Wednesday 13 January 1668/69

So up and by coach to Sir W. Coventry’s, but he gone out, so I to White Hall, and thence walked out into the Park, all in the snow, with the Duke of York and the rest, and so home, after visiting my Lady Peterborough, and there by invitation find Mr. Povy, and there was also Talbot Pepys, newly come from Impington, and dined with me; and after dinner and a little talk with Povy about publick matters, he gone, and I and my wife and Talbot towards the Temple, and there to the King’s playhouse, and there saw, I think, “The Maiden Queene,” and so home and to supper and read, and to bed. This day come home the instrument I have so long longed for, the Parallelogram.

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Chris Squire  •  Link

‘parallelogram, n. Etym: < French parallélogramme (1547) . .
2. A former name for a pantograph (pantograph n. 1). Obs.
. . 1668 S. Pepys Diary 9 Dec. (1976) IX. 390 Showing me the use of the Paralelogram, by which he drow in a quarter of an hour before me, in little from a great, a most neat map of England; that is, all the outlines.
1704 J. Harris Lexicon Technicum I, Parallelogram,‥an Instrument made of five Rulers of Brass or Wood, with Sockets to slide or set to any Proportion, used to enlarge or diminish any Map or Draught . . ’ [OED]

Terry Foreman  •  Link

Who was with Pepys as his "monitor" from beginning to end. Any ideas?

Mary  •  Link

"there saw, I think, 'The Maiden Queen.'"

I presume that this vagueness means that Pepys is again compiling his diary entry in arrears from a set of running notes, rather than that the play was so boring that he promptly fell asleep in his seat and only woke again at the end of the performance with no clue as to what had been going on.

In either case it was apparently not a memorable outing.

Terry Foreman  •  Link

“there saw, I think, ‘The Maiden Queen.’” - "not a memorable outing."

You'd think SP would at least have distinguished QE from Catiline; unless he'd been absorbed in NOT looking at which ladies had been in the theatre this day.

john  •  Link

I recall toy pentographs sold as a child (made out of plastic). Are they still available?

Andrea  •  Link

Pantographs are still sold. Used for woodworking and by artists and it probably has other uses also.
sign me, Lurker grieving the upcoming end in sight

Terry Foreman  •  Link

"Pantographs are still sold. Used for woodworking and by artists and it probably has other uses also."

A quick web search shows that quilting -- repeat patterns (of course) -- is a major application of pantographs at the present.

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