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About Friday 24 April 1663

John Goldin  •  Link

I have been experimenting with processing the text of the Diary and looking for words in context. Here are all of the mentions of "viallin":

1660-03-06: ...upon a viall, and he a viallin, after dinner, and were...
1660-04-06: ...W. Howe and I to our viallins, the first time since we...
1660-04-10: ...fit playing on my viallin, my Lord and Sir R. Stayner...
1660-04-11: ...W. Howe and I at our viallins in my cabin, where Mr....
1660-11-21: ...and at night to my viallin (the first time that I have...
1661-04-27: ...where we had a harp and viallin played to us, and so home...
1661-06-06: ...pretty well upon the viallin, but, good God! how these...
1663-04-24: ...fiddling upon my viallin (which I have not done many...
1663-06-15: ...and there played on my viallin a good while, and without...
1663-06-17: ...(after half an hour's viallin practice after dinner) till...
1663-06-18: ...half an hour at my viallin, and then all the afternoon...
1663-07-22: ...his boy played on the viallin, a plain boy, but has a...
1663-08-21: ...a Theorbo viall and viallin as is in England. So to...
1666-06-18: ...a yeare or two on the viallin, and plays finely. But impartially...
1666-07-28: ...their servants upon the viallin some Scotch tunes only;...
1667-02-01: ...the base, and I upon my viallin, which I have not seen out...
1667-02-20: ...also how the King's viallin,---- Bannister, is mad that...
1667-07-08: ...and Greeting on the viallin. Then with my wife abroad...
1667-08-28: ...heard a little of their viallins' musick, and so home, and...

About New exhibition: Samuel Pepys: Plague, Fire, Revolution

John Goldin  •  Link

I enjoyed the exhibition very much. That's a good thing because I traveled all the way from Connecticut to Greenwich to see it! The last time I was in London was 18 years ago. The exhibition was enough to trigger one last visit. I expected to be mildly disappointed. Generally I get a stronger sense of history by reading than I do by seeing exhibits in a museum. The Pepys exhibition did a nice job of selecting items to display that amplified my appreciation of Pepys and his time. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

One complaint: At the end of the exhibit there's a description of the history of the Diary all the way down to the current Pepys twitter feed. But there's not mention of pepysdiary.com. Big mistake!