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Tonyel has posted 131 annotations/comments since 11 March 2013.

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About Tuesday 17 January 1664/65

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"then after a little time at Sir W. Batten’s, where I am mighty great and could if I thought it fit continue so,"
Anyone care to translate this? Does Sam feel that his relationship with Sir W is now that of an equal or just an ally in office politics? Or am I missing something?

About Saturday 31 December 1664

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"May our 2008 be free of plagues, pestilence, and, at year's end (forgive the digression), finally free of this maleficent, incompetent administration of the United States Government."
Plus ca change, etc.

Well, Happy new Year to all - especially Phil for allowing us another ten years of our 17thC soap opera.

About Monday 21 November 1664

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"Oh what a strutting little barnyard cock we are, crowing on our dunghill!"
--Australian Susan 11.20

Let's not be too hard on Sam. Here's the tailor's son, surrounded by the great and good of the land who actually listen to what he says and act on it. I'm sure many of us remember a point in our career where the realisation dawns, "They're taking notice of me - I think I've made it!"

About Tuesday 18 October 1664

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The Duke espied me, and came to me, and talked with me a very great while about our contract this day with Sir W. Warren, and among other things did with some contempt ask whether we did except Polliards, which Sir W. Batten did yesterday (in spite, as the Duke I believe by my Lord Barkely do well enough know) among other things in writing propose.
Can someone fathom this please? And should 'except' read 'accept'?

About Tuesday 11 October 1664

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"The attack was successful not least because the defenders had already withdrawn from the place before the fleet arrived."
Another reminder of the late and much missed Terry Pratchett: His hero Cohen the Barbarian who had survived many battles by being somewhere else at the time.

About Friday 7 October 1664

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"the ill-serving up of our victuals yesterday;"
He described this as a rare chine of beef but perhaps 'rare' was not a compliment. In the UK at least rare beef means lightly cooked so that the centre is still bloody. Or, perhaps it was a misprint for 'raw'. Either way, not an attractive dish to set before guests given the hygiene standards of the time.

About Monday 3 October 1664

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Can't shake off an image of Captain Pepys going into battle with the Dutch and marshalling his crew:

"All together lads, Our ropes are better than your ropes! your sails are rubbish too! "

About Thursday 22 September 1664

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"Remember, one in three died in childbirth all the way up to the 1820s"

And beyond: My grandparents' entry in the 1911 UK census includes three columns:
Total children born alive 6
Children still living 2
Children who have died 4

Brutally matter-of-fact to modern eyes but only because it was commonplace then.