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Sue Nicholson has posted 32 annotations/comments since 17 November 2011.

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About Sunday Lunch with Mr and Mrs Pepys

Sue Nicholson  •  Link

Dear MN Graham Dukes,
You might be interested in Jeannine Kerwin's excellent In Depth Article, "A Voice for Elizabeth" which examines her background and her place in the diary.
Pepys was fluent in French himself so it seems reasonable to assume that Elizabeth, with her French background, was too. As for her accent...qui sais? She was of course born and brought up in England. Girls at this time didn't usually go to school, being educated (or not) at home by family and/ or tutors.

About Friday 11 September 1663

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Griffith was the keeper of the gate into the Navy Office premises ( office, yards, garden and lodgings) keeping watch over the Seething Lane entrance. The gate which was left open and which the watchman had noted, was the back door to Pepys house, on Crutched Friars. There was a yard between the street and the house.

About Sunday 9 August 1663

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"...the silver pen Mr Coventry did give me" Early reference to a fountain pen. I imagine it leaked, which would not have gone down well with fastidious Mr Pepys.
I note that it is "Mr" Coventry rather than "Sir William" so assume this is Henry, the elder brother. At this point in his career he was Groom of the Bedchamber:

About Wednesday 1 April 1663

Sue Nicholson  •  Link

Re bedrooms at Seething Lane:
SPOILER. The clearest indication comes in the entry for 2nd March 1669 when Sam held the only major house party of the diary period. A large family gathering descended upon Seething Lane for one night only and Sam lists the various sleeping arrangements:

Cousin Pepys and his wife in our blue chamber
Cousin Turner, her sister and The. in our best chamber
Bab., Betty and Betty Turner in our own chamber
Myself and my wife in the maid’s bed which is very good
Our maids in the coachman’s bed
The coachman with the boy in his settle bed
And Tom where he uses to lie (in a little room off the Hall?)

About Sunday Lunch with Mr and Mrs Pepys

Sue Nicholson  •  Link

Saul, my apologies for not getting back to you before now; I don't often visit this page.

All the references for my research into Pepys' house are listed at the end of my in-depth article "At Home with Mr and Mrs Pepys". Thank-you for asking.

About Monday 9 March 1662/63

Sue Nicholson  •  Link

Hi Louise
If you'd like to read my "in-depth articles" on this website about Pepys' house and garden, I think that would answer your question.
Interesting reference today about the Lord Mayor requesting access through the garden entrance on Tower Hill. The map in my article on Pepys' garden shows where this entrance is, at the rear of the Navy Office site . Pepys used it once when he was being pursued by bailiffs.

About Wednesday 15 February 1659/60

Sue Nicholson  •  Link

Just wanted to say thank-you for all your hard work in setting up the annotation facility again. I look forward to reading interesting and amusing posts from the Pepys community.
You are a brave man to take on this huge commitment and responsibility for a second time!

About Sunday 30 May 1669

sue nicholson  •  Link

"Pepys's Later Diaries" ed CS Knighton, Pub. Sutton 2004.
Not a patch on the 1660-9 diary but gives you a sense of what happened next.

Claire Tomalin's biography and Sam's letters to John Evelyn are well worth a read and also give you a broader picture.