Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
Tonyel has posted 30 annotations/comments since 11 March 2013.
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About Tuesday 4 December 1660
For UK listeners, a new series of extracts from the diary starts next week on BBC Radio 4.Unfortunately, judging by the trailer, the readings are in a quiet, rather dull voice. My mental image of Sam's speech is that it would be lively and amusing as befits a man who was obviously very popular and sociable.
About Tuesday 27 November 1660
MarkS, I don't disagree about the relevance of religion in the 17thC. However, I was merely using the line about the meek as a familiar cliché in the 21stC. Just because David was not a Christian doesn't make it irrelevant - although it's getting less and less amusing.Perhaps we should not take up any more annotation space on this.
Thanks Mark, but perhaps I should have made it clearer that this was a mild joke. I don't take any sort of superstition very seriously.
About Thursday 29 November 1660
In the afternoon Sir W. Batten and I met and did sell the ship Church for 440l.; and we asked 391l.,This sounds like an auction where the reserve price was £391 - or am I misreading something?
Excellent précis, Gerald. Whether it's Nabal or the drayman, the idea of the meek inheriting the earth has never really caught on, has it?
About Tuesday 6 November 1660
Grazing rights to some land in the Mendip hills in Somerset, UK are still auctioned annually by candle in a local pub. There was a great uproar a few years back when the candle went out almost immediately it was lit and someone got a bargain.
About Wednesday 31 October 1660
"Lady" Davis. From the later references to her, Sam was being sarcastic here - she was plain Mrs Davis but, by the sound of it, not the best neighbour to have. She certainly seems to have scared the Comptroller.
About Wednesday 3 October 1660
'she having been abroad today to buy more furniture for her house.'The entry a few days ago referred to Bess buying a bed for "her" chamber which I took to mean her separate private room. This sounds as though Sam has given her responsibility for furnishing the whole house which he now sees as her domain.
About Sunday 16 September 1660
“And is there any evil in the city and the Lord hath not done it?”
Seems a little unfair to blame God for everything - or am I missing the point?
About Thursday 6 September 1660
"his solicitor are falling out, one complaining of the other for taking too great fees, which is too true."
Some things don't change.