Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
Tim has posted 16 annotations/comments since 4 May 2014.
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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...
About Saturday 22 June 1661
Poor 'Little Luelin'. Can't seem to rid of his nickname...
About Tuesday 11 June 1661
To wander off-topic, capital punishment under the Commonwealth and in Pepys' time was not as widespread as it became from 1723 on ('The Bloody Code'), in which the death penalty was prescribed for such things as consorting with gypsies, strong evidence of malice in a child 7-14 years of age and theft of over the value of 12 pence was prescribed. The jury system was breaking down as juries refused to convict in large numbers of cases. Solved only br bringing in Transportation to the colonies asan alternative