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About Tuesday 25 August 1663

mountebank  •  Link

It's always interesting to read discussion of the multiplier for money then compared to money now. I use x100 for modest sums/purchases but keep in mind that it's not a fixed factor. To put it another way, as the amount of money increases, in Pepys time its buying power increases at a significantly greater rate compared to now.

According to my x100 factor, £1000 then would supposedly be equivalent to £100000 now but it's clear that £1000 then could buy a very great deal indeed.

It's also interesting to see what is "expensive" compared to now. Manufactured goods unsurprisingly were very expensive suggesting certain types of skilled craftsmen (craftspersons) would have been able to make a particularly good living. Unskilled labour is very cheap. This means that as soon is someone's earnings were becoming decent, having servants was affordable.

About Wednesday 29 April 1663

mountebank  •  Link

A terrific entry, despite it having a bad case of Pronoun Hell.

It's often difficult to have a clear sense of the relationship between Sam and my Lord but as we can see here Sam is in a position of real trust.

For me this is one of those entries that, while reading it, shifts my perspective of characters in the diary and their relationships. It's this sense of discovery and re-interpretation of "known" things that is one of the joys of the diary.

About A new design

mountebank  •  Link

Very smart. That is an attractive green. As ever, thanks ever so much for your continued work on this site, it is a constant joy.

About Thursday 10 May 1660

mountebank  •  Link

My first post so I'll start briefly by saying many thanks for re-running the diary. It is simply tremendous.

In case it's not been mentioned, at 14.30 the Saturday afternoon play (today) on Radio 4 is Pepys: Fire of London. It's an adaptation by Hattie Naylor who is responsible for the excellent 15 Minute Dramas which have been running for several years. It will be available (depending on your apparent geographical origin) for 7 days from this link:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01sc9cp