Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
Bryan has posted 18 annotations/comments since 1 April 2013.
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About Friday 17 May 1661
Why is the amount rounded to six and eight pence, or what am I missing?
Six and eight pence = six shillings and eight pence, which is the exact amount. Two thirds (0.66) of a shilling (12d) is 8 pence.
About Monday 12 November 1660
Sister Pall is still living with mum and dad in London off Fleet Street at this stage. Uncle Robert, who is literally on his last leg, has promised to "raise a portion" for Pall in his will (see http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1660/03/07/ ). So I don't think it's about Pall's marriage prospects.
Given Pall's "ill-nature" and the weeping for joy, my guess is that things are less than harmonious in the old Pepy's family home and everyone is looking for an exit before dastardly deed are done.
About Thursday 27 September 1660
"Pepys does nothing but gripe about his workers" Let's see:
Sep 28: All the afternoon among my workmen till 10 or 11 at night, and did give them drink and very merry with them ...Sep 27: ...thence home to my workmen all the afternoon.Sep 26: At home with the workmen all the afternoon, ...Sep 25:...and by coach home, where the plasterers being at work in all the rooms in my house,Sep 18: At home all the morning looking over my workmen in my house ...Sep 12: At home all the afternoon looking after my workmen, whose laziness do much trouble me
One negative comment out of six. Hardly "nothing but gripe".
I think you will find if you search through the annotations that the workers who renovated SP's house weren't paid by SP. The workers (and material) came from the dockyards at Deptford or similar. They were Navy employees working on Navy property. SP was just making sure, as always, that the King got value for money. ;-)
About Wednesday 29 August 1660
"the wench which"
From the Online Etymology Dictionary:which (pron.) ... In Middle English used as a relative pronoun where Modern English would use who, as still in the Lord's Prayer.
So, Mirabai, this is one sin we can say that Sam is not guilty of.
About St Olave, Hart Street
A side view of St Olave church showing the covered staircase leading to the Navy Office gallery
"A watercolour by G Robertson of the south east view of the Parish Church of St Olave, Hart Street, London EC3, showing the exterior staircase used by the English diarist and naval administrator Samuel Pepys, (1633 - 1703), to gain access to the pew in the gallery reserved for the Navy office."
About Friday 24 August 1660
The covered staircase leading to the gallery - here's a treat:
About Sunday 29 July 1660
"my first quarter’s salary as Secretary to my Lord" July 30
In March SP was appointed secretary to Mountagu in his capacity as General at Sea. SP was Secretary to the Fleet, an official naval position and the salary relates to this position.
About Friday 3 August 1660
Alan Bedford's post above is a little misleading. The Navy Board consisted of four principal officers (treasurer, comptroller, surveyor and clerk of the acts) in addition to the three commissioners.
About Monday 6 August 1660
I think the L&M Companion might have the figure wrong Terry. According the 7 July entry:"To the Council Chamber, where I took an order for the advance of the salaries of the officers of the Navy, and I find mine to be raised to 350l. per annum."
About Wednesday 27 June 1660
The punctuation is Wheatley's, i.e. 19th century. Here's an excerpt from a "future" annotation for the Sunday 30 April 1665 entry by Michael Robinson:
L&M on 'Punctuation' etc.,vol i, p lxiv:-
"The normal marks of punctuation are seldom used in the manuscript, probably because some of them are used instead as arbitrary symbols for common words: the colon and full-stop are thus employed to represent 'owe'/'oh' and 'eye'/'I' respectively. Except for the extremely rare use of a comma (which is used a few times to separate words in series), the only normal punctuation marks found in the manuscript are parentheses (the practice with these is not always the same as ours), new lines for paragraphs (usually flush with the left hand margin, but sometimes indented), hyphens in compound words and compound names (although hyphens are restricted to longhand and even there they are used only seldom), apostrophes for possession (these too are rarely used and only in longhand), colons and full-stops for some abbreviations, dashes and full-stops occasionally in sums of money, full stops and oblique strokes after some title headings, etc., a rarely used square bracket for marking off a quotation."