Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
joe fulm has posted 20 annotations/comments since 19 December 2013.
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About Wednesday 27 February 1660/61
Pepys finished yesterday's entry with semen and today's with seamen. I wonder did he ever make the connect and smirk- maybe years later- in the privacy of his own heart.
About Friday 22 February 1660/61
thanks for the info markS
I have read the diary since last October but cannot make out SP's working hours. Some sailors are ship-locked at the harbours-probably having been at sea for weeks or months- until Pepys' department decides their next journey,and Sam goes home for his dinner every day or is off meeting relatives on workday afternoons. A study of flexitime versus slave labour in history might be interesting.
About Monday 18 February 1660/61
SP seems at the moment to be caught in the prongs of Love(his Valentine is William Battens sister, not his wife) and War(the Irish preacher sermonising about scattering warmongers, no doubt with SPs neighbour Oliver Cromwell in mind, a safe sermon by the Irish doctor considering Parliament had just dug up his country's nemesis and mutilated the corpse), that seems to have SP a bit irritable.
About Friday 15 February 1660/61
After yesterday's expansive valentine day entries it is back to business.
About Monday 28 January 1660/61
Thanks for the info
I see SP has changed from referring to local man 'Oliver' (Dec 4th last when Parliament decreed to dig up Cromwell and his comrades to mutilate them), to 'Cromwell' in today's entry. Despite being from the same locale Sam has a career to expedite and being too familiar with Republic traitors won't fill the carafe with good sack.
About Thursday 24 January 1660/61
'at home all day' on Thursday (?). I can't help think about the poor sailors now at harbour after weeks or months at sea, not knowing if they will get paid or if they might have to go to sea again for God knows how long without getting ashore to see their families on SP's department's choosing. What exactly is Pepys' working week? Diary of a sailor's life then might be interesting.
About Saturday 19 January 1660/61
only yesterday SP said the drink was decaying his memory and he would start to cut back. Today he is supping ale. 'Lord help me get sober, but not today'. Seems too with the buying of mousetraps the recently acquired cat is being too well fed and not at its post, maybe it got its fill of the uncooked calf's head SP recently discarded, and couldn't be bothered.
About Friday 18 January 1660/61
With a monkey added to the mix I'd have given anything to see the cat coming across it. Ears up, back arched and then a hiss, then sidling away to a quiet place to lick its inner back leg- territory claimed, job done.