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arby has posted 92 annotations/comments since 17 February 2013.

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About Wednesday 19 May 1669

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Australian Susan of 2012, I was thinking of something more along the lines of the Griswold family's Wagon Queen Family Truckster.

About Wednesday 5 May 1669

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Michael L. from ten years ago, I had the same thought. If he spoke the same Spanish and French that he writes in the Diary, no wonder they were "merry". They might not be laughing with you, Sam.

About Sunday 25 October 1668

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JB, when I bump into one of my fairly rare ten year old comments, I'm a little surprised that most of them are pretty cogent :>)
I'm very appreciative of the other 'anno-taters', they are and were knowledgeable and patient, their help in understanding both the Diary and the times has been priceless.

About Friday 6 September 1667

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I happened to read this week that asparagus was also considered a "cure" for syphilis back then. Almost anything had the potential to be a "cure" due to the dormant phases of the disease, as Susan suggests. You eat the sparrowgrass, the syphilis went away, or so it seemed. I think mercury was somewhat effective, but it carries its own boatload of risks. Lewis and Clark carried a large supply, (and needed it) speaking of boatloads.

About Tuesday 30 July 1667

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I happened to read an article yesterday about the difficulty of determining the age of otters in Atlas Obscura. Their teeth seem to be the best method, but they have to remove the tooth to examine it. They also considered using "those nasty nose scars".

About Saturday 9 February 1666/67

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How time(s) change, and quickly too, watches are once again a "trendy" way to tell time. And get notifications, pay for your latte, record your heart attack, etc etc.

About Tuesday 9 October 1666

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Buskin, "a knee- or calf-length boot", but there's also "bushkin", a half-boot. Same?

About Monday 1 October 1666

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I wonder why "mighty wisely"? 'Sent them out again' would have sounded like a completely normal thing to do, but the wisely throws me. Speedily?

About Friday 7 September 1666

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the wiki tells me that it traditionally means not mechanically printed or reproduced, so hand written, typed, but the meaning has broadened now.