Thursday 21 January 1668/69

Up, and walked to the Temple, it being frosty, and there took coach, my boy Tom with me, and so to White Hall to a Committee of Tangier, where they met, and by and by and till twelve at noon upon business, among others mine, where my desire about being eased of appointing and standing accountable for a Treasurer there was well accepted, and they will think of some other way. This I was glad of, finding reason to doubt that I might in this (since my Lord Sandwich made me understand what he had said to the Duke of York herein) fear to offend either the Duke of York by denying it, for he seemed on Sunday night last, when I first made known my desire to him herein to be a little amused at it, though I knew not then the reason, or else offend my Lord Sandwich by accepting it, or denying it in a manner that might not forward his desire for Sir Charles Harbord, but I thank God I did it to my great content without any offence, I think, to either. Thence in my own coach home, where I find Madam Turner, Dyke, and The.; and had a good dinner for them, and merry; and so carried them to the Duke of York’s house, all but Dyke, who went away on other business; and there saw “The Tempest;” but it is but ill done by Gosnell, in lieu of Moll Davis. Thence set them at home, and my wife and I to the ’Change, and so home, where my wife mighty dogged, and I vexed to see it, being mightily troubled, of late, at her being out of humour, for fear of her discovering any new matter of offence against me, though I am conscious of none; but do hate to be unquiet at home. So, late up, silent, and not supping, but hearing her utter some words of discontent to me with silence, and so to bed, weeping to myself for grief, which she discerning, come to bed, and mighty kind, and so with great joy on both sides to sleep.

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First Reading

Terry Foreman  •  Link

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

Ian 21. - the Expt to shew that the water is to be raysed 4 times as high to run out with Double the velocity, was repeated with this effect that the water raised at that height ran out with somewhat more then double the velocity [Vz all indeauours vsed to elude Expts. and peruert the record of them]. The Bp of Sarum
[… ] moued that this Expt might be tryed in a triplicate triple proportion to see whether water raised nine times as high would run out with thrice the velocity. It was ordered that the next day it should be tryed accordingly. -

(M Boyles expt. of Liquor [ water falling through oil ] in Exhausted cane beating against the bottom he desired to direct varying it & mr Hooke to Receiue the same.)

Mr. Hooke affirmed that the Vibrations of a Pendulum of 8 foot long with a weight of 8 pounds (which was of a conicall figure) Lasted aboue 8 howres. -

D Croons hypothesis of motion . . .

Mr Griffiths present from turky. a stone giuen to Mr Hooke to put in the Repository. - about transfusions.…

Robert Gertz  •  Link

That girl has a damned good heart, Sam. Don't screw this up.

Michael L  •  Link

Robert: Although surely Sam has well deserved Bess' ill opinion up to now, I am starting to think that if she keeps up her suspicions when he's not doing wrong, then he might soon think, "Well if she's going to treat me as guilty, I might as well do something to deserve it!"

Tony Eldridge  •  Link

"and so to bed, weeping to myself for grief, which she discerning, come to bed, and mighty kind, and so with great joy on both sides to sleep."

Smart move, Sam.

Chris Squire  •  Link

‘dogged, adj. and adv.
. . 1.b. In weakened use: ill-tempered, surly; sullen, morose . .
. . 1622 J. Mabbe tr. M. Alemán Rogue i. 248 So his Steward‥turn'd me out of doores. Which I tooke in that foule scorne‥that in a kind of sullen and dogged fashion‥I left the house.
1700 W. Philips St. Stephen's-Green i. 3 Oh, 'tis such a Comfort! When my Husband is in a Dogged Humour, to call for my Glass Chariot, take the Air on the Strand.
1757 J. Rutty Spiritual Diary 5 Feb. in J. Boswell Life Johnson (1791) II. 155 Very dogged or snappish.’ [OED]

Terry Foreman  •  Link

Hasn't Elizabeth a history of emotional lability? (Ask her maid-servants, many ex-.) Very hard for Samuel to know what's going on, I'd think.

Linda F  •  Link

Re: Elisabeth's ongoing suspicions: No small part of her pain at discovering Sam's lapse involved her having suspected nothing. She does not want to be surprised again -- however hard that is on him and on her. He should be on his knees in gratitude that she did not learn the entire truth (Bagwell and so many others).

Terry Foreman  •  Link

"saw “The Tempest;” but it is but ill done by Gosnell, in lieu of Moll Davis"

L&M note Mary Davis had left the company to become the King's mistress.

Second Reading

Carl  •  Link

Bess has got Sam where she wants him, grateful.
" and so with great joy on both sides to sleep."
Lucky Sam

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

For some reason Terry linked Bishop Earle as being the instigator of the Royal Society experiment today. He's been dead for since 1667; however, maybe they are picking up an avenue of inquiry he had been pursuing?

Without looking deeply into the subject, I think it more likely that the current Bishop of Sarum/Salisbury was the instigator ... the venerable mathematician and original member of the Royal Society, Seth Ward, F.R.S.…

Terry Foreman  •  Link

It was award: the link went awry. Thank you, S.D.S.

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