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Suzanne in MI has posted 8 annotations/comments since 1 February 2019.

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About Wednesday 21 August 1667

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...”it is a strange thing to see the impudence of the woman, that desires by all means to have her mari come home, only that she might be at liberty to have me para tocar her, which is a thing I do not so much desire.”

I’ve noticed time and again Sam doesn’t - shall we say - go pass 3rd base unless the woman was married, and her husband around. Should she get pregnant and husband not there, there’d be a heck of a scandal (especially if Bess killed him) He seems to have learned that lesson early on.

Monday 1 February 1663/64. “Among others I spoke with Mrs. Lane, of whom I doubted to hear something of the effects of our last meeting about a fortnight or three weeks ago, but to my content did not.”

About Thursday 3 May 1666

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Does anyone know if the Pepys’ lived in the same parish as Susan’s mother? The poor laws were very harsh at the time and Sam was actually following the law. The fact that he was willing to pay up to 30 shillings for Susan’s care is huge. I get the feeling he farmed out her care because Elizabeth wasn’t (and the more to see my wife minding her paynting and not thinking of her house business,).

Here’s an informative (and working) link for more information

http://www.workhouses.org.uk/poorlaws/1662intro.s…

About Sunday 18 February 1665/66

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I would think Samuel wouldn’t be pleased with seeing Uncle Wight regardless of who he brought with him. But he will make nice since there could still be an inheritance involved.

As for Creed, not only was he caught, but since he was at Oxford with the court could he have been trying to poach on someone else’s interest? Sam doesn’t need to have any shadow this type of scandal could throw on him as he’s trying to steer a clear course for himself amongst those rocky shores.

About The Pithy Pepys: 1660

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I bought the book on your recommendation and have found it fun to read. It’s a good starting point for someone unfamiliar with the Diary and the times.
Thank you for the post. 🙂