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Mary K has posted 1016 annotations/comments since 9 March 2007.

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About Wednesday 8 November 1665

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"not seeing of Christopher"

This is presumably the "little boy" whose reported illness caused Pepys qualms about the possibility of a case of plague in Mrs. Clerke's house a few days ago. Evidently the subsequent report of the lad's being well again didn't entirely convince Pepys that it had been a false alarm..

About Friday 27 October 1665

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Kent Street may have been renamed Tabard Street, but if you pursue it's line about 150 yards further southeast, you find yourself in the modern Old Kent Road (A2). The Old Kent Road then continues in this same direction until it meets New Cross Road close to the junction with Pepys Road. Nice!

About Sunday 17 September 1665

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The Dowager Countess's question.

The Dowager Countess is of a generation that did not use the term "weekend", which was a relatively recent introduction. She was accustomed to the phrase " a Saturday to Monday". In 1909 the editor of The Spectator was slightly sniffy about the "relatively modern" widespread use of the term "weekend".

About Sunday 28 January 1665/66

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"franked" here may mean "authorised by signature."

e.g. the franking of mail was introduced in England in 1660. The privilege of franking mail enabled the sender to have his mail carried free of charge. This privilege continued to apply to certain government servants, members of Parliament etc. into the Nineteenth Century.

About Sunday 3 September 1665

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Greenwich parish church.

This is a church rebuilt by the famed Nicholas Hawksmoor (not .....worth). Easily visited today from central London by tube and Docklands Light Railway to Cutty Sark.

About Wednesday 28 June 1665

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In answer to SD Sarah's question, no - the British honours system does not allow of the posthumous award of a knighthood.

(I assume that you meant posthumous and not post humorous. If I have missed the joke, forgive me).

About Monday 19 June 1665

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Persons of African origin.

See Miranda Kaufmann's "Black Tudors: the untold story" [published 2017 by Oneworld Publications
ISBN 978-1-78607-184-2] for a fascinating account of immigrants of African origin living and working in England much earlier than Pepys time, many of them in London (though there was one black woman running a smallholding in Cambridgeshire). These folk were not slaves; the practice of slavery was prohibited under English law.

About Saturday 1 November 1662

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We call these narrow roads "sunken lanes. "There is delight in travelling along one of these sunken lanes on a sunny morning, when the bordering hedgerows and hedgerow trees cast a dappled shade on the roadway below.

About Whitehall Palace (general information)

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In 1663 Samuel Sorbière, a visiting French philosopher and historian, was less than impressed with the Palace of Whitehall.

He judged the Banqueting House alone "very stately, because the rest of the Palace is ill Built, and nothing but a heap of Houses, erected at divers times, and of different Models, which they made Contiguous in the best manner they could."