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has posted 6 annotations/comments since 17 March 2021.

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About Recent Press

Cliff  •  Link

As I usual with me I came late to the party and missed a lot of the fun.

Thank you Phil for this extraordinary work and thanks to all the amazing contributors to the daily entries which have enriched the experience of reading the diary so very much.

Now have to work out how to get back to the beginning!

Best wishes.

About Saturday 8 August 1668

Cliff  •  Link

There's something a bit odd here. One moment he's in Guildford socialising and next he's home in Seething and then he's off on business by water.

As a Londoner myself my thought is that even with today's transport systems that would be pushing it a bit, in Samuel's time I don't think it would work.

Or, have I lost the plot - again?


About Friday 7 August 1668

Cliff  •  Link

Interesting that people back then pronounced, and in Samuel's case, spelt Guilford in the truncated way we do today.

About Sunday 2 August 1668

Cliff  •  Link

Well here's the tuppence worth of another 'Lurkers (Sounds rather sinister to me!).

I'd just like to add my thanks to all the fine people who have added annotations to these daily entries of Samuel's.

Although I have the full edition of the diary everyone's contributions have enlivened and educated my reading of it.

And what a period he chose to write it in; perhaps the most revolutionary in English history as the people were shaking off the medieval and becoming modern.

Also, if he had written it later in his life, when he had achieved so much, we would have lost his wonderful descriptions of the the Restoration, London during the Plague, the Great Fire and, well, the ordinary day to days of Londoners along with Samuel's life with Elizabeth.

We owe Samuel so very much.

About Sunday 26 November 1665

Cliff  •  Link

Elizabeth Pennington.

I have a hazy memory of her being the daughter of a pre-revolution Lord Mayor of London who was thrown into the Tower for his Royalist sympathies but later released.

I believe Elizabeth's brother despaired of her behaviour and wrote the most heartbreaking letter to her on a "whither goest thou?" theme.

I've searched the Pepys companion for the details and also The Unequalled Self to no avail. (I didn't bother with looking in Bryant, I felt that that would be stretching a point).

As an amusing sideline Pepys records that he was on the verge of having his wicked way with her - at last - BUT somehow decides to walk around the block whilst she prepares herself - and gets himself lost! By the time be returns - just how large was that block??? - Pepys is informed that the mistress has retired for the night and is sent away! (Did the servant mistake her Mistress' intentions???)

As Elizabeth was way, way above Pepys usual mark ie barmaids and servants etc., I wonder whether he simply lost his nerve and invented the 'lost story to cover his embarrassment?

But then, why reveal the incident at all?

Captain Cocke is obvious throughout the whole series of meetings having initially introduced the pair to each other.

It all resembles an hilarious Whitehall farce scenario! If you catch the reference.

Pepys surely was complex.

Anyone who can pin down the reference to the Brother's letter would be on for a pint!