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Terry Foreman has posted 11584 annotations/comments since 28 June 2005.

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About Friday 1 November 1667

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"I to the Sun Taverne with Sir W. Warren (with whom I have not drank many a day, having for some time been strange to him), and there did put it to him to advise me how to dispose of my prize,"

Pepys and Warren had been estranged by Warren's association with Brouckner, Pepys' office competition.

About Friday 1 November 1667

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"He is getting a copy of the Narratives, which I shall then have,"

L&M say Coventry's copies of the Narratives (with his marginal notes) and his twq draft replies were in the British Museum, but do not compare them to the Commons Journal's linked in the post just above.

About Friday 7 December 1660

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"If Laud is really Laud Crisp...then his mother is Mrs. Crisp:"

The L&M index confirms that Mrs Crisp is the mother of Diana and Laud and notes Pepys dined with her on this date. The entry does not say he met her for the first time, but she was among the diner guests he did not expect -- which oftrn happens when people drop in to dine unannounced, as we will see again.

About Wednesday 5 December 1660

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"Elizabeth seems sometimes to be more similar to Jane than Sam. Doing the wash... cooking... I wonder how much he shares with her at the end of a long day..."

This is very complicated. Many things occur in the course of each day that Pepys does not record but, as it were, to use a theatrical image familiar to him, go on in the background, occur offstage, or elsewhere, are unknown to him, are insignificant to the diarist or are assumed, such as his wife's name, which appears nowhere in the diary.

We do not know what Samuel does not know, or knows but does not record about the details of Elizabeth's daily life, So we assume, conjecture, confabulate the whole from the fragments we are given, etc., yet wonder.

Some days he will tell us some of what he tells her. Stay tuned!

About Friday 16 October 1663

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"Were women not given control of money or would it seem strange them going into shops alone?"

As I understand it, women of the Pepyses' class do not go shopping alone. Pepys often reports delivering his wife to a place of business when she has no companion. (Her having a companion, which, during the diary, she mostly does, changes things.)

Ever one who budgets and is an accountant professionally and in his private life, Pepys sometimes remarks at month's end on how well or poorly his wife has managed her household account. If poorly he may report complaining with, ah, vigor: he's more given to sticks than to carrots.

Elizabeth Pepys seems to be given an allowance of sorts -- above and beyond operating expenses (food, laundry, etc.) --, which Pepys expands as needed. She consults her husband before ordering major fashion-items from Unthank's, where Pepys has an account. He also has accounts (and makes occasional cash purchases, which he notes) at certain retail stalls at the New Exchange (a sort of shopping mall) and Westminster Hall.

Managing money is about control: he is now 30 years old, she 23 in a week. She does not come from the merchant family he does (a tailor's son), and may not be an instinctual manager: her tumultuous relations with servants may bear this out. He, too, is set off by certain issues, what he regards as intemperate money-management among them.

About Sunday 18 October 1663

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"Can anyone remind me what was the great kindness that Pepys has done for Moore?'

This is very conjectural, but Pepys seems not to have seen Sandwich, who has been "in the country", for months, indeed since late summer, during which Moore, his agent, arranged for a rather healthy loan to Sandwich from Pepys:

"So home to dinner, and Mr. Moore came and dined with me, and after dinner I paid him some money which evened all reckonings between him and me to this day, and for my Lord also I paid him some money, so that now my Lord owes me, for which I have his bond, just 700l.."

There may be other kindnesses, but Moore was Sandwich's "man of business"..

About Saturday 17 October 1663

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I agree with Paul Chapin (above):

"Here happened something concerning my Will which Sir W. Batten would fain charge upon him (Hewer), and I heard him (Batten) mutter something against him (Hewer) of complaint for his (Hewer's) often receiving people's money to Sir G. Carteret, which displeased me much, but I will be even with him (Batten).

"That is, Batten made a complaint about Hewer to Carteret, which annoyed Sam and made him (Sam) resolve to get back at Batten somehow."