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Louise Hudson has posted 296 annotations/comments since 9 November 2013.

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About Saturday 23 July 1664

Louise Hudson  •  Link

JonTom Kittredge, though this may not help with the Maine pronunciation of Mt. Dessert, it's easy to know whether it's desert or dessert you want to spell. One s is for sand and two esses are for Strawberry Shortcake. Mount Dessert should be pronounced desSERT, but I can't speak for downeasters who talk funny, anyway. Just to make it more confusing one s desert is also pronounced DeSERT when it's a verb.

About Monday 18 July 1664

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"Here meeting his mayd Jane, that has lived with them so long, I talked with her, and sending her of an errand to Dr. Clerk’s, did meet her, and took her into a little alehouse in Brewers Yard, and there did sport with her, without any knowledge of her though, and a very pretty innocent girl she is."

Apparently any young girl was considered fair game to Pepys and his cohorts. I don't suppose there was anyone for a girl to complain to, especially one who was a "mayd." Men in those days must have assumed that they could do as they pleased with any young girl who was away from her family or a chaperone. A good number of them probably wound up pregnant and on the streets and the babies in foundling hospitals (if they were lucky). The sin was the mother's, of course. Oh, well. As long as the men could have their way with any girl they fancied, that's all that mattered.

About Tuesday 12 July 1664

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The monarch is the head of the Church of England and would have been in a position to choose a bible to be the authorized version. The Pope is the head of the Roman Catholic Church and the English monarch is the head of the Anglican Church. They make the rules.

About Friday 8 July 1664

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The stationers' monopoly was the beginning of UK copyright. They were called stationers because they left their stalls (barrows, really) out in the street all night but tethered them - they were stationary. The vowel change came later.

About Monday 4 July 1664

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Apparently Liz (and most wives of the time) never had any money of her own and every penny Liz spent belonged to Sam and was controlled by Sam. Wives had no say. She wouldn't even get a household or clothing "allowance." Sam would have had apoplexy at the thought of sharing income and assets as most young couples do today. What a difference few hundred years makes! A wife in London in 1664, by today's standards, was treated like a child, at best, or more amongbthe lower classes, as a slave or servant. She wasn't to own or spend a penny without the "master's" permission. No wonder it's been such a long, hard struggle for women from either side of the Atlantic to get any rights at all

On another subject, there is apparently no such thing as ill-gotten gains in England.

About Friday 1 July 1664

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"Take of ye Rootes of Marsh-Mallows foure ounces, of Cumfry, of Liquorish, of each two ounces, of ye Mowers of St. John’s Wort two Handsfull, of ye Leaves of Plantan, of Alehoofe, of each three handfulls, of Selfeheale, of Red Roses, of each one Handfull, of Cynament, of Nutmegg, of each halfe an ounce. . . . " etc.

I sincerly hope the "alternative medicine" types of 2017 don't get hold of this concoction. They'd patent it and sell it over the Internet to cure whatever ails you.

About Tuesday 28 June 1664

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"he do complain of his wife most cruel as the most troublesome woman in the world, and how she will have her will, saying she brought him a portion and God knows what. By which, with many instances more, I perceive they do live a sad life together."

Yes, she brought some money or goods to the marriage and now wants some control over how it's used. "Cruel and troublesome" indeed.

About Monday 30 May 1664

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So Sam may be a Cockney, though perhaos one must one be BORN within the sound of Bow Bells? He was born in Salisbuty Court, Fleet Street. Do you know, Jon, if Bow bells be heard there? In any case Pepys would probably not admit to it, Cockneys being working class. He would have thought better of himself.