Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
Mary K has posted 945 annotations/comments since 9 March 2007.
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About Thursday 22 November 1660
See also the description given in the encyclopaedia section under "fashion."
About Monday 12 November 1660
Why spoil the suspense? January 1661 will come soon enough and then we'll see how household arrangements work out. The development of the Pepys menage's domestic arrangements is just as interesting as that of their social and/or professional ones, so let's not get ahead or ourselves.
About Monday 22 October 1660
Sandwich tells of a meeting, but does not indicate that he was present at it - simply that it took place. Nor does he state that he afterwards spoke with anyone who had been present. The meeting broke up early. Sandwich's ignorance of the proceedings thus seems unsurprising.
About Monday 30 July 1660
Bucklersbury still exists as the short street that runs between Queen Victoria Street and Walbrook.
About Monday 25 June 1660
The Royal Hospital Chelsea.
Certainly it was Sir Stehen Fox who made possible the establishment of the Royal Hospital Chelsea by his munificent gift of the £13,000 used to acquire the site and finance construction, but it is Charles II who is the acknowledged founder of the Hospital, which celebrates its Founder's Day each year on the anniversary of Charles's birthday.
About Thursday 21 June 1660
"handselled my silver can"
In modern parlance one might substitute "christened" for "handselled in such a context.
As for that "little chamber three stories high" I presume this means not that the chamber itself was extraordinarily high-ceilinged but that it was a garret, a small room immediately beneath the roof of the house. Not choice accommodation.
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.