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Louise Hudson has posted 119 annotations/comments since 9 November 2013.

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About Friday 21 November 1662

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Jeannine wondered what the hangings might be. Probably window drapes and drapes around the bed from a canopy. There might ave been drapes hanging in doorways, too, as you often see in period dramas. Only the fairly wealthy could afford them.

A spitting sheet might have been what we call a top sheet, which would be folded over the top of spread, quilt or blankets to keep them clean. It would have been easier to wash a sheet than the other items. . Maybe people in those days used the spitting sheet to blow their noses or to cough into, and wipe their faces. Things were a lot different then and there was probably a lot more sneezing, coughing and nose blowing going on with no way to control it or prevent upper respiratory infections.

About Tuesday 18 November 1662

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Australian Susan says £12 would be £1,000 in 2005, only slightly more in 2015. It would be a bargain to buy a bedstead, a copper , a pot, linen and other household stuff for £1,000 today. A bed of good qualty might cost that much alone.

About Monday 17 November 1662

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"Mr. Creed carried my wife and I to the Cockpitt, "

Looks like pronounitis is not a new phenomenon.

Also, Elizabeth has got her woman and now Sam is happy about it. Maybe he read her letter after all.

About Monday 10 November 1662

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A Hamilton quoted Ogden Nash

A one-L lama is a priest.
A two-L llama is a beast.
But I will bet a silk pajama
There isn't any three-L lllama.

A work colleague once recited this in the office and another colleage said "A Three-L Lllama is a very big fire." (I don't know if this will translate well outside the US).

About Wednesday 5 November 1662

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Yes, Arby, I too wondered what "change lodgings" meant. Pepys doesn't elaborate. Of course, he was writing for himself and no one else, so he wouldn't feel the need to explain anything. He knew what it meant. We, the readers he would never have believed there would be, are the ones left to wonder and speculate.

About Tuesday 4 November 1662

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"He took occasion to talk with me about Sir J. Minnes’s intention to divide the entry and the yard, and so to keep him out of the yard, and forcing him to go through the garden to his house. Which he is vexed at, and I am glad to see that Sir J. Minnes do use him just as he do me, and so I perceive it is not anything extraordinary his carriage to me in the matter of our houses, for this is worse than anything he has done to me, that he should give order for the stopping up of his way to his house without so much as advising with him or letting of him know it, and I confess that it is very highly and basely done of him. "

Thise sorts of disputes gave birth to condominiums and condo law, which settles everything!

Also, that was a very astute comment on death by Bradford.

About Thursday 30 October 1662

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Glyn wrote:

According to my computer's word count, this entry is over 1,200 words long (!). Assuming that he's composing this as he goes along and writing at 20 words per minute - he must pause at some point to gather his thoughts - then he took just over an hour to write this. When did he find the time?

On first reading this, I jumped to the conclusion that Mr Wade had "discovered" the buried treasure, but it's clear that he was just passing on information and it's still to be found. On the face of it, it is at least plausible that the previous man in charge of the Tower could have hid his wealth there - it's very burglar proof.

This is what people got up to in the days before television or the Internet.

About Monday 27 October 1662

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"she did it because she did not like herself, nor had not liked herself, nor anything she did a great while. It seems she was well-favoured enough, but crooked’

Nothing changes.

About Tuesday 14 October 1662

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The handling of Uncle Robert's will may be a precursor to Jarndyce and Jarndyce in Dickens' Bleak House some 200 years later.

“Jarndyce and Jarndyce drones on. This scarecrow of a suit has, in course of time, become so complicated that no man alive knows what it means. The parties to it understand it least, but it has been observed that no two Chancery lawyers can talk about it for five minutes without coming to a total disagreement as to all the premises. Innumerable children have been born into the cause; innumerable young people have married into it; innumerable old people have died out of it. Scores of persons have deliriously found themselves made parties in Jarndyce and Jarndyce without knowing how or why; whole families have inherited legendary hatreds with the suit. The little plaintiff or defendant who was promised a new rocking-horse when Jarndyce and Jarndyce should be settled has grown up, possessed himself of a real horse, and trotted away into the other world. Fair wards of court have faded into mothers and grandmothers; a long procession of Chancellors has come in and gone out; the legion of bills in the suit have been transformed into mere bills of mortality; there are not three Jarndyces left upon the earth perhaps since old Tom Jarndyce in despair blew his brains out at a coffee-house in Chancery Lane; but Jarndyce and Jarndyce still drags its dreary length before the court, perennially hopeless.”