Thursday 7 May 1668

Up, and to the office, where all the morning. At noon home to dinner, and thither I sent for Mercer to dine with me, and after dinner she and I called Mrs. Turner, and I carried them to the Duke of York’s house, and there saw “The Man’s the Master,” which proves, upon my seeing it again, a very good play. Thence called Knepp from the King’s house, where going in for her, the play being done, I did see Beck Marshall come dressed, off of the stage, and looks mighty fine, and pretty, and noble: and also Nell, in her boy’s clothes, mighty pretty. But, Lord! their confidence! and how many men do hover about them as soon as they come off the stage, and how confident they are in their talk! Here I did kiss the pretty woman newly come, called Pegg, that was Sir Charles Sidly’s mistress, a mighty pretty woman, and seems, but is not, modest. Here took up Knepp into our coach, and all of us with her to her lodgings, and thither comes Bannister with a song of hers, that he hath set in Sir Charles Sidly’s play for her, which is, I think, but very meanly set; but this he did, before us, teach her, and it being but a slight, silly, short ayre, she learnt it presently. But I did get him to prick me down the notes of the Echo in “The Tempest,” which pleases me mightily. Here was also Haynes, the incomparable dancer of the King’s house, and a seeming civil man, and sings pretty well, and they gone, we abroad to Marrowbone, and there walked in the garden, the first time I ever was there; and a pretty place it is, and here we eat and drank and stayed till 9 at night, and so home by moonshine … And so set Mrs. Knepp at her lodging, and so the rest, and I home talking with a great deal of pleasure, and so home to bed.

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Terry Foreman   Link to this

L&M provide what's omitted by the ellipsis above:

"...and here we eat and drank and stayed till 9 at night, and so home by moonshine, I all the way having mi mano abaxo la jupe de Knepp com much placer and freedom; but endeavoring afterward to tocar her con mi cosa, ella did strive against that, but yet I do not think that she did find much fault with it, but I was a little moved at my offering it and nor having it. And so set Mrs. Knepp at her lodging, and so the rest and I home, talking with a great deal of pleasure, and so home to bed."

Terry Foreman   Link to this

The Royal Society today at Arundel House — from the Hooke Folio Online

may.7.1668. mr Boyle papaer about expt of vipers & froggs.
a gage for Rarefaction [ the reduction of a medium's density, or the opposite of compression ])

Letter from Turky [ by Thomas Harpur ] read.) mr Hoskins & mr. Hooke were desired to think against next day of some more particular querys for that place [Turkey], to be sent by the next) (some suggested. 1 what figurd stones haue been cast vp there by Earth quakes. 2 whether mount sina is known to haue been a vulcan, & whether any in those parts. whether aleppo be subiect to palseys. whether the best cimetars are not made in Persia, whether the way of hardning steel may be procured to send ouer the strange insect [mentioned]. whether mare mortuu [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dead_Sea ] has any vent.

Expt. about noe vision on optick nerue sent from Paris The expt. in dr needhams letter) was orderd to be tryd first in priuate by Dr. King & mr Hook who agreed to meet for that purpose on saturday next. and to giue an [a]ccount of their sucesse next meeting)

(Dr. wilkins presented his vniversall character book. deld to mr Hooke
[ http://www.metricationmatters.com/docs/WilkinsT... ]

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

Robert Gertz   Link to this

"But, Lord! their confidence! and how many men do hover about them as soon as they come off the stage, and how confident they are in their talk!"

Oh, Davenant, Killigrew, what hast thou wrought?! Still, I'd say Sam likes the new world dawning...Deep down, perhaps very deep down... And to be fair there was that twinkle of admiration for Bess' spirit during the great "letter" incident and he's always shown a liking for capable businesswomen like Betty Martin and Betty Pierce (despite what might be in Pierce's case, an "amateur" status) during the prize goods incident.

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