Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
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About Thursday 28 August 1662
Will was born sometime in 1642, so he's 19 or 20 now.
About Wednesday 27 August 1662
It is as well to ascertain the facts before enjoying being anachronistically judgemental and self-righteous!
By bothering to look up Will's background, it is easy to ascertain that Will was anything BUT "lower class". Will is from a wealthy middle class background: if anything wealthier than Sam's, but out of political influence after the restoration.
Until the end of the diary period at least, Sam maintains a good relationship with Will's uncle, Robert Blackborne, a former navy administrator, and also values his opinion and advice.
Will is still under 21, and his current position is effectively that of Sam's apprentice, and Sam's relationship to him is therefore very similar to one of loco parentis as well as paterfamilias. As Will gets older, and moves into his own lodgings, his relationship with Sam settles down and deepens into a lifelong friendship.
"I did not think he was come home, but was in fear for him, it being very late, what was become of him."
In the modern world it would be "I was out of my mind with worry wondering where the hell you were son, and your mobile phone's been switched off - ungrateful ******!"
About Wednesday 13 August 1662
Letters of reprehension to the reprehensible: a wonderful (to me) new word! :D
About Monday 11 August 1662
Anyone who has ever been to the hamlet of Chop Gate, or more likely passed through it, would find it very difficult to imagine trading activity of any significance taking place there! This does not mean that proposed etymology of the name is incorrect, just that times have changed!
About Sunday 10 August 1662
Sir William died childless, it was Jane's descendants, via her son Charles, who inherited his vast loot, and administration of his considerable charitable bequests.
About Ald. Sir William Turner (b)
Sir William died childless, and the heir to his great loot was Cholmley Turner, Jane Turner's grandson via her son Charles, whose wife was Margaret, daughter of Sir William Cholmley Bt., of Whitby, Yorkshire.
Mr Turner the draper (Alderman Sir William Turner), was Jane Turner's (nee Pepys) brother in law.
Sir William Turner was a relative by marriage of the Pepys family, being the brother of John Turner, Jane's husband. The proof is that both were sons of John and Elizabeth (nee Colthurst) Turner, of Kirkleatham in Cleveland, North Yorkshire.
About Saturday 9 August 1662
To clarify regarding the calendar: today would be 19th August in the Gregorian calendar; therefore sunrise would be around 04:51 GMT. Daylight saving time was not observed in Sam's day. Hence Sam is getting up in the twilight before dawn.