Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
Edith Lank has posted 22 annotations/comments since 26 September 2013.
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About Thursday 24 October 1661
I've always assumed that those brief summaries of the day's events mark times when Samuel reconstructed the day later. He tells us, every now and then, that he's been bringing the diary up to date, and we know he jotted notes along the way. Those, it seems to me, are likely to be "where I was that day" records, as opposed to the more delightful entries penned in the heat of the moment.
About Monday 14 October 1661
Some time in the 1980s I found myself in a bookstore in London, and found that year's just-released volume of the Diary, which hadn't been available yet in the States -- (you're hearing from an old lady, vague on specifics). What I do remember is that the store had a poster, a blow-up of Pepys' portrait, and they said yes, I could have it. They offered to mail it to my hotel, I said I was leaving the next day, they said no problem, it'd arrive on time for me to pack it -- and it did. It's a bit battered, but still on the wall in my office.
About Sunday 23 June 1661
Vincente -- I'm pretty sure that our Samuel does indeed tell himself all. Often with details. It's probably part of the pleasure -- re-reading and re-living whatever.
About Sunday 3 March 1660/61
What Sam Pepys could have done with a cell phone!
About Thursday 14 February 1660/61
As for Sam writing as any intelligent educated man of that era would -- one has only to read John Evelyn, a competent diarist, to appreciate Sam's remarkable gift not only with words, but with life itself.
I believe that, having maneuvered so that the right person was the one you saw first on Valentine's Day, you were then obligated to buy a gift for your Valentine. Will that happen?
About Friday 8 February 1660/61
The American sentiment in the early 1800s -- Millions for Defense but Not One Cent for Tribute.
About Thursday 7 February 1660/61
In Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility, pubished in 1811, John Willougby seduces Eliza, the ward of Colonel Brandon, who calls on Willougby to "meet by appointment", from which occasion "we returned unwouded."
About Sunday 27 January 1660/61
I have wondered if, in reading Pepys, one might translate "merry" as "drunk."
About Friday 18 January 1660/61
Bookbinding -- I'm no expert on the 17th century but not a lot more than 100 years later, Jane Austen's books were issued "in boards" -- heavy cardboard covers -- with the understanding that the purchaser would then have them bound in leather -- maybe half or quarter leather -- in the owner's choice of colors and gilt lettering and decorations.