Monday 17 May 1669

Up, and to several places doing business, and then home to dinner, and then my wife and I and brother John by coach to the King’s playhouse, and saw “The Spanish Curate” revived, which is a pretty good play, but my eyes troubled with seeing it, mightily. Thence carried them and Mr. Gibson, who met me at my Lord Brouncker’s with a fair copy of my petition, which I thought to shew the Duke of York this night, but could not, and therefore carried them to the Park, where they had never been, and so home to supper and to bed. Great the news now of the French taking St. Domingo, in Spaniola, from the Spaniards, which troubles us, that they should have it, and have the honour of taking it, when we could not.

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Terry Foreman   Link to this

"Great the news now of the French taking St. Domingo, in Spaniola, from the Spaniards"

L&M note the French had taken not San Domingo (a town in Eastern Hispaniola under Spanish control), but the Island of Totuga (now Ile de la Tortue) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tortuga_%28Haiti%2... ,
thus denting to the Spanish effective control of Western Hispaniola.

In 1664-4 an English expeditionary force under Penn andd Venables had failed to take Hispaniola.

Robert Gertz   Link to this

Geraldo the Unfortunate Spainard... I could like this play.

"Commander Cortez has delivered an ultimatium to the Aztec emperor...And our camera crew is...Arghh!"

Yes, I could like this one.

Todd Bernhardt   Link to this

I've read the various theories about Sam's eyesight, and can understand why "close work" would bother it, but still am puzzled why plays bother him so much.

Paul Chapin   Link to this

Todd, a while back he specifically complained about being painfully dazzled by the brightness of the stage lights.

Robin Peters   Link to this

"Dazzled by stage lights" sounds more like cataracts to me.

john   Link to this

My guess is that he is trying to accommodate bilaterally to see figures on the stage, which would indeed cause him strain.

Geoff Hallett   Link to this

Do we have any information about what Sam did with his eyes post diary?

Jenny   Link to this

Well, Geoff, Sam went on to a very illustrious career and lived to a ripe old age so we can assume his eyes didn't hold him back too much. The Diary is really the lead up to his "real" career - if only, if only he'd continued it.

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