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Sasha Clarkson has posted 275 annotations/comments since 16 February 2013.

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About Wednesday 27 August 1662

Sasha Clarkson  •  Link

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.

About Wednesday 27 August 1662

Sasha Clarkson  •  Link

"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 Monday 11 August 1662

Sasha Clarkson  •  Link

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

Sasha Clarkson  •  Link

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 Saturday 9 August 1662

Sasha Clarkson  •  Link

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.

http://sunrisesunsetmap.com/