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James Morgan has posted 37 annotations/comments since 21 October 2015.

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About Tuesday 8 May 1666

James Morgan  •  Link

I'm a little surprised at Pepy's generosity towards John Downing. Pepys had gone out on a limb to recommend him to Coventry; it must be a little embarrassing to have to go back and say "Sorry but my man can't deliver". Bribery there may be, but having gotten the patronage you were expected to perform.

About Thursday 3 May 1666

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We might be a little hard on Sam's treatment of his girl. In the papers this week in my town is an account of how someone who flew into town with measles contracted overseas is now in an isolations ward. And we do have a lot more medicine now.

About Friday 13 April 1666

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When I read it, I didn't read "please myself" as "pleasure myself", only as a comment that he liked the idea she would be in the neighborhood.
And most of the time the comments to the diary seem to indicate "black" in descriptions to mean brunette, per the encyclopedia
so I imagine that's the case here.
I looked up Mingo, and someone quoted At last we made Mingo, Sir W. Batten's black, and Jack, Sir W. Pen's, dance, and it was strange how the first did dance with a great deal of seeming skill.” So it seems in that case, "black" was used as a noun rather than an adjective, making it clearer that the reference is to someone of African descent.

About Tuesday 27 March 1666

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Even with today advantages I have an account for a group trip last year with the bank statement differs from mine by $2, no matter what I do. I'll have to think if there's another way to look at it, "though not perfect".

About Tuesday 16 January 1665/66

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The two women are presumably the famed beauty Mrs Pierce, and Elizabeth, since Pierce spent the night with Sam. I took a look at their entries but don't know which would be the fair one and which the dark one. To me the portrait of Elizabeth could be either. Does anyone know from another source which might be the blonde and which the "dark lady"?

About Monday 18 December 1665

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I thought to "dog someone" was to follow them, and found this dictionary definition that includes that meaning:
[often passive] to cause trouble for someone over a long period of time. He has been dogged by persistent back problems. To cause problems for someone or something:let down, hold back, embarrass... to follow someone closely in a way that annoys them.
dog (verb) definition and synonyms | Macmillan Dictionary…

About Wednesday 11 October 1665

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To put in a good word for Sam, apparently after a hard day and many worries, he war rowed "against tide and in the darke and very cold weather to Woolwich, where we had appointed to keepe the night merrily". I'm guessing the whole dance and party at Woolwich was a celebration of his 10th anniversary.
Unless there's some October 11th holiday?