Tuesday 17 December 1667

Up, and to the office, where very busy all the morning, and then in the afternoon I with Sir W. Pen and Sir T. Harvy to White Hall to attend the Duke of York, who is now as well as ever, and there we did our usual business with him, and so away home with Sir W. Pen, and there to the office, where pretty late doing business, my wife having been abroad all day with Mrs. Turner buying of one thing or other. This day I do hear at White Hall that the Duke of Monmouth is sick, and in danger of the smallpox. So home to supper and to bed.

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Terry Foreman  •  Link

Ormond to Ossory
Written from: Dublin
Date: 17 December 1667

... There is nothing more necessary than that the writer should now have a perfect understanding of the many things in England which it may not be so convenient - either for the King's service or for the Duke's private concernments here - to write, as to speak of. ...

If Lord Ossory should not now come, he must put into cypher, or send by an express - or both ways - all that it is essential to communicate. ...


cum salis grano  •  Link

Walls [ so does the ether] have ears, and written words do have a habit of being read by a nosy parker, thus write only that that will not embarrass you later, else encode carefully.

JWB  •  Link

Just this evening read in Ellis's latest, "First Family", that in Mar. 1764 Boston reported 699 smallpox cases of which 124 died. John Adams had himself innoculated and while in quarantine, Abigail (they being @ the time engaged) sent him tobacco so that he could smoke his letters to her, rendering them safe.

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