Annotations and comments

Cliff has posted 12 annotations/comments since 17 March 2021.

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Second Reading

About Hyde Park

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San Diego Sarah:

Just to day how much I'm going to miss your erudite, well written annotations now that the cycle has ended.

Thanks very much for bringing Sam's world to life.

Best wishes.

About The end of the second cycle

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Astonishing just how much interest remains in this incredible man after all these centuries - witness all the books which continue to be published. Jacky Collis Harvey's wonderful Walking Pepys' London being the latest.

Your hard work in settting up this site AND re-running it a second time has been so much appreciated by all your readers who will miss their daily 'dose'.

Thanks so much and hope that Sam's sadness at ending his diary doesn't colour your world too much - it certainly did me.

Best wishes,


About Sunday 30 May 1669

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Hi Phyl,

Just to thank you for this mammoth task of yours.

I have the complete diary along with its companion but all the wonderful erudite - and amusing - contributions from just about everywhere on this small, blue globe have been a fascinating addition to the glory of Samuel's life and times.

Being a Londoner who has always been fascinated by this higgly piggy old town. I get the opportunity often to wander the same back streets, pubs, churches that Sam knew so well.

Nick, I would have come tomorrow, it would have been great to meet up with you and the others who are attending. Unfortunately I'm stuck with other things. Hopefully the weather will hold up and that your walk goes well.

Best wishes to all!


About Saturday 1 May 1669

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Well it doesn't get any clearer Mr Pepys, your wife is in Love...

Karma matey!

About Wednesday 28 April 1669

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I have to say that Pepys use of overcomplicated sentences defeats this ancient Londoner.

He is perfectly capable of calling a spade a spade so why does he get himself - and us - hopelessly lost.

About Friday 23 April 1669

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Wife out late? Unexpected mood shifts?
Cheers up when sees Mr Sheers?

Sam, you may be being cuckolded old son.

And, it has to be said, its is about time Elizabeth had someone who gave to her rather than your usual selfish, coercive, self-centred, sociopathic behaviour.

About Recent Press

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!