3 Annotations

First Reading

JWB  •  Link

L&H identify: "...a wealthy grocer who often supplied navy victualling".

Second Reading

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

SALTER, one who deals in Salt or Salt Fish -- An universal etymological English dictionary. N. Bailey, 1724. So not surprising that Abraham Jaggard served a dinner of “all fish”.

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

Pepys describes visiting Abraham Jaggard on Friday, 18 February, 1663/64:
“Mr. Jaggard, a salter, in Thames Street, … his wife, whom long ago I had seen, being daughter to old Day, my uncle Wight’s master, is a very plain woman, but pretty children they have. They live methought at first in but a plain way, but afterward I saw their dinner, all fish, brought in very neatly, but the company being but bad I had no great pleasure in it.”
Fish on Friday; were they Catholic? “Bad company“ might indicate Puritan seriousness? Or do the names, Abraham and Sarah, tell us something?
Later that day Pepys returned for supper:
“and thence to Jaggard’s again, where a very good supper and great store of plate; and above all after supper Mrs. Jaggard did at my entreaty play on the Vyall, but so well as I did not think any woman in England could and but few Maisters, I must confess it did mightily surprise me, though I knew heretofore that she could play, but little thought so well.”

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