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First Reading

David Quidnunc  •  Link


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.

PHE  •  Link

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… and click on the link entitled

David Quidnunc  •  Link

New York Times book reviews
Search page:

"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.

Roger Miller  •  Link

Earls Colne, Essex - Records of an English Village 1375-1854


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/earl…

This is an index to the diary: http://linux02.lib.cam.ac.uk/earl…

This is the entry for 25th April 1660: http://linux02.lib.cam.ac.uk/earl…

Paul Miller  •  Link

This is an absolutely essential link for Pepys readers.

This site has:
CITIES of London and Westminster,
Borough of Southwark

Grahamt  •  Link

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.

JFX  •  Link

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...


...and it really captures the spirit of the times rather well. Perhaps...

Sorry for this!


David Quidnunc  •  Link

AMAZON.COM search engine for full texts of books


"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

vincent  •  Link

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

vincent  •  Link

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"


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

dirk  •  Link


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.

David Quidnunc  •  Link


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.)

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.

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.

David Quidnunc  •  Link

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/…
but you can also download the complete etext of the diary on the link above
http://www.gutenberg.net/browse/B… 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."

dirk  •  Link

"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.


Glyn  •  Link

London's Past Online


"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

dirk  •  Link

Office Holders in Modern Britain

Comprehensive listing of the names of people who held important offices in Britain from the 1600's onwards.


vicente  •  Link

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.

vicenzo  •  Link

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/N… . Not a lot of further details unfortunately. (

dirk  •  Link

Weights & Measures

The link in the Background info (Food and Drink > Food > General resources)
posted by David Quidnunc doesn't work any more.

Another link
was posted by Pedro (diary entry for monday 25 march 1661) and is still usable.

Some more useful links:

Weights (includes automatic conversion)

A Dictionary of Units

Common Weights & Measures (also historic)

Glossary of Ancient Weights and Measures


[Fixed link to http://www.ex.ac.uk/cimt/dictunit… , 20 Feb 2012, P.G.]

David Quidnunc  •  Link


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:


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.

in Aqua Scripto  •  Link

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.

dirk  •  Link

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.


dirk  •  Link

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!]


Michael Robinson  •  Link

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.


Second Reading

eileen d.  •  Link

How to Pronounce British Place Names: a sampling of useful links

'How to Pronounce Deliberately Off-Putting British Place Names'

'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/H… )

'197 English Place Names Americans Might Have a Hard Time Pronouncing'

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

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

Third Reading

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

This article is about an American university level on-line history course. The instructor has chosen to end the section at 1763 instead of the usual 1500 or 1600 to provide students with more grounding in early modern encounters and colonialism, and a firmer foundation for further History study. But he never even mentions the Enlightenment.

Most interesting I thought were these supplementary reference materials about people and events I have never heard of before. Education is never done!

"... my two modules for 1450-1763 include as supplementary material
a Dig history podcast episode on Malintzin and her involvement in the Spanish-Mexica war,
a segment from PBS’ Africa’s Great Civilizations on Queen Njinga Mbandi and her resistance to Portuguese rule in Angola,
an article from The Met about Dona Beatriz Kimpa Vita to introduce students to Kongolese Christianity,
and an episode of the Ben Franklin’s World podcast featuring Andrés Reséndez on the enslavement of Native Americans.

"Other example resources include
the Transatlantic Slave Trade Database at slavevoyages.org, which has lesson plans,
an Aeon long-form piece on the Little Ice Age,
and a World History Encyclopedia overview of the global flow of silver from the Spanish-controlled mines in Potosí and Zacatecas."

From https://ageofrevolutions.com/2022…

So what happened in 1763?

February 10, 1763 -- The Treaty of Paris ends the Seven Years War (French and Indian War). France surrenders all of its North American possessions east of the Mississippi to Britain. This ends a source of insecurity for the British colonists along the Atlantic Coast.

This is Chief Pontiac and Daniel Boone's time. Also shown is George III's proclamation in October outlining incentives for British settlers to move there.

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

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"We run a wide selection of talks, guided tours, film screenings, exhibitions and other events, and you can find out more about these as well as the latest updates from the archives on our news and events page." Some are both in person and on line.

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