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Chris Squire UK has posted 855 annotations/comments since 16 February 2013.

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About Friday 27 January 1664/65

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Re: ‘ . . and a beggar to boot. . . ’

‘boot, n.1 < Common Germanic . . I. Good, advantage, profit, use.
1. a. . . besides, moreover.
. . 1660 S. Pepys Diary 13 Feb. (1970) I. 54 For two books that I had and 6s. 6d to boot, I had my great book of songs . . ‘ (OED)

About Thursday 26 January 1664/65

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The human body is not ‘designed’ - it has been selected, by natural selection; read all about it in:

‘On The Origin Of Species or The Preservation Of Favoured Races In The Struggle For Life’ by Charles Darwin, M.A., Fellow Of The Royal, Geological, Linnaean, Etc., Societies; Author Of 'Journal Of Researches During H.M.S. Beagle's Voyage Round The World.'

Down, Bromley, Kent, October 1st, 1859.

About Wednesday 25 January 1664/65

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Re: ‘ . . what a mad freaking fellow Sir Ellis Layton hath been . . ’

‘freaking, adj. < freak n.*. Addicted to freaks, freakish.
. . 1665 S. Pepys Diary 25 Jan. (1972) VI. 21 He told me what a mad freaking fellow Sir Ellis Layton hath been . . ‘

* ‘freak, n.1 1. A sudden causeless change or turn of the mind; a capricious humour, notion, whim, or vagary.
. . 1661 A. Cowley Vision Cromwell 70 Now the freak takes him, and hee makes seventy Peers of the Land at one clap . . ‘

About Monday 23 January 1664/65

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Re: ‘ . . to treat about carrying some men of ours to Tangier . . ‘

‘treat, v. < Old French . .
. . 1. b. trans. To handle or discuss (an affair) with a view to settlement; to negotiate, arrange, plan; rarely in bad sense, to plot (quot. 1622). In early use also with obj. clause. Obs.
. . 1658 J. Bramhall Consecration Protestant Bishops Justified vi. 133 That these things should be treated, and concluded, and executed all at one meeting . . ‘

About Wednesday 18 January 1664/65

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Re: "At night, late, they gone, I did get him to put out of this account our sums that are in posse [?? D.W.] only yet, which he approved of when told, but would never have stayed it if I had been gone."

‘in posse, adv. < post-classical Latin . . . . potentially.
. . 1691 W. Wollaston Design Part of Bk. Ecclesiastes 94 Babes from the breast are torn, nay from the womb, And Life in posse killed .
. . 1983 P. O'Brian Treason's Harbour ii. 57 In effect the absolute Roman emperor, even Marcus Aurelius, was a tyrant, if only in posse.’


About Tuesday 17 January 1664/65

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Re: ' . . where I am mighty great . . '

‘great, adj., n., adv., and int. . . < Germanic . .
. . 19. . . b. Of two persons: having a very close, friendly, or intimate relationship (frequently with together). Of one or more persons: very close, friendly, or intimate with another. Now chiefly Irish English. In earlier use sometimes difficult to distinguish from sense A. 19a(a).*
. . (1976) IX. 417 The Duchess of York and the Duke of York are mighty great with her . .

* a. With with. Much in use or request; in considerable favour; very popular . . ‘

About Monday 16 January 1664/65

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‘A Plan of Principal Floor, New Palace of Westminster’ (found on the web) shows that what is now the Central Lobby started as the Central Hall. ‘The Lobby’ is the space before the entrance to the chamber. Members of the ‘Parliamentary Lobby’ have access to it but but not the rest of the press pack - now very numerous and to blow up every tit-bit of gossip to feed the 24-hr news machine. There are also two Division Lobbies east and west of the chamber.

About Friday 13 January 1664/65

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Re: ’ . . with him, his wife, Jane, and a sweetheart of hers.’

‘sweetheart . .
. . 3. A person with whom one is in love.
. . c1597 N. Breton Figure of Foure ii. §89 Foure creatures goe willingly to their businesse: a Bride to Church, a boy to breckfast, an heire to his land, and a sweet-heart to his loue . . ‘

I think ‘admirer’ better describes the young man:

‘ . . 2. A person who is enamoured of or in love with another; a suitor, a wooer.
1640 W. Habington Queene of Arragon iii. sig. Ev I fear'd I might be lost ith' crowde Of your admirers.
a1704 T. Brown Comical View London & Westm. (new ed.) in Wks. (1707) I. ii. 68 'Tis by your Beauty that you make so many of your Admirers hang and drown themselves every Year . . ‘

Sam is guilty of ‘sexing up’ (literally) this encounter for his future titillation - and, illicitly, ours.

To Be Continued . .