Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
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About Tuesday 18 October 1664
Sir Ellis Leighton now has a Wikipedia page
About Saturday 15 October 1664
re Robert G on Margaret: "one wonders if she's felt John has unfaired favored and spoiled Sam, his bright boy with the best prospects, over the others"
Sam has hardly been "spoiled": he's worked, grafted & networked for everything he's got. With Sam's help and encouragement, young John certainly has had the same advantages given him as Sam, ie St Paul's and Cambridge; he just hasn't made as much of them. Nor did he have the good fortune or ability to impress an influential relative with his personal qualities. Poor brother Tom of course did not have those advantages offered, but given his speech impediment, and the fact that examinations were oral, there was little point given the social realities of the day.
Sam's worldly success, and his closeness to old John may well have helped inspire young John's resentment, but one can't really blame the old man. Old John needed an adult helpmeet to manage the complex family affairs resulting from uncle Robert's will, which specifically named old John and Sam, as his eldest son, as heirs. At the moment however, Brampton is of no net benefit to Sam personally, as he is subsiding his parents living there.
About Tuesday 11 October 1664
Lady Castlemaine has just given birth (4th September) to her daughter Charlotte, so, whatever the state of her belly, she might not be looking her best at the moment.
Alas for the ill wishes and Schadenfreude of the more respectable ladies in court circles, she retains her influence for several more years.
My guess re Will Joyce is that, for some unspecified reason, despite his distaste. Sam felt under a social obligation to invite him. I do find the description of Joyce's company as "chargeable and troublesome", rather amusing! :D
About Sunday 9 October 1664
PS, the lower end of Seething lane seems much narrower on Google Maps: it isn't, but it *is* pedestrianised, as looking on Street view will show you.
In fact, if you use Street View to navigate, you will find several perspectives of Sam's own St Olaves. Frustratingly, you can't quite see the bust of Sam in the churchyard through the gates.
"Barking church" is nowhere near Barking; it's All Hallows-by-the-Tower, at the other end of Seething Lane, about five minutes' walk from the office in men's practical clothing, although, in modern times, crossing the A100 (Byward St) is undoubtedly a non-trivial operation!
It's worth looking up on Google Maps too.
About All Hallows Church, Barking
Barking church is not in Barking; it's All Hallows-by-the-Tower, at the other end of Seething Lane, about five minutes' walk from Sam's office in men's practical clothing, although, in modern times, crossing the A100 (Byward St) is undoubtedly a non-trivial operation!
About Friday 7 October 1664
Most people below Sam's class would certainly never have tasted a prime cut like the chine:but every part of the animal was used: brain, ears, shin, ox tail, all the offal: let us not forget tripe (no matter how much we want to!!!!) ;)
On his past form, if Sam had struck first, he's have been writing something like "God forgive me!" Then he'd have been wallowing in misery and self-pity for the rest of the day.
I'd guess that today he woke up feeling grumpy, made a sarcastic comment or two, and Bess clobbered him, after which they enjoyed making up.
I seem to recall that, describing his childhood in his memoirs, the late John Mortimer described "mutual torment" as "the chief pleasure of family life".
About Thursday 6 October 1664
I wonder whether the chine of beef was "rare" because it was unusual, or because it was lightly cooked? Rib beef is excellent when it's pink.
I've just had a look at my local Ordinance Survey Map. The bay north of Tenby Harbour is marked as "Tenby Roads". In the summer season most of the boats are moored here, rather than in the harbour itself.
This is because (1) The harbour doesn't always have water in it(2) When the harbour is full, it's difficult to manoeuvre individual boats out of it.
So what's the point of the harbour, I hear you ask? Well, if on a fine evening one sees that the boats are in the harbour, and not moored in the bay, it means that south-easterly winds are forecast, or a storm is due. Although the roads give adequate protection from the prevailing westerlies, the harbour keeps the boats safe in really adverse conditions.
According to the OED, the use of "road" (or rode, rede etc) in the sense of a safe anchorage goes back to at least 1320. Today, the official nautical term is "roadstead".