✹ About Sunday 17 January 1668/69 Stephane Chenard on 19 Jan 2022 • Link What a fascinating document is this plan of Whitehall which Terry helpfully posted in 2020. We shall never follow Sam into that anthill without this map in hand, and in truth almost got lost even with the map, until helped by an old servant who had it in his head. And yet, it cannot show more than a single floor, and just a fraction of the monster palace's famous 1,500 rooms. The Royal Collection Trust, which holds the original (at https://www.rct.uk/collection/703082/a-survey-and…), sheds no further light, on this or on the "John Fisher" who drew it. Notice the oddities: the "lodgings belonging to His Majesty" (rooms marked with a 1, and this is not France, where everything belongs to His Majestie) amount to a single largish room - perhaps Mr. Fisher wasn't trusted with disclosing too much on the others. Her Majesty (rooms No. 2) has a tiny closet, surrounded by men's larger suites. The duke has a veritable warren, all on the riverside so he can breath in the stench in the morning (if, however, the Thames already does stink as of 1669; if so, Sam is too used to it to comment). Division and subdivision reign; it looks like a map of the great bazaar of Cairo. All in all we imagine the peril, of all these stuffy little rooms full of open flames, all these servants stumbling in dark twisting corridors with their candles. No sign of the painted gallery, but there is the stone gallery, both major Sam-stomping grounds. And there, marked with tiny 18s, are the tiny rooms assigned to the Treasury. They seem barely large enough for a few chairs, but they do have refreshing views of the Privy Gardens, where the promenading ladies may turn their heads toward those windows, whence issue those disputes about victualling budgets. But - how extraordinarie. The large room marked 19, immediately adjacent to the Treasury rooms so familiar to Sam, is "The King's Laboratory & Bath".