Sunday 24 January 1663/64

(Lord’s day). Lay long in bed, and then up, and being desirous to perform my vowes that I lately made, among others, to be performed this month, I did go to my office, and there fell on entering, out of a bye- book, part of my second journall-book, which hath lain these two years and more unentered. Upon this work till dinner, and after dinner to it again till night, and then home to supper, and after supper to read a lecture to my wife upon the globes, and so to prayers and to bed. This evening also I drew up a rough draught of my last will to my mind.

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Pedro   Link to this

Also on this day...

Sir George Downing to Bennet, from The Hague.

"You have infinite advantages upon the account of the form of the government of this country which is such a shattered and divided thing; and though the rest of the provinces give Holland their votes, yet nothing is more evident and certain that Holland must expect to bear the burden. Even Zeeland can do very little, for that is very poor, and for the other provinces they neither can nor will. If Holland desires peace that is more than enough to secure it, and the approval of Amsterdam alone will suffice."

(The Dutch Seaborne Empire by C.R.Boxer)

Crash   Link to this

What exactly does "lecturing upon the globes" mean in this case? Is Sam trying to educate his wife upon geometry, astronomy, geography, or anatomy?

jeannine   Link to this

"I did go to my office, and there fell on entering, out of a bye- book, part of my second journall-book, which hath lain these two years and more unentered"
I am curious-does anyone know what journal Sam is referring to here? He seems to have quite a few different journals he keeps between the Diary and the "official" records associated with his job.

Mary   Link to this

This journal seems to be the fair copy of Sam's diary.

The diary is not a yearly diary of the sort that we would buy (one year per volume) but is contained within 6 volumes of stationer's notebooks, with entries covering accounts from 2-3 years written up in each.

An L&M footnote states that the particular volume cited here covers the period 1st July 1661 - 30th June 1663 and that the by-book in question has not survived.

jeannine   Link to this

Thanks Mary!

Paul Dyson   Link to this

Globes

Crash, a click on the "globes" link and then on "References in the Diary" will enable the history of these globes to emerge. Sam bought them last September (1663)for the benefit of his wife's education - he is a home-schooler! The Annotations on the links page offer pictures of some similar globes.

cumgranosalis   Link to this

Globalisation of the economy started with looking for spices and all things nice, with thy magnet and sundial and with thy seer of stars, all came to-gether with an orb. With this orb, one could learn of where thy tea and coffee came from, and tie together all the sciences [Geography, Magnetism, Astronomy, Astrology, Mathematics { thereby understand the Sextant}and agriculture]. Sam would point out the Meridians, Latitude and Longitude, and the clock connection. At this time there be great curiosity in the way of thinking and disproving old concepts, held by Aristonian scholars. This is the age of falling apples, Student getting sent down for not agreeing with Grecian concepts but espouseing the latest concepts and the Globe be a very pratical way of expressing the latest philosophes, [ which then were the foundation of the sciences as we now be aware of].
The Orb be the back bone of the Naval career.
Thru the smoke filled skies one could hope to see the polar bear in all it's glory. The duodecimal system of dividing thy sky and thy clock in little slices along with thy sundial

cumgranosalis   Link to this

Globalisation of the economy started with looking for spices and all things nice, with thy magnet and sundial and with thy seer of stars, all came to-gether with an orb. With this orb, one could learn of where thy tea and coffee came from, and tie together all the sciences [Geography, Magnetism, Astronomy, Astrology, Mathematics { thereby understand the Sextant}and agriculture]. Sam would point out the Meridians, Latitude and Longitude, and the clock connection. At this time there be great curiosity in the way of thinking and disproving old concepts, held by Aristonian scholars. This is the age of falling apples, Student getting sent down for not agreeing with Grecian concepts but espouseing the latest concepts and the Globe be a very pratical way of expressing the latest philosophes, [ which then were the foundation of the sciences as we now be aware of].
The Orb be the back bone of the Naval career.
Thru the smoke filled skies one could hope to see the polar bear in all it's glory. The duodecimal system of dividing thy sky and thy clock in little slices along with thy sundial

Bradford   Link to this

"read a lecture to my wife upon the globes": does this suggest to anyone else that he has a book, from which he is reading extracts aloud, which provides information about foreign lands or heavenly bodies, rather than discoursing out of his own knowledge?

Pedro   Link to this

"and disproving old concepts, held by Aristonian scholars... the latest concepts and the Globe be a very pratical way of expressing the latest philosophes."

To a certain extent the latest concepts had been proposed by Ari Starchus (born 60 odd years after Ari Stotle), which is very strange!

cumgranosalis   Link to this

'tis not strange,Haristarchus did not have the all RIGHT the vibes."..the latest concepts had been proposed by Ari Starchus (born 60 odd years after Ari Stotle), which is very strange! ..."
It takes many qualities to convince someone that thy idea be the right one, the words alone will not do.
See how long it took Newton to convince 'ook to see the meaning of a rainbow.
We are blinded by our safety filters that screen all our senses to the real world.

cumgranosalis   Link to this

When reading the story of the latitude sailors had in finding longitude, our Bess be up to the latest in science of the times, men finding their way on the open seas. She be askin' Sam how does a Kapitan know that he be near the silly isles and not near cabo de Sao Vicente or even Ininis shark {NW Eire Connemara}.
It be like the modern lass being exposed to helix dna,rna and cloning and having virgin births , in that a Virgin now can have a baby [or a Grandmere for that matter ] without a man being present.
It be another 60 years before man had a good idea of where he be, by using the modified clock invented by a carpenter's son and he be not camoxed.

Pedro   Link to this

"the story of the latitude sailors had in finding longitude,"

It could be again worth mentioning Dava Sobel's book "Longitude" for anyone interested in the quest for an accurate way to determine longitude.

Dave   Link to this

The seach for longitude

to me is best brought to life in Eco's The Island of the Day Before, although the method described there of simultaneously barking dogs did not prove to solve the problem.

dirk   Link to this

The Rev. Josselin - today's diary entry...

"continual snow. god good to me in outward mercies. my Cousin Hurril under a distraction, lord remember her in mercy and restore her. God good in my relations, in the liberty of his word and worship give me a heart for thy glory.

When I look abroad thus in England public quiet, and yet nothing but discontents(,) the state brooks no public religious meetings, but legal. Denmarke, Swede. Holland, in peace, the Turkish pirates harsh to our traders in the midland seas(,) the great princes young. Turk about 21. or 22. France. 25. Emp. 23. Swede a boy. Savoy very young. the Emp. at Ratisbone diet engaging the Emp. to assist against the Turk the popish party join. France would have the auxiliaries commanded by a friend of his and then he would assist, but [part missing]
the great difference between the pope and France, which accused the world that the french designs run high, likely to be agreed by condescension on the popes part

The polish king carries war to the Moscovites door with hope of peace, but that not likely, great endeavours to declare Duke d Enguyen . successor to poland(.) The Turks make great preparations against christendom. Apaffi; gets many places from the Emp: submitting to him all Germany and Italy in all amaze, the northern kingdoms quiet. Spain warring to reduce Portugal"

Wow! This is not the kind of thing we're used to with Josselin! This is probably the longest entry in his diary so far. Food for commentators?

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