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Alter Kacker has posted 10 annotations/comments since 29 January 2023.

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Third Reading

About Tuesday 1 May 1660

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San Diego Sarah — I don’t know when the description “knee-walking drunk” was coined, but it certainly seems to be applicable here.

About Monday 30 April 1660

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Let’s not be censorious — I can’t be the only one following this diary who can look back on being “scandalously overseene in drink” at 20 and crawled into bed after a drinking game at 27.

About Monday 2 April 1660

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Terry Foreman makes an excellent point — at the time of the diary nothing could be “misspelled” because the notion of a correct way to spell a word didn’t yet exist.

For an example of the value of standardized spelling, check out Michael Murphy’s free online version of The Canterbury Tales —…

This is not a translation of paraphrase of Chaucer into modern English — “The words are Chaucer’s, line for line,” Murphy explains. “Only the spelling is modernized, as it is in Shakespeare texts.” After laying it aside half a century ago, I may finally get through it! (Made it through the General Prologue and The Knight’s Tale so far.)

About Monday 26 March 1660

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Reading through the First Reading annotations, I was mentally struggling to compose a response — and then discovered the one I had written 20 years ago (under my previous nom de web, Nix) that said PRECISELY what I was trying to articulate today.

Many thanks to Phil, to all commenters, but above all on this 365th Stone Cutting Day to Dr. Hollier.

About Friday 23 March 1659/60

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“to bed in my cabin, which was but short; however I made shift with it” —

As we are reminded how cramped shipboard quarters were, do we have any notion how tall Samuel was?

About Sunday 29 January 1659/60

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As the guy who used to go by the screen name Nix, I’m impressed by the essay on negotiable instruments law I posted 20 years ago! I’m glad for the refresher — I don’t think I could have explained it nearly so well today. 😄