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Mountain Man has posted six annotations/comments since 31 March 2021.

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Third Reading

About Sunday 29 January 1659/60

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Yes, this is a really lucid explanation. This system had been in place since at least the Middle Ages. The rise of the great Italian banking houses from the 12th century on came through private commercial banks based on international family and commercial connections. They created an international system of facilitating transactions and loans using paper credit. In England, the Bardi and Peruzzi families were prominent bankers. But small-scale credit transactions by English merchants at, for example, the Staple in Calais, were also facilitated by a widely used system of credit on paper.

About Wednesday 18 January 1659/60

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This is my first reading of the earlier part of the diary and I find it interesting that Pepys' comrades and drinking pals at this point are rarely the same ones he hangs out with just a few years later, showing his social and economic rise. He leaves most of these lads behind with the common throng.

Second Reading

About Three Tuns (Crutched Friars)

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There's still (2021) a Three Tuns in London at 1 Portman Mews South. As a young and impecunious graduate student I ate regularly at the Three Tuns in Panton Street off Haymarket which served incredibly bad food at incredibly low prices, and in large quantities. I suspect there's always been a Three Tuns somewhere in London,

About Chancery Lane

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The street had the name before the court of Chancery had any prominence. It was "Chancellor's Lane," and the office of the Chancery was at "The Rolls," the former "Domus Conversorum" or "House of [Jewish] Converts." The site is now the library of King's College, formerly the Public Record Office. Lincoln's Inn is across the street, where it moved about 1420 from Holborn.