Friday 10 July 1668

Up, and to attend the Council, but all in vain, the Council spending all the morning upon a business about the printing of the Critickes, a dispute between the first Printer, one Bee that is dead, and the Abstractor, who would now print his Abstract, one Poole. So home to dinner, and thence to Haward’s to look upon an Espinette, and I did come near the buying one, but broke off. I have a mind to have one. So to Cooper’s; and there find my wife and W. Hewer and Deb., sitting, and painting; and here he do work finely, though I fear it will not be so like as I expected: but now I understand his great skill in musick, his playing and setting to the French lute most excellently; and speaks French, and indeed is an excellent man. Thence, in the evening, with my people in a glass hackney-coach to the park, but was ashamed to be seen. So to the lodge, and drank milk, and so home to supper and to bed.

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LKvM  •  Link

It is indeed a foreign age when a man-about-town goes out in the evening to drink milk.

Terry Foreman  •  Link

"a dispute between the first Printer, one Bee that is dead, and the Abstractor, who would now print his Abstract, one Poole."

L&M note Poole argued that, Bee (who did not die in fact until 1672) was not an author of what he had anthologized, so had no rights to it; and anyway his (Poole's) work included matter the *Critici Sacri* didn't. At today's meeting, the disputants were given a fortnight to come to an agreement; the Council later ruled in Poole's favor; his *Synopsis Criticorum* was published in 5 vols in 1669-70 and was often reissued.

The Poole Project -- incl. various publications that can be downloaded:…

Harvard Library's huge collection of those and even more of Poole's publications (most recent first):

A side note: years ago I examined a Harvard copy of an early ed. of Poole's *Annotations upon the Holy Bible: wherein the sacred text is inserted...* -- accurately describing pages on which tiny blocks of Scripture were surrounded by fields of annotations.

Terry Foreman  •  Link

"Thence, in the evening, with my people...."

And, LKvM , the man-about-town took his entourage out to drink milk at a bistro.

Mary  •  Link

The Daily Telegraph reports today that a 'priceless' 1614 sculpted and painted bust of Dr. Peter Turner, which was looted from St. Olave's Church on April 17th 1941, has been recovered and is to be reinstalled in the nave of the church.

Peter Turner was a renowned botanist in the late 16th/early 17th centuries and this bust would, of course, have been well known to Pepys. It was apparently rediscovered together with papers showing its history down to the time of the London blitz.

Georgiana Wickham  •  Link

"in a glass hackney-coach to the park, but was ashamed to be seen." Why was he ashamed to be seen? Because he had his "entourage" with him?

Mary  •  Link

Probably because he was in a hackney (common) rather than a better class of vehicle.

Terry Foreman  •  Link

The case brought by Cornelius Bee

Firstly, it sheds light on "the way in which law was practised in the mid 17th century. Secondly it sheds light on the costs involved in the printing industry; the sums Mr Bee discusses are simply enormous for this period, which presumably explains why he brought his case against Mr Poole (a rough estimate would suggest £1000 in 1660 would be worth about £76,000 today). Thirdly, the case highlights the destruction wreaked by the fire in 1666, and the subsequent implications for businessmen like Mr Bee."…

Terry Foreman  •  Link

The link to Matthew Poole leads to the Wikipedia article about him, and this:

The work with which his name is principally associated is the Synopsis criticorum biblicorum (5 vols fol., 1669-1676), in which he summarizes the views of one hundred and fifty biblical critics. On the suggestion of William Lloyd, Poole undertook the Synopsis as a digest of biblical commentators, from 1666. It took ten years, with relaxation often at Henry Ashurst's house. The prospectus of Poole's work mustered of eight bishops and five continental scholars. A patent for the work was obtained on 14 October 1667, and the first volume was ready for the press, when difficulties were raised by Cornelius Bee, publisher of the Critici Sacri (1660); the matter was decided in Poole's favour. Rabbinical sources and Roman Catholic commentators are included; little is taken from John Calvin, nothing from Martin Luther.[2] The book was written in Latin and is currently being translated into English by the Matthew Poole Project.[3]

The Matthew Poole Project (current link)

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