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About Wednesday 30 May 1666

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When I walk along Ware High Street this morning I shall look at the old houses and think of John Pepys riding through. The milestones now in Ware show it’s still 22 miles to London.

About Sunday 6 May 1666

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“So after evened I have gone”
I read ‘evened’ as a reference to the settling of monies owed between Gauden and Sam.

About Friday 27 April 1666

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The Henery. The Cockney pronunciation of Henry as in the music hall song I learned as a child from my mother:
I'm 'Enery the Eighth, I am,
'Enery the Eighth I am, I am!
I got married to the widow next door,
She's been married seven times before
And every one was an 'Enery
She wouldn't have a Willie nor a Sam
I'm her eighth old man named 'Enery
'Enery the Eighth, I am!
For a version by Herman’s Hermits:
https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=im+henry+the+8t…

About Tuesday 27 March 1666

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I sympathise with Sam, having had many late nights trying to balance a set of accounts!

About Thursday 1 February 1665/66

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David G , the servants would have been aware that Sam had been in. That’s probably how he discovered that Bess had gone to see her parent. As no dinner had been made ready, it wa to be expected that he would seek food elsewhere. It doesn’t seem as if people expected to know where everyone was then in the same way we do now.

About Wednesday 18 October 1665

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Bess has come to stay overnight and has now gone home! Or rather, to her lodgings for the time being. No mention of Mercer today though.

About Thursday 24 August 1665

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For another example of moving government offices, the colonial government in India used to move every year from the heat of Delhi up to Shimla, in the hills. Eventually they built a railway but at first they (and their files) travelled by carts or on horseback.