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About Monday 23 September 1661
"I never did pass a night with more epicurism of sleep"
Sam used the phrase "epicure-like" on 3 May 1661 and there are many annotations of epicurism there. http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1661/05/03/
About Tangier, Morocco
This place, so often mentioned, was first given up to the English fleet under Lord Sandwich, by the Portuguese, January 30th, 1662; and Lord Peterborough left governor, with a garrison. The greatest pains were afterwards taken to preserve the fortress, and a fine mole was constructed at a vast expense, to improve the harbour. At length, after immense sums of money had been wasted there, the House of Commons expressed a dislike to the management of the garrison, which they suspected to be a nursery for a popish army, and seemed disinclined to maintain it any longer. The king consequently, in 1683, sent Lord Dartmouth to bring home the troops, and destroy the works; which he performed so effectually, that it would puzzle all our engineers to restore the harbour. It were idle to speculate on the benefits which might have accrued to England, by its preservation and retention; Tangier fell into the hands of the Moors, its importance having ceased with the demolition of the mole. Many curious views of Tangier were taken by Hollar, during its occupation by the English; and his drawings are preserved in the British Museum. Some have been engraved by himself; but the impressions are of considerable rarity. — B.---Wheatley, 1899.
Views of Tanger by Wenzel Hollar: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:View...
About Capt. George Penn
George Penn, elder brother of Sir William, was a merchant at San Lucar. ---Wheatley, 1899.
About Royal Mews
The Mews stood on the site of the present National Gallery. The place was originally occupied by the king's falcons, but in the reign of Henry VIII. it was turned into a stable. After the battle of Naseby it was used as a prison for a time. The Mews was rebuilt in 1732, and taken down in 1830.---Wheatley, 1899.
About Buckden, Cambridgeshire
Bugden, or Buckden, a village and parish in the St. Neots district of Huntingdonshire, four miles S.W. of Huntingdon. ---Wheatley, 1899.
About Puckeridge (Hertfordshire)
Puckeridge, a village in Hertfordshire six and a half miles N.N.E. of Ware.---Wheatley, 1899.
About Wednesday 11 September 1661
"have hope to trepan and get for his wife"
To TREPAN (some derive it of [Greek word], a crafty Beguiler; others derive it of Trepany in Sicily, where some English Ships being friendly invited in, in Stress or Weather, were afterwards detained, contrary to the Assurance given them) to ensnare or decoy. ---An Universal Etymological English Dictionary. N. Bailey, 1675.
"So from him to Dr. Williams"
Dr. Williams's house was in Holborn. ---Wheatley, 1899.
About Saturday 10 August 1661
"She is very ugly, so that I cannot care for her"
Elizabeth may indeed have been trying to blunt SP's 'tendencies' but, spoiler alert, the new maid didn't last long.
About Doll (a, Pepys' chambermaid)
Surely this is the chambermaid Dorothy dismissed in November, 1661: http://www.pepysdiary.com/encyclopedia/3330/