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Third Reading

About Wednesday 12 December 1660

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Any insight on all these pardons Sam is providing? I assume that the pardons are for subjects who may have backed Cromwell, but how does the process work, who provides the pardons, what does Sam have to do with it and how much does he make?

About Sunday 7 October 1660

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"I heard Dr. Spurstow preach before the King a poor dry sermon;" and "A poor cold sermon of Dr. Lambs." Two poor sermons on a single Sunday, one dry and one cold. And I wonder how many sermons Sam critiqued in his diary and how many were good, fair or poor.

About Tuesday 4 September 1660

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Would one of you far more knowledgeable folks please remind or explain the wager that Mr. Moore lost? Thanks

About Friday 6 July 1660

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"So to my Lord’s and dined with W. Howe and Sarah, thinking it might be the last time that I might dine with them together." What is the reason that this might be the last time? Apologies if I missed some clear explanation.

About Sunday 17 June 1660

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"To Mr. Mossum’s; a good sermon." Sam often remarks on the quality of the sermon. I wonder how many times through the entire diary? Also, as time goes on, it seems he was less enthralled by sermons, and often characterized them as "dull." Or perhaps that is just my impression.

About Saturday 12 May 1660

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I too am a bit confused as to how Sam loses sight of both coasts at the same time, not apparently by weather but by movement. One would think that Calais would grow clearer in sight as Dover faded in the distance. Also a question on cards. What games did they play?
Probably been answered before, but if so I missed it.

About Saturday 21 April 1660

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Ah yes, JB. The Oyster Bar. It feels as old as the ships in this diary. Nothing like it.

About Saturday 14 April 1660

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Yes. Wonder about Joan too. And I wonder if Patrick O'Brian drew inspiration from Pepy's diary. Fascinating that poor Lord Lambert spent the rest of his life in prison when so many others were pardoned either formally or informally.

About Friday 6 April 1660

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SDS - thanks and yes it was certainly you who I was crediting with great expertise (as well as insightful posts).
As to the Patrick O'Brian books, the playing of the violins is certainly evocative.

About Friday 6 April 1660

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SDH - given your great expertise, do you have any insight re: LKvM's question? Puzzled me as well.

About Wednesday 4 April 1660

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ETB - interesting interpretation. That makes sense. Question I have is for which position was Sandwich looking to be chosen? ("At night, my Lord resolved to send the Captain of our ship to Waymouth and promote his being chosen there, which he did put himself into a readiness to do the next morning.") I must have missed it somewhere along the line?

About Saturday 10 March 1659/60

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Ensign Tom:

Thanks very much for clearing this up. Appreciate it and look forward to more of your comments.

About Saturday 10 March 1659/60

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Question as to Creed's proposal for two secretaries. Was Pepys opposed to this? I take it that is the reason he went to Montagu, but not entirely clear.

About Sunday 4 March 1659/60

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Sam often comments on the quality of the sermon. I have not gone ahead (or gone back) to his reviews of other sermons, but I get the sense that as time goes by, he offers more unfavorable reviews (a "lazy sermon" or a "dull sermon.")
Wonder if his appreciation for sermons changed or if there were simply worse sermons, or perhaps he felt obliged to record his more negative impressions. Or perhaps my impression is not accurate.
It would be fun to have a tally of good vs. mediocre vs poor sermons attended to by Sam.

About John Pepys (b, brother)

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Aqua, thanks for the insights. Times change with respect to luck and opportunity. Or perhaps not so much.

Second Reading

About Monday 31 May 1669

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I second Matt's comments. Phil, thanks so much for taking this on. I only caught parts of the first two read throughs and looking forward to attempting a full read through on this pass. Just because some of us lurk more than we comment doesn't mean we don't enjoy it!
Wishing you all a happy New Year.