We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
(Lordís day). Lay long in bed, and then up and to my office, there to dispatch a business in order to the getting something out of the Tangier business, wherein I have an opportunity to get myself paid upon the score of freight. I hope a good sum. At noon home to dinner, and then in the afternoon to church. So home, and by and by comes Mr. Hill and Andrews, and sung together long and with great content. Then to supper and broke up. Pretty discourse, very pleasant and ingenious, and so to my office a little, and then home (after prayers) to bed. This day I hear the Duke of Yorke is come to towne, though expected last night, as I observed, but by what hindrance stopped I canít tell.
We follow Samuel Pepy's Diary regularly. It is delicious. He would have been a star blogger, like Tom Paine.
Can you imagine being an early investor in Lloyds of London --when a goodly number of the hugely expensive ocean voyages in those old oak & canvas contraptions left home port and were never heard from again?
It was obvious from the get-go that either there would be many voyages--to form the risk pool--or none at all.
Ergo, capital itself inexorably, and following its own logic under the guidance of such stalwarts as Pepys, pushed out over the bounding Main to the strang & divers exotica of a monstrous huge & unknown world.
Imagine sailing the great oceans in a hundred-foot three master, with no engines, no radio, no weather reports, and no search & rescue.