Wednesday 21 November 1666

Up, with Sir W. Batten to Charing Cross, and thence I to wait on Sir Philip Howard, whom I find dressing himself in his night-gown and turban like a Turke, but one of the finest persons that ever I saw in my life. He had several gentlemen of his owne waiting on him, and one playing finely on the gittar: he discourses as well as ever I heard man, in few words and handsome. He expressed all kindness to Balty, when I told him how sick he is: he says that, before he comes to be mustered again, he must bring a certificate of his swearing the oaths of Allegiance and Supremacy, and having taken the Sacrament according to the rites of the Church of England. This, I perceive, is imposed on all, and he will be ready to do. I pray God he may have his health again to be able to do it. Being mightily satisfied with his civility, I away to Westminster Hall, and there walked with several people, and all the discourse is about some trouble in Scotland I heard of yesterday, but nobody can tell the truth of it.

Here was Betty Michell with her mother. I would have carried her home, but her father intends to go with her, so I lost my hopes. And thence I to the Excise Office about some tallies, and then to the Exchange, where I did much business, and so home to dinner, and then to the office, where busy all the afternoon till night, and then home to supper, and after supper an hour reading to my wife and brother something in Chaucer with great pleasure, and so to bed.

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Terry Foreman  •  Link

The Royal Society today at Gresham College — from the Hooke Folio Online

Nouemb. 21. 1666. mr. Kings account of transfusion) Read.)

also one of mr Hooke conteining a Discourse about short inclining pendulums doing the Effect of Long perpendicular ones. both papers were orderd to be registred wth thanks to the authours. [ "An Account of Pendulums, by Mr. Hooke. November 21 1666" (cf. Birch, History, ii. 126-7)]

(transfusing expts orderd to be prosecuted).

mr. Hooke shewed the company another kind of pendulum which being perpendicular & short by counterpoysing performed the part of a long one

The President was of opinion that the circular pendulum as farr as he yet saw was the best of all kinds he had yet made tryall of (printed paper about tydes.)

Report about Heuelius his Last book called for)
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Dr. Pope shewd 1 graine of wheat producing 2600 graines)…

CGS  •  Link

Daily Depress
no more using of tokens or chits, use real monies that be forged at the tower...

Listen up thee of Douei faith keep thy lips sealed and swear.

H of L today.
Coinage Bill.

Hodie 1a vice lecta est Billa, "An Act for encouraging of Coinage."

"......His issuing forth His Proclamations and other Orders against the Papists....."

Thus everyone better swear that they be Loyal to King and his Faith, thus Balty better get his papers attested too.

Only the Party faithful can sail the 7 seas.

Mr. Gunning  •  Link

"....and one playing finely on the gittar"

There goes the neighbourhood.

Tony Eldridge  •  Link

Betty Michell with her mother. I would have carried her home, but her father intends to go with her, so I lost my hopes.
Perhaps Sam hasn't realised his spreading reputation of being Not Safe In Taxis?

JWB  •  Link

Brewers in history of science:

Here we have Helvelius in Danzig. Then comes to mind Joule, who ran a brewery when he demonstrated the equivalence mechanical energy v heat. And third, the Carlsberg Brewery which developed the concept of pH and underwrote Copenhagen's Institute of Theoretical Physics and Bohr in creation of Quantum Mechanics. And last I can think of, Priestley the brewer's neighbor and discoverer of oxygen, carbon monoxide etc.

Mr. Gunning  •  Link

"...Priestley the brewer’s neighbor.."

Hmm...are you sure? I recall seeing Priestley's laboratoy in Bowood House in Wiltshire.

Robert Gertz  •  Link

"Ohhh...Dear Betty...Please allow me to escort you home. We can drop your mother."

Observing sober, kindly Mr. Pepys one would never suspect the drooling maniac within...

"Oh, that would be fine, sir. Pa! Mr. Pepys'll give us a ride home."

"Oh, my dear Lord, how foolish of me, I must go to Whitehall immediately. Let me obtain a cab for you...All." sigh...



"Well, I did put in a good word for Balty this day. And there I was in evening, dutiful Sam reading Chaucer to the in-law and wife... Bess?"


"She did look so much like you..." Ow!! "Bess? Bessie...?" Knock on front door... "Jane?"

Right, no servants in Heaven...Hardly makes the place live up to its reputation...

"Oh...Hello, Mr. Mitchell. Nice to see you made Heaven. You're looking...Especially grim today?"

"Why...Is that a copy of my Diary?"

JWB  •  Link

"In the 1770s he began his most famous scientific research on the nature and properties of gases. At that time he was living next to a brewery, which provided him an ample supply of carbon dioxide"…

A. De Araujo  •  Link

"dressing himself in his night-gown and turban like a Turke"
A good way to dress in between Halloween and Thanksgiving.

Michael Robinson  •  Link

" .... before he comes to be mustered again, he must bring a certificate of his swearing the oaths of Allegiance and Supremacy, and having taken the Sacrament according to the rites of the Church of England. This, I perceive, is imposed on all, ..."

L&M note an 'Order in Council' of November 9th. 1666 following a resolution of both houses of parliament. It would seem to paralell the provisions of the 'Corporation Act' of 1661 (13 Cha. II. St. 2) which was aimed at Presbyterians:

III. Mayors, &;c. before 25th March 1653.

to take the Oaths of Allegiance and Supremacy, and the Oath following;

And be it further Enacted by the Authority aforesaid That all persons who upon the Foure and twentieth day of December One thousand six hundred sixty and one shall be Maiors Aldermen Recorders Bailiffes Towne-Clerks Common Councel men and other persons then bearing any Office or Offices of Magistracy or Places or Trusts or other Imployment relating to or concerning the Government of the said respective Cities Corporations and Burroughs and Cinque Ports and theire Members and other Port Towns shall at any time before the Five and twentieth day of March One thousand six hundred sixtie and three when they shall be thereunto required by the said respective Commissioners or any three or more of them take the Oathes of Allegiance and Supremacy and this Oath following.

I. A. B. do declare and beleive That it is not lawfull upon any pretence whatsoever to take Arms against the King and that I do abhor that Traiterous Position of taking Arms by His Authority against His Person or against those that are co[m]missioned by Him So helpe me God.

and subscribe the following Declaration.

And alsoe att the same time shall publiquely subscribe before the said Commissioners or any Three of them this following Declaration.

I. A. B. do declare That I hold that there lyes no Obligation upon me or any other person from the Oath commonly called The Solemn League and Covenant and that the same was in it selfe an unlawfull Oath and imposed upon the Subjects of this Realm against the knowne Laws and Liberties of the Kingdome.

IX. None to be elected to the Offices aforesaid, unless he shall have received the Sacrament within a Year.

and shall take the Oaths, and subscribe the Declaration.

Provided alsoe and be it Enacted by the Authority aforesaid That from and after the expiration of the said Commissions no person or persons shall for ever hereafter be placed elected or chosen in or to any the Offices or Places aforesaid that shall not [have (fn. 2) ] within one yeare next before such Election or Choice taken the Sacrament of the Lords Supper according to the Rites of the Church of England and that every such person and persons so placed elected or chosen shall likewise take the aforesaid three Oathes and subscribe the said Declaration att the same time when the Oath for the due execution of the said Places and Offices respectively shall be administred And in default hereof every such placing election and choice is hereby Enacted and Declared to bee void.…

Robert Gertz  •  Link

"...thence I to wait on Sir Philip Howard, whom I find dressing himself in his night-gown and turban like a Turke..."


Hmmn...Bess eyes her honey in his latest...

"You look like what I'd imagine a powerful woman to look like."

"Bess..." Sam drops solemn, far-off look pose in turban and robe...Sulepepys the Magnificent...

"At least take the periwig off before you put on the turban...And must you dress in your nightgown? You know Penn will howl when he sees you."

"Would you like to hear what Lady Batten said when you posed as St. Catherine?"

A. Hamilton  •  Link

Brewers & Science

Here's a glancing blow:

Say, for what were hop-yards meant,
Or why was Burton built on Trent?
Oh many a peer of England brews
Livelier liquor than the Muse,
And malt does more than Milton can
To justify God's ways to man.
Ale, man, ale's the stuff to drink
For fellows whom it hurts to think:
Look into the pewter pot
To see the world as the world's not.

A.E. Housman, "Terence This Is Stupid Stuff"

Nix  •  Link

Oath of allegiance --

Still required in my state:

State of Arizona,
County of ______________

I, _____________________ (type or print name) do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution and laws of the State of Arizona, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same and defend them against all enemies, foreign and domestic, and that I will faithfully and impartially discharge the duties of the office of ______________________ (name of office) according to the best of my ability, so help me God (or so I do affirm).

(signature of officer or employee)…

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