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San Diego Sarah has posted 1715 annotations/comments since 6 August 2015.

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About Monday 18 December 1665

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

James, I think being "dogged" by someone or something has an element of intrusion, irritation, stalking, unnwanted-ness. I am closely dogged by my dog, and there are times I want to slam the bathroom door in his face ... I long to have some unsupervised time away from those big brown eyes.

So that's where being dogged by a bad back comes in. You can't escape it's constant intrusion.

About Monday 18 December 1665

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"Mr. Pierce to me, who tells me how W. Howe has been examined on shipboard by my Lord Bruncker to-day, and others, and that he has charged him out of envy with sending goods under my Lord’s seale and in my Lord Bruncker’s name, thereby to get them safe passage, which, he tells me, is false, but that he did use my name to that purpose, and hath acknowledged it to my Lord Bruncker, but do also confess to me that one parcel he thinks he did use my Lord Bruncker’s name, which do vexe me mightily that my name should be brought in question about such things, though I did not say much to him of my discontent till I have spoke with my Lord Bruncker about it. "

Sounds like the preparation with Brouncker and Teddiman bore fruit, not all of which Pepys likes. Hopefully Brouncker had heard enough from Pepys to be able to tell what was true and what was not:

Last Friday 15 December 1665: "... and to my Lord Bruncker’s where I met with a great good dinner and Sir T. Teddiman, with whom my Lord and I were to discourse about the bringing of W. Howe to a tryall for his jewells, and there till almost night, ..."

That Pepys turned in Howe makes him one of the "good guys" for now. Let's hope the reputation sticks.

The word 'envy' puzzles me. And was "my lord" Sandwich or Brouncker?

About Thursday 14 December 1665

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

Ah, Terry, I'm sorry I have misled you ... Geordie isn't a term that arrives for a couple of hundred years. I think the people's hardiness and character might be the same, but the nickname is not of Pepys' times.

L&M Companion tells us that Capt. George Cocke (1617-1676) was a native of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (which played an important part in trade to Scandinavia) which accounts for him being a Baltic merchant.

In Pepys' time, Newcastle-on-Tyne was the third wealthiest city in England, after London and Bristol. It had about 10,000 inhabitants and exported about 400,000 tons of coal a year. The first railway lines in the world were about to be put into those mines, with pit ponies pulling the carts.

Which is why Lawson (a Yorkshireman) at the beginning of the Diary is anchored in the Thames, keeping the coal away from London, putting pressure on the Rump Parliament to submit to Monck. And why Evelyn wrote his book about air pollution and trees. London burned a lot of coal.

About Monday 18 December 1665

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

"How convenient for Sam to have his wife in London while for him in Greenwich there are the consolations of Mrs. Pennington and the young ladies of his lodging."

Things have not been good between Elizabeth and Sam for over a year: I think it started on Sunday 9 October 1664:

"Lay pretty long, but however up time enough with my wife to go to church. Then home to dinner, and Mr. Fuller, my Cambridge acquaintance, coming to me about what he was with me lately, to release a waterman, he told me he was to preach at Barking Church; and so I to heare him, and he preached well and neatly. Thence, it being time enough, to our owne church, and there staid wholly privately at the great doore to gaze upon a pretty lady, and from church dogged her home, whither she went to a house near Tower hill, and I think her to be one of the prettiest women I ever saw. So home, and at my office a while busy, then to my uncle Wight’s, whither it seems my wife went after sermon and there supped, but my aunt and uncle in a very ill humour one with another, but I made shift with much ado to keep them from scolding, and so after supper home and to bed without prayers, it being cold."

My guess is that Bess didn't know where he was, and went to Uncle Wight's looking for him. She had to endure an awful afternoon before Sam turns up, and she suspected he was cheating on her.

The next day was their Wedding Anniversary, but there is no mention of him remembering.

Bess' ill-humor with her husband continued for months. Consider just one day of his Christmas diary:

Tuesday 27 December 1664
My people came to bed, after their sporting, at four o’clock in the morning;
I went to bed, leaving my wife and all her folks, and Will also, too, come to make Christmas gambolls tonight.

Then there was the day she took the servants to see a ship launched; Pepys left later and was part of the official party. But he hurried to go back to London with Elizabeth and her party, but they had sailed without him. So he went through a terrible trip home, almost falling through London Bridge and having to be rescued by a night watchman, only to get home hours before Elizabeth and party turn up.

There have been quite a number of classic passive-aggressive stories about Elizabeth in the last 15 months; he's bored with his child bride, and she's resentful of him.

So I would say living apart was equally "convenient" for Elizabeth; she must have had fun this summer being mistress of her own house. Hopefully, when they both finally get back to Seething Lane, they will discover they like each other again.

About Monday 18 December 1665

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

"... and up and down to Kingdon and the goldsmith’s to meet Mr. Stephens, and did get all my money matters most excellently cleared to my complete satisfaction."

These on-going settling of accounts are in preparation for the next Quarter Day -- Christmas Day. Since cash is in short supply, I think Pepys is trying to find people with money early. He must have a ton of tally sticks. Hopefully he'll use the money to pay those angry sailors camped outside his office -- but I suspect it's earmarked for the fleet insurance. How does he manage without an armed guard or 3, and a horse and cart? Those coins weighed a lot.

About Monday 18 December 1665

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

"... the river-ice thawed on the 27th."

Stress is getting the better of Pepys. Yesterday he was huddled in a boat on the river, practicing Tantric sex (so far as I can tell from his fractured French). His private parts might have become frost bitten. The man's gone bonkers.

About Tuesday 25 December 1660

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The first-known use of the phrase 'Merry Christmas' was in a letter written by Bishop John Fisher to Thomas Cromwell during his imprisonment in the Tower of London in 1534.

In a bleak and un-merry plea, the condemned Bishop begged Cromwell for some clothes, a sheet, and food, and hopefully requests his release from the cold prison. Fisher ended his letter wryly, “And thus our Lord send yow a mery Christenmas".

Bishop Fisher was beheaded on 22 June 1535.

About Thursday 14 December 1665

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

The importance of coal from Newcastle to the people of London, over 250 years:

But let us also remember the intrepid sailors who not only braved winter storms to keep people warm, but also had to contend with pirates who wanted to steal that 'Black Gold' ... and the press gangs who knew these were skilled sailors and tried to capture them.

'Twas a hard life back then, and Geordies were as tough as they came.

About Tuesday 23 October 1660

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

I bet your bed was welcome to you. Did you remember it was Elizabeth's 20th birthday?

Elizabeth Pepys was born 23 October, 1640 at or around Bideford to Alexandre and Dorothea St. Michel.