Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
Sasha Clarkson has posted 753 annotations/comments since 16 February 2013.
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About Friday 7 July 1665
PS - I wonder *which* of his wines Sam was sending to Bess - a dry table wine like Claret or "tent", or a sweet wine like Canary to entertain callers?
""the King might fall" - and almost immediately he is passing it on to a man who is hardly a close friend."
Sam has a taste for reporting the melodramatic in his diaries, but the important fact he told Creed is that the government via Carteret has arranged for Backwell's debts to be guaranteed is his absence.
Creed isn't a friend, but he is a close colleague on "team Sandwich". Sam's info may well save Creed money, and therefore Creed will owe him one. Despite the purpose of Backwell's mission being secret, passing on limited info info may well have helped "calm the markets" at a nervous time. Hence it's not inconceivable tha Carteret would have approved of a limited leak; ie that backwell was away on government business rather than having done a bunk.
"Tent" - I'd guess it's simply "Vino Tinto" (as in ink) - the common name for red wine in Spain, which, presumably because of the climate, tends to be a darker red than some others.
I remember as a child, on our family holidays in Spain, us being offered "Tinto o Claro", the latter being rosé I believe. My parents always chose the tinto.
About Sunday 2 July 1665
Pepys is actually fairly complementary about "old woman" Lady Penn when he firstmeets her.
It is easy to check via Google Maps that "St Dunstan's by us" less than a quarter of a mile as the crow flies, from the Navy Office in Seething Lane.
There were two St Dunstan's churches in the City itself, as well as one in nearby Stepney.
About Monday 26 June 1665
The mention of St Clement's links to St Clement Danes church, but it might also have been St Clement's Eastcheap, less than half a mile from Sam's home.
He might have passed both churches on his way to Whitehall, but given that it was a market/trading area, I think the Eastcheap church is more likely to have had a "bitt maker"'s shop next to it.
About Saturday 24 June 1665
The match between Philip and Jemima is also significant in that it's an alliance between a die-hard Royalist house, and a pragmatic Parliamentarian house - a symbol of reconciliation.
"there are many times I read Sam’s POV on these 2 men and want to whack him on the side of the head with his petty criticisms and comments"I disagree with Jeannine here: Pepys' comments about the characters of his contemporaries ar a big part bof the value of the diary. Even when they're wrong, they give us insights into the relationships between the individuals concerned. Anyway, I find that most people analyse the personalities, faults etc of their friends anyway - we love people "warts and all" :)
About Tuesday 20 June 1665
Stan, Terry, yes - I meant "pseudo" for the contemporary usage. :)I'm sure Pepys wouldn't have *said* "ye": I was wondering about the shorthand really ...
I wonder if Pepys actually wrote "ye Dutch", or whether Wheatley has mistranscribed the shorthand?
As was, I believe, mentioned in an annotation recently, the pseudo archaic "ye", originated as "the" spelt "þe", with a letter thorn "þ" or "Þ" in early-modern English.
About Thursday 15 June 1665
Terry: "William Sheldon was Clerk of the Cheque at Woolwich. Mrs Pepys, with two of her three maids, went down tthere on 5 July and returned to her London home on 2 December. (L&M note)"
So wthether or not Sam intended the sojourn at Woolwich to be a refuge from the plague, or merely a holiday, it clearly turned out to be the former.