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James Morgan has posted 40 annotations/comments since 21 October 2015.

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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".

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…