Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
Louise Hudson has posted 53 annotations/comments since 9 November 2013.
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About Tuesday 29 October 1661
". . .we met at the Dolphin, where other company came to us, and should have been merry, but their wine was so naught, and all other things out of order, that we were not so, but staid long at night . . .
"Wine so naught" doesn't seem to have been naught enough for Sam to make an early night of it. Naught wine being better than none, apparently.
About Sunday 27 October 1661
Given that Sam knew so many people and had a large extended family, and with people dropping like flies as they did in that era, it's hard to imagine his wife ever out of mourning. Also, I wonder, didn't men also wear mourning clothes? Sam doesn't mention whether his own clothing "has grown so old" that he's ashamed to go to church.
About Tuesday 22 October 1661
Considering the state of medical knowledge, biology and hygeine at the time, it was a miracle if anyone made it to 50. Infant mortality was extremely high, too, bringing down the average age of mortality. Diseases, infections, devastating injuries with no effective treatment. It's a wonder anyone survived to adulthood.
About Wednesday 16 October 1661
My Joy of Cooking cookbook defines sounds as cod cheeks. Pepys said they were excellent meat, which would fit, unlike fish bladders, as JWB pointed out.
About Sunday 29 September 1661
Linda Camidge, I think you're right and "foxed" was an antecedent to today's appellation, even if it did have a specific meaning in Sam's day. Words have a way of morphing and this is too good to deny.
About Monday 23 September 1661
Some of the old timers are still around, I had a response from one gentleman after 10 years. I forget who it was now.
Pedro wrote "Sam seeing that some of the blame, for the wrangling, may also be a fault of his father."
That's exactly the first thought I had when I read it--10 years after Pedro's annotation.
I know the history of this site, but, I, too, wish there could have been some comments between 2004 and 2014. Oh, well, That's life. And so to bed!
About Friday 20 September 1661
This entry shows Pepys' writing at its most incomprehensible. Of course, to give him his due, he was writing it only for himself and presumably he knew what all this meandering prose and undefined terms meant. I only wish we, some 500 years later, could know what actually took place and what Pepys meant.
About Sunday 15 September 1661
Sam is apparently a snob.
About Friday 13 September 1661
Nate Lockwood wrote, ". . . but I'm at a loss to understand a Canada potato".
Isn't it possible that the reference was to potatoes grown in and shipped from Canada, and not a particular type? Canada is and has been a large producer of potatoes, at least in the past few centuries.