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Tonyel has posted 194 annotations/comments since 11 March 2013.

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About Sunday 14 October 1666

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"So dined, and after dinner (a good discourse thereat to my brother)"
Note "to" my brother, not "with". Poor John has to pay for his dinner.

About Friday 5 October 1666

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"A great want thereof there will be of books, specially Latin books and foreign books; and, among others, the Polyglottes and new Bible, which he believes will be presently worth 40l. a-piece."

How long before Sam and the others think of sending a ship somewhere to import paper? There's always a profit for someone where there's a shortage.

About Thursday 27 September 1666

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If they're going to move Sam's ready cash to a safer place, might they draw less attention if one of them is a man of the cloth...?
Sorry, off topic, but reminds me of Rory Sutherland's comment about buying a car from a vicar:
You don't have to believe in God, you just have to believe that he does.

About Sunday 26 August 1666

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The business between my Lord Hinchingbroke and Mrs. Mallett is quite broke off

I know one should not judge by appearances, but Hinchingbroke does look like a spoilt, rather dim, young man - in fact boring. Elizabeth Malet obviously decided she needed a rather more exciting husband and, presumably, learned that you should be careful what you wish for.....

About Wednesday 1 August 1666

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It's so tempting to look back 350 years and feel morally superior, isn't it?

By coincidence, Saudi Arabia have just announced that they will in future allow women to travel abroad without being accompanied by a male - described as a liberalising decision!

About Tuesday 31 July 1666

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How much of this is true, time will shew.

"Fake Newes!"
A sudden image of Sam with a Twitter account.

About Monday 2 July 1666

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Not long ago, Mrs Bagwell was whitewashing the house against the plague. Any faint sign of infection on her face wold cause Sam to make a quick about-turn.

About Tuesday 26 June 1666

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The newly-built Loyal London did not reach the fleet at the Nore until 13 July, and then without guns.

Yet another "plus ca change" example. The UK today has a new, enormously expensive, aircraft carrier but we can't afford the planes for it. And this was planned - not the result of an accident!

About Sunday 24 June 1666

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"I was as sparing in speaking as I could, being jealous of him and myself also, but wished it could be stopped; but said I doubted it could not otherwise than by the fleete’s being abroad again, and so finding other worke for men’s minds and discourse."
Can anyone explain the meaning of 'jealous' in this context? It only seems to make sense to me if you substitute 'cautious' or 'nervous'.
The whole episode sounds as though Coventry is rehearsing his defence arguments and using Sam as a sounding board.

About Monday 11 June 1666

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Albemarle got back to London first and took advantage of it. The mark of a politician.