Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
Sasha Clarkson has posted 441 annotations/comments since 16 February 2013.
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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.
About Thursday 18 June 1663
'Retrenchment' = "efficiency savings" = cuts.
About Tuesday 16 June 1663
In Britain, and parts of its former empire, "Supply" is still a Parliamentary term today, pertaining to money/budget bills or Acts of Parliament.
About Wednesday 10 June 1663
It has often been said the Brits and Americans are "divided by a common language". That is also true of Samuel Pepys versus we modern readers.
Thanks to the estimable Language Hat for his crucial insight into the meaning of the word "took" in the context of today's diary entry! :)
About Tuesday 9 June 1663
More on the history of the inch (originally three barleycorns) below.