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Louise Hudson has posted 286 annotations/comments since 9 November 2013.

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About Saturday 28 May 1664

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Gowne. What we'd call in the US a robe. It's called a dressing gown in England, even today. Perhaps in Pepys' time it was not unusual to wear one in the presence of guests and to take it to other houses, rather than restricting it to the privacy of one's home or bedroom, as most do today. I can see why, with cold and damp so prevalent and little heating to speak of. I would have worn one, too.

About Tuesday 24 May 1664

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A daughter and three children? Does that mean daughters were not considered children, the way women were not considered fully human? (How could they be if they weren't men.)

About Tuesday 17 May 1664

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I can only wonder why Sam didn't think of wearing gloves to bed instead of trying to tie his hands. Surely he had a pair of gloves around. Even a pair of socks on his hands should have worked to keep his hands warmer, like mittens.

About Monday 16 May 1664

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It appears to me that Sam is saying, "She may be a slattern, but it hardly matters given her beauty." He seems inordinately fond of beauty and it apparently forgives everything. I wish he had given some examples of her slatternliness. Traces of dust on top of the picture frames?

I can't get my head around the experiment on the dog. "the dogg did presently fall asleep, and so lay till we cut him up, and a little dogg also, which they put it down his throate". What is that supposed to mean? What did they put down whose throat? And to what end? I realize this is the 17th Century, but Sam seems particularly immune to cruelty to dogs, which must have been loved pets even then.

About Monday 9 May 1664

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". . . after dinner in Sir W. Pen’s coach he set my wife and I down at the New Exchange . . . "

Hmm, it looks as if pronoun errors are not new.

About Friday 6 May 1664

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"A joiner is an artisan who builds things by joining pieces of wood, particularly lighter and more ornamental work than that done by a carpenter, including furniture and the "fittings" of a house, ship, etc. . . . . A joiner usually produces items such as interior and exterior doors, windows, stairs, tables, bookshelves, cabinets, furniture, etc. In shipbuilding a marine joiner may work with materials other than wood . . .

"The terms joinery and joiner are used in the UK, and the main trade union for American carpenters still calls itself the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America.

A joiner is also a piece of machinery that creates woodworking joints. Of course, in Pepys' time there was no such machinery and all joinery was done by hand,

I am having work done in my house, including the buildiing of closets and the renovation of stairs, so I understand very well what Pepys meant when he wrote, "So at night with my head full of the business of my closet . . . strange it is to think how building do fill my mind and put out all other things out of my thoughts."

About Thursday 28 April 1664

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“All human history attests
That happiness for man, - the hungry sinner! -
Since Eve ate apples, much depends on dinner.
~Lord Byron, Don Juan, Canto XIII, stanza 99”

And bed, then as now.

About Friday 8 April 1664

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Australian Susan asked about Alms Houses
"Anyone know if these exist in Deptford still?"

Perhaps you have discovered them by now, 10 years after asking the question, Susan. If not there are many listed in Debtford on various websites on the Internet. It isn't clear to me if any are still standing.

But there are many almshouses across England still standing and in use as houses.

I've seen the ones in Appleby (Cumbria) and in Watford (Hertfordshire).

About Sunday 3 April 1664

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David G.

And down South, and something my parents always said, "up home" even though "home" (where their parents lived) was not up but west on the same latitude. This was in the US. My relatives in Pennsylvania used to say they were going ."out" to New Jersey, where we lived.