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James Morgan has posted 43 annotations/comments since 21 October 2015.

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About Monday 24 September 1666

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"Why no sadness about the Fire now?
In 2019 right after Greta Thunberg's emotional speech to the UN, one could equally ask how does life go on normally when we'll reach a climate tipping point in 11 years?

Sadly Australian Susan may have it right: " is so much easier to worry about dogs and cats rather than bring your mind to bear on the awfulness of the human tragedies. So Sam busies himself about the office and home. Much less stressful."

We now have our own blindness to catastrophe to consider.

About Wednesday 19 September 1666

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I wondered if this royal bastard could be a son of the famous Gustavus Adophus (d.1632), but it seems more likely to be a child of Charles X (d.1660).

About Wednesday 5 September 1666

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I was wondering if there were other great fires in cities that rival this one in London. Chicago 1893 comes to mind, and the great earthquake fires in San Francisco 1906 and Tokyo 1923, but it seems like there should be other famous ones. Perhaps Pepys Diary keeps this one famous.

There's a long list in wikipedia of city and town at….
Some of them are smaller fires, and many were in war, especially WWII, but I was surprised by many I'd never heard of, such as the two medieval Great Fires of London.

About Saturday 1 September 1666

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I am surprised at the reported comment by L&M. My feeling about the passage is that a drunken party of "sparks" came in, and Pepys, with two women to protect sensibly took cover. I think there was a discussion somewhere of whether or not Pepys would have a sword (and I think he didn't wear one), and in any case he would be badly outnumbered if some young spark takes it in his head to insult Bess or Mercer. It's a little harder for me to imagine that anyone in this crowd of young sparks would know who Pepys is, or would think of reporting him to someone at the Court.

About Saturday 28 July 1666

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I would imagine Pett is a civilian, not partofthenay or under military discipline, and that in any case would the navy yard be threatened by the battle? The 17th Century was pretty far from the 20th century concept of total war.
Though since I'm just reading The Command of the Ocean now, so I may find I'm wrong. I think the Dutch did attack the navy yard at some point in the diary, or at least the ships there and it seem to have come as a surprise to the English.

About Tuesday 8 May 1666

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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".