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Tonyel has posted 83 annotations/comments since 11 March 2013.

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About Saturday 15 August 1663

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"10. spec. a. Of a person: To be suspended on or upon a cross, gibbet, gallows, etc.; to suffer death in this way; esp. as a form of punishment. "

esp. as opposed to what? entertainment?

About Friday 24 July 1663

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"speaking well and commending me in some company..."
I get the impression that this is not the usual randy Sam - more Sam the man of some importance who is patronising (in both senses) the ladies.

About Wednesday 8 July 1663

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"Mr Urbanite, Sam"
Surely, Sam would have had a professional interest in the corn harvest. The Navy must have bought huge amounts of flour, bread and hard tack biscuits and the price, as always, would fluctuate with the success of that year's crop.

About Monday 1 June 1663

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" So, well pleased for once with this sight,"
I read this as "Glad I have seen it, but I won't bother again". Particularly as it made his head ake all evening.

About Thursday 28 May 1663

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"Neither Holy nor Roman nor an Empire..."
Reminds me of my own country, currently squabbling about leaving or staying in the EU.
Neither Great nor United.

About Friday 1 May 1663

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Off topic but worth sharing, I hope:
The Bishop of Hereford, many years ago, was riding in procession through the city on a mare which turned out to be in season. A following stallion mounted her, trapping the Bishop with its forelegs, and "thus they travelled for some distance" no doubt to the delight of the onlookers.

About Monday 27 April 1663

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The 11th Earl of Sandwich now resides at Mapperton House in Dorset which is open to the public. On show is the handwritten recipe book of the 1st ('our') Earl full of recipes for chocolate drinks and ice cream which he is supposed to have collected when ambassador to Spain.

About Monday 16 March 1662/63

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"to my office , where, with several Masters of the King’s ships, Sir J. Minnes and I "

Quite a crowd. Sam's office must be more spacious than I had imagined.

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?