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Mary K has posted 973 annotations/comments since 9 March 2007.

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About Wednesday 1 July 1663

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Legal position

Prior to the passing of the Buggery Act in 1533, such cases were handled by the ecclesiastical courts rather than under the civil law. The 1533 act defined buggery as a capital offence. With the brief exception of a short period under Queen Mary, the civil act remained in force essentially until 1861 when buggery ceased to be defined as a capital offence, though it remained a criminal offence.

About Sunday 19 April 1663

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the new suit

At some point in the past we had quite a discussion about the change in fashion from "petticoat breeches" (very full in fabric, looking more like a knee-length skirt than any kind of breeches; it was even possible mistakenly to put them on with both legs inside the same leg of the garment) to much closer-fitting breeches that fastened just below the knee. However, a brief troll through the Encyclopaedia has proved unproductive, so perhaps we have lost track of this thread.
A look at pictures of Charles II (the supreme leader of fashion, of course) shows how he fairly soon abandoned the flowing breeches for the closed-knee type - and Pepys is dressing in the latest fashion here.

About Tuesday 10 March 1662/63

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Piped water supply

See note above. There was a supply of piped water in the city of London, though supply to individual properties was not always available on all seven days of the week.

About Monday 13 October 1662

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In these homogenized days, milk looks and tastes the same throughout the year. When I was young ( late forties/early fifties) winter-time milk took on a slightly thin, blue-ish appearance and only regained its proper creamy colour and flavour once the cows were out to grass again in the spring.

About Sunday 31 August 1662

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"John Gilpin was a citizen
Of credit and renown;
A train-band captain eke was he
Of famous London town....... etc. etc."

About Wednesday 16 July 1662

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I'm not sure that "proud" is quite the right adjective. She was anxious to get herself out of a potentially dangerous situation.

About Tuesday 22 April 1662

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£88 cost.

Expenses on coach and horses for the duration probably included in this sum.

About Sunday 9 February 1661/62

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Yes, £20 is a lot of money, but perhaps the new clothes included a piece of lace which could later be used to accessorise other garments. Lace was decidedly a luxury item (and remained so well into the 19th century) but over a lifetime women could acquire a selection of pieces of lace that would be carefully washed and cared-for, adorning different garments at different times.