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Terry Foreman has posted 16,358 annotations/comments since 28 June 2005.

23 Jul 2005, 9:38 p.m. - Terry Foreman

LAF, a very suggestive interpretation: Sam who would control, his Sabbath oaths as spell; perhaps by naming his faults, he exorcises them. If he were a disciple of Francis Bacon, as he seems to be, he would believe that knowledge is power, and that the reliable source of knowledge is experience/experiment; and so the Diary itself can be seen from this perspective as a tool to gain power over himself through self-knowledge.

23 Jul 2005, 6:09 p.m. - Terry Foreman

The title, "The Treacherous Goodwins," of the site Pedro furnished, does suggest they aren't exactly a plearure-beach either; but any port....

23 Jul 2005, 2:45 p.m. - Terry Foreman

Pedro provided a nice map of the Goodwin Sands in the Background info "Places > Outside London, Downs, The"

23 Jul 2005, 4:07 a.m. - Terry Foreman

dirk, I get it; sorry: didn't notice the :-)

23 Jul 2005, 4:02 a.m. - Terry Foreman

Aye, dirk! A play on Lynne Truss' punctuation in the title of her best-selling “Eats, Shoots and Leaves” didn't work — for me.

23 Jul 2005, 3:54 a.m. - Terry Foreman

Sandwich itself, the northernmost of the original Cinque ["sink"] Ports, whose title Montagu assumed as Earl; A Brief History [& map] of the Cinque Ports: [Broken link changed on request, from , 2 Oct 2011. P.G.]

23 Jul 2005, 3:31 a.m. - Terry Foreman

"John Holland (Surveyor of the Navy, 1649-52 [and thereafter involved in other ways in Navy business, e.g. in paying of ships and the politics thereof in times of fiscal shortage]) had written two discourses on naval administration (dated 1638 and 1659) dealing with abuses in victualling, dead-pays, misuse of stores etc. The second (much the fuller) had been revised in 1661 and dedicated to the Duke of York. Both now circulated in MS [samizdat].... Pepys had copies made of each and had them bound:.... For Pepys' use of them, see below, ix. 489 and n. 2. They were published for the first time by Dr. J. R. Tanner in 1896 for the Naval Records Society." L&M, iii. 145, n.1:

23 Jul 2005, 1:11 a.m. - Terry Foreman

"for her keys being out of the way" Yes, A. De Araujo, and that we cut off the hands of those who fail to put things back in their places (which is why I am unhanded).

23 Jul 2005, 12:28 a.m. - Terry Foreman

the expostulation, "good God!? revisited: while searching for something else I came across one of two previous instances of this: Thursday 6 June 1661 Sunday 1 September 1661 Stolzi, thank you for reminding us that Sam wrote as he spoke — even when he encoded it for the sake of discretion.

22 Jul 2005, 11:35 p.m. - Terry Foreman

"I was highly angry with my wife" Tempers seem near the surface yesterday and today; perhaps it is indeed the weather, today also the storm endangering Sandwich.

22 Jul 2005, 11:09 p.m. - Terry Foreman

"at night to Mr. Coventry an ample letter in answer to all his and the Duke's business.” L&M note: Copy (in Hewer’s hand) in NMM, LBK/8, pp. 9-11; reporting measures taken to fit out and victual ships, and briefly recounting Pepys’ visit on the 21st to Woolwich. Copies of six other letters, dated this day, are in ib., pp.6-9.

22 Jul 2005, 11:02 p.m. - Terry Foreman

"but I hope he got ashore before the storm begun; which God grant!" L&M note: The storm overtook the flotilla close by the Goodwin Sands on the way to France.Cf. the description in Diary of Henry Townshend (ed. Willis Bund), i. 92-3: the King's 'barque struck ground and was in very great danger, but through God's providence, and his own skill and Prince Rupert and some others...stood into Quimborough Castle. The Duke of York lost his mast in pieces, and the Vice-Admiral, Lord Montagu [sic] driven into the seas again. But all at last safe.' Coventry's letters referred to here have not been traced.

22 Jul 2005, 4:41 p.m. - Terry Foreman

The U.S. presidential yacht USS Sequoia ("America's equivalent to the Royal Yacht" --London Sunday Telegraph"), sold in 1977 by President Jimmy Carter to demonstrate frugality, was allotted $2 million to be bought back in Fall 2004.

22 Jul 2005, 11:24 a.m. - Terry Foreman

"a great rarity, which was two or three...silver dishes and plates..., in the edge or rim of which was placed silver and gold medalls, very ancient, and I believe wrought, by which, if they be, they are the greatest rarity that ever I saw in my life" Can anyone envision this "great rarity" or maybe "greatest rarity that ever [he] saw in [his] life"? And what is "very ancient" (old? as in "The Ancient Mariner") to Sam in this case? (Thanks for the context, Pedro!)

22 Jul 2005, 5:33 a.m. - Terry Foreman

ah, dirk, Lynne Truss' punctuation didn't work

22 Jul 2005, 5:14 a.m. - Terry Foreman

"But, good God! what a deal of company was there from both yards to help to [bring the head of the Royal James to the dock], when half the company would have done it as well. But I see it is impossible for the King to have things done as cheap as other men." Was anyone else startled by the expostulation, "good God!"? How sagacious the last sentence is -- and/but it doesn't apply only to the British head of state.

22 Jul 2005, 4:47 a.m. - Terry Foreman

Eats fruits and leaves.

22 Jul 2005, 4:11 a.m. - Terry Foreman

"Thence to Woolwich to the Rope- yard; and there looked over several sorts of hemp, and did fall upon my great survey of seeing the working and experiments of the strength and the charge in the dressing of every sort; and I do think have brought it to so great a certainty, as I have done the King great service in it:" Put the goods to the test and see for yourself how they stand up: introduce this man to the Royal Society of London for the Improvement of Natural Knowledge.

22 Jul 2005, 3:55 a.m. - Terry Foreman

Cocke's wife and Sandwich's are very angry today, both ostensibly over social slights: perhaps it's the weather.

22 Jul 2005, 3:41 a.m. - Terry Foreman

Bridewell Prison Pauline on Mon 10 Nov 2003, 5:58 am Good ol