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Phil Gyford has posted 760 annotations/comments since 27 December 2002.

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About Saturday 14 January 1659/60

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I think we'd be making a mistake to apply our 21st century standards of what makes a day's work to the 17th century. It was only relatively recently that it became the norm to work 9-5 (or whatever). Before that it was far more irregular, probably in part due to the fact that clocks were rarer and less accurate items.

About Friday 13 January 1659/60

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Re: old maps.

I'm going to see if I can find any old reproduction maps to buy this week and scan in. If not I'll try and mark up that 1642/43 map at the weekend. I think pre-Great Fire maps would be best given how much was destroyed then, and such maps don't seem to have much detail unfortunately.

About Want more people/place footnotes?

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As I say, if anyone has something to say about a location, they just have to ask me for a place to post annotations! I fear the problem with some of the locations, such as pubs, might be that no one knows anything about them these days.

About Friday 13 January 1659/60

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You should be able to get some idea from looking at the Streetmap links on the Place pages, but I realise this could be tricky without an existing knowledge of London! I haven't had much luck finding a decent online period map with streetnames; one problem is that it's a lot of information to display on screen. However, there are quite a few maps here http://makeashorterlink.com/?E3392261 and I'll mark up a suitable map (perhaps the 1642/43 one) with some of the most important locations. Stay tuned...

About Should entries display the weekday?

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Thanks for all the thoughts everyone! As you may already have noticed, I've decided to add the day of the week above each entry, so as to make things clearer. On the few occasions where Pepys wrote this in himself, I've also included this in the diary entry itself, for completeness sake. I hope this makes the diary clearer!

About Should entries display the weekday?

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I don't feel the need to reproduce the Project Gutenberg text precisely because I see it as some object of perfection, or whatever. It's more about trying not to confuse sources. I like to make it clear that all text in the diary entry is from an external source with none of it amended by me or anyone but PG. Given there are already plenty of versions of Pepys' Diary, I don't really want to create another, apart from by adding annotations to an existing text.

Some entries already have extra words in square brackets to make things clearer, and I'm not sure whether this is from PG or the 1893 edition. Either way, I don't want to confuse this further by adding my own corrections or amendments to the text. Altering the dates for each entry is a different matter as these are already a slightly different format to Pepys' original, but it's still not something I wanted to rush into without asking for the opinion of others.

About Thursday 12 January 1659/60

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The reason I haven't included days of the week is because Pepys didn't in his diary, apart from occasionally marking a Sunday as "Lord's Day" or "Sunday". I can see it can be confusing though, so if there are any suggestions as to the best way to remedy this, let me know.

I use http://www.pepysdiary.com/about/ to mention general diary topics, but obviously this is only of use to me! I could start a Yahoo! Group, or similar, for general discussion if people think this is a good idea. Although it would almost be a shame to remove any discussion from the site where it will be harder to find for future readers. Any thoughts?

About Wednesday 11 January 1659/60

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Although the Tower is not immediately between Westminster and the City, it's not completely out of the way. The Tower is actually a small distance to the south east of the City and Westminster is to its south west. So the lion wouldn't be in completely the opposite direction, just a walk along the river before turning back a little inland.

About St Clement Danes Church

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Judging by a map in Latham & Matthews this is the approxmiate position of where the church stood.

About St Paul's Churchyard

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While there is now a street called St. Paul's Churchyard running south of the cathedral, a map in Latham & Matthews places the churchyard as being to the north east of the then cathedral.

About Westminster Hall

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A footnote to 20 Jan 1660 says "These stationers and booksellers, whose shops disfigured Westminster Hall down to a late period, were a privileged class. In the statutes for appointing licensers and regulating the press, there is a clause exempting them from the pains and penalties of these obnoxious laws."

About James Pearse (surgeon)

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A footnote elsewhere says of Pierce: "Husband of pretty Mrs. Pierce. After the Restoration James Pearse or Pierce became Surgeon to the Duke of York, and he was also Surgeon-General of the Fleet."

About Salisbury Court

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Pepys either mis-spelt the name, or it was spelt this way in his time. Today it is "Salisbury Court."

About Problem with the LiveJournal feed

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Hmm, that could be it -- occasionally I add extra links into entries after they've been posted. Seems like LJ can't cope with such things unfortunately.