Wednesday 14 October 1668

Up, and by water, stopping at Michell’s, and there saw Betty, but could have no discourse with her, but there drank. To White Hall, and there walked to St. James’s, where I find the Court mighty full, it being the Duke of York’s birthday; and he mighty fine, and all the musick, one after another, to my great content. Here I met with Sir H. Cholmly; and he and I to walk, and to my Lord Barkeley’s new house; there to see a new experiment of a cart, which; by having two little wheeles fastened to the axle-tree, is said to make it go with half the ease and more, than another cart but we did not see the trial made. Thence I home, and after dinner to St. James’s, and there met my brethren; but the Duke of York being gone out, and to-night being a play there; and a great festival, we would not stay, but went all of us to the King’s playhouse, and there saw “The Faythful Shepherdess” again, that we might hear the French Eunuch sing, which we did, to our great content; though I do admire his action as much as his singing, being both beyond all I ever saw or heard. Thence with W. Pen home, and there to get my people to read, and to supper, and so to bed.

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Terry Foreman   Link to this

"a new experiment of a cart, which; by having two little wheeles fastened to the axle-tree, is said to make it go with half the ease and more, than another cart but we did not see the trial made."

I confess this not as clear to me as "Sir Elias Leighton’s project of a cart with iron axletrees" seen by Evelyn 29 September.
http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1668/09/29/#c36...

Can anyone else envision the cart Pepys saw today?

Jesse   Link to this

"two little wheeles"

I was going to just take Pepys word for it but since you asked I did find this site http://www.tomsarazac.com/tom/opinions/wheelsiz... that leads me to believe that the cart simply had smaller wheels than were typical. Since smaller wheels have less intertia the carts "go with half the ease" - at least from standstill, or maybe in the stop and go traffic of busy London :)

Mark S   Link to this

Re the 'French Eunuch', if you would like to hear a castrato sing, there are recordings by Alessandro Moreschi, made early in the 20th century. These are the only existing recordings made by a trained castrato singer.

Here's a recording of him singing Ave Maria
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VfxuO2Jvk5s

A.De Araujo   Link to this

Thanks Mark S, not bad at all!

pd   Link to this

The two little wheels-I think these are primitive roller bearings? possibly?

djc   Link to this

Two little wheels; a roller bearing on a steered axle to make turning easier?

Robert Gertz   Link to this

"A what? A French what?"

"A French Eunich, Bess...Truly a wonderful artist. Bess? Why are you weeping?"

"God is just too cruel, sometimes..."

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Happy Birthday, Jamie!

rob   Link to this

The recording of Alessandro Moreschi is interesting but really really old. You might want to try the recent recording of Cecilia Bartoli (a woman, yes) singing castrato songs on her album "Sacrificium". Look up on Youtube for an interesting interview and some music.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WZdcp_FpfqI

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