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

22 Jul 2005, 3:34 a.m. - Terry Foreman

Bridewell Prison by vincent(cumgranissalis) Places > London streets and areas > Bridewell [...]"Bridewell

21 Jul 2005, 7:58 p.m. - Terry Foreman

The oaths read intend "a great deal more of content" if Samwatcher's compend of the likely content of his Sabbath ritual be fair, as it seems: to which end he intends "to give a good account of [his]time and to grow rich,..." with God's blessing - a Faust's bargain? In this remarkable disclosure that he is obliged _every Lord's day_ to read his oaths, Sam’s “Uneqalled Self”-discovery is that he is at heart a hedonist (one who seeks “hedone” = pleasure), which is consistent with his feelings for Lady Castlemaine, et al., his self-preoccupation at times, and ergo is a spoiler for the years ahead.

21 Jul 2005, 6:44 p.m. - Terry Foreman

"read my oaths" Would this have been aloud? (it was certainly allowed). Silently (even without mouthing the words) was surely Sam's more common way of reading, but I can imagine his doing it aloud to express resolve.

21 Jul 2005, 7:34 a.m. - Terry Foreman

Robert Gertz, you are right,of course (well, IMO, in infact). I wonder whether Sam might have intuited some of this yesterday when he saw that Beth was "not very forward [enthusiastic] about her going into the country, and as she is so am I at a great loss whether to have her go or no because of the charge [Sam nixing empathy with extraneous consideration?], and yet in some considerations I would be glad she was there, because of the dirtiness of my house and the trouble of having of a family there [very empathic here!]." abd now, "(Lord's day). My wife and I lay talking long in bed, and at last she is come to be willing to stay two months in the country, for it is her unwillingness to stay till the house is quite done that makes me at a loss how to have her go or stay” — man, his heart is in his mout & on his sleeve for his Diary, and this a keeper, i wot.

21 Jul 2005, 6:52 a.m. - Terry Foreman

Sunday oaths: Mary, keen reading of the way Sam views his relation to them.

21 Jul 2005, 4:21 a.m. - Terry Foreman

Reference to the Sophia in the Diary "So back again to Westminster, and from thence by water to the Treasury Office, where I found Sir W. Pen paying off the Sophia and Griffen."

21 Jul 2005, 4:20 a.m. - Terry Foreman

Reference to the Griffin in the Diary "So back again to Westminster, and from thence by water to the Treasury Office, where I found Sir W. Pen paying off the Sophia and Griffen."

21 Jul 2005, 4:17 a.m. - Terry Foreman

The St. George was a 2nd Rate ship of 792 tonnes and carried 260 men (thanks to vicenzo [cumgranissalis] for this site) "Thence to the Treasury Office, where I found Sir W. Batten come before me, and there we sat to pay off the St. George."

21 Jul 2005, 2:27 a.m. - Terry Foreman

Punishments at the Old Bailey Late 17th Century to Early 19th Century "This article describes the types of punishments imposed on convicts at London's central criminal court from the late 17th century to the beginning of the 19th century, as detailed in the Proceedings." (Thanks to dirk for this link: )

21 Jul 2005, 2:18 a.m. - Terry Foreman

"You say that I am ignoring the time-honored traditions of the Royal Navy? And what might they be? I shall tell you in three words. Rum, buggery, and the lash! Good morning sirs." - Winston Churchill addressing the Sea Lords, 1912

21 Jul 2005, 12:52 a.m. - Terry Foreman

"And what are the oaths he has to read every Lord's day”? What about this of 28 June, last month?: “My mind is now in a wonderful condition of quiet and content, more than ever in all my life, since my minding the business of my office, which I have done most constantly; and I find it to be the very effect of my late oaths against wine and plays, which, if God please, I will keep constant in, for now my business is a delight to me, and brings me great credit, and my purse encreases too.” Perhaps he made a resolution he hasn’t shared with us?

20 Jul 2005, 11:30 p.m. - Terry Foreman

"My wife and I lay talking long in bed" So Beth was with him all the while, and indeed, as Pauline suggested yesterday, she came to him at the office from home.

20 Jul 2005, 11:26 p.m. - Terry Foreman

"But what has vexed me to-day was that by carrying the key to Sir W. Pen's last night, it could not in the midst of all my hurry to carry away my books and things, be found, and at last they found it in the fire that we made last night” That the hand is quicker than the mind is as true of me (and others I know) as it was of Sam. Methinks we need an English word for this (dys)ability.

20 Jul 2005, 11:15 p.m. - Terry Foreman

Today's Board of Trade was "the King's Councell for Trade” referred to in the Diary on Jan 22, 1660. “The Board of Trade is a committee of the Privy Council of the United Kingdom, originating as a committee of inquiry in the 17th century and evolving gradually into a government department with a diverse range of functions…. “In 1621, King James I directed the Privy Council to establish a temporary committee to investigate the causes of a decline in trade and consequent financial difficulties. The Board’s formal title remains The Lords of the Committee of Privy Council appointed for the consideration of all matters relating to Trade and Foreign Plantations.”

20 Jul 2005, 10:24 p.m. - Terry Foreman

The Privy Council & what Charles II made of it "The origins of the Privy Council may be found in the medieval king's Council. The great lords and prelates were regarded as the king's natural counsellors;...The continuing task of administration...required a more compact and permanent body of advisers drawn from the chief ministers of state (the Chancellor, the Treasurer and the Keeper of the Privy Seal), a few bishops, secular peers and senior household officials, and occasionally judges, lawyers and other laymen. [...] "Under the Tudors the Privy Council....enjoyed powers which would now be characterised as political, administrative, legislative and judicial, but which were only gradually differentiated. [...] "The political authority of the Privy Council, at its height under the later Tudors and the early Stuarts, began to decline under Charles II. Political power passed to the secretaries of state and other ministers dominating boards such as the Treasury and the Admiralty who came to depend during the eighteenth century upon their command of a majority in Parliament. Membership of the Privy Council became either a political formality or a public honour....," which is true of the appointments noted by the 6th jun 1660 letters to Pepys (see the quotation thereof by vincent[cungranissalis]).

20 Jul 2005, 7:29 p.m. - Terry Foreman

"my wife coming to me, I staid long with her discoursing….So to my office”…. Pauline, this sequence was what I had in mind, tho what you say is true. Often Sam does tell us when he goes somewhere; but it scarcely matters, since the roofless condo he’s described (room-sized cold-shower-stalls on several levels) is very uninhabitable.

20 Jul 2005, 4:16 p.m. - Terry Foreman

"To the Downs to meet the Queen" L&M note: “The Queen Mother.”

20 Jul 2005, 3:35 p.m. - Terry Foreman

"my wife coming to me" from another Navy family house? Whom does she pal with?

20 Jul 2005, 6:04 a.m. - Terry Foreman

"Up early..., and my wife coming to me I staid long with her discoursing about her going into the country,...and yet in some considerations I would be glad she was there, because of the dirtiness of my house and the trouble of having of a family there." Two concerns voiced by us seem answered in this one long sentence: (1) Sam cares about Elizabeth's also living in a house being remodeled (my wife and I had to live so after a fire came up into our apartment -- and there was rain, but there was light-weight plastic sheeting); (2) he cares about his parents' welfare.

20 Jul 2005, 5:45 a.m. - Terry Foreman

Privy Council per vincent(cumgranisalis) re-pointed: (6 th jun 1660) My letters tell me, that... Sir. Ant. Cooper , Mr. Hollis , and Mr. Annesly , late President of the Council of State, are made Privy Councillors to the King