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About Tuesday 25 February 1661/62

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"fear" might work as a meaning for "doubt," though I think that SP merely suspects (has the suspicion, "as people say,") that the aristocrats will get away with their crime. Which would not be an unusual happening in his time and place. He is certainly using the word in a way immediately recognizable in the 21st century.

DOUBT, to be uncertain, not to know on which Side to determine in any Matter.
---An Universal Etymological English Dictionary. N. Bailey, 1675

To DOUBT.
1. To question, to be in uncertainty.
2. To question any event, fearing the worst.
3. To fear, to be apprehensive.
4. To suspect; to have suspicion.
5. To hesitate; to be in suspense.
To DOUBT.
1. To hold questionable; to think uncertain.
2. To fear; to suspect.
3. To distrust.
---A Dictionary Of The English Language. Samuel Johnson, 1756.

About Tuesday 25 February 1661/62

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This discussion about the word "doubt" is crazy to me. Lord B. and his sidekicks have concocted a fanciful lie about why they killed this poor innocent man. How could an innocent man have confessed to them? And SP doubts (is uncertain) that their "very good tale" "will be proved otherwise." In the event, he was right.

About Movies set in Pepys' time

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@Nix, here's the current (2/2014) Samuel Pepys Filmography from IMDb:

1. "The Great Fire" (2014) (TV) Played by Daniel Mays
2. "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" - When Knowledge Conquered Fear (2014) TV episode Played by Tom Konkle
3. "The British" (2012) TV series Played by Samuel West
4. Stage Beauty (2004) Played by Hugh Bonneville
5. London (2004) (TV) Played by Philip Jackson
6. The Private Life of Samuel Pepys (2003) (TV) Played by Steve Coogan
7. England, My England (1995) Played by John Shrapnel
8. "Magic Grandad" - Famous People: Samuel Pepys (1994) TV episode, Played by John Warnaby
9. The Pyrates (1986) (TV) Played by John Rapley
10. "Complete and Utter History of Britain" - James the McFirst to Oliver Cromwell (1969) TV episode, Played by Michael Palin
11. "From Cover to Cover" - Episode #1.5 (1958) TV episode, Played by Nigel Sharpe
12. "ITV Television Playhouse" - And So to Bed (1957) TV episode, Played by George Benson
13. "BBC Sunday-Night Theatre" - Ninety Sail (1954) TV episode, Played by Mervyn Johns
14. Courageous Mr. Penn (1942) Played by Henry Oscar (aka "Penn of Pennsylvania" - UK (original title))
15. Thank You, Mr. Pepys (1938) Played by Edmund Gwenn
16. Nell Gwyn (1934) Played by Esme Percy
17. Colonel Blood (1934) Played by Arthur Chesney
18. Nell Gwyn (1926) Played by Johnny Butt
19. The Glorious Adventure (1922) Played by Lennox Pawle

About Martin Beckman

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BECKMAN, Sir MARTIN (d. 1702), colonel, chief engineer and master gunner of England; Swedish captain of artillery; entered service of Charles II as engineer, 1660; accompanied Lord Sandwich's expedition to Algiers and Tangiers, 1661-2; third engineer of Great Britain, 1670, second engineer, 1681, and chief engineer, 1685; accompanied Prince Rupert to Holland, 1673; on commission for strengthening fortifications of Portsmouth, 1678; major; served with Lord Dartmouth at Tangiers, 1683; knighted, 1685; head of royal laboratory at Woolwich, 1688; served under Major-general Thomas Tollemache in Ireland and France, 1691-4, and was colonel commanding ordnance train for sea expedition, 1692; commanded ordnance trains in expeditions against Gibraltar and France, 1695-6.
---Dictionary of National Biography: Index and Epitome. S. Lee, 1906.

About Wednesday 26 February 1661/62

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To CAST, to fling or throw; also to think or contrive
---An Universal Etymological English Dictionary. N. Bailey, 1675.

About Wednesday 26 February 1661/62

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@Clement above. I think SP's attempts to "cast up" accounts will indeed be a bit simple. It may be a bit of a spoiler alert but in a few months SP will make his "first attempt being to learn the multiplication-table".

About Sunday 23 February 1661/62

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"My cold being increased, I staid at home all day"

COLD.
3. A disease caused by cold; the obstruction of perspiration.
---A Dictionary Of The English Language. Samuel Johnson, 1756.

About Sunday 23 February 1661/62

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@Gerald, Aristotle (and Solon) in the Nicomachean Ethics got there first: "Must no one at all, then, be called happy while he lives; must we, as Solon says, see the end?"