Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
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About Friday 25 November 1664
"Mrs. Lane and her husband live a sad life"
SAD, sorrowful, melancholy, dull.---N. Bailey. An universal etymological English dictionary, 1734
About Thomas Chicheley
CHICHELEY, Sir THOMAS (1618-1694), master-general of the ordnance; of Wimple, Cambridgeshire; high sheriff, 1637; M.P. for Cambridgeshire, 1640; ejected by the roundheads, 1642; M.P. for Cambridgeshire, 1661; knighted, 1670; master-general of the ordnance, 1670-4; M.P. for Cambridge town, 1678-9, 1685, 1689; lived extravagantly, and was obliged to sell Wimple, 1686.---Dictionary of National Biography: Index and Epitome, 1903
About Sunday 20 November 1664
"talking of our ropeyarde stores at Woolwich, which are mighty low, even to admiration."
To ADMIRE, to look upon with wonder, to be surpriz'd at.WONDERFUL, very strange and surprizing. ---N. Bailey. An universal etymological English dictionary, 1734
About Tuesday 29 November 1664
"for he looked very frowardly"
FROWARD, peevish, fretful, surly. ---N. Bailey. An universal etymological English dictionary, 1734
About Ravencroft's 'The Whole Book of Psalmes'
The Whole Booke of Psalmes (1621), Psalmes 1-10, Recorder Ensemble:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDkEbYBw-ZM
Chocolate Cream.Take a Pint of Cream, with a spoonful of scrap'd Chocolate, and boil them well together, mix with it the Yolks of two Eggs, and thicken and mill it on the Fire; then pour it into your Chocolate-Cups.---Court Cookery. R. Smith, 1725.
About William Craven (1st Earl of Craven)
CRAVEN, WILLIAM, Earl of Craven (1606-1697), eldest son of Sir William Craven; entered the service of Maurice, prince of Orange, 1623; knighted on returning to England, 1627; commanded English troops fighting for Gustavus Adolphus, 1631; contributed 30,000l. to the cause of the palatine house, 1637; fought beside Prince Rupert at Limgea; taken prisoner by the imperialists, 1637; purchased his liberty, 1639; aided Charles I with money; drafted a protest for the then exiled Elizabeth of Bohemia against the parliament's stoppage of her pension; deprived of his estates for loyalty to Charles I, 1651; recovered his lands at the Restoration; privy councillor, 1666 and 1681; created Viscount Craven of Uffington and Earl of Craven, 1664; offered his London mansion, Drury House, to Elizabeth of Bohemia, 1661; said, without much probability, to have been privately married to her; lieutenant-general of the forces, 1685; bidden by James II to hand over the duty of guarding Whitehall to the Dutch troops under Solms, 1688. He was early a fellow of the Royal Society.---Dictionary of National Biography: Index and Epitome, 1903
About Wednesday 16 November 1664
"how to get ourselves into the prize office"
The Calendars of State Papers are full of references to applications for Commissionerships of the Prize Office. In December, 1664, the Navy Committee appointed themselves the Commissioners for Prize Goods, Sir Henry Bennet being appointed comptroller, and Lord Ashley treasurer.--- Wheatley. Diary, 1904.
About Tuesday 15 November 1664
"to a blind alehouse"
[Feb. 9, 1655] Major general Worsley to secretary Thurloe,... We have put down a considerable number of alehouses, after takeing notice of these several quallifications following; viz.1. Such as have been in armes against the parliament ...2. Such as have good trades and need not thereunto.3. Such as stand in by and dark corners, and go under the name of blind alehouses.---A Collection of the State Papers of John Thurloe, September, 1655 to May, 1656.
About Sunday 13 November 1664
Pepys had "To be or not to be" set to music, and it will be found in his collection of "Songs and other Compositions" (No. 2591), in the volume devoted to "Compositions, Grave."--- Wheatley. Diary, 1904.