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Background Lurker has posted 10 annotations/comments since 22 January 2017.

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About Tuesday 16 January 1665/66

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“I am surprised that Sam didn't try it on with the young woman ..."
"Who’s to say he didn’t..."
Let's not get carried away, Kate Joyce was SP's first cousin whom he met quite regularly. There is never any suggestion of hanky panky.

About Sunday 2 July 1665

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"I hear this night that Sir J. Lawson was buried late last night at St. Dunstan’s by us, without any company at all, and that the condition of his family is but very poor..."
Lawson was a high ranking naval officer, admiral and vice admiral, and it would be more correct to say that he was a colleague of Sandwich rather than SP.
The following quote from L & M by Michael Robinson puts the "very poor" description of his family's position into perspective:
"He died far from wealthy but not penniless. His pension (L500 p.a.) was continued (since he had died in service.) He had two houses, and an interest in a ballast quay and the Tangier mole."

About Saturday 4 February 1664/65

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"English was her second language and culture"
As has been discussed earlier, this is incorrect. Mrs Pepys was born in England (Bideford) and her mother was either English or Irish. Mrs P attended a convent school in France.

About Wednesday 21 December 1664

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"Apparently Mrs Turner gave Pepys the old heave-ho."
SP gave Mrs Turner an eagle which he was glad to be rid of.
There is nothing there to indicate what Mrs Turner gave SP. Perhaps a nice cup of tea.

About Tuesday 11 October 1664

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"we sat all the morning"

I'm sure this has been discussed before.
SP is using "sat" in the following sense "sit: to hold an official meeting of a committee, court, etc." (Cambridge Dictionary).
SP was a member of the Navy Board which was *jointly responsible* under the direction of the Lord High Admiral for the civil administration of the Navy. Two members of the Board constituted a quorum. So when SP says that they sat all morning it means two or more members of the Navy Board were present and were officially in session as the Board. When they were sitting they were legally doing business on behalf of the navy.

About Monday 4 July 1664

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'She wouldn't even get a household or clothing "allowance." '
Louise, there is already some evidence that EP had a housekeeping allowance, for example 6 July 1662: "then rose and settled my accounts with my wife for housekeeping".

Spoiler alert:
If you do a search on "my wife's kitchen accounts" you will see that discrepancies in these accounts are a source of friction between SP and EP in the future. Sam wonders whether Liz is cooking the books as well as the venison pasties. Perhaps she took lesson from Sir WB.

About Tuesday 24 May 1664

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A daughter and three children?
As Aunt Hester belongs to SP's parents' generation and is "old", it more likely means a daughter and three grandchildren of Hester's. It sounds like a widowed daughter that Uncle Fenner had to take care of.
Women definitely had a lower social status than men in those times but is there any evidence that they were "not considered fully human"?

About Thursday 21 January 1663/64

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Louise, the article states that James Turner, the Scottish soldier, was in southern Scotland in the 1660s having a jolly time suppressing Presbyterian Covenanters. He was far too busy being a loyal soldier of Charles II to be hanging around London. So, yes, your tree was not well-chosen.