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Chapter 21: 207-214

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Pelhamites
Followers of Henry Pelham (25 September 1694 – 6 March 1754), a British Whig statesman, who served as Prime Minister of Great Britain from 27 August 1743 until his death in 1754. He was the younger brother of the politician the Duke of Newcastle who succeeded him as Prime Minister. From WIKI.

Placeman
British- a person appointed to a position, esp. one in the government, as a reward for political support of an elected official.

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Stonehenge
See WIKI for nice photo etc.

Pillion
A pillion is a secondary pad, cushion, or seat behind the main seat or saddle on a horse, motorcycle, or moped. A passenger in this seat is said to "ride pillion" or may themselves be referred to as a "pillion." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pillion

"you don't look Druid"
TP cribbing a Mel Brooks routine from Spaceballs???

Princess Vespa: I am Princess Vespa, daughter of Roland, King of the Druids.

Lone Starr: Oh great. That's all we needed. A Druish princess.

Barf: Funny, she doesn't look Druish.

"...put people in those wicker things, and set them on fire?"
The Wicker Man was a large wicker statue of a human used by the ancient Druids (priests of Celtic paganism) for human sacrifice by burning it in effigy, according to Julius Caesar in his Commentarii de Bello Gallico (Commentary on the Gallic Wars). From WIKI. See the classic 1973 British horror film, titled The Wicker Man, directed by Robin Hardy.

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Flamsteed
John Flamsteed FRS (19 August 1646 – 31 December 1719) was an English astronomer and the first Astronomer Royal. From WIKI.

"St. Kenelm's in the sunlight."
St. Kenelm's church in Sapperton is the final resting place of Rebekah Mason. See a very impressive photo gallery here and a news story about the church's poor fortunes here

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Lalande
Joseph Jérôme Lefrançois de Lalande (July 11, 1732 – April 4, 1807) was a French astronomer and writer. From WIKI

J.N. Delisle
Joseph-Nicolas Delisle (April 4, 1688 Paris - 1768 Paris) was a French astronomer. From WIKI

Lemonnier
Pierre Charles Le Monnier (23 November 1715 – 31 May 1799) was a French astronomer. From WIKI

Herschel
Sir Frederick William Herschel, KH, FRS, German: Friedrich Wilhelm Herschel,[1] (15 November 1738 – 25 August 1822) was a German-born English astronomer, technical expert and composer who became famous for discovering Uranus. He also discovered infrared radiation and made many other discoveries in astronomy.

In 1755 the Hanoverian Guards regiment, in whose band William and his brother Jacob were engaged as oboists, was ordered to England... This brief visit made an impression, and the next year the brothers resigned from the Guards band and moved to London. William learned English quickly and, at age nineteen, he changed his name to Frederick William Herschel... He became organist of the Octagon Chapel, Bath, in which town he was also Director of Public Concerts. From WIKI

Octagon Chapel
The church, as a popular venue to "see and be seen", was not popular with The 'Enthusiastics', later known as Methodists... William Herschel was appointed as the organist in 1766 and gave his introductory concert on 1 Jan 1767. As the organ was still incomplete he performed his own compositions including a violin concerto, an oboe concerto and a harpsichord sonata. The organ was completed in October 1767, built by Snezler. Part of the keyboards and pipes have survived and are on display at the Herschel Museum of Astronomy. From WIKI.

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Drury Lane
By the eighteenth century Drury Lane had become one of the worst slums in London, dominated by prostitution and gin palaces. The area was eventually cleared to make way for the developments of Kingsway and Aldwych... The name of the street is often used to refer to the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, which has in different incarnations been located in Drury Lane since the 17th century... Also note, beginning in 1747, David Garrick (see pg. 184) managed the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane until his retirement from management in 1776. From WIKI.

Florizel and Perdita
Play written by David Garrick (see pg. 184), a "dramatic pastoral" in three acts, based on William Shakespear's The Winter's Tale. See transcipt

Annotation Index

One:
Latitudes and Departures

1: 5-11, 2: 12-13, 3: 14-29, 4: 30-41, 5: 42-46, 6: 47-57, 7: 58-76, 8: 77-86, 9: 87-93, 10: 94-104, 11: 105-115, 12: 116-124, 13: 125-145, 14: 146-157, 15: 158-166, 16: 167-174, 17: 175-182, 18: 183-189, 19: 190-198, 20: 199-206, 21: 207-214, 22: 215-227, 23: 228-237, 24: 238-245, 25: 245-253


Two:
America

26: 257-265, 27: 266-274, 28: 275-288, 29: 289-295, 30: 296-301, 31: 302-314, 32: 315-326, 33: 327-340, 34: 341-348, 35: 349-361, 36: 362-370, 37: 371-381, 38: 382-390, 39: 391-398, 40: 399-409, 41: 410-421, 42: 422-435, 43: 436-439, 44: 440-447, 45: 448-451, 46: 452-459, 47: 460-465, 48: 466-475, 49: 476-483, 50: 484-490, 51: 491-498, 52: 499-510, 53: 511-524, 54: 525-541, 55: 542-553, 56: 554-561, 57: 562-569, 58: 570-574, 59: 575-584, 60: 585-596, 61: 597-607, 62: 608-617, 63: 618-622, 64: 623-628, 65: 629-632, 66: 633-645, 67: 646-657, 68: 658-664, 69: 665-677, 70: 678-686, 71: 687-693, 72: 694-705, 73: 706-713

Three:
Last Transit

74: 717-732, 75: 733-743, 76: 744-748, 77: 749-757, 78: 758-773

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