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john has posted 111 annotations/comments since 14 March 2013.

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About Sunday 11 October 1663

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The diary was written in Restoraion London. Their society was both similar and different from our's. I would heartily recommend "Restoraion London" by Liza Picard to understand the environment (perhaps followed by "Samuel Pepys, the uneqaulled self" by Claire Tomalin).

About Sunday 30 August 1663

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Methinks The Dancing Master is seeking more work and is advertising himself to a captive audience.

About Friday 21 August 1663

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"Up betimes and among my joyners": The relaying of the floors intrigues me. Were the old planks pulled up? Were they tongue and groove, or butt cut? Did they use wide or narrow planks (the latter considered more affluent)? Were they pegged or nailed down? The planks being of differing thicknesses would have required either planing or shimming to produce a flat surface. Pepys's wonderful descriptions never extended to construction.

About Thursday 20 August 1663

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Wooden lice combs (including mummified lice) have been found in Egyptian tombs 5000 BP.

About Monday 10 August 1663

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@Rich: Besides his delight in the actual instruments, his measuring rule is a good management tool. Recall how he checked the incoming wood (07 Aug) at Deptford on-the-spot, to the consternation of Pet and others.

About Monday 27 July 1663

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I take issue with your comment, Beth. I may not have ridden for 20y but I still remember saddel-sores. Pepys also rides on whatever saddle is on the horse, rather that his own.

About Thursday 16 July 1663

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The journey of the honeymen -- today they use a honey truck to clean out (outdoor) septic tanks -- hints at what we take for granted nowadays in many urban areas. As usual, further information found in Jane Picard (and see also Rose George, "The Big Necessity".

About Saturday 4 July 1663

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SPQR: For the longest time, I thought the R was Romae (genitive) before learning it was the masculine nominative adjective.