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john has posted 311 annotations/comments since 14 March 2013.


About Saturday 23 March 1660/61

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"his master fell about his ears and beat him so, that it put the whole house in an uprore." To answer jack's question, methinks this another example of the commonly accepted violence of the time; they laughed.

About Saturday 16 March 1660/61

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Our Will seems to be far more numerate than the average servant at the time. And no answer to vincent's decade-old question.

About Friday 8 March 1660/61

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Homely as reported in the OED (alluded to by Mary , supra): Def'n 4.b.5. Of persons, etc.: Of commonplace appearance or features; not beautiful, ‘plain’, uncomely. (Said also of the features themselves.) [With quotations from the 16th and 17th centuries.]

The day's events makes me wonder how Sam kept enough wits to accurately record the events. Did he scribble down the events just before bed?

About Tuesday 5 March 1660/61

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What did Sam and His Lady talk about -- small talk, affairs of state, learned discussions, gossip?

About Friday 18 January 1660/61

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How much effort was a 2h ride in 1660? Saddles then were somewhat different than today. They seemed to have very high pommels and cantles; I have no idea what it would have been like cantering in one -- even posting would have been difficult. (I have spent hours in forward saddles, military saddles, and western-style saddles. My comfort differed depending on circumstances and horse.)

About Friday 14 December 1660

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"Also all this day looking upon my workmen."

He seems to spend a lot of time supervising his workmen. Why?

About Thursday 22 November 1660

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"This morning came the carpenters to make me a door [...]" Very fast work for an outside door, assuming they framed it as per today (king, jack studs, and all that).

About Monday 7 May 1660

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As to the legal (ab)use of language and its historical journey, I heartily recommend "Party of the First Part: The Curious World of Legalese" by Adam Freedman. Though an American author, he traces its roots back to England.

About Saturday 14 April 1660

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"had like to have been drowned had it not been for a rope" is probably not merely a turn of phrase. I dimly recall that swimming then was not common and sailors overboard were typically considered lost. A reference to support or refute my memory would be appreciated.

About Saturday 10 March 1659/60

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Going to sea had consequences. Could Sam swim? At that time, I believe that sailors were not taught to swim. Those who fell overboard typically drowned.