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About Friday 6 November 1663

Phil Gyford  •  Link

James Sumner, historian and author of 'Brewing Science, Technology and Print, 1700-1880' tweeted a few thoughts on the idea of iron being laid on beer barrels preventing the beer souring, after someone asked him about it, following @samuelpepys' tweets. His first tweet is here (… ) and here's the exchange:

@angela_mcshane: any truth in this Pepysian claim?

@JamesBSumner: Modern scientific orthodoxy says not. William Black's 1830s manual argues electrical action causes souring, and some of the scientific figures he consulted thought this plausible then. Brewing consultant Frank Faulkner was promoting same idea as late as 1880s but by that time the view was eccentric and drew strong objections. See my book for details!

@angela_mcshane: One wonders what it was that brewers experienced that led them to this conclusion though.

@JamesBSumner: "Modern" expln wd prob be changeable weather => rapid temp changes => irregular fermentation.

About Friday 10 July 1663

Phil Gyford  •  Link

John G - the punctuation (and much else) in all versions of the diary was added by the translators. Because this is what the original looks like:…

So rather than being "ignored", punctuation marks should be used to help make sense of the text, in the knowledge that they, and most of the letters themselves, weren't written by Pepys.

About Wednesday 10 June 1663

Phil Gyford  •  Link

This does happen occasionally with family tree folk Googling for names. I've now removed that erroneous Richard Piggott annotation

About Thursday 7 May 1663

Phil Gyford  •  Link

Regarding the earliest annotations here – I've now re-ordered the paragraphs to match the order given in L&M.

About Saturday 31 December 1664

Phil Gyford  •  Link

He's not dead yet Mary Ellen! See the first footnote to today's entry - Samuel must have updated the list with "mort" on one or more later dates.

About Saturday 28 February 1662/63

Phil Gyford  •  Link

Just a note to say... sorry the front page was broken briefly - pesky leap years!

But also, let's try to keep things on-topic. I realise the discussion about whether America was "raped" or not began with a ten-year-old annotation, but please try not to stray too far from what's relevant to today's diary entry. Thanks!

About Richard Pepys (cousin)

Phil Gyford  •  Link

No, the Richard Pepys who was Lord Chief Justice of Ireland isn't mentioned in the diary; Wheatley was correct. This Richard is his son, as the 1893 text describes.

About Friday 3 January 1661/62

Phil Gyford  •  Link

I've corrected the Lord Crew link and added some more explanations to his page and a few relations, in an effort to clarify things in future!

About Sunday 29 March 1663

Phil Gyford  •  Link

Nine years later I've changed the "my man William" link from Will Howe to Will Hewer. Better late than never!

About Sunday 30 June 1667

Phil Gyford  •  Link

L&M's index says it's the James Douglas, the 2nd Marquess of Douglas, so I'll leave the link as it is. Which isn't to say they're infallible!

About A new design

Phil Gyford  •  Link

Simon - is there any particular text that's hard to read, or is it all of it? Even the lighter text looks pretty dark to me, but these things can vary quite a bit depending on display and computer settings, never mind individuals' eyesight. Let me know, as I'd like to make sure it's easy to read for everyone!

About A new design

Phil Gyford  •  Link

Sorry for the slow reply; it's been a busy week. Many thanks for the kind comments. It's difficult to change anything on a site that people visit frequently and are fond of because, understandably, it's very easy to disrupt habits.

john: I'd have to ask Dean, the designer, why he chose the green. I think we tried a couple of other colours too, although that was nearly 18 months ago. Green seems to work -- there's something of the leather-bound book or luxurious wallpaper about it I think!

William: I don't use Facebook much myself. Any suggestions for what format Pepys would be most suited to on Facebook? (No promises though; there's always so much to get done!)