Wednesday 9 May 1666

Up by five o’clock, which I have not a long time done, and down the river by water to Deptford, among other things to examine the state of Ironworke, in order to the doing something with reference to Downing that may induce him to returne me the 50 pieces. Walked back again reading of my Civill Law Book, and so home and by coach to White Hall, where we did our usual business before the Duke, and heard the Duke commend Deane’s ship “The Rupert” before “The Defyance,” built lately by Castle, in hearing of Sir W. Batten, which pleased me mightily. Thence by water to Westminster, and there looked after my Tangier order, and so by coach to Mrs. Pierces, thinking to have gone to Hales’s, but she was not ready, so away home and to dinner, and after dinner out by coach to Lovett’s to have forwarded what I have doing there, but find him and his pretty wife gone to my house to show me something. So away to my Lord Treasurer’s, and thence to Pierces, where I find Knipp, and I took them to Hales’s to see our pictures finished, which are very pretty, but I like not hers half so well as I thought at first, it being not so like, nor so well painted as I expected, or as mine and my wife’s are. Thence with them to Cornhill to call and choose a chimney-piece for Pierces closett, and so home, where my wife in mighty pain and mightily vexed at my being abroad with these women; and when they were gone called them whores and I know not what, which vexed me, having been so innocent with them. So I with them to Mrs. Turner’s and there sat with them a while, anon my wife sends for me, I come, and what was it but to scold at me and she would go abroad to take the ayre presently, that she would. So I left my company and went with her to Bow, but was vexed and spoke not one word to her all the way going nor coming, or being come home, but went up straight to bed. Half an hour after (she in the coach leaning on me as being desirous to be friends) she comes up mighty sicke with a fit of the cholique and in mighty pain and calls for me out of the bed; I rose and held her, she prays me to forgive her, and in mighty pain we put her to bed, where the pain ceased by and by, and so had some asparagus to our bed side for supper and very kindly afterward to sleepe and good friends in the morning.

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Terry Foreman   Link to this

The Royal Society today at Gresham College — from the Hooke Folio Online

May. 9th. 1666. (Petrus Lambiecius [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Lambeck ] his book presented) Historia Literaria [ http://snipurl.com/hkxrv ] which vndertakes to giue account of the Rise progress fall & Restoration of Languages Sciences & Arts from the beginning of the World in this age as also of the men famous for Increasing & promoting knowledge vizt when & where they liued & what they wrote & contributed. of wch booke there being extant but one tome yet the Author intimates the Empr. [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Leopold ] hath ingaged him to proceed wth the rest).
about Mummy.)

wallis [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Wallis ] his hypothesis for soluing all the phaenomena of the flux & Reflux of the sea vpon the consideration of a common Center of Grauity of the earth & Moon)

Auzouts [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adrien_Auzout ] Letter about Diuinjs discouery of the permanent spot in Iupiter
[ http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/16667... ]
a Relation of 2 Rainbows - 4 suns at Chartres.)

There were made 2 magneticall Expt. by mr Hooke one was that the terrella being soe posited as to haue its poles perpendicular to the horizon the steel Dust held ouer it in a siue & put into motion was insteed of being attracted chaces away from both the poles. in 2 seuerall tryalls. & the same terrella being placed horizontally and the steel dust held againe ouer it. I was likewise driuen away from both the poles at once the same was tryd wth. a magnet of an Irregular figure with the like successe.
the 2d Expt. was that the terrella being put into the midst of a boord in a hole and the steel Dust Ranged in Ouall figures about it a small Loadstone being placed on the same boord, the dust when put into motion. was determined by it into analogus Ouall figures
[ page ] 52
which seemd to shew how the Loadstone conformes it self to the earth.

The Business of chariots being againe spoken of the Pt. Related, that as mr Hooks chariot was now contriued it went better then before & free from Iolting (Blunts chariot)
Iapan Copper.)

http://webapps.qmul.ac.uk/cell/Hooke/hooke_foli...

Terry Foreman   Link to this

Mr. Downing, anchorsmith

L&M say his forename is John; he plied his trade is Deptford.

Australian Susan   Link to this

This is an amazing entry concerning Sam and Elizabeth's relationship. Quite extraordinary that he should record all this.
"...very kindly afterward to sleepe and good friends in the morning...." what more could you want.

B Timbrell   Link to this

For the last few days Elizabeth seems to have been in considerable pain, presumably with her teeth; what could she have taken at that time to ease the pain.

JWB   Link to this

If you follow the asparagus link, under David Quidnunc's post you will see it was once thought to ease tooth ache.

Robert Gertz   Link to this

So human, so flawed, so absolutely and unflinchingly true...Hats off to an honest man. And with all its flaws, a great love story...

How many tears, how much pain, how much joy old Sam must have experienced, re-reading passages like this?

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Terry Foreman   Link to this

The Royal Society today at Gresham College — from the Hooke Folio Online

May. 9th. 1666. (Petrus Lambiecius [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Lambeck ] his book presented) Historia Literaria [ http://snipurl.com/hkxrv ] which vndertakes to giue account of the Rise progress fall & Restoration of Languages Sciences & Arts from the beginning of the World in this age as also of the men famous for Increasing & promoting knowledge vizt when & where they liued & what they wrote & contributed. of wch booke there being extant but one tome yet the Author intimates the Empr. [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emperor_Leopold ] hath ingaged him to proceed wth the rest).
about Mummy.)

wallis [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Wallis ] his hypothesis for soluing all the phaenomena of the flux & Reflux of the sea vpon the consideration of a common Center of Grauity of the earth & Moon)

Auzouts [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adrien_Auzout ] Letter about Diuinjs discouery of the permanent spot in Iupiter
[ http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/16667... ]
a Relation of 2 Rainbows - 4 suns at Chartres.)

There were made 2 magneticall Expt. by mr Hooke one was that the terrella being soe posited as to haue its poles perpendicular to the horizon the steel Dust held ouer it in a siue & put into motion was insteed of being attracted chaces away from both the poles. in 2 seuerall tryalls. & the same terrella being placed horizontally and the steel dust held againe ouer it. I was likewise driuen away from both the poles at once the same was tryd wth. a magnet of an Irregular figure with the like successe.
the 2d Expt. was that the terrella being put into the midst of a boord in a hole and the steel Dust Ranged in Ouall figures about it a small Loadstone being placed on the same boord, the dust when put into motion. was determined by it into analogus Ouall figures
[ page ] 52
which seemd to shew how the Loadstone conformes it self to the earth.

The Business of chariots being againe spoken of the Pt. Related, that as mr Hooks chariot was now contriued it went better then before & free from Iolting (Blunts chariot)
Iapan Copper.)

http://webapps.qmul.ac.uk/cell/Hooke/hooke_foli...

cgs   Link to this

"...and so had some asparagus to our bed side for supper and very kindly afterward to sleepe and good friends in the morning...."

Google Asparagus & toothache gets thee to the myths of the herbalists and ancient Gods.

One day when science has enough tools and live bodies, the connection between myths will be found.
It not be all fiction and old wives 'tails'

John MacGibbon   Link to this

Elizabeth Pepys and the wife of a well-known Italian politician of today might well be soul-mates.

Australian Susan   Link to this

"...which vndertakes to giue account of the Rise progress fall & Restoration of Languages Sciences & Arts from the beginning of the World in this age as also of the men famous for Increasing & promoting knowledge vizt when & where they liued & what they wrote & contributed. of wch booke there being extant but one tome ...."

This sounds about as impossible a book to write as the fictional Casuabon's Key To All Mythologies. Not surprising that he cannot get money to carry it on.

The references we have in this extract and also before in others kindly supplied by TF (much thanks) does remind me of 1st year high school physics when we put rectangular magnets under paper and shook iron filings over them. I still remember the wonder of seeing all those patterns form.

Terry Foreman   Link to this

"to Lovett’s to have forwarded what I have doing there"

I.e., to get some progress made on Lovett's varnishing the side of the paper that Pepys will have lined by his father-in-law for Pepys's spreadsheets (his "tables").

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