Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
Mary K has posted 939 annotations/comments since 9 March 2007.
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About Saturday 9 June 1660
A collective term for gallants, gentry, fashionable people. (1606). Also fine or gay appearance, splendour, magnificence (1613).
About Sunday 3 June 1660
Not every annotator's style suits every reader. In the course of the original run-through we learnt to glide across the annotations that regularly irritated and to concentrate on those that struck a more cogent note. On the whole we proved to be a pretty tolerant group and I hope that we shall remain so throughout the second reading.
About Friday 18 May 1660
"wherein are gallant nuts, better than ever I saw"
These 'nuts' are 'knots' (per L&M). Pepys is praising the excellence of a particularly fine, fashionable knot-garden.
About Monday 14 May 1660
more bits of mast.
The fiddly little nutty fruit of the beech tree are still known collectively as beechmast. Delicious, but it takes ages to pry each little 'nut' open and one can get sore fingers doing so.
About At home with Mr and Mrs Pepys
No, the house was 'company' accommodation that went with the job. Building work/remodelling was generally done at the Navy Office's expense and by their employees. Pepys generally put his own money into moveable goods - artwork, plate, hangings etc.
About Wednesday 18 April 1660
Why correspond with the Duke at all?
Because it's a good idea to be nice and polite to the brother of the King. Pepys, our diarist, certainly doesn't yet know what role James might play in months to come; Sandwich probably doesn't know. Let's not get ahead of ourselves.
About Wednesday 11 April 1660
"Harlots, Housewives and Heroines" sounds like a programme that was presented by Lucy Worsley some months ago. The current BBC4 offering on informal 17th century writing is "The Century that Wrote Itself." Presented by Adam Nicolson; Wednesday evenings 9 p.m. Three parts. Haven't watched it yet, but will catch up in due course.
About Friday 30 March 1660
I fully agree with Chris Squire; much better to assume a number of first-time readers of either whole or part of the diary.
What is the policy about 'spoilers' for this second trip through the diary? There may be some who are reading for the first time.
About Tuesday 27 March 1660
sail in/sail on.
Not sure that the difference in usage is quite as clear-cut as this. Does one need to make distinction between naval usage and general usage?