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About Tuesday 12 June 1666

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Who is it who’s having a problem?
It comes from a higher authority apparently:
"which is unsuitable to that distinction of sexes which the Lord hath made" - Robert Bolton quoted by SDS above.

About Friday 13 April 1666

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"I can't think of any other meaning to this sentence."
"I am happy with the thought of her living close to me in Thames Street, for I love the girl mightily." Perhaps?
18 March: "they are to live nearer me in Thames Streete, by the Old Swan."

When reading between the lines it's often the case we find what we are looking for. ;-)

About Monday 26 March 1666

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"Are you sure Pepys was the "Principal Officer" of the Navy Board?"
Yes, but not "the" Principal Officer, "a" Principal Officer. It's all in the Encyclopedia:

Officers of the Navy : https://www.pepysdiary.com/encyclopedia/1121/
There were four principal officer positions in the Navy Board when it began in 1660:
Treasurer — Sir George Carteret.
Comptroller — Sir Robert Slingsby (followed by Sir John Mennes when Slingsby died within a year).
Surveyor — Sir William Batten.
Clerk of the Acts — Pepys.
As well as the Officers, the Navy Board consisted of the Commissioners.

Clerk of the Acts
A note on the relative importance of the Clerk of the Acts with respect to the other Principal Officers (posted by vincent/cgs) https://www.pepysdiary.com/encyclopedia/484/#c8567
"It hath been objected by some that the Clarke of the Acts ought to be subordinate to the rest of the Commissioners, and not to be joyned in equall power with them, although he was so constituted from the first institution, which hath been an opinion only of some to keep him at a distance, least he might be thought too forward if he had joynt power in discovering or argueing against that which peradventure private interest would have concealed; it is certaine no man sees more of the Navye's Transactions than himselfe, and possibly may speak as much to the project if required, or else he is a blockhead, and not fitt for that imployment."
(Surely written by SP himself)

About Monday 26 March 1666

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"He's a harried middle management sort on the make."
At this stage SP was a bit more than that. He was a Principal Officer of the Navy Board.
SP was in the C-suite of the largest organisation in 17th century England.

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."
https://www.pepysdiary.com/encyclopedia/110/#c232…

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.