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About Friday 10 July 1668

Harry R  •  Link

I'm no scholar Sarah. I give Sam & company 20/30 minutes at the start of each day but I have other pursuits that more than take up the rest of it. So much so that since I began reading the diary I've accumulated a small library of books on and around the Restoration period but not made much headway with them. One day hopefully. I'll take this opportunity to thank you for your considerable contribution to my daily indulgence.

About Friday 10 July 1668

Harry R  •  Link

Thanks Sarah. Much appreciated. Sam's entries have been paltry of late for a number of possible reasons - eyesight, pressure of work - hence my tangential query.

About Friday 10 July 1668

Harry R  •  Link

Probably not the right place to ask , but can someone explain why some annotators names appear in black print and some in blue? I notice today that LKvM's 2011 note has his name in black and his 2021 note in blue. I can see that the blue printed names provide a direct link to their other notes but the "black" names don't (so his 2011 note isn't listed with his other contributions). Also what is the significance of the black asterisks against annotators names which appear from time to time?

About Thursday 18 June 1668

Harry R  •  Link

On 3rd June Sam asked the Dof Y for 5/6 days leave of absence. He leaves on 5th June and is back in work on the 18th, so he's away from his desk for 13 days. Is that why Anglesey is piqued? He must have planned his trip to the west country and known roughly how long it would take. Perhaps he justifies his extended trip by his visit to the ship builders in Bristol. It doesn't stack up, but clearly he doesn't give a shit.

About Wednesday 17 June 1668

Harry R  •  Link

Thanks Sarah. I wasn't aware of that. Little did the enterprising innkeeper know that in Sam he has a discerning listener who's written a few tunes of his own and knows a thing or two about musick. Oh yes.

About Friday 22 May 1668

Harry R  •  Link

There are more than 2000 references to Elizabeth in the diary and she is mentioned most days. But she left for Brampton on 2nd April and Sam doesn’t see her again until 23rd May. During this time there are only a handful of passing references to her, apparently no communications and there’s no explanation as to why she is away for so long. Before she leaves they talk about alterations he will make to the house in her absence but there’s little or no detail about them being carried other than him buying some cloth and silk for the bed on 22nd May. I wonder if Sam kept making up reasons for her stay to be extended or whether it was planned that way from the start.

About Wednesday 17 June 1668

Harry R  •  Link

"musick, the worst we have had, coming to our chamber-door, but calling us by wrong names, we lay" -

Sam and co unhappy with the dawn chorus. What's going on here? Is it an early morning call or do the maids want to get the room clean and ready with fresh towels and linen for the next occupants? Are Sam and his party having a chuckle under the bed clothes about the musick not worth getting up for?

About Sunday 24 May 1668

Harry R  •  Link

The early dawns might have prompted Sam to seize his working days recently, enabling him to knock off at noon and take in a show or two in the afternoons.

About Thursday 7 May 1668

Harry R  •  Link

"I did see Beck Marshall come dressed, off of the stage" - I don't remember seeing this double preposition / idiom in the diary before. I don't think it's used in England at all these days, we would simply say "off the stage", though it's still commonly used in America.

About Thursday 16 April 1668

Harry R  •  Link

The listing of expenses is perhaps a useful memory aid for Sam when writing up his diary. He's money centric after all. Each item will prompt his recollection of circumstances and details. Could this be part of his normal diary routine and he's simply not had the oomph to put it together these past few days? Prosaic and dull admittedly.

About Wednesday 8 April 1668

Harry R  •  Link

Thanks Sarah. I wasn't aware that there was history between Holmes and Bess (or I'd forgotten more like). I too googled the phrase and came up with this from Chaucer's Pardoner's Tale "Oh no,” said the Host. “Christ send me to hell first! I’ll never give you anything as long as I live. You’d call your own pants a relic and make me kiss them even though they’re soiled with crap!"

It would have made more sense to me if Sam had said Holmes should have dismissed the idea of the marriage by kicking her breech or that she would have to kiss his before he would even consider it.

About Wednesday 8 April 1668

Harry R  •  Link

"that he should have kissed her breech before he should have had her"

I don't understand this remark. It's presumably some kind of an insult but what is its literal meaning? It seems to me unlike Sam to to be so indiscreetly disparaging, even if we know he's capable of such thoughts. And then he says he's sorry for the girl.

About Sunday 29 March 1668

Harry R  •  Link

Pen and Monck are a war worn pair, pragmatic and probably thick skinned so they may not be too upset or embarrassed by the Duchess's invective. Perhaps even amused by it. Oh to have been a fly on the wall, I mean a mouse under the floorboards. As you say, Stephane, Pen will be more concerned about what others are saying.

About Friday 27 March 1668

Harry R  •  Link

You're clearly not impressed Gerald. Me too, it's no show stopper. I listened to it a few times and it didn't change my first impressions. I wonder why he confined himself to putting Jonson's lyrics to music. The Spotify link gives a range of the contemporary music that Sam may have listened to and from which he might have got his inspiration to write.

https://open.spotify.com/album/6ivsWneYaU2ta10Ke1…

About Thursday 27 February 1667/68

Harry R  •  Link

It is indeed a touching moment in the diary and another example of how much the briefest of entries can tell us about Sam. It's perhaps remiss of him not to identify the music but Terry in his 29/09/19 post takes us forward in the diary to 13/08/1668 and to Matthew Locke. It's surely no coincidence that Locke is court composer to Charles II and wrote music for the stage, and that Sam wants to learn to play his music, examples of which are on YouTube

About Saturday 22 February 1667/68

Harry R  •  Link

"and there did buy Kircher’s Musurgia, cost me 35s.,"

During the month Sam has been organising his books to his great satisfaction, being "fain to lay by several books to make room for better" (2nd Feb) and now he's bought this door stopper. Reading on in the diary the last mention of the book is on 4th March, when he brings home the bound copy. It's beautifully illustrated but appears to be in Latin, and is 745 pages long. Perhaps he never read it.

I picked up this link from a 13/03/2011 annotation by Michael Robinson

http://echo.mpiwg-berlin.mpg.de/ECHOdocuViewfull?…
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