✹ About Saturday 13 July 1667 James Louder on 15 Jul 2020 • Link "...Yesterday Sir Thomas Crew told me that Lacy lies a-dying of the pox, and yet hath his whore by him, whom he will have to look on, he says, though he can do no more." By chance I let my cursor hover on the word pox (highlighted) and was astonished to see a note-box pop up with an elaborate description of smallpox. Surely, that is not what ailed Lacy. The Pox 'tout court' is syphilis, a distinction surely not lost on Pepys, in an age when the two diseases were both epidemic and dreaded. Lacy's alleged quip about his impotence makes no sense otherwise.