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About Saturday 20 January 1665/66

Louise Hudson  •  Link

Mary: Mr Kinaston

I don't think that this is the same man as the famous actor of that name.

No, the actor’s name is Kinison, but Pepys and he share the same first name.

About Thursday 18 January 1665/66

Louise Hudson  •  Link

Like Eric Walla, I too wondered if Elizabeth ever changed out of her nightgown and wore a coat, it being February. I don’t suppose she would have gone out without changing, though. Not a detail Sam would think was worth recording.

About Tuesday 16 January 1665/66

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Matquess: “I am surprised that Sam didn't try it on with the young woman when she came to ask for advice.“

Who’s to say he didn’t, though it would be very risky with his wife in the house. He may have set the scene for a future encounter.

I, too, would like to know what “pretty black and white” meant.

About Wednesday 10 January 1665/66

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We might all appreciate warmed plates if we lived in a house that did not have central heating with dishes kept in unheated cupboards, which was the case in England in Pepys’ time. I remember my grandmothers, both of whom cooked meals on enormous coal stoves, which also provided the only heat in the house, placing plates in the oven to warm. This was in Pennsylvania’s coal country where temperatures could drop to well below freezing for weeks on end and the dishes became as cold as ice. I doubt they could ever have imagined something as fancy and expensive as a chafing dish.

About Sunday 7 January 1665/66

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Terry Foreman wrote:


Pepys's phonetic spelling of "Knepp" shows how early the medial e sound in English began its migration. In the US very few of us still SAY English as a matter of course; most of our compatriots say "Inglish."

The change in pronunciation was a result of the Great Vowel Shift that took place between the 1400s and into the 1700s, so Sam was right in the middle of it, without realizing it was happening, of course.

Interesting information on the vowel shift, including its causes, here:

About Saturday 6 January 1665/66

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Linda F wrote

“The thought of Sam extracting the clove from one piece of sticky cake and hiding it in another reminds me that back then no one had the first notion of germs and how they operate.”

At the time when everything anyone came in contact must have been teeming with with bacteria, personal hygiene being unknown, I doubt the handling of a single clove would have made much difference.

I wanted to remind myself of the lyrics to Barbara Allen, so did an Internet search and found this:
“Looking for Barbara Allen? Get Cell Phone #, Address, Pics & more.”

Who knew?

I did find interesting history and other information at

About Thursday 4 January 1665/66

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Thanks, Colin, I think!
Barbers were tooth pullers then. They were called barber surgeons. No antiseptics, no anesthetics, probably little washing of hands.

About Saturday 23 December 1665

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Mweey Christmas ro you, too, SDS. We are well and dry and more important, unburnt. We made it through the latest fires unscathed, though some friends lost their houses.