Saturday 16 June 1666

Up betimes and to my office, and there we sat all the morning and dispatched much business, the King, Duke of Yorke, and Sir W. Coventry being gone down to the fleete. At noon home to dinner and then down to Woolwich and Deptford to look after things, my head akeing from the multitude of businesses I had in my head yesterday in settling my accounts. All the way down and up, reading of “The Mayor of Quinborough,” a simple play. At Deptford, while I am there, comes Mr. Williamson, Sir Arthur Ingram and Jacke Fen, to see the new ships, which they had done, and then I with them home in their boat, and a very fine gentleman Mr. Williamson is. It seems the Dutch do mightily insult of their victory, and they have great reason.1 Sir William Barkeley was killed before his ship taken; and there he lies dead in a sugar-chest, for every body to see, with his flag standing up by him. And Sir George Ascue is carried up and down the Hague for people to see. Home to my office, where late, and then to bed.

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Australian Susan  •  Link

On the BBC website is a picture of men re-enacting the playing of pell mell in Pall Mall.
Here's the link. There is no explanation as to why they are doing it this week.

Robert Gertz  •  Link

Still no fears directed at what Louis may be planning. One wonders if Sam just doesn't want to start thinking about that or if he has info to calm fears in that direction.

Ric Jerrom  •  Link

A quick glance at the BBC website - thanks, Susan - shows "gentlemen" in 17th.Century costume supposedly playing "paille - maille": their equipment is distinctly that of croquet players, however. Is croquet "pell - mell", anyone?

Ric Jerrom  •  Link

Apparently Pell - Mell was an aristocratic game played on a huge - 1000 yard - pitch: players bashed the ball as far as they could with mallets, but finished with something like a golfer's "spoon" to whack the ball into the air and through a suspended hoop. So more like golf than Croquet: BBC's re - enactors are innaccurate, it seems. Clarity at (There's a hint of a link to Sam, too...)

JWB  •  Link

"Arterial embalming is believed to have been first practiced in the Netherlands in the 17th century by Frederik Ruysch but his liquor balsamicum preservative was kept a secret to the grave and his methods were not widely copied."

Australian Susan  •  Link

Yes, I was posting in a hurry before work - but I thought that the only accurate thing was the costume, but probably an expert on historical costume would correct me on that! Croquet is not Pell Mell.

cgs  •  Link

Shakespeare's Richard III, 1597

March on! Join bravely, let us to it pell-mell–
If not to heaven, then hand in hand to hell!(5.3.313-14)

Terry Foreman  •  Link

"At Deptford, while I am there, comes Mr. Williamson, Sir Arthur Ingram and Jacke Fen, to see the new ships, which they had done"

None of those named is a shipbuilder. "The new ships" may include The Greenwich, built by Christopher Pett and launched at Woolwich 9 days ago.

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