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john has posted 15 annotations/comments since 14 March 2013.

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About Monday 22 April 1661

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JWB wrote: "If you've ever ridden gussied-up horses, you know they're as vain as Sam in his velvet coat."

They also rode stallions, not mares or geldings, so the analogy fits well.

About Saturday 20 April 1661

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Martin, in his well-written comment: "but you can still encounter it in some places, e.g. the House of Lords,"

Indeed, I recall being a bit bemused when I first read certain legal judgements that started wih "My Lords!" and sometimes noted what "their Lordships" would think.

About Friday 12 April 1661

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@Terry: Thank you -- that provides me with a good starting point. (In the process, I found an interesting animation of Pepys' London may be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPY-hr-8-M0 )

About Friday 12 April 1661

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What is known about building practices of that day and what sort of directions would he have given to his workman, who seem to start quite early and require constant guidance? I suspect their directions were mostly Sam pointing and saying that a staircase should go here. Does anyone have a reference?

About Saturday 23 March 1660/61

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"his master fell about his ears and beat him so, that it put the whole house in an uprore." To answer jack's question, methinks this another example of the commonly accepted violence of the time; they laughed.

About Saturday 16 March 1660/61

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Our Will seems to be far more numerate than the average servant at the time. And no answer to vincent's decade-old question.

About Friday 8 March 1660/61

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Homely as reported in the OED (alluded to by Mary , supra): Def'n 4.b.5. Of persons, etc.: Of commonplace appearance or features; not beautiful, ‘plain’, uncomely. (Said also of the features themselves.) [With quotations from the 16th and 17th centuries.]

The day's events makes me wonder how Sam kept enough wits to accurately record the events. Did he scribble down the events just before bed?

About Tuesday 5 March 1660/61

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What did Sam and His Lady talk about -- small talk, affairs of state, learned discussions, gossip?

About Friday 18 January 1660/61

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How much effort was a 2h ride in 1660? Saddles then were somewhat different than today. They seemed to have very high pommels and cantles; I have no idea what it would have been like cantering in one -- even posting would have been difficult. (I have spent hours in forward saddles, military saddles, and western-style saddles. My comfort differed depending on circumstances and horse.)

About Friday 14 December 1660

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"Also all this day looking upon my workmen."

He seems to spend a lot of time supervising his workmen. Why?