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john has posted 114 annotations/comments since 14 March 2013.

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About Monday 19 December 1664

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Whereas Pepys has applied physical "correction" to servants, this seems to be the first entry of such violence towards his wife.

About Friday 6 May 1664

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Those who specialise in framework are also known here as framing carpenters, who nowadays must be familiar with local building codes, as opposed to trim carpenters and cabinet makers (noted earlier). Interesting note about the moveable houses, Robert. That would have taken effort, needing to remove the plaster inside and daub outside.

About Thursday 14 April 1664

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Whenever Elizabeth is bedridden with her period, Pepys eats dinner with her by bedside without fanfare. Such mature behaviour is in such contrast with the hysteria in the centuries to come.

About Sunday 11 October 1663

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The diary was written in Restoraion London. Their society was both similar and different from our's. I would heartily recommend "Restoraion London" by Liza Picard to understand the environment (perhaps followed by "Samuel Pepys, the uneqaulled self" by Claire Tomalin).

About Sunday 30 August 1663

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Methinks The Dancing Master is seeking more work and is advertising himself to a captive audience.

About Friday 21 August 1663

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"Up betimes and among my joyners": The relaying of the floors intrigues me. Were the old planks pulled up? Were they tongue and groove, or butt cut? Did they use wide or narrow planks (the latter considered more affluent)? Were they pegged or nailed down? The planks being of differing thicknesses would have required either planing or shimming to produce a flat surface. Pepys's wonderful descriptions never extended to construction.

About Thursday 20 August 1663

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Wooden lice combs (including mummified lice) have been found in Egyptian tombs 5000 BP.

About Monday 10 August 1663

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@Rich: Besides his delight in the actual instruments, his measuring rule is a good management tool. Recall how he checked the incoming wood (07 Aug) at Deptford on-the-spot, to the consternation of Pet and others.