Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
Lisa has posted 5 annotations/comments since 6 March 2013.
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About Tuesday 29 May 1660
@Al Doman. Thank you. I was mislead by the Project Gutenberg eText Editor's Bookmarks in the Second Preface which states at several different places that Pepys first attempted to learn the multiplication table in 1661. Had I searched further I would have found two further references to multiplication tables, one to July 1662 and another to December 1662. Only the July 4 1662 reference is from the text itself. Ebooks are very handy but not the most reliable for research. Next time I think I'll check this site's encyclopedia first!
See July 1661 entry for information about Pepys' knowledge of multiplication tables (or lack thereof).
About Saturday 17 March 1659/60
"I did before I went out with my wife, seal my will to her, whereby I did give her all that I have in the world, but my books which I give to my brother John, excepting only French books, which my wife is to have."Two days ago he said he was giving all his books to John. Perhaps Elizabeth reminded him she might like to have the books written in her native language, French.
About Thursday 15 March 1659/60
Aha! I just noticed this. Today he says he's giving Elizabeth everything but his books but amends that tomorrow (tiny spoiler -- its already tomorrow). Elizabeth is a native French speaker, and a smart cookie to boot, so of course she would want the books written in French! And Sam thus shows his deep regard for her.
About Monday 5 March 1659/60