Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
arby has posted 86 annotations/comments since 17 February 2013.
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About Wednesday 1 April 1668
About Tuesday 21 January 1667/68
About Sunday 10 November 1667
RG could have written that sermon this year.
About Friday 6 September 1667
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
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 Sunday 23 June 1667
Two good dinners "lost" in two days.
About Thursday 25 April 1667
Time flies, AS, Hubble is 30 today, and still at work.
About Saturday 9 February 1666/67
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 Sunday 27 January 1666/67
Ah, thanks, MK, I missed the "at a later time".
In the footnote, "Six days after was all in the dust." Um, what?
About Tuesday 9 October 1666
Buskin, "a knee- or calf-length boot", but there's also "bushkin", a half-boot. Same?
About Monday 1 October 1666
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
the wiki tells me that it traditionally means not mechanically printed or reproduced, so hand written, typed, but the meaning has broadened now.
MS = manuscript
About Wednesday 11 July 1666
I don't think we've got the varnish thing yet, after all, Sam thought it was an invention that would take in the world, which sounds pretty momentous. It must have had some naval use, he presented it to the Board and they were well pleased. Varnishing charts seems like the obvious use, but take in the world?
About Monday 25 June 1666
And don't forget the "orange girls", including Sam's "pretty, witty Nell".
About Tuesday 29 May 1666
About Saturday 24 February 1665/66
Thanks Ruben a decade in the past, a wonderful link.
About Wednesday 31 January 1665/66
Thanks, A.Hamilton 2009, I never thought to wonder where the word customer came from. Are the " "s around the word in the diary, or added by the editors later, and what do they indicate?
About Monday 25 December 1665
Merry Christmas to Phil, the ghosts of annotators past, and alla y'all, thanks everyone. rb