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About Thursday 7 November 1661

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Bear-baiting now worldwide

In North America Bear-baiting is currently only known to occur publicly in South Carolina. Public bear baiting competitions are held in Spartanburg, Hickory Grove, and Travelers Rest Backyard events are reportedly held throughout the rural areas of northwest South Carolina during much of the year.[31]

About Bear Garden

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Bear-baiting was popular in England, until the 19th century. From the sixteenth century, many bears were maintained for baiting. In its best-known form, arenas for this purpose were called bear-gardens, consisting of a circular high fenced area, the "pit", and raised seating for spectators. A post would be set in the ground towards the edge of the pit and the bear chained to it, either by the leg or neck. A number of well-trained fighting or baiting dogs, usually Old English Bulldogs, would then be set on it, being replaced as they got tired or were wounded or killed. In some cases the bear was let loose, allowing it to chase after animals or people. For a long time, the main bear-garden in London was the Paris Garden, that section of the Bankside lying to the west of The Clink, at Southwark.

About Monday 4 November 1661

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"But for Betterton he is called by us both the best actor in the world. "

Mrs Pepys had a dog named Betterton in 1664 (Shorthand Letters, p. 22) -- perhaps so-called because of his acting. (L&M note)

About Saturday 2 November 1661

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"where Sir John Minnes, our new comptroller, was fetched by Sir Wm. Pen and myself from Sir Wm. Batten’s, and led to his place in the office. The first time that he had come hither, and he seems a good fair condition man, and one that I am glad hath the office."

L&M note Pepys's opinion soon changed.

About Thursday 31 October 1661

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"This morning comes Prior of Brampton to me about the house he has to buy of me"

The property included a 'little house' or 'cottage' (part of Robert Pepys's Brampton estate), occupied by one Barton, which Pepys was to sell with some land to William Prior a year later: and The sale provoked some difficulties with Pepys's uncle Thomas, who had a reversionary interest in the estate: There would appear to have been further difficulty (not resolved by 1676) in determining Robert Pepys's title -- if this is the 'Barton business' referred to in Family Letters , pp. 12, 24, 45. Prior paid £268 in installments by 1664. (L&M footnote)