionary of National Biography: Index and Epitome. S. Lee, 1906.

About Saturday 17 May 1662

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“and there put him drawing a replication to Tom Trice’s answer speedily”

REPLICATION, making a Reply, a second Answer.
REPLICATION, [in Law] the Plaintiff's Reply to the Defendant's Answer.
---An Universal Etymological English Dictionary. N. Bailey, 1724.

About Wednesday 14 May 1662

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"brought me a stately cake"

CAKE, a flat Loaf of Bread, commonly made with Spice, Fruit, &c.
---An Universal Etymological English Dictionary. N. Bailey, 1724.

About Crusado

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CRUZADO, in commerce, is a Portugueze coin, struck under Alphonsus V. about the year 1457, at the time when pope Calixtus sent thither the bull for a croisade, against the infidels. It had its name from a cross, which it bears on one side; the arms of Portugal being on the other. A cruzado is of the value of 40 French sols, or upwards of 2s. 10d. sterl.
---Cyclopaedia, or an Universal Dictionary of Arts and Sciences. 1741.

About Hackney coaches

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Hackney men say at mangy hackney's hire,
A scald horse is good enough for a scabbed squire

Hackney-men, originally proprietors of horses let for hire: hackney = a saddle horse. It was not until the reign of Charles I. that the title was transferred to the drivers of vehicles, the year 1625 being the date of the first appearance of hackney coaches in the streets of London. They were then only twenty in number, but the innovation occasioned an outcry (Sharman): "The world runs on wheeles. The hackney-men, who were wont to have furnished travellers in all places with fitting and serviceable horses for any journey, (by the multitude of coaches) are undone by the dozens, and the whole commonwealth most abominably jaded, that in many places a man had as good to ride on a wooden post, as to poast it upon one of those hunger-starv'd hirelings."-—Taylor, Works (1630).
---The Proverbs, Epigrams, and Miscellanies of John Heywood. 1906