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Scube has posted 40 annotations/comments since 14 September 2015.

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About Thursday 24 December 1668

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And a Merry Christmas to Sam, Bess, and all their crew with whom I share my morning coffee! And to you thoughtful annotators (both old and new) for your keen insights! While I mostly remain one of the "silent majority," I certainly appreciate your notes and am impressed by your knowledge!

About Friday 18 December 1668

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Have to admit that I have missed precisely the advantage that Sam has over Middleton. Would be grateful for any insight on that point. Thanks

About Monday 14 December 1668

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Thanks A. Susan for outlining the program for training. Very interesting. Wonder if the coachman had the capacity for that. Also wonder how long Pepys kept the same horses, carriage and "boy."

About Monday 7 December 1668

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I don't understand how Hewer had the time to act as escort to Sam from dawn (or actually earlier today) to dusk. Didn't he have work to do? And how did others, such as W. Coventry react when he attended meetings with Sam?

About Tuesday 10 November 1668

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Interesting that Bess doesn't mention the music teacher as one of her rejected amours. Either Sam's jealousy was totally unfounded - that is, she saw the teacher as not even worth raising an eyebrow, or perhaps she was holding a card back. As noted by others, too bad Bess did not keep her own diary. What fun comparing the two would have been.

About Friday 25 September 1668

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"So with the Duke of York and some others to his closet, and Alderman Backewell about a Committee of Tangier, and there did agree upon a price for pieces of eight at 4s. 6d. "
Intrigued about how this subcommittee set what appears to be a currency exchange rate between English and Spanish currencies. Wonder how they came up with the rate, what information they relied on and whether the rate was used in places other than Tangier (assuming it was for Tangier). Also got me thinking about how much Spanish currency was out there in the world and how other countries or regions relied on foreign currency. Must be a book or at the very least a dozen Phd dissertations on this issue!

About Wednesday 16 September 1668

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SDS - Thanks for that! Hard to keep all the staff comings and goings straight. Mystery to Sam and to us as to why she left in the first place.

About Wednesday 16 September 1668

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The link to Jane probably has the wrong dates of her employment. It indicates that Jane was a young maid in the Pepys household between 1658 and 1661 and married Tom in 1669. Here we are in 1668. As to his amours with Jane, Sam seems to regard this as pure sport with sort of a no harm no foul outlook to it all. Note that he is apparently very fond of Jane and settled an annuity on her after she was twice widowed.

About Sunday 23 August 1668

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Sam very complimentary of the sermon. I believe that is not that common; that is, he finds more sermons boring or lazy than not. Wonder how many sermons he commented on through the diary and the tally on the "good" and "poor" sermons.

About Thursday 20 August 1668

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Did Sam ever have a decent meal at Sir Pen's? Seems he always complains after his visits there. Maybe the company plays some role here.

About Saturday 22 February 1667/68

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Harry R - thanks for that. I wondered whether it was in Latin or perhaps German. As for the relative prices of a good meal with wine and a book, those have certainly changed.

About Thursday 23 January 1667/68

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I continue to be impressed by the extraordinary range of friendships enjoyed by Pepys - a relatively young man without noble birth. He must have been considered quite enjoyable company.

About Monday 23 December 1667

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Me too. All good comments and therefore worth repeating. Start my morning with Sam and his crew, and the annotators of 10 years past and 10 hours past. All great company.

About Sunday 22 December 1667

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Wonder about that loan to Joyce; whether he did loan him the money, at what interest rate, etc. Always a reminder that without secure banks, lending money was often preferable to hiding it.