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Cazbot has posted 14 annotations/comments since 10 April 2018.

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Second Reading

About Monday 15 October 1666

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"...But she cries out of the vices of the Court, and how they are going to set up plays already; and how, the next day after the late great fast, the Duchesse of York did give the King and Queene a play. Nay, she told me that they have heretofore had plays at Court the very nights before the fast for the death of the late King: She do much cry out upon these things, and that which she believes will undo the whole nation; and I fear so too..."

Interesting that plays are seen as such a dangerous activity. Pepys has previously told himself off for going to them and vowed not to go again etc.

About Sunday 22 April 1666

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From Lady Castlemaine’s Diary today…..

"While passing through White Hall I was sorry to see my little Samuel Pepys, for the mourning forceing all the men to go in black, with their hair plain and without any finery, I find him to be a much more ordinary man than ever I durst have thought he was; and, indeed, is not so handsome as Mr. Batten, whom I saw there also..."

How funny that Samuel Pepys said exactly the same thing about her, yesterday

About Tuesday 26 December 1665

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Re 'tables' - quote from Jesse's link, given earlier:

"...The custom of putting " tables " on tombs for the instruction of
strangers was an ancient one. There is an example of one
in the year 1406 at St. Augustine's tomb in his Abbey at
Canterbury, which gave offence to the Christ Church monks
by stating the priority of foundation of that Abbey.

The " table " for Wittlesey's tomb is still to be seen in the
Cathedral library, written in 1665 by a man of the name of
R. Hoare. Those of Bradwardin, Islip, and Arundell, done at
the same time, are also preserved. There remains one of an
earlier series, that of Islip, word for word the same as the later
one, but much more worn and in an earlier handwriting. The
matter in these " tables " is taken from Parker, and they are
written in Latin. These post-Reformation "tables" are evi-
dently those that Godwin and Somner allude to. ..."

About Thursday 31 August 1665

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"... and partly from the Quakers and others that will not have any bell ring for them."

It's something to do with equality and humility - many Quakers don't have their names recorded on gravestones either. George Fox/ Quakers had great disagreements with the Church of England and then refused to be buried (or were banned from burial?) in CoE graveyards.
So the bell ringing thing is possibly part of a general disengagement from human pride/ mainstream practises.

ref: went to Quaker school, & poorly remembered education about the Quakers :)

About Sunday 20 August 1665

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"...a very noble seat in a noble forest, with the noblest prospect .... a very melancholy place, and little variety save only trees..."
recognising a city lover here :)

About Monday 31 July 1665

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We played the 'raising the body' game too, after lights out at our boarding school. Words very similar to Australian Susan's. I was sure at the time we did raise the body, although now I can't believe we did.

About Monday 19 June 1665

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Re: Pepys doing normal life whilst the plague is happening.

Plague happened most summers in London, so the deaths aren't unusual. This year was the 'great plague' because it became particularly rapacious. Maybe it's not clear at the moment how bad the plague will become. Ref Lisa Picard's excellent history series…

About Friday 5 May 1665

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Sheffield's Mappin Art Gallery used to have a working beehive with glass section part in and part out of the building. It was an extremely popular exhibition.

About Friday 5 May 1665

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Interested in that Evelyn's friends turn up at his house and go for a walk around his garden when Evelyn wasn't there. Different social rules to nowadays.

About Wednesday 19 April 1665

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A privy seal: "A privy seal refers to the personal seal of a reigning monarch, used for the purpose of authenticating official documents of a much more personal nature. This is in contrast with that of the Great Seal, which is used for documents of greater importance."