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Alistair J. Sinclair has posted four annotations/comments since 24 February 2014.

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About Wednesday 9 December 1663

Alistair J. Sinclair  •  Link

"... in great pain of those."
'those' is probably an error for 'chose' meaning the French word 'chose' for 'thing'. Pepys has previously used this word in a previous entry in referring to her medical problem.

About Thursday 30 April 1663

Alistair J. Sinclair  •  Link

My copy of the 'compact' Oxford English Dictionary has '"to visit the 'lions' (of a place)" as the first meaning of the word 'lionize'. Therefore, 'the new English word' must mean 'lionize' (or 'lionise').

About Skellum

Alistair J. Sinclair  •  Link

It is primarily a Scottish word:
Samuel Pepys' Diary - Friday 3 April 1663:
"Dr. Creeton,[Robert Creighton] the Scotchman, . . . ripped up Hugh Peters (calling him the execrable skellum), his preaching and stirring up the maids of the city to bring in their bodkins and thimbles."

About Edward Field

Alistair J. Sinclair  •  Link

In fact, Field pursued Pepys because the rest were 'parliament-men' as Pepys tells us - 24th June 1662:
"At night news is brought me that Field the rogue hath this day cast me at Guildhall in L30 for his imprisonment, to which I signed his commitment with the rest of the officers; but they having been parliament-men, that he hath begun the law with me; and threatens more, but I hope the Duke of York will bear me out."