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About Friday 9 March 1665/66

john  •  Link

As so common with such events. one so dearly wishes to hear the Bagwells' side. Yet Pepys's marriage was not arranged.

About Sunday 25 February 1665/66

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Wonderful summary of court, as Todd wrote. Pepys almost overwhelmed by information: "He tells me [...], and some others I cannot presently remember, are friends that I may rely on for him." But if he only trusts the ones he remembers, then things should be well.

About Thursday 15 February 1665/66

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"and by comes Mrs. Pierce, with my name in her bosom for her Valentine, which will cost me money." Here is the Pepys we have come to know and love/hate.

L&M note that the painting in the entry has not survived. The family rumour is that it was destroyed by a cook during the Victorian era (due to the hypocritical sensitivities of the time, no doubt).

About Tuesday 30 January 1665/66

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As a late response to San Diego Sarah, Prussion heraldry often had "Gott mit uns" and this was on Wehrmacht belt buckles.

About Tuesday 30 January 1665/66

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According to David Chrystal, "Spell it out" -- delightful book, by the way -- we can blame Flemish typesetters for changing Þ (thorn) to ye.

About Saturday 20 January 1665/66

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Phil C., methinks the point is: "and to be kept from my fellows in the office longer than was fit". He made his boss look bad in public and so his ears were boxed. Being made to look bad in public by a servant was not desirable.

About Friday 5 January 1665/66

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Though rat fleas are commonly thought to be the vector, recent research suggests that inter-personal contact was the main plague vector. (Chapt. 8 "Plagues in London in the 17th century" in Scott and Duncan, "Biology of Plagues: Evidence from Historical Populations", CUP 2001.)

About Sunday 31 December 1665

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If only I could summarise the year as well as our Pepys. Time to dust off the next volume of L&M, place it on my desk, and put back the current one. This time around, I read the L&M version first and then read the wonderful annotations.

And, indeed, best wishes to all for the new year.