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Ivan has posted 34 annotations/comments since 19 February 2013.

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About Wednesday 20 November 1661

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I have just finished reading Charles Spencer's passionate and well-researched book "Killers of the King" which was published in 2014. He depicts and proves, as far as I am concerned, Charles11 as a man of vengeance. The Declaration of Breda was a smokescreen as its provisions were not to be applied to those Parliament "excepted". And Charles made sure that anyone connected, however remotely, with the death of his father was "excepted" and then savagely executed in the most abominable manner imaginable.
Men who surrendered themselves expecting some clemency and mercy were hung, drawn and quartered. The King's agents hunted down men who had fled to Europe and the Americas. I would urge people interested in this period to read Spencer's book. Having done so I think they would reject Robert Gertz's notion of Charles Stuart's "innate kindness" and Paul Chapin's idea of Charles as departing "from the bloody norm of vengeance and retribution". It was a continuation and some!!

About Thursday 24 October 1661

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On October 17th Sam did relate in quite a lot of detail what Captain Lambert had told him about the King of Portugal and his doings and on the following day he listed all the ingredients making up his poultice and how he applied it to his testicle plus an incisive characterisation of Mrs. Goldsborough. Then on the 20th he makes clear his irritation about Will Hewer's behaviour, so I think he is doing more than just marking time.

About Saturday 24 November 1660

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6 men drinking 4 pints of absinthe, if that's what it was. That's an awful lot of absinthe per person!

About Wednesday 7 November 1660

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In the L&M edition after the pointed finger doodle mentioned by Peter, under the last line of the paragraph, there are two short ruled lines. They are not underlinings but occur midway in the gap between this paragraph and the next. Like so:
"I was not so convinced of before.
________ _____

No explanation is offered.

About Thursday 18 October 1660

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Did Pepys attend the executions of Colonels Hacker and Axtell or not? He writes that he was in the office in the morning but he does not say all morning. I presume he could have slipped out and returned, although he does not mention having done so. Roger Arbor and Dick Wilson comment that Samuel seems disappointed that they were reprieved for 24 hours and that was my take on it also.

One further point occurs to me. Only one annotator, Mary, takes up Pepys' ordering from his father black baize linings for his breeches but she is concerned mainly by the nature of the garment and thinks Pepys may have "an eye to the approaching colder, winter weather as much as to fashion." However, Pepys is quite specific that he wants the work done [on the 18th] by the following morning. I took this to mean that he would wear these breeches lined with funereal black on the morning of this day, October 19th 1660. I know this is speculative and I may be quite wrong.

About Tuesday 25 September 1660

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Like Roger Arbor I wonder if Mr Pepys enjoyed his first ever cup of tea. As a good Englishman I am sure he must have done!! This is a momentous and historic occasion!

About Thursday 20 September 1660

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On September 15th Mr Pepys wrote: "Mr Dalton and I over the water to our Landlord Vanly, with whom we agreed as to Daltons becoming his tenant." On the 17th he writes of meeting Vanly by appointment in the Wine Seller in Whitehall and of going to the house in Axe Yard where documents were "signed and sealed" and then returns to the Wine Seller, receives £41 for his interest in the house "out of which I paid my landlord [Vanly] to Michaelmas next; and so all is even between him and I, and I freed of my poor little house."
And yet today, September 20th he writes: "We called to speak with my landlord Beale, but he was not within.." How many landlords were there? If Beale was the landlord who was Vanly? Is it something to do with leases?

About Wednesday 18 July 1660

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Wow! It's only the day after Mr Pepys has moved in and a new door has been fitted, leading out on to the roof. Someone [Montagu?] is determined that our new Clerk of the Acts shall have what he wants and promptly!!

About Sunday 15 July 1660

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Following on from Sam's choice of house he does seem mighty proud of it, as he takes Mr Butler to see it on the 14th, but things are not quite tied down as he now tells us that both he and his wife are "mightily pleased" with their new house "that we hope to have." Is someone else going to lay claim to it? I presume Sam has shown his wife the premises, although I don't think he has mentioned doing so.