Thursday 14 May 1668

Up, and to the office, where we sat all the morning, and at noon home to dinner with my people, but did not stay to dine out with them, but rose and straight by water to the Temple, and so to Penny’s, my tailor’s, where by and by by agreement Mercer, and she, to my great content, brings Mrs. Gayet, and I carried them to the King’s house; but, coming too soon, we out again to the Rose taverne, and there I did give them a tankard of cool drink, the weather being very hot, and then into the playhouse again, and there saw “The Country Captain,” a very dull play, that did give us no content, and besides, little company there, which made it very unpleasing. Thence to the waterside, at Strand bridge, and so up by water and to Fox-hall, where we walked a great while, and pleased mightily with the pleasure thereof, and the company there, and then in, and eat and drank, and then out again and walked, and it beginning to be dark, we to a corner and sang, that everybody got about us to hear us; and so home, where I saw them both at their doors, and, full of the content of this afternoon’s pleasure, I home and to walk in the garden a little, and so home to bed.

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Terry Foreman  •  Link

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

may. 14. 1668. Dr. King brought in this Account of the expt. orderd to be made by himself & mr Hooke in priuate of filling the Lungs of a Dog full of air and keeping the same air wthout the admission of any fresh air. It was desired the same persons would Repeat the Expt. & then let the Dog lye 2 or 3 minutes longer when they should Iudge him as much dead as they did this time that the tryall might be beyond exception -

mr Hooke made an Expt. of Staticks to shew the penetration of liquors. first there was a ball of glasse poisd in the air, weighing 302 1/2 graines. the same in fair water weighed 150 7/8 graines. in oyle of vitriol [ Sulfuric acid ]. 24. gr. in an aequall mixture of oyle of vitriol & water 73 1/2 graines. Orderd that a Full account be brought in writing by the Curator.

(mr Boyle suggested mixtues of oyle of aniseed & salet oyle. oyl of vitriol
[ ] & SV. of [mercury] & [aqua fortis] . and pretended he had made expts. of this kind formerly.
A committee for Examining Dr. Wilkins Book
[… ]
Bp. Sarum [ ]. Brereto. Boyl Aerskin wallis holder. Wren neil merret Henshaw Ball Ray Hoskins Pope Haak Hook…

Robert Gertz  •  Link

Sam seems opting for safer pleasures these last days of freedom...Preparing for Bess' return or did the incident at Mitchell's remind him there could be consequences to his behavior? Interesting that he seems to much prefer to relax in the company of a friendly woman even when in "good boy" mode than say Creed, with whom he always seems to be in cautious competition.

Robert Gertz  •  Link

Though...He never did say what was in that "tankard of cool drink"...


Robert Gertz  •  Link

"You're sure these will do the trick, Hooke?"

"In a tankard of cool drink. Wait one minute. Brrr...Up..." Hooke makes gesture... "Right up the wall...Then, twenty or thirty minutes later, pow..." backhand slam... "Right down again...And out for the evening."

"Without a memory...?" stern look.

"Without a memory..."

"Ah, Natural Philosophy...What an age we live in, Hooke."

Terry Foreman  •  Link

"he seems to much prefer to relax in the company of a friendly woman"

Might this be a matter of fashionable accessorizing? a show he is NOT on the hunt? or...?

djc  •  Link

The attraction of Mercer (and Mrs. Gayet?) is, I think, that they can sing. A slave to beauty and music as he describes himself on more than one occasion herein. Note the discontent at not finding any fashionable company at the playhouse, whereas at Fox-Hall "we to a corner and sang, that everybody got about us to hear us".

Mary  •  Link

Exactly so, DJC.

See also the entry for May 11th. Mercer is a valuable partner in music-making and this protects her from grosser approach.

andy  •  Link

and to Fox-hall, where we walked a great while,

From Fox-hall came, Vauxhall, and from the great railway interchange there, the Russian word for Railway Interchange (or big railway station/terminus)- (pronounced Voksal): Воксал.

language hat  •  Link

"the Russian word for Railway Interchange (or big railway station/terminus)- (pronounced Voksal): Воксал"

Actually, it's вокзал [vokzal], with a z. It was traditionally pronounced as written, with an unusual /o/ in an unstressed syllable, but it's now normalized to /vak'zal/.

language hat  •  Link

"From Fox-hall came, Vauxhall"

Wikipedia expands on this: "It is generally accepted that the etymology of Vauxhall is from the name of Falkes de Breauté, the head of King John's mercenaries, who owned a large house in the area which was referred to as Faulke's Hall, later Foxhall, and eventually Vauxhall." There's also an interesting discussion of the Russian word (which "had been known in the Russian language with the meaning of 'amusement park' long before the 1840s"):

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