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About HTML changes... CSS guru needed

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Thanks Todd. As long as the text looks OK with IE's text size set to "medium," the default, that's good. The default font size was previously 13 pixels by the way, now it's 0.9em.

About Thursday 19 January 1659/60

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Excellent, two great links there from Paul and Martin - thanks! I'll add them to the Further Reading page.

About William Fuller

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Born 1608, died 1675. He was a clergyman and friend of Pepys, and taught at Twickenham, "where Mountagu's son Edward was among his pupils. It was perhaps throught this connection that Pepys got to know him." Speculated by Latham in the Companion volume to the diaries, p152.

About John Hawley

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Hawly/Hawley was a clerk to George Downing (as was Pepys) between 1658 and 1660. He also lived in Axe Yard, where Pepys did when he began the diary.

About Tuesday 17 January 1659/60

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Thanks for the clarification about Mrs Jane and Mrs Jem, Glyn! That makes much more sense. I should have noticed that, but I don't always get the chance to read Latham & Matthews prior to posting entries.

About Tuesday 17 January 1659/60

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If a person doesn't have a page for annotations, this doesn't necessarily mean they're not important or they don't appear very often. A person gets a page to themselves if the 1893 edition of the text had footnotes about them and these tended to be erratic. If anyone wants to annotate a person I'm happy to create new pages as desired!

About Should entries display the weekday?

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I know what you mean Jason. One alternative would be to shift the entries so we get a Monday entry on our Monday. But this would have other problems, like not getting his Christmas on our Dec 25th. In a way, while it was easier to believe the events were happening right now, it was just a cover-up, an illusion, and rather misleading; you'd get Pepys going to Church on what seemed like a Thursday for example.

About Saturday 14 January 1659/60

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Location of Pepys' office and Will's

Pepys' office at this time was in Westminster, as he said on Jan 3rd "so went to Westminster, where I found soldiers in my office."

I got confused a few posts back -- Will's isn't a coffee house in Covent Garden, but a "place of entertainment" in Westminster. Sorry! All very convenient for getting to and from home though!

About Saturday 14 January 1659/60

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"Why does our diary introduction say 'unabridged' if it is censored?"

Tim, that's a good question! I guess the Victorian compilers considered this version unabridged compared to previous versions which were much more condensed. Even so, they obviously couldn't bring themselves to print *quite* everything! No doubt myself or others will attempt to fill in any such gaps.

About Charing Cross

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But the fact it isn't one of the original Eleanor Crosses, is a couple of hundred years newer, and is in a different location means it's correct to say that one of the 12 crosses is not at Charing Cross.

About Saturday 14 January 1659/60

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I agree that he wasn't really walking far, except for people who are used to travelling everywhere by car. In fact his walk to Westminster from his home is only about 5 minutes (not 30). Walking to Will's coffee shop in Covent Garden would be perhaps 15 minutes, little more. And walking to the Guildhall or Tower of London (30 mins or more from Covent Garden) would no doubt be perfectly normal and reasonable in those days.

About Want more people/place footnotes?

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Maybe it's just a case of marking the Place pages as to whether something still exists or not. Or this might be obvious by reading the annotations. I'm planning on taking some photos of the locations before too long.