Annotations and comments

eileen d. has posted 69 annotations/comments since 28 August 2016.


Second Reading

About Sunday 22 September 1661

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"For a different aspect of Pepys's era, try "Memoirs of Louis XIV and his Court and of the Regency" by the Duke of Saint-Simon."

thank you, Jim Williams, for the ref. This book has been digitized by Project Gutenberg. It is also available for free via Amazon for Kindle. I know it won't be anything like reading Samuel's diary with all these amazing annotations, but I've downloaded it and will give it a try!

About Thursday 12 September 1661

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No Spoilers, PLEASE, e.g. Sasha Clarkson's post (above):
"In fact, the prank upon the admiral proves to be a "storm in a tankard", and blows over pretty quickly; even if there was a pause, Sam is soon socialising with Penn and his family again."

what purpose does it serve to kill our pleasurable feelings of suspense about how this little drama will unfold?

About Wednesday 21 August 1661

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Dick Wilson, I found this article on a site for collectors of mourning jewelry and related artifacts.

"...Samuel Pepys (1633-1703), whose diaries show a great insight into culture at the time, have a great insight into several funerals throughout his lifetime and the impact fashion and cost had in his life. Pepy’s Aunt Fenner died on August 1661 and Pepy’s father carried out funeral arrangements. As his father was a tailor, the family could not afford to purchase mourning for relatives, but instead tailored it themselves. The sentiment he wrote was ‘all in mourning, doing him the greatest honour, the world believing that he did give us it.’ ..."…

About Sunday 18 August 1661

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here in the diary, I keep bumping into places I've only heard about via Dorothy Sayers and Agatha Christie... delightful!

here's add'l info on Lynn (King's Lynn)

During the 18th century, one of the most profitable industries operating from the small Norfolk port of King’s Lynn was whaling. Although the port never dealt with whalers on the scale of the East Coast ports around the Humber or Dundee, it still brought considerable employment and wealth to the town. It also bred an especially tough and hardy group of sailors, since catching whales meant sailing far to the north, around the shores of Greenland and into some of the wildest and coldest parts of the north Atlantic and the Arctic Sea.…

About 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th July 1661

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Terry Freeman, thanks for the extra info about the 1911 edition! I am especially intrigued by the Victorian and Edwardian periods of history, up to WWI. What a great window into contemporaneous scholarship and thinking. I found the public domain version but will now bookmark the Wikipedia site. (Kudos to all those wonderful Wikipedians who are surely kin to the great annotators on the site.)

About 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th July 1661

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thank you, Bill, for tracking down a current link to the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.

I never heard of the 1911 edition until I started using this site. amazing source! one more piece of fascinating tangential knowledge I've acquired here...

About Monday 8 July 1661

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thank you, Chris Squire UK, for updating the link about our much-admired founder.

as someone who spends way too much time thinking about cool ways to leverage the internet for the non-commercial user, I find Phil, and this site, a source of inspiration and joy.

About Tuesday 25 June 1661

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off topic comment about off topic comments:

despite Phil's plea that we move the romance language discussion elsewhere, it continued even 10 years later! unusual, since we're generally a respectful crowd, appreciative of Phil's amazing project and all his work. I think it points to the preponderance of linguists (professional and amateur) that follow this site. the passion could not be contained...

the parsing and sourcing of Sam's vocabulary is truly one of the highlights of the annotations.

About Sunday 16 June 1661

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good heavens! the Bodleian actually has the letter our Sam wrote 'today'? how wonderful... thanks, Terry Foreman!

About Friday 14 June 1661

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a bit off topic, but thank you, Bill for improving my vocabulary - and giving me a genuine LOL - with the definition of 'frazzle'. Can't wait to work that into conversation...! (who knew, indeed!)

About Sunday 2 June 1661

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E pur si muove!

translation and context, per Wikipedia, of Ruben's quote:

The words allegedly uttered by Galileo Galilei after being forced to recant heliocentrism; "and yet it moves."

love it!

About Tuesday 21 May 1661

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sjoerd's links to yacht images is dead.

but here's a line engraving that shows several of the royal yachts ( from Royal Museums Greenwich).


title: To their Graces the Duke and Duchess of Ancaster This View of Harwich and the Yatch's going out... with Landguard Fort (shows yachts Catherine, Fubbs, Charlotte and Mary

About Sunday 19 May 1661

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re: vicente's post on Nick Alkemade's 18,000 foot fall during WWII

from Wikipedia:

"...His fall was broken by pine trees and a soft snow cover on the ground. He was able to move his arms and legs and suffered only a sprained leg. The Lancaster crashed in flames, killing pilot Jack Newman and three other members of the crew...

"Alkemade was subsequently captured and interviewed by the Gestapo, who were initially suspicious of his claim to have fallen without a parachute until the wreckage of the aircraft was examined. (Reportedly, the Germans gave Alkemade a certificate testifying to the fact.)[2] He was a celebrated prisoner of war, before being repatriated in May 1945."

About Tuesday 16 April 1661

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Wikipedia entry…

Vicente (yes, you are missed)... Seems like many people would have been using the same system as our Sam. I guess the only really secure parts would have been written in his lingua franca.

"The main advantage of the system was that it was easy to learn and to use. It was popular, and under the two titles of Short Writing and Tachygraphy, Shelton's book ran to more than 20 editions between 1626 and 1710."