18 Feb 2003, 3:39 p.m. - David Quidnunc

about.com http://about.com/ Name changed from "The Mining Company" in 1999. This site has hundreds of individuals editing pages on all sorts of subjects. The search engine may be the easiest and most fruitful way of using this site.

13 Apr 2003, 3:50 p.m. - PHE

Correspondence with John Evelyn - useful link Jenny Doughty on Sat 12 Apr 2003, 8:42 pm | Link If you go to http://astext.com/history/ed_main.html and click on the link entitled

14 Apr 2003, 3:53 a.m. - David Quidnunc

New York Times book reviews Search page: http://query.nytimes.com/search/advanced/ "Articles from the last 7 days are free, as are reviews back to [1 January] 1996." That applies to reviews of any type (movies, plays, etc.). The book reviews include the Sunday "Book Review" section and the other, daily reviews.

27 Apr 2003, 12:25 a.m. - Roger Miller

Earls Colne, Essex - Records of an English Village 1375-1854 http://linux02.lib.cam.ac.uk/earlscolne/index.htm This site records the history of an English village over 500 years as seen through contemporary documents. It includes the diary of Ralph Josselin vicar of Earls Colne, Essex, from 1641 until his death in 1683. This is some general information about Josselin and his diary: http://linux02.lib.cam.ac.uk/earlscolne/reference/diary.htm This is an index to the diary: http://linux02.lib.cam.ac.uk/earlscolne/diary/index.htm This is the entry for 25th April 1660: http://linux02.lib.cam.ac.uk/earlscolne/diary/70012415.htm

15 Aug 2003, 11:19 a.m. - Paul Miller

This is an absolutely essential link for Pepys readers. http://www.londonancestor.com/stow/stow-menu.htm This site has: REMARKS ON LONDON BEING AN EXACT SURVEY OF THE CITIES of London and Westminster, Borough of Southwark

16 Aug 2003, 10:18 p.m. - GrahamT

Re: essential link. Yes it is. It has already been referenced under "Maps of Britain" (thanks Vincent) but it is well that it is also mentioned here.

22 Aug 2003, 8:27 p.m. - JFX

Not exactly sure where to post this (General Reference seemed most appropriate) but 'The Flea', the only Goon Show episode to feature Samuel Pepys (played By Ned Seagoon, of course)is the currently featured show on this Australian Goon Show site... http://www.alphalink.com.au/~robertd/GoonShowmp3.html ...and it really captures the spirit of the times rather well. Perhaps... Sorry for this! JFX

20 Oct 2003, 4:26 p.m. - Glyn

http://www.17th-century.info (by a contributor to this website).

20 Oct 2003, 4:50 p.m. - Emilio

A site with extensive information on Restoration theatre, including playwrights, companies, theatre designs, and more: http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/~www_se/murray/Restoration/Front.html

25 Oct 2003, 7:05 a.m. - David Quidnunc

AMAZON.COM search engine for full texts of books http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/stores/static/-/books/search/ "Amazon.com's announcement this week of its new 'search inside' feature -- allowing full-text searches of over 120,000 books in its new digital archive -- will probably turn out to be one of those transformative Web moments when a tool suddenly appears and six months later you can't imagine life without it." -- Steven Johnson, "The Best Search Idea Since Google," Slate.com Oct. 24, 2003

26 Oct 2003, 9:55 p.m. - vincent

For those interested in[Samuel Pepis] quotes that live; see: month by month quotes by David Widger http://www.ibiblio.org/gutenberg/etext03/dwqsp10.txt

8 Nov 2003, 3:22 a.m. - vincent

from Glyn a lead to nice little snippets of London town and "fun centers" She found on this book site (

9 Nov 2003, 5:28 a.m. - vincent

an interesting letter on english mores may help in back ground reading "A C H A R A C T E R O F E N G L A N D, as it was lately presented in a Letter, to a Noble Man of F R A N C E " "LONDON, Printed for Jo. Crooke, and are to be sold at the Ship in St. Paul 's-yard, 1659" http://www.romanbritain.freeserve.co.uk/CHARACTER.htm a snippet "...that England is the sole spot in all the world, where, amongst Christians, their Churches are made jakes,[10] and stables, markets and Tipling-houses; and where there were more need of Scorpions, than Thongs, to drive out the Publicans and Money-Changers: In sum, where these excellent uses, are pretended to be the markes of Piety and Reformation..." "...so prodigious a number of houses where they sell a certain drink called Ale, that I think a good halfe of the Inhabitants may be denominated Ale house-keepers: These are a meaner sort of Cabarets:[24] But is what most deplorable, where the Gentlemen sit, and spend much of their time; drinking of a muddy kinde of Beverage,[25] and Tobacco, which has universally besotted the Nation,[26] and at which (I hear) they have consumed many noble Estates. As for other Taverns, London is compos

19 Dec 2003, 3:52 a.m. - dirk

"Professions" http://www.gendocs.demon.co.uk/trades.html An excellent guide to some of the more obscure professions throughout recent history. May come in useful. Thanks David, for suggesting I post it here too.

24 Dec 2003, 1:23 a.m. - David Quidnunc

SEARCH THE ENTIRE DIARY: One Method To search for a word or phrase anywhere in the entire diary, including entries that haven't appeared at the pepysdiary.com website yet, you can use the http://www.google.com or http://www.yahoo.com search engines and limit your responses to a particular website where the full diary appears, such as the http://www.pepys.info website. That website presents the diary with a month's worth of diary entries on each web page. (If you're looking for an entire phrase, you must put it in quotes when you search for it.) EXACTLY HOW TO DO IT: Go to http://www.google.com or http://www.yahoo.com and type in the words you want to search for along with "site:pepys.info" with no space after the colon. You can do the same with Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator search engines (although I don't think they're as easy to use). Put phrases you want to search for in quotes. CAVEATS: Your Google or Yahoo results page only lists the month, not the exact date -- you have to go to each month's web page and scroll down to get the exact date. The easiest way of finding your word on that page is to use the "Cached" feature on the Google or Yahoo results page: just click on the word "Cached" which appears close to each listing on the search engine's results page. Either search engine will then bring you to a web page with the words from your search highlighted. Google only recognizes 10 search words per search and will give you a maximum of only 100 results. I don't know the limits of other search engines.

24 Dec 2003, 1:37 a.m. - David Quidnunc

Other methods of searching the entire diary You could use the pepys.info search engine. One problem with that site's search feature is that it doesn't have the "cache" feature, which highlights the words you're looking for as you scroll down an entire month's worth of entries. But Jenny Doughty, in a posting at the Pepys site discussion group at smartgroups.com, points out that you can use an equivalent tool by clicking on the "find in top window" or "find on this page" feature in the "Edit" section of your computer's onscreen toolbar. Control+F also seems to get you to that function. "You might also like to go to Gutenberg's website," Jenny wrote, "where you will find many different entries for bits of the diary (this link gives you the results of the search query on 'Samuel Pepys' and 'Diary' - http://www.gutenberg.net/cgi-bin/search/t9.cgi but you can also download the complete etext of the diary on the link above http://www.gutenberg.net/browse/BIBREC/BR4200.HTM if you just want to have the text." Jenny also wrote, on 15 Dec '03 that when she downloaded the diary, she "had to do a little fiddling with the format, and it is a very large file, but in plain text it doesn't take up that much space on my drive. It is the Wheatley version that Phil is using, which is handy."

1 Jan 2004, 5:45 a.m. - vincent

more from Dirk: how to boil an egg or The Gentlewoman's Companion: or, A Guide to the Female Sex http://chaucer.library.emory.edu/cgi-bin/sgml2html/wwrp.pl?act=contents&f=%2Fdata%2Fwomen_writers%2Fdata%2Fwoolley.sgm&offset=309201&len=1147&endpos=284610&elmt=div2&t=Section-%20%20A%20way%20not%20only%20to%20prevent%20but%20to%20cure%20the%20%20Toothach%2C%20or%20to%20make%20an%20aking-Tooth%20fall%20out%20of%20it%20self.%20

14 Jan 2004, 3:46 a.m. - dirk

"Memoir of Samuel Pepys" In addition to the diary text, this site also has a subtitle "Memoir of Samuel Pepys", which may provide some very useful biographical info on Sam. http://www.blackmask.com/books24c/pepys.htm#1_0_4

8 Mar 2004, 1:24 p.m. - Glyn

London's Past Online http://www.history.ac.uk/cmh/lpol "Produced by the Centre for Metropolitan History in association with the Royal Historical Society Bibliography, London's Past Online is a free online bibliography of published material relating to the history of the Greater London area. In it, you will be able to find everything relating to the history of the capital, from counting house to music hall; from the Fire to the Blitz; from Whittington to Livingstone. It should represent a starting point for all enquiries concerning London's development over the centuries or any conceivable aspect of London life" To test this, just go to the Search facility and type in PEPYS

14 Mar 2004, 1:49 a.m. - dirk

Dictionary of Ancient Occupations and Trades, Ranks, Offices, and Titles. http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~dav4is/Sources/Occupations.html

17 Mar 2004, 9:28 p.m. - vincent

timeline of 1600 to 1699---this one for 1660: http://www.humphreybelt.com/Timeline/1660.htm

20 Apr 2004, 3:30 a.m. - dirk

Office Holders in Modern Britain Comprehensive listing of the names of people who held important offices in Britain from the 1600's onwards. http://www.history.ac.uk/office/index.html

29 Jun 2004, 10:28 p.m. - vicente

a mutchkin = 0.212 litres = 4 gills also some words used to confuse the sassanachs, Scottish Weights and Measures Scottish measures differed from the measures in England and in other parts of Europe and other grear readings and ref. http://www.scan.org.uk/researchrtools/glossary_c.htm

18 Feb 2005, 7:49 p.m. - vicenzo

list of Dutch ship from Wim van der Meij on Fri 18 Feb 2005, In the following list there is a Convertine which matches some descriptions: http://www.kotiposti.net/felipe/Netherland/Ships_1660-1669/ships_1660-1669.html . Not a lot of further details unfortunately. (

18 Feb 2005, 8:15 p.m. - vicenzo

follow up on the above, it has more on Ships of many navies. Other resources shown: http://www.kotiposti.net/felipe/England/England_2/england_2.html http://www.kotiposti.net/felipe/England/england.html

5 May 2005, 11:15 p.m. - dirk

Weights & Measures The link in the Background info (Food and Drink > Food > General resources) http://www2.misnet.com/~jliferjr/hereare.htm posted by David Quidnunc doesn't work any more. Another link http://www.hants.gov.uk/regulatory/tradesta/weighhis.html was posted by Pedro (diary entry for monday 25 march 1661) and is still usable. Some more useful links: Weights (includes automatic conversion) http://www.gwydir.demon.co.uk/jo/units/weight.htm A Dictionary of Units http://www.ex.ac.uk/cimt/dictunit/dictunit.htm Common Weights & Measures (also historic) http://www.weights-and-measures.com/ Glossary of Ancient Weights and Measures http://www.hemyockcastle.co.uk/measure.htm Conversions http://www.convert-me.com/en/ [Fixed link to http://www.ex.ac.uk/cimt/dictunit/dictunit.htm , 20 Feb 2012, P.G.]

25 Sep 2005, 5:03 a.m. - David Quidnunc

GOOGLE PRINT searches TEXT OF BOOKS online Google has uploaded entire texts of books onto the Internet and made them available (supposedly in bits and pieces) through a special search page at the Google website: http://print.google.com/ You can't copy the text and you can't print it out, but you can read passages from all sorts of books and glean much, much deeper information than possible before on the Internet. Did I say "glean"? I meant "excavate," "pan for gold," "drill down deep toward the center of the earth." Right now, as of Sept. 25, 2005, it's in "Beta" testing -- meaning the public can test it but Google doesn't claim the system is quite finished yet. Nevertheless, the results are awesome.

8 Jan 2006, 9:41 p.m. - in Aqua Scripto

OED it be available at most USA Libraries in differing viewing forms, test out your local/county/state libraries for differing ways of being informed of the meanig to a weird word.

6 Apr 2006, 3:57 a.m. - dirk

A contemporary building (This may not be the place to put this, but I can't think of any other.) The House of Thomas Bayly, Silk Merchant, in Marlborough, is being carefully restored. It was constructed between 1653 and 1700 -- and is useful as an example of a luxurious building in Sam's time. What's more : "On June 15th 1668 Samuel Pepys 'lay at the Hart' (now Duck's Toy Shop, Tudor Tea Rooms and Conservative Club) and wrote that his wife was well pleased with the 'pretty fair town for a street or two' with its 'penthouses supported with pillars which makes it a good walk' [...]" Clicking on the "Special features" on the "History" page reveals some interesting photographs. http://www.themerchantshouse.co.uk/

5 Aug 2006, 3:39 a.m. - dirk

A virtual 17th c house Courtesy of the National Archives: Hackney's lost Rectory house (ca. 1605) -- a virtual reconstruction. http://www.learningcurve.gov.uk/tudorhackney/virtualreality/tudh1.asp Images: http://www.learningcurve.gov.uk/tudorhackney/vrworldaccess.asp Virtual tour [you may have to scroll down for the buttons]: http://www.learningcurve.gov.uk/tudorhackney/index.asp

13 Mar 2008, 1:20 p.m. - dirk

17th c costume "Two Centuries of Costume in America", Vol. 1 (1620-1820), by Alice Morse Earle, ca.1900 [A real treasure trove for 17th c costume!] http://www.gutenberg.org/files/10115/10115-h/10115-h.htm

6 Feb 2011, 3:28 a.m. - Michael Robinson

Collection of links to digital libraries, useful for many subjects but compiled with an emphasis on utility for legal history. Ordering by country is necessarily a somewhat random affair when modern borders do not align with historical frontiers. http://www.rechtshistorie.nl/en/digital-collections/digital-libraries

2 Aug 2016, 3:56 a.m. - Terry Foreman

A virtual 17th century house https://www.google.com/webhp?hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjI87Lw3KHOAhXM2SYKHV5vAWUQPAgD#hl=en&q=virtual+17th+century+house

14 Sep 2017, 12:06 a.m. - eileen d.

How to Pronounce British Place Names: a sampling of useful links 'How to Pronounce Deliberately Off-Putting British Place Names' http://www.bbcamerica.com/anglophenia/2014/01/pronounce-deliberately-offputting-british-place-names 'List of places in the United Kingdom and Ireland with counterintuitive pronunciations' https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_places_in_the_United_Kingdom_and_Ireland_with_counterintuitive_pronunciations (here's the key to the the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) symbols used [above] for English words and pronunciations by Wikipedia https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:IPA/English ) '197 English Place Names Americans Might Have a Hard Time Pronouncing' http://www.lostinthepond.com/2014/02/197-english-place-names-americans-might.html#.WbnGbuplBDs

9 Nov 2019, 2:45 a.m. - Terry Foreman

Roscius Anglicanus, or, An historical review of the stage from 1660 to 1706 by Downes, John, fl. 1661-1719 https://archive.org/details/rosciusanglicanu00downrich/page/n6

20 Jun 2020, 7:58 p.m. - San Diego Sarah

A map and guided tour of Earls Colne: http://www.colnevalley.com/highstmap.htm

29 Mar 2022, 9:56 p.m. - San Diego Sarah

As a member of the generation completely baffled by the internet, this will probably make more sense to you than me, but it sounds important for future ways to reference: "Memory institutions know the headaches of storing their ever-expanding physical collections: fire, flood, access & space over the long-term. But storing digital assets presents even more diverse challenges: attacks by hackers, deep fakes, censorship, and the unforeseeable cost of storing bits for centuries. Could a new approach — decentralized storage — offer some solutions? That was the focus of an Internet Archive webinar on February 24. "The online event was second in a series of six workshops entitled, “Imagining a Better Online World: Exploring the Decentralized Web,” co-sponsored by DWeb and Library Futures, and presented by the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO). ..." and the article goes on, of course. For the whole article and links, see http://blog.archive.org/2022/03/11/in-an-ever-expanding-library-using-decentralized-storage-to-keep-your-materials-safe/