Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
Tim has posted 18 annotations/comments since 4 May 2014.
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About Sunday 15 December 1661
With servants sharing the bedroom during winter (See above, some entries ago) and with much of the housework involving the mistress as well as the servant, for compatible relationships between all in the household would have been essential for a smooth runing - It was only in Victorian times that servants and mistresses became separate beings
About Monday 2 December 1661
I wonder if Savill hurriedly told his servant to tell Sam that he was sick. Just didn't feel up to Sam pointing out where he was going wrong in his brush strokes and otherwise peering over his shoulder...
About Thursday 7 November 1661
Yes, Mrs P may have been at many of these meetings, just silent and unrecorded. Sam seems to be quite skilled on the theorbo - enough to tell a bad teacher, at any rate
About Sunday 3 November 1661
Right up to the 1970s, we only ate chicken at Christmas. Otherwise it was beef or mutton, with the occasional pork.
About Friday 4 October 1661
- Did Lady Batten's enthusiasm persuade Sam to give 'Victoria' another go? - But, no - Lady B's still a fool... Cheese very much an essential food for the servants, sailors and poor- Meat expensive and rare - meatless Fridays no hardship since most other days were meatless. And Sam himself a couple of days ago dined on bread and cheese.
About Monday 23 September 1661
That is what I find strange - trying to engage with commentators of a decade ago. Are such as the formidable Vicente and Australian Susan still around?
About Sunday 15 September 1661
Kite and carrion:I agree with A Hamilton of a decade ago. Sam makes a clumsy pun - sort of thing one tries out on friends, one or two who , probably in their cups, think to be hilarious (but then they all can't be gems). Interesting that according to annotations, Peg Kite marries a weaver whom Sam thinks to be a 'beggarly rogue'
About Sunday 8 September 1661
Sunday an unofficial halfday off for servants? - they would get very little other breaks - and they would grab a chance to sleep when they could -
About Friday 6 September 1661
Referring to the comments a decade ago - Yes, there is something of Leopold Bloom about Pepys. The diary form does approach a stream of consciousness level. And the life of both - being ambulatory and relying on social contacts be it at the pub or elsewhere, in their day-to-day business, whether as a civil servant for the navy or as an advertising canvasser (admittedly Pepys has contact with more high-flown society) and their sometimes dodgy relationship with Elizabeth and Molly (Suspicions of young Somerset as against certainty of Blazes Boylan). Early 20th century Dublin and mid-17th century London appear to b e surprisingly close.
About Tuesday 23 July 1661
I suppose Mrs Palmer was used to the rude and libidinous twisting around in their seats to goggle at her...