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Scube has posted 51 annotations/comments since 14 September 2015.

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About Monday 31 May 1669

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Timo - great post. Knepp would have my vote as well for a night out on the town. Anyway, after a few years of Sam being the first event when I reach my desk, I keep hitting the link now just out of habit and the forlorn hope that Sam will resume writing. Desire trumping reality I guess.

Thanks again to all who made this such a rewarding experience.

About Saturday 29 May 1669

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Phil,
Joining with a most sincere thank you for all your hard work on this. Really has made a wonderful difference to my morning routine. The linked notes were so valuable and of course the posts. I'll miss Sam, all the links and the posts.
All the best,

About Thursday 13 May 1669

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Not surprising, but perhaps worth noting that Sam doesn't invite his younger brother to dinner with such company, even though he is apparently staying with Sam.

About Sunday 25 April 1669

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"So to church, where a stranger made a dull sermon, but I mightily pleased to looks upon" [well you know what he looked upon, if not whom] But seeing once again that the sermon was "dull," I did a word search on this incredible website to see how many times Sam referred to a "dull sermon." The answer surprised me - only 37. I am sure that Sam used other adjectives to describe less than satisfactory sermons, but even so, I had thought that he found at least half of the sermons "dull."

About Saturday 24 April 1669

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Forgot all about this mask wearing custom. Does this mean that each time Sam and or Bess attended a show, they brought and wore a mask? That hardly makes sense as Sam notes the looks of the ladies attending the play.

About Sunday 18 April 1669

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Anyone know what the Prince of Tuscany is up to and why he chooses to remain in cognito?

About Sunday 11 April 1669

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Another "dull sermon." I wonder how many dull sermons Sam recorded in his journal? Seems like the great majority did not meet his standards. Always fun when Sam gives a sermon a rave review!

About Wednesday 3 March 1668/69

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Any further thoughts or insights as to the Sword Up bit with the mayor? Sounds like students were a bit rebellious, even then, but stuffing the Lord Mayor in an office all day. Surprised if there wasn't some repercussion.

About Thursday 28 January 1668/69

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Sam doesn't seem to mention his great new toy (the horses and carriage) much. Wonder if he is getting much use out of them.

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.