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Nick Hedley has posted 12 annotations/comments since 3 June 2012.

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About Sunday 14 August 1664

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"After dinner up to my chamber and made an end of Dr. Power’s Henry Power booke of the Microscope, very fine and to my content, and then my wife and I..."
Good to see that someone reads the instruction book fully before having a go with the equipment itself.

About Friday 16 October 1663

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I note that it Sam (and sometimes Sam and Elizabeth) who make the purchases mentioned in the Diary but not Elizabeth by herself. Given that Sam is conscious that Elizabeth is "companionless" and seeking a role, it seems strange (to modern minds) that she could not get out a bit more by herself, especially to go shopping for household goods for example to buy candle snuffers a few days ago. Were women not given control of money or would it seem strange them going into shops alone?

About Saturday 26 September 1663

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"..only no invitation".

Since Mr Rawlinson was an tavern keeper, perhaps this means that Sam and Mr Deane had to pay for their dinner.

As a keen reader of the annotations (but not contributor since everyone has already said everything I can think of, and so much better than I could), I think it is great that we have further interesting and erudite contributors on the second time round, such as San Diego Sarah and Louise Hudson. Thank you.

About Thursday 4 June 1663

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"As Lord High Treasurer and First Lord of the Admiralty, Juxon was the last English clergyman to hold both secular and clerical offices in the medieval tradition of clerical state service."

However, pockets of secular and clerical office continued for over a century afterwards. For example Nathaniel Crew,_3... , who was the brother-in-law of the Earl of Sandwich, became Bishop of Durham with the powers of a Prince Bishop
"Prior to 1836, the Bishop of Durham was a prince-bishop and had significant temporal powers over the Liberty of Durham and later the County Palatine of Durham."

About Thursday 12 March 1662/63

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Good point Sasha. It may also be that Uncle Wight was not left anything in the will because, as a successful fishmonger, he was seen as sufficiently wealthy already and had no need of more money from Robert.

About Monday 10 November 1662

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In addition to the three brothers of Lord Crew already noted, he had five sisters named Anne, Patience, Temperance, Silence and Prudence; the Crews were after all a well-known puritan family, see Barthomley: In Letters From a Former Rector to His Eldest Son (1856) by Edward Hinchliffe.

About Tuesday 3 June 1662

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I am assuming that the £530 is in cash/gold, possibly after deducting his monthly debts. But I understand that he also hold some land in Bampton; does anyone get any sense of whether the capital value of this land is included?

About Wednesday 22 January 1661/62

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"But the House did, in very open terms, say, they were grown too wise to be fooled again into another army; and said they had found how that man that hath the command of an army is not beholden to any body to make him King."

This is the reason, I believe, why the UK has a Royal Navy and a Royal Air Force but no Royal Army to the present day. There are regiments with "Royal" titles, e.g. Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, but not the army as a whole

About Sunday 19 January 1661/62

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"so I fear may do us that are nearer to him [i.e. Sam is nearer than Mrs Norbury] a great deal of wrong, if he [Uncle Wight] should die without children, which I am sorry for".
According to Phil's excellent family tree, Uncle Wight is Sam's father's half brother in that they shared the same father but had different mothers. On the other hand, Mrs Norbury was Uncle Wight's sister-in-law, being the full sister of Aunt Wight. This comment makes sense if "nearness" is measured only through the male line but not if Aunt Wight were also considered. It seems unfair to our modern eyes that Sam should expect that the property in a childless marriage should only go to the husband's side of the family. Or perhaps Sam is referring to the closeness of the social interaction between him and Uncle Wight as compared to Uncle Wight and Mrs Norbury.
Thanks Phil for the updated site (and family tree). It was excellent before but now is even better.