By Edward Lee Hicks, George Francis Hill
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Occasionally, Huygens gave a more precise indication of time, noting, for example, that he had woken up at one o’clock in the morning and could not fall asleep again (8 Septem ber 1695), or that he had spoken to someone ‘for three-quarters of an hour’ (19 July 1694). In short, the two Huygens brothers personify the connection between new chronometry and diurnal writing. Christiaan, the horologist, and Constantijn Jr, the diarist, each dealt in his own way with the new notions of time that they themselves had invented.
During the military campaign in the Southern Netherlands the following year, the king again appealed to his secretary: ‘I was in the dining room this afternoon when the king seated himself, spoke to me about his watch, and borrowed mine again’ (8 August 1691). ’ Finally, it was Constantijn Huygens Jr who introduced the term ‘time management’ to the Dutch language, as evidenced by the entry for 1 September 1690, in which he reported what he had told Queen Mary, namely that she ‘managed her time better than I do’.
To halt French expansionism, the German Emperor had formed an alliance with Spain, which was joined in 1689 by the Dutch Republic and England. The war was fought on several fronts. William commanded the English-Dutch army in the Southern Netherlands, which belonged to the Spanish crown and which Louis XIV was also trying to annex. The first battles took place in 1691, and every summer there after Huygens accompanied the king on his army campaigns. It was an old-fashioned war, as the two sides concentrated on besieging towns and fortresses.
A manual of Greek historical inscriptions by Edward Lee Hicks, George Francis Hill