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Louise Hudson has posted 96 annotations/comments since 9 November 2013.

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About Thursday 26 June 1662

Louise Hudson  •  Link

Worms in fish won't kill you. There are worms in fish even today and we've all probably feasted on them. Preservation methods being so primitive in Pepys' time would have meant most fish were infested. Rather than pickling, per se, fish were probably brined with salt--though not long enough on the day sturgeon was placed before Pepys.

The refrigerator was, no doubt, a matter of simultaneous invention, like the typewriter. Everyone on earth needed to preserve food and everyone needed a reliable way to do it. Someone, somewhere was bound to come up with mechanical refrigeration sooner or later. The person(s) who got it going would have been the one(s) who got the credit, which has happened with most inventions (of which necessity is always the mother).

About Sunday 22 June 1662

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Although the London Foundling Hospital was not established until 1741, it provides a look into how abandoned babies were cared for in those years (not too well, of course). It is open to the public and is well worth a trip. It's at Brunswick Square. It's a view of history we don't often get--the history of the common people who struggled to survive in crushing poverty.

About Sunday 25 May 1662

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"To church, and heard a good sermon of Mr. Woodcocke’s at our church; only in his latter prayer for a woman in childbed, he prayed that God would deliver her from the hereditary curse of child-bearing . . ."

Of course, being a man, Mr. Woodcocke himself would never think that he (or any man) was able to deliver his wife from the "hereditary curse of childbearing." It was apparently all God's doing and had nothing to do with human males.

About Monday 19 May 1662

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"Long in bed, sometimes scolding with my wife, "

Probably bickering, as married couples are wont to do. 

"and walked and eat some cheesecake and gammon of bacon, but when I was come home I was sick, forced to vomit it up again."

Cheesecake and bacon, no wonder he was sick. 

"So my wife walking and singing upon the leads till very late, it being pleasant and moonshine."

Liz apparently got over any annoyance at the "scolding" or bickering. Maybe she thought his being sick served him right.

About Monday 5 May 1662

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Serafina and Mary, notice he said his wife is shopping for a gown for him, not herself--probably some sort of nightshirt for wearing to bed, or a dressing gown.