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john has posted 54 annotations/comments since 14 March 2013.

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About Friday 4 July 1662

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Pepys, Imprimatur of Principia: I am tickled pink learning this -- I remember looking at Principia as a graduate student long before I knew of the diary.

About Monday 30 June 1662

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There is the matter of how these holes would have been drilled. One would need a hefty wimble and a long bit to drill through the oak-panelled walls. This is not something Pepys would have on him or even easilly available. I do not really think that he drilled the holes himself.

About Sunday 29 June 1662

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Since I asked about arising early ten years ago, I have noticed several people, my wife amongst them, who have well-tuned internal clocks for rising early, especially on days with important appointments. I agree that shutters would be kept closed to keep out night vapours.

About Thursday 12 June 1662

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Oh my, I am trying to imagine riding in petticoat breeches. I suppose that walking or cantering would be fine but posting with all that fabric would seem to lead to fabric becoming between leg and saddle. I gather not much posting was done.

About Friday 6 June 1662

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How often did Pepys trust Will to deliver money? Is this a matter of growing trust in Will to be noted?

About Tuesday 27 May 1662

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Annotaters have oft remarked on Pepys leaving out the commonplace and recording the uncommon. Here may be a case: "musique in my chamber alone at night".

About Sunday 25 May 1662

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This whole business of using a pumice stone to remove hair (and, no doubt, upper layers of dermis -- at a time of sepsis) continues to intrigue and perplex me. Yet the OED has this entry under pumice, v. : 1647 R. Stapylton Juvenal, Sat. viii. 154 note, The Italians to this day have the fashion of pumicing their skin to get off the haire.

About Thursday 22 May 1662

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"This morning comes an order [...]" I cannot infer what the thought of the matter but he could hardly refuse the order (or worse, falsify the record).

About Thursday 15 May 1662

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Ten years too late to point out to our salty commentator that the Norse and others fished in the Grand Banks, not New England.

About Thursday 1 May 1662

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My OED actually lists truckle-bed, thusly:
"A low bed running on truckles or castors, usually pushed beneath a high or ‘standing’ bed when not in use; a trundle-bed. So truckle bedstead. "

The following quote may be of interest: 1662 Pepys Diary 1 May, To bed all alone, and my Will in the truckle bed.