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About Jane Myddelton

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Jane Myddelton or Middleton (1645–1692), name before marriage Jane Needham, was a reputed English beauty of the Restoration period, one of the Windsor Beauties. Thomas Seccombe in the Dictionary of National Biography described celebrated portraits as "representing a soft and slightly torpid type of blonde loveliness, with voluptuous figure, full lips, auburn hair, and dark hazel eyes".

About Monday 20 March 1664/65

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"Newes is this day come of Captain Allen’s being come home from the Straights, as far as Portland, with eleven of the King’s ships, and about twenty-two of merchantmen."

Allin's convoy had made Portland Point by midday on 16 March, and he had thence sent letters in Coventry announcing his arrival. Allin, i. 215-16.
(L&M footnote)

About Saturday 4 April 1663

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"It is in this Park where the Grand Tour or Ring is kept for the Ladies to take the air in their coaches, and in fine weather "

It was the custom in spring and summer for members of the fashionable world of London to drive in coaches in the 'Ring' --an internal road within Hyde Park. .... The habit had begun as soon as the park was thrown open to the public in the 1620s, and was to continue throughout the 18th and 19th centuries -- as long in fact as the horsedrawn carriage remained modish. J. Ashton, Hyde Park, pp. 50+. (L&M note)

About Monday 20 March 1664/65

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"And there I received their constitution under all their hands presently; so that I am already confirmed their Treasurer, and put into a condition of striking of tallys

The most prominent and best recorded use of the split tally stick (or "nick-stick"[6][7]) being used as a form of currency[citation needed] was when King Henry I initiated the tally stick system in or around 1100 in medieval England. He would accept the tally stick only for taxes, and it was a tool of the Exchequer for the collection of taxes by local sheriffs (tax farmers "farming the shire") for seven centuries. The split tally of the Exchequer was in continuous use until 1826. In 1834, the tallies themselves were ordered to be burned in a stove in the Houses of Parliament, but the fire went out of control setting the building afire. This event was described by Charles Dickens in an 1855 article on administrative reform.

About Wednesday 15 February 1664/65

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The Bishops and Clerks, off St Davids Head on the north coast of Pembrokeshire, are not, as might be supposed, a bunch of clergymen cloistered on an offshore island.

They are in fact a treacherous archipelago of fang-like rocky islands [larger rocks and their attendant smaller rocks] encircling the coast like a sinister necklace waiting to choke unwary sailors.

The Elizabethan antiquary and writer George Owen of Henllys, near Nevern, described them in one of his books in 1595 as “The Bishop and these his Clerkes preache deadly doctrine to their winter audience, such poor seafaring men as are forcyd thether by tempest, onlie in one thing they are to be commended, they keepe residence better than the rest of the canons of that see are wont to do.”

George Owen miscounted when he mentioned the Bishop, for there are in fact two - the North Bishop, some three miles due west of St Davids Head and the South Bishop, a similar distance due west of the southern tip of Ramsey Island. The two Bishops are about 9 miles apart and their retinue of clerks of various sizes amount to over 20 islets and rocks, protruding like canine teeth above the surface at low water, but most of them hidden treacherously beneath the surface when the tide is high. They have caught many an unwary sailor down the ages.

About Wednesday 15 March 1664/65

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This meeting of the Royal Society

The poison (from the upas tree ) was used in Malaya for making poisoned arrows. The only known antidote was human ordure taken internally: Philos. Trans., ii (for 1667), p. 417. Cf. Birch, ii. 43-4, 318. At this same meeting Pepys reported that pendulum-watches gave no better results , according to a ship's master, than 'vulgar reckoning'. He was also asked 'to bespeak a man, at Deptford, for diving': Ib. , p. 24. (L&M note)

About Monday 13 March 1664/65

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"This day I saw my Lord Castlemayne at St. James’s, lately come from France."

After quarreling with his wife, the King's mistress, in 1662, he had gone abroad, traveling in France and Italy, and serving in 1664 in the Venetian fleet.
(L&M note)