Daily entries from the 17th century London diary
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About Friday 30 November 1660
So many oysters! And a young wife!
About Sunday 10 June 1660
My own handwriting varies with my mood. Did Pepys'?
About Thursday 7 June 1660
First light in Dover on 18th June (new calendar) was 2:52 (GMT as it will be called on day)Sunrise 3:36
About Monday 28 May 1660
If a golden ducat was worth 9shillings 4pence or (9*12)+4=112d112 *06= 6270d 240d is £ so £28 not £27Those fourpences add up!
I also understood the 60 ducats to be in addition to to £30 but even if they are the same for our Sam it was an unexpected bonus, so why whinge.
About Monday 27 February 1659/60
Date and sunrise: it's easy to overlook the fact that while Sam writes the date as 27Feb, the real date was 9 or 10 days later. On 7 march the sun rose at 6:32 in Cambridge.
About Tuesday 10 January 1659/60
Monday was washday because there would be cold cuts from the Sunday lunch. So no extra work cooking
About Tuesday 4 May 1669
And he never uses his wife's name!
About Sunday 31 January 1668/69
""Sam does love the attention of the opposite sex, doesn't he?""
"Lay long talking with pleasure,"
"but this night we are at present very kind"
That's why Bess has him in her thrall! Lucky couple!
About Friday 22 January 1668/69
My first suit came from Burtons, cost a little more desite the nickname "50/- tailors"
About Thursday 21 January 1668/69
Bess has got Sam where she wants him, grateful. " and so with great joy on both sides to sleep."Lucky Sam
About Wednesday 6 January 1668/69
How lucky for Sam that his clever wife understands him so well
,' and so with great pleasure to bed.'Who needs to roam?
About Thursday 31 December 1668
How confusing! Until 1752 the year began on ladies day, 25th march. When it was changed, there were riots because people felt they had 'lost' three months. At the same time the calender was corrected to the one we use today. The inland revenue decided start their tax year on April 6th.But here is Sam talking of the end of the year.Either way have a good, safe, peaceful and preposterous new year