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Nick Hedley has posted 19 annotations/comments since 3 June 2012.

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About Saturday 11 August 1666

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During this second iteration of the diary, I am not sure that sufficient thanks and credit has been given to the regular and irregular annotators in this round; may I especially thank San Diego Sarah (do I detect a professional historian?) for her informative and knowledgeable comments, and especially her response to my query of yesterday, and of course Terry Foreman who has spanned both rounds and others I should no doubt mention. As a regular reader, but not a poster because all the comments I would like to make have already been made, I would like to say that your posts add an extra dimension to my daily Pepysian fix. Thank you.

About Friday 10 August 1666

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"I met with Colvill, and he and I did agree about his lending me 1000l. upon a tally of 1000l. for Tangier."
Why would Colvill lend 1000l. on a tally of 1000l.? Where is the profit in that to match the risk or even the interest? Or is it a favour because of other business put his way?
Sorry if this has already been discussed - I must have missed it or (more likely) forgotten.

About Friday 25 May 1666

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" travel to Hackney and back, which is a journey of roughly 15 miles in total"
The historic village of Hackney is closer to Seething Lane than you may think. Nearer 5 miles round trip than 15.
I work occasionally in Crutched Friars, just round the corner from Seething Lane and in the summer, I munch a sandwich for lunch in the courtyard garden of St Olave's church, catching up with this blog. Very atmospheric and much recommended.

About Sunday 10 December 1665

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Evelyn's tribute mentioned by The Greenwich Patriot is:
"26th May, 1703. This day died Mr. Samuel Pepys, a very worthy, industrious and curious person, none in England exceeding him in knowledge of the navy, in which he had passed through all the most considerable offices, Clerk of the Acts and Secretary of the Admiralty, all which he performed with great integrity. When King James II. went out of England, he laid down his office, and would serve no more; but withdrawing himself from all public affairs, he lived at Clapham with his partner, Mr. Hewer, formerly his clerk, in a very noble house and sweet place, where he enjoyed the fruit of his labors in great prosperity. He was universally beloved, hospitable, generous, learned in many things, skilled in music, a very great cherisher of learned men of whom he had the conversation. His library and collection of other curiosities were of the most considerable, the models of ships especially. Besides what he published of an account of the navy, as he found and left it, he had for divers years under his hand the History of the Navy, or Navalia, as he called it; but how far advanced, and what will follow of his, is left, I suppose, to his sister's son, Mr. Jackson, a young gentleman, whom Mr. Pepys had educated in all sorts of useful learning, sending him to travel abroad, from whence he returned with extraordinary accomplishments, and worthy to be heir. Mr. Pepys had been for near forty years so much my particular friend, that Mr. Jackson sent me complete mourning, desiring me to be one to hold up the pall at his magnificent obsequies; but my indisposition hindered me from doing him this last office."

About Thursday 14 September 1665

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I suspect that the "plate" that was left at home is not what we now call "silver plate", i.e. silver plated on base metal such as copper or cupronickel since electroplating was not developed until the 1840s and even the earlier Sheffield plate, which involved fusing silver onto copper, was not developed until the 1740s. I would therefore guess that the "plate" is actually solid sterling silver, possibly gilded with gold.

About Friday 30 June 1665

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Often with these entries I the form of summaries, especially at month end, he mentions his accumulated wealth but not so here. The times are too troubling.

About Sunday 14 August 1664

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"After dinner up to my chamber and made an end of Dr. Power’s Henry Power booke of the Microscope, very fine and to my content, and then my wife and I..."
Good to see that someone reads the instruction book fully before having a go with the equipment itself.

About Friday 16 October 1663

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I note that it Sam (and sometimes Sam and Elizabeth) who make the purchases mentioned in the Diary but not Elizabeth by herself. Given that Sam is conscious that Elizabeth is "companionless" and seeking a role, it seems strange (to modern minds) that she could not get out a bit more by herself, especially to go shopping for household goods for example to buy candle snuffers a few days ago. Were women not given control of money or would it seem strange them going into shops alone?

About Saturday 26 September 1663

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"..only no invitation".

Since Mr Rawlinson was an tavern keeper, perhaps this means that Sam and Mr Deane had to pay for their dinner.

As a keen reader of the annotations (but not contributor since everyone has already said everything I can think of, and so much better than I could), I think it is great that we have further interesting and erudite contributors on the second time round, such as San Diego Sarah and Louise Hudson. Thank you.