Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
Sasha Clarkson has posted 445 annotations/comments since 16 February 2013.
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About Monday 20 July 1663
Malaga wine is very difficult to get outside Spain, but it's worth tasting, being intensely sweet and strong, like liquefied alcoholic raisin.
The closest to Malaga wine which is readily available is pure Pedro Ximenez sweet sherry, but muscat in any blend, as Malaga has, always improves the flavour of a sweet wine.
A drop will turn ordinary ice-cream into something special!
About Sunday 19 July 1663
"a person of honour (which is, I find, as much as to say a coxcomb)"
makes me think of our (Rt) "honourable MPs today! 😡
About Thursday 9 July 1663
The wonderful British summer: we're set for a couple of solid days of rain now - at least the rain's warmer this time of year!
I wonder what else was in the "elder spirits"? It seems to have done something to Sam's libido!
About Wednesday 8 July 1663
An anachronistic touch of Dickens:
"How did you find Mrs Heep's, I mean Mrs Turner's, pie Mr Pepys?"
"Ever so 'umble!"
About Elizabeth Pepys (wife, b. St Michel)
I was researching a poetess, Anne Finch, Countess of Winchilsea, (1661 -1720), daughter of one Sir William Kingsmill. It is not inconceivable the she and Elizabeth might be related via Elizabeth's maternal grandfather, Sir Francis Kingsmill.
For comparison I tweeted a picture of both to our Pepys Diary twitter feed, in case anyone wants to look and judge for themselves ...
A contemporary poet of Anne Finch was Sandwich's grand-daughter in-law, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
The following article compares the two women and describes Lady Mary as "The Germaine Greer of her day".
About Monday 29 June 1663
Turning to Elizabeth, today I was researching a poetess, Anne Finch, Countess of Winchilsea, (1661 -1720), daughter of one Sir William Kingsmill. It is not inconceivable the she and Elizabeth might be related via Elizabeth's maternal grandfather, Sir Francis Kingsmill.
Sam may be firing blanks, but he's primed with too much gunpowder!
About Thursday 25 June 1663
Creed is responsible, but it was on behalf of Sandwich - who has financial problems partly because of Ned Montagus's embezzlements.
There's an Unthank Road in Norwich: it used to be a popular area with students.
About Saturday 20 June 1663
You're right Sarah: Will Hewer seems to be from a merchant background, wealthier perhaps than Pepys, but without the aristocratic connections or University education. He's also a connection to the Commonwealth/Protectorate regime via his uncle Richard Blackburne/Blackborne, whom Pepys respected highly, and for whose advice he was very grateful early in the diary years.
So Pepys in teaching Will Latin, and whatever else he can, is passing on some of the advantages of Pepys' own formal education. His association with Sam, effectively as what we would now call a personal assistant, will give Will the connections which helped him prosper and rise though the system.
If it were not for the long association with James which, with the impending exclusion crisis, and long before James' accession, endangered both Sam and Will, both of them might well have been knighted or better.