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Louise Hudson has posted 480 annotations/comments since 9 November 2013.

3 Jul 2018, 5:46 a.m. - Louise Hudson

"I hear this night that Sir J. Lawson was buried late last night at St. Dunstan’s by us, without any company at all, and that the condition of his family is but very poor, which I could be contented to be sorry for, though he never was the man that ever obliged me by word or deed." Which means he has no intention of parting with a penny of his 1450L to help the very poor family of a colleague. . Pepys can be tight sometimes.

30 Jun 2018, 1:30 p.m. - Louise Hudson

Andrew Hamilton: “This puts me in the camp of those who are skeptical about claims that "the science is settled," and leaves me curious about alternative hypotheses and alternative uses of human resources.” What professional or amateur scientist worth his salt doesn’t take this position? Science is never settled. It deals in probabilities, not absolutes.

28 Jun 2018, 6:55 a.m. - Louise Hudson

CGS says homemakers have gone the way of the buggy whip, but he means female homemakers who have found there are better things to do than be burdened with all the food preparation and clean up. You can be sure it’s a rare man who will step up to the plate, so sharing meals at home with others has become a rarity. Such a shame, how “homemakers” have dropped the ball.

26 Jun 2018, 2:18 a.m. - Louise Hudson

Jointure appears to be a pre nup. There is nothing new under the sun.

27 May 2018, 4:26 a.m. - Louise Hudson

Funny how words get changed over the centuries and from country to country. We always sang “Ring around the rosie(s), a pocket full of posies.” We had no idea what ”rosies” or “ashes” meant and took it literally as ashes from a coal furnace or fireplace. It made no sense, of course, but that hardly mattered. I was much older before I heard that it was in reference to a disease such as small pox or plague. I don’t think adults would have wanted to frighten little kids by telling them what the song really meant. Whar’s amazing to me is that the song was still being sung in the 20th century in America.

26 May 2018, 5:27 a.m. - Louise Hudson

Ruben wrote: “In spite of all our exhortations, Samuel still writes this short entries from time to time...” I suspect Sam often failed to write on the day in question. On this day when he had been working until midnight, there was probably nothing he could do but fall into bed, exhausted. He probably filled in the missing entries days later. Note the lack of detail about his activities.

25 May 2018, 2:45 a.m. - Louise Hudson

I was told “Ring Around the Rosie” referred to smallpox rather than the plague.

14 May 2018, 5:07 a.m. - Louise Hudson

I was never one to constantly look at my watch, but when my watchband broke I took to putting it in my handbag, from which I would have to deliberately retrieve it to see the time, which I did relatively rarely. So I didn’t get my watchband repaired and carried it in my handbag or occassionally a pocket for a couple of years. Sam, of course, wouldn’t have had a wristwatch and would have carried hos watch n his pocket. Too accessible for Sam, apparently. Now we have cell phones and need watches even less.

12 May 2018, 2:15 a.m. - Louise Hudson

Sam would have called his mother “Mum”, not “Mom”. I agree, he was probably slipped in short notes for the entries he didn’t make on the day.

11 May 2018, 2:47 a.m. - Louise Hudson

Is there any reason to think Pepys mother came “out of the country” alone? Some kind soul could have accompanied her.

4 May 2018, 2:46 a.m. - Louise Hudson

Vert astute observation, Arby.

18 Apr 2018, 2:56 a.m. - Louise Hudson

Brian M wrote, “we can see here that Liz has the means to be quite generous to the messenger. Five shillings is about a month’s wages for one of the maids.” Of course it’s impossible to make comparisons about money because of myriad factors, but a poorly paid house cleaner in the US could expect at the very least $10 an hour, $400 for a 40-hour week, $1,600 for a month. Imagine giving a messenger a tip of an American maid’s monthly wage of $1,600! A very generous tipper, indeed. In addition, housemaids in Pepys’ time most likely worked far more than 40 hours a week for their measly 5 shillings a month.

13 Apr 2018, 1:55 a.m. - Louise Hudson

The women must have known he’d like it and not take offense or they wouldn’t have done it. They know Pepys.

5 Apr 2018, 2:39 a.m. - Louise Hudson

Jesse wrote: “I'm assuming the shop is a husband/wife operation.” I doubt there were many husband/wife operations in Pepys’ time. The wife may have done most (or all) of the work, but the business would have belonged to the husband. I think Pepys was trying to say the shop of the husband of the “most pretty woman” but used an awkward sentence structure. Bradford asked if she could sew. I suspect Pepys was not the least bit concerned with her sewing abilities.

31 Mar 2018, 2:27 a.m. - Louise Hudson

I wonder how Sam knew that Mrs. Martin planned to stay “monogamous” until her husband returns. I can imagine this scenario. Sam came sniffing around and Mrs. Martin was not interested so she gave him a good line about how she was remaining faithful.. She may well have had another bedmate and it wasn’t Sam. She found the perfect way to get rid of him and not hurt his feelings too much—and make herself look respectable at the same time.

26 Mar 2018, 4:25 a.m. - Louise Hudson

“Easter and the holidays that are related to it are moveable feasts which do not fall on a fixed date in the Gregorian or Julian calendars which follow only the cycle of the sun; rather, its date is determined on a lunisolar calendar similar to the Hebrew calendar. The First Council of Nicaea (325) established two rules, independence of the Jewish calendar and worldwide uniformity, which were the only rules for Easter explicitly laid down by the council. No details for the computation were specified; these were worked out in practice, a process that took centuries and generated a number of controversies. It has come to be the first Sunday after the ecclesiastical full moon that occurs on or soonest after 21 March,[10] but calculations vary.”

14 Mar 2018, 2:13 a.m. - Louise Hudson

Most likely the “light colored locks” were a hairpiece or wig. There were hairpieces and wigs in those days, made of human hair. Women would sell their hair to wigmakers, especially if they were down on their luck.

5 Mar 2018, 5 a.m. - Louise Hudson

Todd Bernhardt: “I wonder why Sam so often makes such a point of not eating a substantial meal until dinner?” Don’t forget it’s Lent. But if he does it often, it may be what most people did in 1664/65. It wasn’t so easy to grab a snack. It was a big deal to get even one meal on the table.

23 Feb 2018, 5:25 a.m. - Louise Hudson

Mary wrote: a mighty pain in my forefinger...." “Mrs. Bagwell is, at the very least, playing hard-to-get. Sam's comments about the general misconduct at Court definitely fall into the 'mote and beam' category.” I wonder if one of his paramours bit it or bent it back. It would have served him right.

20 Feb 2018, 5:27 a.m. - Louise Hudson

Nice! Today they’d both be arrested and charged with child abuse,as they should have been.