Tuesday 23 January 1665/66

Up and to the office and then to dinner. After dinner to the office again all the afternoon, and much business with me. Good newes beyond all expectation of the decrease of the plague, being now but 79, and the whole but 272. So home with comfort to bed. A most furious storme all night and morning.

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First Reading

Australian Susan  •  Link

Sounds like my day.Work, lunch, work. Also, we are in the midst of storm season here in Queensland and the worst outbreak ever of Dengue fever. And I was comfortable in bed as I decadently slept with the aircon on all night.

Australian Susan  •  Link

Ooops! Grammarwatch. Should have said " as I slept with the aircon on all night decadently." Maybe. Should I submit my entry privately later?

jeannine  •  Link

"A most furious storme all night and morning"

I find myself so thankful that I can turn on the weather and know what is coming my way. A true modern convenience. I suppose unless one had arthritis or sensitive sinuses that they never had any real indication of what to expect from one day to the next.

The winter joke in New England is that every time you hear a weather report with snow in the forecast you can expect to see all of your neighbors in the local grocery store stocking up on milk, bread, etc. It usually rings true!

Mark Peaty [aka xodarap]  •  Link

"Grammar watch"

No worries Susan, your version #1 flows best, and a wee bit of ambiguity helps to keep us all alert, yes?

... decadently ... if that is not just about the aircon, can I be put on the private list..? I think your fellow Qeenslanders would prefer you refreshed and not sleep deprived if you are going to drive on the roads.

Mark Peaty [aka xodarap]  •  Link

So home with comfort to bed.

Sam's relief is palpable; at least that one of the "four horsemen" is trotting away from them for the time being.

AussieRene  •  Link

Oh for some snow Jeannine. Like Australian Susan I hail from Queensland (Moore Park)...hot, humid, thunderstorms, cyclones etc.. Wonder what Sam would make of our summer weather?

Robert Gertz  •  Link

I'm still trying to get past the other day's farce...Sam solemnly chatting with Will Howe about Lord Sandwich's woeful lack of character leading to his downfall while waiting to join in the chorus of condemnation of Howe, soon as the jewels could be put on display.


Sounds like a nice night to go to bed and curl up with a good Bess...


"Bess?! Are you getting up? Could you get me a cup of water?"

"From any of the five pots on the floor, Sam'l?"

language hat  •  Link

"Ooops! Grammarwatch. Should have said 'as I slept with the aircon on all night decadently.'"

No, your first version was better; there was nothing at all wrong with it, nor was it ambiguous.

A.Hamilton  •  Link

Ah, but was the sleep decadent, or the actor, or the choice?

Phoenix Rhys  •  Link

Seems to me that decadent applies more to the imaginings of some posters than to Susan's sleep.

cgs  •  Link

Oh! well!
Alice and her mirror
`If I'd meant that, I'd have said it,' said Humpty Dumpty.

'When I use a word,' Humpty Dumpty said, in a rather scornful tone,' it means just what I choose it to mean, neither more nor less.'

cgs  •  Link

To-day Parliament made writs to top up the peoples reps., then take another hiatus until after Aprils fools day.

Phoenix Rhys  •  Link

I suppose.

"adjectives you can do anything with"

cgs  •  Link

"...with comfort to bed..."

A.De Araujo  •  Link

I feel you Susan and Rene;I am in Brazil now and the Dengue Season is on; Air conditioning and fan and mosquito net helps keep the Aedes Aegypti away.

Australian Susan  •  Link

My original post was intended to be a (lame?) joke [sic?] on the President's misplacing of an adverb and this causing so much judicial consternation that the oath had to be readministered.

Heat and cold and Sam. Although Sam can be a worrywart about his health - forever being concerned about wearing more or fewer layers in May and so forth, he does seem resilient about the weather: if you look at a map of his walks, they are quite arduous sometimes. He had to put up with more than some of us would think of taking on.
Although Sam had never heard of Australia, he would probably have cheerily set off for here if commanded so to do for the Navy and the King's business and taken the fearful sea voyage, the flies, fever and debilitating heat in his diminutative stride, without much complaint, only interested comments.The Dutch survivors of the shipwreck Batavia (slightly earlier than our period) survived terrible conditions off the coast of Western Australia for months. And when the Brits did settle here, the pioneer women set off sturdily into the bush beside their husbands - still wearing their corsets! Now that's endurance!

Terry Foreman  •  Link

A News-Letter, addressed to Sir George Lane
Written from: Oxford

Date: 23 January 1666

Shelfmark: MS. Carte 222, fol(s). 87-88

The long lying of the Dutch fleet off Ostend, at this season, is thought to be by way of a bravado, - shewing the world that their ports are not always frozen-in.

It is stated in letters from Boston in New England that the Commissioners of Inquiry sent to those colonies find no noticeable desire to resist the King's sovereign authority. In Boston itself, they found a few disaffected persons, but such as "they doubted not to bring to reason, in a short time".

Upon De Ruyter's application to Lord Sandwich, on behalf of a brother in law, captured in one of the East-India prizes, his Lordship obtained the prisoner's free discharge; adding merely in his letter of reply, that a like liberality, on their side, towards Captain Howard [distinguished by great bravery, when in command of The Merlin, at Tangier; he was soon liberated, and was received with many demonstrations of respect, at Court], then a prisoner in Holland, would be well taken by the King. http://www.rsl.ox.ac.uk/dept/scwm…

Second Reading

Terry Foreman  •  Link

"A most furious storme all night and morning."

L&M: Dr. D.J. Schove writes: This gale was termed a hurricane by a contemporary meteorologist, John Goad: Astro-meteorologica (1686) . p. 186. Cf. Philos. Trans. i (for 1665-6) no. 14, p. 247, which gives January 24 as the date.

A Relation Of a sad effect of Thunder and Lightning

This Relation was written by that worthy Gentleman, Thomas Neale Esquire, (the then High Sheriff of the County of Hampshire, when this disaster hapned) to a Friend of his in London, as follows;

On the 24 of January [ sic ] 1665/66, one Mr. Brooks of Hampshire, going from Winchester towards his house near Andover in very bad Weather, was himself slain by Lightning, and the Horse, he rode on, under him. [There follow grisly details.] https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Ph…

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