Annotations and comments

Mary K has posted 1,141 annotations/comments since 9 March 2007.

31 Jul 2007, 6:40 a.m. - Mary K

"I hope to be 100l or two the better" Presumably Pepys foresees that up to two-thirds of this £300 may have to be laid out in payments to others further down the supply chain.

31 Jul 2007, 6:38 a.m. - Mary K

precious stones. An L&M footnote states that there were in fact three stones, not two. When Charles showed them to the French Ambassador, the latter thought them to be of no very great value. The donor of the jewels, the self-styled Governor of Maliapur, was asking for a ship in return for his present, so the gift came with loose strings attached. The subsequent history of the stones is not mentioned, so perhaps they weren't terribly good after all.

30 Jul 2007, 6:23 a.m. - Mary K

ingenuity. This noun can derive its form from both 'ingenious' and from 'ingenuous' In this particular instance, it would look as though the latter derivation is the one in question and, according to OED sense 3, could mean 'freedom from reserve, openness, candour'. In other words, Pepys is saying that the group feels under some restraint when the Master of Music is with them.

26 Jul 2007, 7:01 a.m. - Mary K

"come in as an adventurer" It sounds as if, failing Alsop, Sam is considering buying himself a share in any replacement contract by going into some kind of partnership with the successful bidders. There is surely no way that he can raise enough cash himself to undertake the whole enterprise, even if such a move were to pass muster with the other members of the Navy Board. But a small 'interest' might be feasible.

23 Jul 2007, 1:04 p.m. - Mary K

Betty Lane/Martin. Can we have found yet another possible origin for the English phrase "all my eye and Betty Martin"? What's this I hear, Samuel, about you spending a suspicious amount of time at that linen draper's stall in Westminster while I've been away in the country? What a silly tale, Elizabeth. That's all my eye! (sotto voce) and Betty Martin.

21 Jul 2007, 7:20 a.m. - Mary K

The lottery. What is not clear is the origin of the goods that were available for winning. Some of these prizes were plainly very valuable. Presumably some folk sought to gain kudos by giving them. Or perhaps they simply had their arms twisted?

20 Jul 2007, 6:06 a.m. - Mary K

Sir John Shaw's new house. This was Eltham Lodge, built in the grounds of the then largely ruined Eltham Palace. The Eltham estate had been leased to Shaw by Charles II for a virtually peppercorn rent in thanks for Shaw's support of him during his exile. Eltham Lodge was designed by a colleague of Wren's and still stands today as the clubhouse of the Royal Blackheath Golf Club. The Shaw family remained in Eltham until the 1820s. Eltham Palace itself merits a google.

19 Jul 2007, 7:24 a.m. - Mary K

"Queen, Queen Caroline...." One of George IV's reported objections to Caroline of Brunswick was that she was negligent about personal hygiene and, presumably, this rhyme alludes to that. Another version of the rhyme substitutes 'face' for 'hair'.

19 Jul 2007, 6:35 a.m. - Mary K

war with Holland to begin about winter. Does it strike anyone else as odd that this time of year should be chosen for embarking on a war with another seafaring nation? The North Sea is not noted for its benign weather during the winter months.

17 Jul 2007, 1:47 p.m. - Mary K

the problem of the Clarendon Park timber. According to an L&M footnote for this entry, whereas the Crown had reserved the right to felled timber on the estate to itself, Clarendon objects to Deane's marking of standing timber for the navy. Clarendon regards the standing timber as his own property. However, according to an earlier note, Clarendon never did obtain full ownership of the estate (which had originally been mortgaged by Charles I, together with other lands, for the sum of £27,400). Although Sam notes that "he (Clarendon) seems to have bought [it] of my Lord Albemarle" that "seems" may be significant. SMALL SPOILER:The estate reverted to Albemarle after Clarendon's disgrace in 1667.

11 Jul 2007, 6:19 a.m. - Mary K

"..begin I will not." I think this means, "I will not raise the matter." A bit more weighty than just reference to starting a conversation.

6 Jul 2007, 6:46 a.m. - Mary K

ref: Aesop re-told. "china" = china plate = mate. Cockney rhyming slang.

5 Jul 2007, 3:29 p.m. - Mary K

compass. Yes, Pepys means, "if I can manage it, find a way to do it, I will".

4 Jul 2007, 4:20 p.m. - Mary K

food in thundery weather. Thundery weather was certainly supposed to sour the milk when I was a child.

28 Jun 2007, 6:48 a.m. - Mary K

The fame of Kentish cherries. Fame now sadly diminished. The extensive cherry orchards of my youth have vanished. Too difficult to find pickers and anyway the long ladders that were used are now deemed unsafe by the Health & Safety bods. It should now be the height of the cherry season here in Kent, but the only ones available in my local shops come from Turkey.

27 Jun 2007, 6:33 a.m. - Mary K

Portrait of Barbara Villiers? Whether this is a picture of Barbara, of Nell or of someone else altogether, I note that it comes from Chiddinsgstone Castle, near Penshurst in Kent. This castle holds a fascinating collection of Stuart/Stewart memorabilia: sadly not available to individual public view at present, though their website says that group tours may be arranged.

25 Jun 2007, 6:06 a.m. - Mary K

Night-clocks. An L&M footnote directs us to the Ilbert Collection in the British Museum, which includes several examples of such clocks.

17 Jun 2007, 7:25 a.m. - Mary K

mess of cream. The term 'mess' for a cream-based dessert survives in Eton Mess. This is a pudding composed of halved strawberries and crushed meringues folded into whipped cream. Not suitable for slimmers.

12 Jun 2007, 10:19 a.m. - Mary K

shuffleboard. Shuffleboard and shove-ha'penny are different games altogether. Follow Phil's link for information on shuffleboard (Dutch sjoelbak).

10 Jun 2007, 6:57 a.m. - Mary K

"I hope I shall make good use of it" Yet again, Sam stores up a grudge for future reference and revenge. Company for Uncle Wight.