Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
Tonyel has posted 46 annotations/comments since 11 March 2013.
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About Tuesday 20 August 1661
" all the afternoon at home to put my papers in order."We must remember that Sam had to keep track of two expenditures - personal and business, particularly when they overlapped so often. I assume he claimed expenses for travel, entertaining, etc and he would need detailed records to justify himself against any future complaints.We will see later on when his notebooks are quoted instead of the diary that he even recorded tips to grooms, servants and so on. Also he was not being paid a weekly wage so the reckoning periods could be quite long.
About Friday 26 July 1661
I'm sure you are right Sasha - I had not noticed Mr Hill's calling, my opinions were coloured by my recollections of Popes Head Alley!
"with some women with him whom he took and me into the tavern"It's unusual for Sam not to name the female company (and describe them). Perhaps they were "no better than they ought to be" as my aunt used to say.
About Monday 24 June 1661
We kept this a holiday, and so went not to the office at all.The fact that he mentions this indicates that it was unusual - or a restoration revival of an old custom.
About Monday 3 June 1661
" since it has pleased God to bless me with something, I am desirous to lay out something for my father,"I assume the custom would be to pay the outgoing Mr Young when he retired so Sam is not just asking for a favour, he's putting up a stake on behalf of his father. Good for him.
About Friday 10 May 1661
A small further thought on Sam's worries and complaints about Will, John, Bess, etc.He probably has no-one that he can talk to frankly about these sort of problems - except for his diary.
About Sunday 31 March 1661
"took occasion" is definitely active. Compare and contrast with the late Ronnie Scott's line:"I was out one evening and was taken suddenly drunk"
Sorry, off topic and ten years late - but it is April Fools Day and a little humour seems overdue.
About Tuesday 5 March 1660/61
Back to the oysters, we should bear in mind that Sam kept a running record of all expenses on a daily basis, presumably so he could claim some or all back later. Later on, in a period when his daily notes were not transcribed into the journal, we'll see that this included tips given to grooms, bag carriers, etc.
About Thursday 28 February 1660/61
and there made sale of many old stores by the candle, The candle method is still used here in Somerset UK to auction the annual use of a piece of land in the Mendip hills. However, it's inevitably a fairly slow process so I wonder how "many old stores" were sold. Perhaps they had a separate candle stub for each lot? Or maybe they had more time in those days.
About Monday 18 February 1660/61
A bit late, but it is slightly misleading to use a serving maid's income as a measure. After all, she also got food and accommodation, possibly also clothes, so her total 'income' was well in excess of £3 per annum.