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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

About Henrietta-Maria Stuart (Queen Mother)

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HENRIETTA MARIA (1609-1669), queen consort of Charles I; youngest daughter of Henri IV and Marie de Medicis; married by proxy and came to England, 1625; on indifferent terms with her husband during lifetime of Buckingham; at first abstained from politics, but attracted courtiers and poets; evoked Prynne's 'HistrioMastix ' by taking part in rehearsal of 'Shepherd's Pastoral,' 1632; under influence of George Conn thwarted Laud's proclamation against catholic recusants, 1636; obtained money from the catholics for Scottish war, 1639: after meeting of Long parliament carried on intrigues with the papal court, but could obtain no help for the royalists except on condition of Charles becoming a Romanist; after failure of overtures to parliamentary leaders, authorised Henry Jermyn and Sir John Suckling to carry out the army plot, 1641; tried to save Strafford; urged on attempted arrest of the five members, 1642; left England early in 1642, and bought munitions of war and obtained money in Holland; landed at Bridlington, February 1643, under fire; impeached by parliament, 23 May 1643; failed to surprise Hull and Lincoln, 1643; entertained by Shakespeare's daughter at Stratford-on-Avon; joined Charles at Edgehill and accompanied him to Oxford, 1643: advised bringing in of foreign or Irish army; escaped from Falmouth to France, 1644; pawned her jewels; negotiated with Mazarin and obtained promise of ten thousand men from Duke of Lorraine, 1644-5; urged Charles to accept Scottish help on basis of presbyterianism, 1646; active in negotiations with Irish catholics and the anti-parliamentarian English fleet, 1648; in state of destitution at the Louvre, 1648; retired into Carmelite nunnery; alienated Charles II's advisers by attempts to convert to Roman catholicism her younger son, Duke of Gloucester; came to England, 1660, to get portion for her daughter Henrietta Anne and to break off engagement between her second son Duke of York and Anne Hyde; lived at Somerset House; finally left England, 1665; died at Colombes and was buried in St. Denis.
---Dictionary of National Biography: Index and Epitome. S. Lee, 1906.

About Hampton Court Palace

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Hampton Court, is delightfully situated on the north bank of the river Thames, about two miles from Kingston, and at a small distance from a village called Hampton. This palace was magnificently built with brick by Cardinal Wolsey, who here set up two hundred and eighty silk beds for strangers only, and richly stored it with gold and silver plate; but it raised so much envy against him, that to screen himself from its effects, he gave it to King Henry VIII. who, in return, suffered him to live in his palace of Richmond. King Henry greatly enlarged it, and it had then five spacious courts adorned with buildings, which in that age were so greatly admired by all foreigners as well as the natives, that the learned Grotius says of this place:

Si quis opes nescit (sed quis tamen ille?) Britannus,
Hampton Curia, tuos consultat ille Lares :
Contulerit toto cum sparsa palatia mundo,
Dicet, Ibi Reges, hic habitare Deos.

That is,
If e'er a Briton what is wealth don't know; let him repair to Hampton Court, and then view all the palaces of the earth, when he will say, Those are the residence of Kings, but this of the Gods.
---London and Its Environs Described. R. Dodsley, 1761.