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Louise Hudson has posted 419 annotations/comments since 9 November 2013.

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About Saturday 12 May 1666

Louise Hudson  •  Link

I agree with JWB and Phoenix. I, too, would liked to read Pepys’ words about Elisabeth’s illness and death, as wrenching as it would have been. We would have learned so much. Given all of the diseases around at the time it’s amazing that anyone reached 30.


Elisabeth died of typhoid fever at the age of 29. I wonder if they knew what her illness was. If only they’d had antibiotics then.

About Wednesday 2 May 1666

Louise Hudson  •  Link

“Thence among other stops went to my ruler’s house, and there staid a great while with Nan idling away the afternoon with pleasure.”

With Pepys’ proclivities. I’d worry about the “girle”, indoors or out.

About Tuesday 1 May 1666

Louise Hudson  •  Link

I can just hear Peter Cook, in "On the Bench" from "Beyond the Fringe":
"Yes, I could have been a judge but I never had the Latin, never had the Latin for the judging, I just never had sufficient of it to get through the rigorous judging exams. They're noted for their rigor. People come staggering out saying, 'My God, what a rigorous exam --.' And so I became a miner instead."

Thanks for the memories, A. Hamilton. I miss Peter Cook.

“I managed to get through the mining exams — they're not very rigorous, they only ask one question, they say, "What is your name?", and I got 50 per cent on that.”

About Friday 27 April 1666

Louise Hudson  •  Link

Many of you have helped me to know what leads are, but I can’t get the thought out of my head that they are on a pitched roof and Sam and Bess (and their guests) had to hold on to keep from sliding off. A funny picture.

About Thursday 12 April 1666

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“She grows mighty homely and looks old. Thence ashamed at myself for this losse of time”

He would have been less likely to consider it a loss of time if she’d been younger and better looking.

About Wednesday 11 April 1666

Louise Hudson  •  Link

Thanks for the information, SD Sarah. What a coincidence that the inventor of the clothes hanger might have been named Hanger. Nomenclature is destiny, I guess.

About Wednesday 11 April 1666

Louise Hudson  •  Link

When I read about rails in his wife’s closet I was thinking of rails or poles to hang hangers on, as we have now. Couldn’t figure how leads came into it unless he meant brackets. But Robin Peters writes about French Windows, a flat roof and a recreation area. In Elizabeth’s closet?

In any case, does anyone know if they had anything like modern clothes hangers in 1666? If not, how did they hang up their clothes? Perhaps only on hooks?

About Wednesday 28 March 1666

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“Thence to the Cockpitt, and dined with a great deal of company at the Duke of Albemarle’s, and a bad and dirty, nasty dinner.”

But, apparently, he ate it.

About Sunday 25 March 1666

Louise Hudson  •  Link

Sarah: I should have known there was an easy way to find out, but the census department of the US Government would never have occurred to me to be the place to look.

It didn’t occur to me, either. I found it with a Google search.