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Tonyel has posted 75 annotations/comments since 11 March 2013.

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About Sunday 25 January 1662/63

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Way off topic, but can't resist quoting Milton Jones' gag:
"When Grandfather became ill we rubbed butter all over his back - after that he went downhill quite quickly."

Sorry, Phil.

About Friday 23 January 1662/63

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"and they sent for up."

Any ideas what this means? Are the men of condition being sent for (but why up)? Or is this short for "Up North", a common expression by us southerners?

About Thursday 8 January 1662/63

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" And the play, in one word, is the best, for the variety and the most excellent continuance of the plot to the very end, that ever I saw, or think ever shall, and all possible, not only to be done in the time, but in most other respects very admittable, and without one word of ribaldry; and the house, by its frequent plaudits, did show their sufficient approbation. "

One word eh, Sam?

About Wednesday 31 December 1662

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"Mr. Povy and, I to White Hall; he carrying me thither on purpose to carry me into the ball this night before the King. All the way he talking very ingenuously, and I find him a fine gentleman."

Should this not read "ingeniously"? I can't imagine Sam being so impressed by naivete.

About Monday 29 December 1662

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"the great vast trade of the goldsmiths in supplying the King with money at dear rates."

10% sounds greedy but, Charles being Charles, there was no guarantee that the money would ever be repaid.

About Saturday 27 December 1662

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Imagine expecting a 12-year-old to work what amounted then to a full-time job and to be beaten if he failed!

Easy to imagine, unfortunately. You can go to many parts of the world and find kids of half that age doing a full-time job.

About Monday 22 December 1662

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Two different Sarahs, Bridget. Sam's Sarah left with much regret and a glowing reference. Sandwich's Sarah is an old friend (maybe more) of Sam's from his days in my Lord's household.

About Tuesday 16 December 1662

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"what a most troublesome fellow that Strutt is, such as I never did meet with his fellow in my life. His talking and ours to make him hold his peace set my head off akeing all the afternoon with great pain".

Sounds familiar - nothing worse than someone with a (genuine) grievance who won't shut up.

About Friday 12 December 1662

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Thatched buildings are not usually fitted with gutters even to-day

No, but they have a deep overhang so that the water drips away from the walls. All the recent remodelling has probably left some awkward angles and narrow gullies where snow and water will collect and then find the easiest gravitational route.

About Tuesday 9 December 1662

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"my Lord Treasurer's letter"

Impossible to resist the temptation to compare the present with the past:

"Just delete 'we demand payment' and paste in 'payment would be appreciated' there's a good chap. "

"But Mr Coventry, that's a whole page to rewrite and my eyes are killing me!"