Annotations and comments

john has posted 316 annotations/comments since 14 March 2013.

24 Oct 2015, 12:55 a.m. - john

@Bridget: Marriage then was a business deal, Pepys being quite the exception. (For example, read the commentary of 29 August 1661.

12 Oct 2015, 2:35 a.m. - john

@Bridget: Where one slept depended on one's status. His boy Will usually slept on a truckle bed but his man Will sleeps in a separate bed. I still wonder about the previous riders' assistance, though. I have ridden at night and despite horses having extraordinarily good eyesight, darkness on horseback is extremely unsettling.

23 Sep 2015, 9:39 p.m. - john

@GrannieAnnie: Methinks Pepys had gas cramps brought on by anxiety at having the house ready. As to the use of the word nowadays, colic is still used in reference to horses and babies with painful gas cramps.

20 Sep 2015, 12:41 p.m. - john

If we are talking about the earliest non-native temporary settlements, one should note l'Anse aux Meadows.

16 Sep 2015, 7:46 p.m. - john

"Did they not take into account [...]?" I daresay that they did -- there were several linguists among them. Part of the pleasure of reading Pepys is seeing how the language changed and discussing it.

14 Sep 2015, 11:58 a.m. - john

Loss of Leades should not be taken lightly if we go by the number of times that he and Elizabeth walked upon them for pleasure. Presumably, only one access point exists.

13 Sep 2015, 3:50 p.m. - john

If the swordstrike were reported accurately, Ferrars would have lost the use of those fingers. Remember, these are the days before antibiotics and micro-surgery.

10 Sep 2015, 4:24 p.m. - john

Castles had their garderobes and London had night-soil men emptying the pits (in the basement), those of his neighbour's occasionally overflowing (viz. entry of 20 Oct 1660).

5 Sep 2015, 8:27 p.m. - john

Clark: doggerel indeed as the Wife of Bath (and others) rode astride.

29 Aug 2015, 4:03 p.m. - john

"Is it normal for people to be so lenient with their servants back then?" No -- corporal punishment was the norm and Pepys has doled out his fair share to Will. But Will has become more than servant and closer to son. (I would recommend obtaining a copy of Lisa Picard's wonderful summary of Pepys.)

26 Aug 2015, 11:22 p.m. - john

"Thirty absentees were dismissed on the following day." We are beginning to see why naval business was in such a mess -- thirty workers absent and probably not the first time.

26 Aug 2015, 12:30 a.m. - john

"to see what is done and design more." Design as you go, presumably once the framework is done. Do any construction manuals of thie era survive?

26 Aug 2015, 12:28 a.m. - john

Carmichael: There have been several discussions over this (most of which I cannot find). The work week is described in the annotations of 12 July 1662 but Pepys was an "executive" with little distinction between work and non-work. Remember that his lodgings were at pleasure and he was expected to be on call all the time.

23 Aug 2015, 11:05 p.m. - john

tc wrote: "a not-so-subtle hint to get the busybody fops out of the Storehouse so some work can get done..." Some work or some thievery?

20 Aug 2015, 2:11 p.m. - john

Bill, I still have my slide rules, though idle for the past several decades. Napier is noted in the slide rule entry but not his "bones", his log-based analogue calculator. It is unknown to me whether Pepys ever used "Napier's Bones".

18 Aug 2015, 2:08 a.m. - john

Ah, the continual frustration of not having a good description of the work on his house. Having done a fair bit of work on century-old houses, I would love to read of this work.

3 Aug 2015, 5:40 p.m. - john

"I was afeard to ride, because of my paine in my cods" (L&M) I do not think that they rode two-point then, probably because their stirrups were so far ahead of the girth (as one sees from paintings of the day).

2 Aug 2015, 12:07 a.m. - john

I do not find Sam's entry today to be priggish or self-satisfying but rather expressing exasperation at finding a project so out of sorts. Things are no longer "business as usual".

26 Jul 2015, 4:06 p.m. - john

In these days of easy photocopying, we ought not forget that copying back then meant copying by hand. (Copiers were well established when I was a student, of course, but some of the older faculty recounted how they copied information from journals by hand.)

23 Jul 2015, 8:19 p.m. - john

Eliizabeth being chateline, the loss of her keys would be serious.