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About Monday 14 January 1660/61

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"Thence I with Mr. Ackworth to his house, where he has a very pretty house, and a very proper lovely woman to his wife"

The wife of William Ackworth, Storekeeper at Woolwich, was a sister of Christopher Pett. (L&M)

About Monday 14 January 1660/61

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"his wife a proper woman, and has been handsome, and yet has a very pretty hand."

SPOILER: Pepys is especially observant of women's hands and sees them as revelatory of character.

About St Alphege (Greenwich)

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The church is dedicated to Alfege (also spelt "Alphege"), Archbishop of Canterbury, and reputedly marks the place where he was martyred on 19 April 1012, having been taken prisoner during the sack of Canterbury by Danish raiders the previous year. The Danes took him to their camp at Greenwich and killed him when the large ransom they demanded was not forthcoming.[1]

The church was rebuilt in around 1290. It was in this building that Henry VIII was baptised in 1491.

The patronage of the church was given to the abbey at Ghent during the 13th century. Following the suppression of alien priories under Henry V, it was granted to the priory at Sheen with which it remained until transferred to the Crown by exchange under Henry VIII in 1530.,...

About Friday 11 January 1660/61

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"This morning likewise, we had order to see guards set in all the King’s yards; and so we do appoint who and who should go to them. Sir Wm. Batten to Chatham, Colonel Slingsby and I to Deptford and Woolwich"

Cf. Duke of York to Sir W. Compton, 1 January, ordering the delivery of arms for this purpose. PRO. The Duke mentioned Slingsby, but not Pepys, as responsible for Deptford and Woolwich. (L&M)

About Friday 24 June 1664

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Were there not bells that rung the hours in certain church-towers?

From at least the 13th century, St Mary-le-Bow was a peculier of the Diocese of Canterbury and the seat of the Court of Arches, to which it gave the name. The “bow bells”, which could be heard as far away as Hackney Marshes, were once used to order a curfew in the City of London. This building burned in the Great Fire of London of 1666.

About Thursday 10 January 1660/61

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"There comes Mr. Hawley to me and brings me my money for the quarter of a year’s salary of my place under Downing that I was at sea. "

Pepys's clerkship in the Exchequer. (L&M note)

About Tuesday 8 January 1660/61

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"my Lord Mayor, Sir Richd. Browne, hath carried himself very honourably, and hath caused one of their meeting-houses in London to be pulled down."

L&M: Probably Venner's meeting-house in Swan Alley, off Coleman St; but there appears to be no trace of this order in the city records.

About Saturday 5 January 1660/61

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"So to Will’s, and drank with Spicer"

Pepys and his buds were such regulars that Will rewarded them the day before yesterday: "to Will’s, where Spicer and I eat our dinner of a roasted leg of pork which Will did give us"

I wonder why Pepys, a regular, from now on references going to Will's only three more times in the course of the diary!?