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Sasha Clarkson has posted 705 annotations/comments since 16 February 2013.

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About Friday 24 February 1664/65

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"Thomas Hayter seems to have a history of being there when the contracts are being recorded"

Despite being a "conventicler" (a religious dissenter), Hayter was Pepys' chief clerk and trusted protegé.

About Friday 24 February 1664/65

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Re Dirk's annotation re Evelyn's mentionof the preaching of Dr Fell:

This must surely be *the* Dr John Fell, Dean Of Christ Church, immortalised by Tom Brown's epigram:

"I do not like thee, Doctor Fell,
The reason why – I cannot tell;
But this I know, and know full well,
I do not like thee, Doctor Fell"

(sometimes "like" is replaced by love")

According to Wikipedia, Evelyn found Fell's sermons "dull".

About Thursday 23 February 1664/65

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Atrocity stories are an inevitable part of wartime propaganda, and soon degenerates to "Let's do unto them what we know they would do to us if they could"

I am reminded of this quotation from Frank Herbert's 'Dune Messiah'

"Atrocity has no excuses, no mitigating argument.

Atrocity never balances or rectifies the past.
Atrocity merely arms the future for more atrocity.
It is self perpetuating upon itself - a barbarous form of incest.

Whoever commits atrocity also commits those future atrocities thus bred."

About Sunday 19 February 1664/65

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"I fell mightily out" ....
That's the first time I've heard that expression without the "with". Falling out with someone I am familiar with, and have used in the sense of "we had a falling out";
but never, even in inebriation, did I just "fall out"....

Sam makes Elizabeth beat the "girle", as it's her job to manage the servants. I suspect he's still annoyed about having to get rid of the "cookmayd" the other week.

As to "the disturbance of our house and neighbours", I expect he's rather more worried that the neighbours will think that he's keeping a disorderly house, and putting the security of *all* of them - and the office - at risk. And I don't suppose either Sam or Bess want the likes of Lady Batten to be able to gossip that they are lax with their household.

"Oh yes m'dear" (Lady Batten miaows to her daughter, in an accent from which the Cockney has not entirely disappeared) "Mrs Pepys gives herself such airs about her supposedly noble family, but the truth is they're as poor as church mice - you should see where they live - so she simply hasn't the experience to keep the servants in their place."

About Friday 17 February 1664/65

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I interpret Povey as telling Pepys that "Berkeley" is intimidating/threatening him obliquely, with tales of military (and implied duelling?) prowess.

As an aristocrat, Berkeley outranks Povey, but Povey is probably wealthier, and in a strong position as the Duke of York's Treasurer.