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JayW has posted 133 annotations/comments since 7 August 2015.

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Third Reading

About Friday 18 May 1660

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A knot garden is a garden of formal design in a square frame, consisting of a variety of aromatic plants and culinary herbs including germander, marjoram, thyme, southernwood, lemon balm, hyssop, costmary, acanthus, mallow, chamomile, rosemary, Calendula, Viola and Santolina. Wikipedia

About Thursday 3 May 1660

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The copy of the King’s letter which was read out to the Navy by Samuel Pepys is being auctioned again at Sotheby’s in The Coronation Sale closing at 2pm BST on 4 May 2023. No bids yet with 12 hours to go.

About Tuesday 6 March 1659/60

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In the 2 lists of the Great 12 livery companies above, eagle-eyed readers may notice the transposition at numbers 6 and 7 of the Skinners and Merchants Taylors companies. They were in dispute about which should take precedence and be at number 6, which is the origin of the phrase ‘to be at sixes and sevens’ .

Second Reading

About Monday 15 March 1668/69

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There is still a court building in London called The Rolls Building where the Chancery Court sits. The senior judge is called the Master of the Rolls.
Wikipedia says:
The Keeper or Master of the Rolls and Records of the Chancery of England, known as the Master of the Rolls, is the President of the Civil Division of the Court of Appeal of England and Wales and Head of Civil Justice. As a judge, he or she is the second in seniority in England and Wales only to the Lord Chief Justice.

About Wednesday 10 February 1668/69

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SDS - I think it’s no coincidence that CABAL contains the initials of the people involved. I have previously heard that is how the word developed.

About Friday 6 November 1668

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Recent comments in my newspaper about putting toothpaste on brush suggest that Prince Charles had hurt one arm playing polo which was why he couldn’t put his own toothpaste on his brush.

About Saturday 10 October 1668

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From the entry for Monday 11 October:
to the King’s playhouse, and I afterwards by water with them, and there we did hear the Eunuch (who, it seems, is a Frenchman, but long bred in Italy) sing, which I seemed to take as new to me, though I saw him on Saturday last, but said nothing of it;

A glimpse into today? A visit to the theatre which Bess knew nothing about? Or maybe Saturday 3rd?

About Wednesday 30 September 1668

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Milford and Pembroke.
Milford Haven is in Pembrokeshire. I suspect that might be the explanation for John Howell apparently sending letters from different addresses.

About Wednesday 23 September 1668

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SDS - you wanted ideas. Here are mine.
Blount is in prison in Bruges. He is willing to betray Granger and says he (Blount) is the only one who knows where to find him and the false names he uses.
There is only a civil action against Blount so the Bruges magistrates won’t deport him.
The author of the letter is willing to help arrange the deal so long as it’s kept secret.
Granger says he can corrupt all the postmasters. He is planning to invest £1,000 in a bill of exchange which he will use to make a counterfeit for £5,000 or £6,000 and has already sent an agent off to get it.
Granger will soon go somewhere away from London for the winter and that’s when he could be arrested most easily.

About Thursday 2 July 1668

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Yes please carry on with the correspondence Sarah. It does give an insight into the work of the Navy Office. Thanks!

About Tuesday 26 May 1668

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Hodsden and Tibalds. Both local to me, and the road would probably have been what is now the A1010 which runs through Hoddesdon, Cheshunt, Waltham Cross and on through North London to Bishopsgate. What little remains of Tibalds (Theobalds Palace) is in what is now Cedars Park, where I used to walk in my lunch hour occasionally when I was working. Theobalds Park is on the other side of the dual carriageway of the A10, cut off from the site of the old palace. Until a few years ago, the original Temple Bar was in Theobalds Park, but it has now been returned to the City and is close to St Paul’s Cathedral.

About Theobalds Palace (nr Cheshunt, Herts)

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The Palace of Theobalds was situated in what is now Cedars Park, which is now separated from Theobalds Park by the A10 dual carriageway. There are still a few ruined walls remaining at Cedars Park

About Daily diary emails update

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My thanks too Phil. Always enjoy my daily trip to the past, especially as a Londoner now living out in the country - and as it’s now over a year since I travelled in to the City it reminds me of familiar places from my own past.

About Monday 27 April 1668

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I agree with Dorothy. I also thought the ‘boy’ referred to was Mr John Parkhurst. A touch of ‘where did that time go?’

About Tuesday 14 April 1668

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Sam Ursu- the orange girl who became the mistress of Charles II was Nell Gwynn

About Friday 10 April 1668

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A couple of mentions above of ‘weighing’ the ships in the Medway. I assume this meaning is the same as ‘weighing the anchor’ ie lifting it and that these would have been the ships that are currently blocking the river.

About Saturday 28 March 1668

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James Morgan - Here in the U.K. the week between Palm Sunday and Easter is known as Holy Week hence Sam’s reference to ‘this holyday week’. This year, 2021, Palm Sunday was yesterday, so Holy Week started yesterday.

About Monday 6 January 1667/68

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SDS - I think you are correct about the quartet of players. Towards the end of the entry it says -
‘I paid the fiddlers 3l. among the four‘