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Athena has posted seven annotations/comments since 10 January 2016.

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Second Reading

About Friday 2 June 1665

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Might the powder obtained in Hayter’s name have been pepper or some like condiment?

About Friday 21 October 1664

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"...which will cost me money, but I find that I must go handsomely, whatever it costs me, and the charge will be made up in the fruit it brings."

- nearly a year before, on October 30 1663, he wrote:

"My mind very heavy thinking of my great layings out lately, and what they must still be for clothes, but I hope it is in order to getting of something the more by it, for I perceive how I have hitherto suffered for lack of going as becomes my place."

About Tuesday 12 April 1664

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Re "it being Easter time" on the Tuesday - it's part of the Octave of Easter, the eight-day festal period commencing with that feast.

About Tuesday 15 March 1663/64

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I often read the diary entries aloud to myself and this one was extraordinarily powerful and touching.
The closing words "and I lay close to my wife, being full of disorder and grief for my brother that I could not sleep nor wake with satisfaction" convey so much of what was in his heart, of what it is like to mourn deeply.

About Monday 23 November 1663

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The new money, which is "deadly inconvenient for telling" - telling = counting, keeping tally of. "I may tell all my bones", Psalm 22:17, KJV.

The "rare" piece of beef, I would take that to have been an especially fine one, uncommonly good. Both geese and cattle-beasts in fine condition and available at this time of year, just after Martinmas on November 11.

About Saturday 22 August 1663

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I wondered whether the cucumbers had been cooked in vinegar in a copper vessel, inducing copper-poisoning in the consumer.

About Friday 9 January 1662/63

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Jnettejb - from… "Scallop" - "A lace band, the edges of which were indented with segments of circles, so as to resemble a scallop shell. The word “scallop” was used till recently for a part of a lady’s dress embroidered and cut to resemble a scallop shell."