Monday 16 July 1666

Lay in great pain in bed all the morning and most of the afternoon, being in much pain, making little or no water, and indeed having little within to make any with. And had great twinges with the wind all the day in my belly with wind. And a looseness with it, which however made it not so great as I have heretofore had it. A wonderful dark sky, and shower of rain this morning, which at Harwich proved so too with a shower of hail as big as walnuts. I had some broth made me to drink, which I love, only to fill up room. Up in the afternoon, and passed the day with Balty, who is come from sea for a day or two before the fight, and I perceive could be willing fairly to be out of the next fight, and I cannot much blame him, he having no reason by his place to be there; however, would not have him to be absent, manifestly to avoid being there. At night grew a little better and took a glyster of sacke, but taking it by halves it did me not much good, I taking but a little of it. However, to bed, and had a pretty good night of it, [Continued tomorrow. P.G.]

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cape henry   Link to this

Given that this illness has carried over into Monday, I suspect the "milke." More interesting is the hail. I wonder how often it hails in England?

cgs   Link to this

hail: Summer hail be quit popular in UK : I did witness one time, table tennis size hail stones wipe out an acre of ready to be cut cabbage lettuce, there went our Christmas bonus, or normal the fortunes of gardening, one of the reasons I rather use lead in wood than a plough.

cgs   Link to this

Errata: it did not quit till it was quite done

Mr. Gunning   Link to this

BROTH

Broth is a liquid in which bones, meat, fish, cereal grains, or vegetables have been simmered. Broth is used as a basis for other edible liquids such as soup, gravy, or sauce. It can be eaten alone or with garnish. If other ingredients are used, such as rice, pearl barley, oatmeal, et cetera, it is then generally called soup.

In Britain, broth is a nourishing thick soup with chunks of vegetables, pulses and sometimes meat.

Robert Gertz   Link to this

So it seems Balty, though willing apparently to do what he must, is the administrative type...Despite his supposed career as a soldier earlier. Kind of Sam to show some understanding of his nervousness. Interesting that we never get any hint of Bess' concern for him. Despite his self-centeredness our drama-loving Sam one would think would find an emotional scene of sister and brother too good to pass on.

Muddiman   Link to this

Today's Gazette:
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language hat   Link to this

"So it seems Balty, though willing apparently to do what he must, is the administrative type"

Huh? I don't think it's exclusively "administrative types" who would rather not be in the thick of battle any more often than necessary. Boy's Own war novels do not accurately represent the feelings of actual soldiers.

Bradford   Link to this

What a waste of good sack, Sam! (See background article on this article.) At least it would have improved your spirits had you drunk it.

A. De Araujo   Link to this

"glyster of sacke"
Can one get drunk this way?

cgs   Link to this

clyster sacke?
May be it be good for removing little cysts on the exit tube linings?????????

Clyster:
3. A contemptuous name for a medical practitioner (cf. CLYSTER-PIPE). Obs.

1621 FLETCHER Thierry i. sc. 1 [addressing a physician] What's that to you, or any, Ye dross, you powder'd pigs~bones, rubarbe glisters?

1733 FIELDING Quixote in Eng. II. xiv, I shall order him bleeding, glistering, vomiting..and cupping.

Robert Gertz   Link to this

Balty does seem to have changed since the days he spoke of wanting a post that would not disgrace a gentleman and of going to fight for either the Emperor or the Dutch or both...

On the other hand, Balty has little option between the soldier's profession and whatever he can get from Sam. And Sam was genuinely moved by the younger man's sufferings...Pity he didn't care to write them out...In Holland (suspected of being an English spy by his background perhaps?) earlier and perhaps Balty's willingness to take on anything contrasts well with John Jr, who...

Spoiler...

...seems little inclined to make use of his advantages (college education, high-profile contacts including a well-placed brother).

I wonder though if perhaps Sam came to the belated conclusion it was better to help Balty out than face the risk that eventually his wanderings about Europe for work would cause embarassment...

Spoiler...A wonder that Shaftsbury either never learned of or never made use of Balty's time in Holland as a follow-up charge against Sam...Particularly when Balty went abroad as Sam's rather capable detective.

And I still can't help suspecting some significant happened in Holland...Either Balty was deliberately sent or at least made a useful report to Sam on his return...That helped to cement good relations between the two in-laws.

Pete D   Link to this

A. De Araujo: Can one get drunk this way?

Yes. There are a lot of small blood vessels close to the surface of the skin inside the rectum, which effectively absorb alcohol. Heroin solution enemas are occasionally promoted as an alternative to injection for drug users: http://www.drugtext.org/library/articles/southw...

cgs   Link to this

Asking too many questions [Who, which, why, where, what and When]
"In Holland (suspected of being an English spy by his background perhaps?)"

Robert Gertz   Link to this

No time to get you a date but Balty went to Europe to be a soldier. He was considering fighting the Turk but later was supposed to have tried joining up in Holland, then returned and Sam spoke of being moved by his sufferings. Since Sam's attitude toward Balty changed quite a bit at that time, I can't help feeling he'd made himself useful in some way, possibly by reporting on what he'd seen over there. And the "suffering" makes me wonder if he'd been linked to Sam while over there. Naturally had Balty really offered his services to the Dutch that would have been a potential problem for Sam, though perhaps in their day not so much an act of treason as it would be now. All speculation of course...

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