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Terry Foreman has posted 15,744 annotations/comments since 28 June 2005.

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About Wednesday 4 September 1667

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"silliness of the King, playing with his dog all the while, or his codpiece, and not minding the business"

Keenly spotted, Brian (L&M, 421). .

This is one of many passages that were not transcribed for the Henry B. Wheatley edition. Elsewhere in that edition Pepys does show his take on codpieces, that are, as San Diego Sarah sats, outdated in his time.

1662, September 24th. Sir J. Minnes, Sir W. Batten, and I, going forth toward White Hall, we hear that the King and Duke are come this morning to the Tower to see the Dunkirk money! So we by coach to them, and there went up and down all the magazines with them; but methought it was but poor discourse and frothy that the King’s companions (young Killigrew among the rest) about the codpieces of some of the men in armour there to be seen, had with him.…


About Tuesday 8 January 1660/61

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"So the play was ruined for Sam because some of the women kept having to pull out scripts to read their lines. It doesn't even sound like they were being prompted, which would have been bad enough." -- Captain Cavemen posts.

There were prompters in the major public Restoration theatres. The most famous is John Downes, whose Roscius Anglicanus -- a history of the Restoration stage --left us an invaluable record of the actors and the parts they played:…

About Saturday 6 March 1668/69

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" He tells me of his being weary of the Treasury, and of the folly, ambition, and desire of popularity of Sir Thomas Clifford; and yet the rudeness of his tongue and passions when angry."

L&M: This was not far from being the general opinion of Clifford, thouogh not all would have agreed he was foolish: cf, C. H. Hartmann, Clifford of the Cabal, pp. 305+;. Even Evelyn, who admored hi, wrote of him as 'bold', 'ambitious', and 'Passionate': iii, 470, iv. 20.

About Saturday 6 March 1668/69

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"...that [Sir W. Coventry] is offended with, is his being made so contemptible, as that any should dare to make a gentleman a subject for the mirth of the world: and that therefore he had told Tom Killigrew that he should tell his actors, whoever they were, that did offer at any thing like representing him, that he would not complain to my Lord Chamberlain, which was too weak, nor get him beaten, as Sir Charles Sidly is said to do"

L&M: See

About Friday 5 March 1668/69

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"A shame there isn't more here. Can you add to it?"

Actually the link leads to the transcript of the trial of Henry Brouncker, who is said during the Battle of Lowestoft to have claimed he had an order from the Duke of York to slacken sail. "His action in giving an unauthorized order to slacken sail after the battle of Lowestoft led to his impeachment and flight to France." (L&M Companion)

About Saturday 6 March 1668/69

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"wherein they foolishly and sillily bring in two tables like that which he hath made, with a round hole in the middle, in his closet, to turn himself in; and he is to be in one of them as master, and Sir J. Duncomb in the other, as his man or imitator: and their discourse in those tables, about the disposing of their books and papers, very foolish."

L&M: In a scene contributed by Buckingham to Act III Sir Cautious Trouble-all (Coventry) demonstrates the use of his table to Sir Gravity Empty (Sir John Duncomb) , showing how he opens it, sits on a swivel-stool in the middle, and consults papers about various parts of the world arranged on the periphery of the table. Pepys has a reference to the table at 4 July 1668: and…

About Saturday 6 March 1668/69

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"He told me the matter of the play that was intended for his abuse"

L&M: This was The Country Gentleman, written jointly by Buckingham and Sir Robert Howard; banned before performance and never printed. A complete scribal copy has been discovered in the Folger Lib., Washington.

Coventry was represented as the solemn and conceited Sir Cautious Trouble-all who is duped into marrying a barber's daughter. The practice of including caricatures in plays had grown of late: cf. and… ; and and…
The Country Gentleman’: A Forgotten Scandal and a Remarkable Discovery…

Restoration Comedy Lost Since 1669 Is Discovered…

About Friday 22 January 1668/69

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Danckerts' view of Hampton Court still survives in the royal collection (O. Millar, Tudor, Stuart and early Georgian picture in coll. H.M. Queen, no. 397) and he is known to have painted Windsor and Hampton Court for the Crown There is a view of Greenwich almost certainly by him in the National Maritime Museum there.

About Tuesday 2 March 1668/69

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"My wife this day put on first her French gown, called a Sac,"

L&M: An early mention of this style [as Mary said], fashionable at various times.

About Monday 7 January 1660/61

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"This morning, news was brought to me to my bedside, that there had been a great stir in the City this night by the Fanatiques, who had been up and killed six or seven men, but all are fled."

L&M: This was the rising of the Fifth-Monarchists, led by Thomas Venner, begun on the previous evening. After a service at their meeting-house off Coleman St. ca. 60 had come out in arms in the name of Christ the King (Charles II being away at Portsmouth). Despite their numbers, they were to strike terror into London and Westminster for the next three days. After a skirmish with the trained bands, they had now fled into hiding in Kenwood, near Highgate.