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GrannieAnnie has posted 25 annotations/comments since 6 January 2014.

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About Tuesday 28 October 1662

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"the plasterer and painter now being upon winding up all my trouble, which I expect will now in a fortnight’s time, or a little more, be quite over."

Sam drops in some sarcasm here? The workmen say they are "winding up" the job to placate Sam which he interprets as actually meaning more than half a month later.

About Monday 13 October 1662

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I only milked a cow once and was surprised at how much warmth came off the cow and what a slithery rich texture milk straight from the cow has compared to pastuerized milk.

Sam delighted me with his details about the milkmaids' carefree walk. He took time to paint himself (or us) a lovely word picture. Of course he was always hyper-alert to women near him so not surprising he'd document his experience.

With all his interests he never spoke of painting, did he? Yet he writes comments like a painter might to remind himself of a future subject to paint.

About Tuesday 22 April 1662

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Thank you, Sasha Clarkson for posting "Anyway, it would not be unreasonable to estimate the cost of the coach as £2 per person for the return trip - 20 day's wages for the hypothetical carpenter!"
I have often marveled at how little people traveled away from home in 1700s America, once reading that our second President John Adams' wife Abigail had never left her home town until later in life. The demands of the farming life, small children, plus the high coach fare would certainly limit travel for frivolous reasons. Not to mention the discomfort of being tossed around for days. Makes me laugh when people whine & complain "traveling by air is uncomfortable, just isn't fun anymore." Really?

About Monday 22 September 1662

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"a great fit of colic...from wiping my toes" Our boy Sam may have had acid reflux and sliding hiatal hernia pain with which can come and go especially after bending over to dry ones toes with a full tummy. (He ate "very finely" yesterday.) Today the medical advice for sufferers is: "Wear loose clothing. Anything that presses on the stomach can aggravate hiatal hernia symptoms. When your stomach is full, avoid bending over or lying down. This increases abdominal pressure and makes heartburn more likely. Do not bend over or lie down for two to three hours after eating."

About Wednesday 27 August 1662

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Actually, Sasha, towards the end of Pepys life, Pepys moved into Will's home where he died at age 70, tended to by Will and a woman some thought would become the second Mrs. Pepys. It seems Will's and Pepys' roles switched, as often happens; the child becomes the parent's caretaker.

About Thursday 2 January 1661/62

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"so far from the beauty that I expected her from my Lady's talk"
Sam was always craving new sights, new experiences. This disappointing lady's appearance was not worth mentioning to others and thus robbed Sam the Talker of a subject to expound upon. One has to chuckle that it put him in such "an ill humor all the day." Really Sam, grow up!

About Tuesday 31 December 1661

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Terry Foreman mentioned an interesting point about Pepys reviewing his resolutions from time to time. Sam should have tried our method: husband and I have written resolutions FOR EACH OTHER for the coming year almost every year since our marriage 49 years ago, then with great hilarity we grade each other at year's end. Makes for an interesting re-read over the years seeing what was important back when and how certain issues (like getting rid of paper clutter and over-stuffed closets) resurface regularly, probably not an issue in Pepys day, lucky them.

About Saturday 9 November 1661

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It is hard to believe our clever Sam didn't know his wife should be dressed as well as himself if they plan to climb the social ladder together. Or does this show an uncaring side of him in his attitude toward her? As mentioned, he has spent plenty on his own pleasure: his music, his theater, his merry meals and drink, his beaver hat and coat yet he only mentions his wife's shabby appearance. I think he definitely doesn't view her as of equal importance as himself.

About Friday 1 November 1661

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The Wikipedia entry on William Penn the Younger tells how he landed in The Tower of London for 8 months and how the judge tried to dissuade (threaten) the jury which wanted to free William. A fascinating piece of history that had a positive effect on trials.

About Saturday 12 October 1661

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Linking to BradW's comment:
American Indians may not have recognized land ownership but they quickly seemed to get used to the idea when they learned handing over land ownership could buy them sought-after items. Henricus Jacobsen Falconbre, a Danish settler, had learned the local Indian tongue. As early as 1677, he was employed by the Quaker Commissioners of West New Jersey, to act as an interpreter in negotiations with the natives. Deeds for three immense tracts grew out of these negotiations, and the Indian deed for lands in the Delran area was signed September 10, 1677, permitting the Europeans to occupy the acreage between “midstream of Rankokus Creek and midstream of Timber Creek.”

This ancient deed was signed by the Commissioners on the one hand and by the marks of Indian chieftains “Katanas, Sokappie, Enequato, Rennowighwan, and Jackickon” on the other. They were given: “Thirty blankets, 150 pounds of powder, thirty ‘gunns,’ thirty kettles, 7 anchors of brandy, 36 rings, 100 fish hooks, 1 gross of pipes, 10 spoonfuls of paint, 30 each of small bows, bells, knives, bracelets, tobacco “toungs’, flints, looking glasses, Jews harps, and awl; thirty pair of stockings, thirty pair of ‘sissurs’ and 46 fordone and Duffelds – whatever they were (N.J. Vol. B early deeds). Pepys would probably have loved dealing with such a quick and simple system of land transfer without lawyers involved.