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About Monday 21 May 1666

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Methinks a improper accounting to his superiors could be more damaging than simply to his ego. Pepys's position is always precarious and he has his enemies all too happy to use Tanger against him.

About Wednesday 9 May 1666

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Indeed a most poignant entry.

I would guess that an insect bite was the cause of the painful cheek. Tooth infections do not subside (even with asparagus).

About Tuesday 8 May 1666

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Further to the above, Pepys probably saw this as refunding Downing's fee because services were not forthcoming to the King.

About Tuesday 8 May 1666

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What we today call "bribes" and "kickbacks" were not regarded as unethical in Pepys's day but the usual way of securing positions -- a sort of direct monetary lobbying.

About Thursday 3 May 1666

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"to think to dine at my table with me always, being desirous to have my house to myself without a stranger and a mechanique to be privy to all my concernments."

Methinks Terry's criticism is a bit harsh and Michael's comment is on the mark. Anyone's welcome is outstayed and neither of these two are close to the family.

About Monday 30 April 1666

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"but were contrary to expectation driven down again with a stinke"

Surely done on purpose by the friendly Pen. (I can relate in that one of our neighbours used to fertilize his fields with pig manure, which is very similar in odour to the human sort.)

About Thursday 19 April 1666

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This entry raises again, to me anyways, the question about how involved Elizabeth was in the family finances. She did not appear to be chatelaine, and at times, seemed clueless, yet is sometimes recorded as discussing financial matters with Samuel. Today, with the comment about Pepys pere and raising the dowry, she appears both informed and with spending authority.

About Friday 13 April 1666

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San Diego Sarah, the L&M large glossary states that "black" as an adjective meant of dark hair or complexion.

We never did find out what Bess and Mercer were paid to draw ledger lines nor why they were not engaged again.

About Monday 9 April 1666

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As a note to Louise of 2009, one finds alterations made nowadays, especially to rural properties, without involving pesky inspectors (and we have found a few that should have involved them). The Navy Office was made of rubble-filled stone walls, I recall, so enlarging a window would not have required moving the jack and king studs. Remove a few stones, square up the hole, put in a larger frame, and plaster it over. It is not entirely clear how they handled the lintel, though.

About Friday 6 April 1666

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"I could not go to the coach with her, but W. Hewer did and hath leave from me to go the whole day’s journey with her."

Was Will paid for this, I wonder, or simply regarded as part of his duties (as Pepys was the boss)?