12 Annotations

First Reading

vincent  •  Link

On the 13th "she who must who must obeyed" has up and**** .
"...Troubled with the absence of my wife...."
then he is just saying nowt, I do believe he is in the dumps. A week of watching the white wash and gilding [the lily]and it appears he is not even telling the diary what's up. SP's keeping mum about this work, no gory details, [ who is a paying - Bills?]except he keeps a beady eye on the work; 7 days now. No morning draugh ?, not even a mention of the boys , or {bbc version of fun and games}
Veddy Veddy strange?

Mary  •  Link

"Her indoors"

Lady Batten kept Elizabeth with her at Woolwich for the nights of 11th and 12th December. On 13th December both women returned home. This was the same day on which the workmen arrived; they arrived in the morning and the two women got safely home about midday. Why should Pepys be 'down in the dumps'? He's just trying to ensure that all the decorating is done before Christmas and this is uppermost in his mind. Distracting, certainly, but not depressing.

Lawrence  •  Link

All Day at home with my workman,
I wonder who told him the news about Princess Mary? one of the workman I guess as he doesn't mention any other visitors today.
I reckon Sam's a little fed up, stuck in doors all day and acording to Ralph Josselin's Diary entry; today is "very wintery cold, wet weather.

David Quidnunc  •  Link

Oops, didn't see the bottom of Lawrence's annotation!

Second Reading

simplicio  •  Link

Mary will die of small pox in a few days. Charles II has now lost a daughter and brother to smallpox within a few months of their coming to England.

Chris Squire UK  •  Link

Simplicio: no more spoilers, please: this Diary is intended to be read a day at a time.

Terry Foreman  •  Link

Chris, L&M footnotes to Pepys's entries are the sources of many of the spoilers that appear in these posts, though not of this one.

Third Reading

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

"Charles II has now lost a daughter and brother to smallpox within a few months of their coming to England."

No, Charles II has lost a brother, Henry, and soon an aunt, Mary, the Princess Royal and the Princess of Orange, a sister of Charles I.

His sister died of natural causes as a child prisoner (hostage?) of Cromwell's.
So James is his only sibling left.

I'm not aware of any of Charles II's many daughters dying of smallpox, but I could have forgotten someone ...? Mostly, his off-spring were very healthy. Just illigitimate. Oh, no SPOILERS. Sorry.

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

The House of Commons does something good, but I don't understand their funding mechanism. Anyone?

"Captives in Turkey.
"Mr. Hollis presents a Petition, directed, "To the King's Most Excellent Majesty," which he had Command from his Majesty to recommend to the House: Which was read, and was intituled, "The humble Petition of divers Persons, on the Behalf of themselves, who have suffered, and of others, whose Relations do now suffer, miserable Bondage, and cruel Slavery under the Turks."

"A Report from the Committee, for Redemption of Captives, 30 November 1660, was read; viz.

"Ordered, That Mr. Prynn do report to the House, as the Votes of this Committee,

"That all the respective Sums of Money, paid to the Treasurer of the Navy, from the Year of our Lord 1651, till November 1659, taken out of the Duty for Redemption of Captives, under the Turkes and Moors, to defray the Debts of the Navy, shall be allowed, and repaid, towards the Satisfaction and Redemption of the Petitioners, in Behalf of the Captives, in such Manner as the House shall appoint."

Meanwhile the Lords are still trying to figure out which of the Peers hasn't paid their Poll Tax. No wonder they ran out of money before the troops had all been paid off.

Elisabeth  •  Link

James is his only sibling left

Don’t forget Princess Henrietta (nicknamed Minette) who arrived in England with her mother on November 2. She is engaged to Philippe of Orléans, brother of Louis XIV.

Fans of Noel Streatfeild’s novel “Ballet Shoes” will remember that Pauline Fossil plays Princess Henrietta in a film.

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

Oh yes -- how could I forget Minette?! Thanks, Elizabeth.

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