Thursday 23 January 1667/68

At the Office all the morning; and at noon find the Bishop of Lincolne come to dine with us; and after him comes Mr. Brisband; and there mighty good company. But the Bishop a very extraordinary good- natured man, and one that is mightily pleased, as well as I am, that I live so near Bugden, the seat of his bishopricke, where he is like to reside: and, indeed, I am glad of it. In discourse, we think ourselves safe for this year, by this league with Holland, which pleases every body, and, they say, vexes France; insomuch that D’Estrades; the French Embassador in Holland, when he heard it, told the States that he would have them not forget that his master is at the head of 100,000 men, and is but 28 years old; which was a great speech. The Bishop tells me he thinks that the great business of Toleration will not, notwithstanding this talk, be carried this Parliament; nor for the King’s taking away the Deans’ and Chapters’ lands to supply his wants, they signifying little to him, if he had them, for his present service. He gone, I mightily pleased with his kindness, I to the office, where busy till night, and then to Mrs. Turner’s, where my wife, and Deb., and I, and Batelier spent the night, and supped, and played at cards, and very merry, and so I home to bed. She is either a very prodigal woman, or richer than she would be thought, by her buying of the best things, and laying out much money in new-fashioned pewter; and, among other things, a new-fashioned case for a pair of snuffers, which is very pretty; but I could never have guessed what it was for, had I not seen the snuffers in it.

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Terry Foreman  •  Link

The Royal Society today at Arundel House — from the Hooke Folio Online

Ian: 23: 1667/8. Operator to hasten Thermometer for the Queen) Dr Pope Round bone.) Colepresse box of 64 sort of mineralls & description. delieuerd to curator) Sr Theo Deuax soapy clay from Mr Walsh in Worstersheer.

Ld Barkly said ships were going for India and moued for querys to be sent. It was orderd that the querys for india & such others as Dr. Pope & mr Hooke should adde thereto should be giuen to Ld Barkly.

(Dr. Lower opend horses eyes to shew the cause of the frequent blindnesse in horses proceeding from spongy excressense growing out of the vuea of a horses Eye)

Mr. Hooke made an Expt. to discouer whether a piece of steel first counterpoised to Exact
exact [sic] scales and then toucht by a vigorous magnet doe thereby acquire any sensible in crease of Weight. the Event was that it did not, the same proposed an Expt. to discouer whether any substance could be made heauier then gold. orderd that tryall should be made before the Society the next day. The same was orderd to take care that expt. about shining wood and fish be made the next day both in the compressing in Rarifying engine. Operator

The Curator desird to bring in the Descriptions of his Cider Engine & clockwork. and micrometer

Also of circulating blood. Dr. Lower of tying Iugular.…

cum salis grano  •  Link

Cider Engine: Oh how that has changed, the crushing of cider apples. ?a version of water pump ?

Paul Chapin  •  Link

There are several stable (non-radioactive) metals heavier than gold, of which platinum is the most familiar (others are osmium, iridium, and tungsten). Platinum was used by pre-Columbian natives in South America, and the first known European report of it is from 1557. However, it did not become widely known in Europe until the mid 18th century. William Brownrigg presented a detailed report on it to the Royal Society in 1750.

Terry Foreman  •  Link

Mr. Hooke's experiments with a "cider engine" end thus in 1671:

He produced three several new contrivances of cider-presses for both breaking and squeezing the apples and pears with ease and expedition. The one was with two pinions turning upon one another. The other he represented in a crooked line, having a kind of a mill-box and a roller at the bottom, and by its motion breaking, squeezing, and throwing out the fruit. The third was with four cylinders turning one another, the apples coming between on two fides, and going out on the two cross-fides. He was desired to bring in a description of these engines in writing, to be entered in the Register-Book.

Robert Gertz  •  Link

Keeping up with the Turners, eh Sam? I assume this means we'll be seeing a snuffer case purchase soon?

Robert Gertz  •  Link

"...this league with Holland, which pleases every body..."

"Especially me..." Pett notes, reading the London Gazette. "Uh, does this mean I can go home, now?"

"But, Sam'l? If everyone is overjoyed to be in alliance with the Dutch, why did we go to war in the first place? Was it not a total waste of lives of brave men, the ruin of their families, and the treasure of two nations?"

"Bess, questions such as these are why only men can understand and be entrusted with high politics."

Robert Gertz  •  Link

"D'Estrades, it cannot be..."

"I fear it is, Sire. Holland has leagued with England."

"Alas...Ladies..." Mistress chorus joins in...

"I dreamed a dream in time gone by...
That I'd invade England through Holland...

I dreamed our love would never die...
I dreamed DeWitt would be fulfillin'....

Then I was young and unafraid,
Nations were made and used, then devastated.
There was no ransom to be paid,
Charles' pleas for cash on me were wasted...

But now news comes to me at night...
And its voice is soft as thunder...
Oh, it tears my hopes apart.
And it makes my dreams to wane, wane, wane...

Holland spent a war by my side...
Medway filled my ears with wonder.
They took my innocence in their stride
But they were gone when winter came.

Well, in Spring I'll come to them.
Yes, we will make war years together
Don't say Louis, your dreams they cannot be
That there are storms I cannot weather!

I had a dream my wars would be
A little easier than now we are planning
A war so different now must be.
De Witt has killed the dream I dreamed."

Paul  •  Link

...a new-fashioned case for a pair of snuffers, which is very pretty; but I could never have guessed what it was for, had I not seen the snuffers in it.

We play that game with visitors today, but with the actual candle snuffers. Very few know what they are.

Mary  •  Link

Candle snuffers.

In recent times this term has come to be applied to a cone-shaped instrument that is used to extinguish a candle neatly without the risk of blowing hot wax onto the table, shelf or whatever.

In the 17th century candle snuffers were scissor-like instruments that were used to trim the burnt section of the candle's wick (the snuff) so that the candle could continue to burn with a clean flame. Modern wicks are so made that they tend to curl away from the flame as they burn and so are less likely to cause a dirty, smoky flame.

Pepys refers to a pair of candle snuffers in the same way as we refer to a pair of scissors - one object formed of two blades.

JWB  •  Link

"...a very prodigal woman"
L&M Companion notes Mrs. T recieved 100£ in Mennes' will.

language hat  •  Link

"this league with Holland, which pleases every body"

Isn't it odd that everyone is so happy to have as an ally a country with which they were so recently at war?

Terry Foreman  •  Link

"Isn’t it odd that everyone is so happy to have as an ally a country with which they were so recently at war?"

Another Greater Enemy produced the same with Germany after WWII.

Michael Robinson  •  Link

" ... a new-fashioned case for a pair of snuffers, which is very pretty; but I could never have guessed what it was for, had I not seen the snuffers in it."

Swift, writing in the persona of an experienced footman, had advice about proper use of snuffers in his 'Advice to Servants.' (c. 1731)

"Snuff the candles at supper as they stand on the table, which is much the securest way ; because, if the burning snuff happens to get out of the snuffers, you have a chance that it may fall into a dish of soup, sack posset, rice milk, or the like, where it will be immediately extinguished with very little stink.

When you have snuffed the candle, always leave the snuffers open, for the snuff will of itself burn away to ashes, and cannot fall out and dirty the table when you snuff the candles again. .."…

Australian Susan  •  Link

When I first read Northanger Abbey as a young teenager, I was mystified by the scene where Catherine is investigating what she assumes are hidden, personal letters and the texts says she snuffed the candle in preparation for a good read and then JA continues "Alas! It was snuffed and extinguished in one". [Northanger Abbey,Vol 2, Chap. 6] To me a snuffer was an article for putting a candle out (cone or bell-shaped on a handle),so of course snuffing it would put it out! It was a long while before I learnt about the scissor-like wick trimmer which Catherine Morland uses clumsily and in haste to great comic effect.

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