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john has posted 188 annotations/comments since 14 March 2013.

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About Sunday 13 January 1666/67

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SDS, I recall an entry where a boatman would not take Pepys but rather transport some livestock. Apologies but I am unable to locate it. (Pepys wrote about revenge against the boatman and there was speculation whether he would be pressed.)

About Friday 11 January 1666/67

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"merrily, yet I know enviously, said, I could not come honestly by them."
Petty praise, in my opinion.

About Tuesday 1 January 1666/67

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As SDS writes, welcome all and please do read the entries. This year promises to be full. I dusted off the next volume of L&M -- it weighs in at 603 pages, over 50% larger than last year's.

About Thursday 20 December 1666

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So much commentary on graft and larceny. We seem to often forget that such "rewards" back then were considered exactly that, namely rewards or commissions for services rendered, both normal and expected.

About Thursday 13 December 1666

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"... but I perceive it changes its place, and do not trouble me at all in making of water, and that is my joy, so that I believe it is nothing but a strain."
Nice bit of logical diagnosis, not at all common then (or now).

About Saturday 8 December 1666

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Mustering the MPs: "...King having given order to my Lord Chamberlain to send to the playhouses and bawdy houses, to bid all the Parliament-men that were there to go to the Parliament presently." This king would certainly know where to find them.

About Friday 7 December 1666

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German also has the delightful twist of nuetral diminutives until the sex of the person is known.

About Tuesday 27 November 1666

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It was common to tip the servants after a good meal, Robert of the past, so Jane may actually be looking forward to the meal.