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Samuel Pepys Exhibition at the National Maritime Museum

As a reliable and valuable late seventeenth-century resource, I have quoted or cited Samuel Pepys (1633-1703) many times on this blog. The National Maritime Museum in Greenwich is currently running an exhibition, Samuel Pepys: Plague, Fire, Revolution from the 20th … Continue reading

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Of Grain Direction and Tea

Seemingly it wasn’t only banding and mouldings that were cross-grained in the late seventeenth-century: I have been troubled this day about a difference between my wife and her maid Nell, who is a simple slut, and I am afeard we … Continue reading

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Two Joynt-Stools and a Miasma

Samuel Pepys’ woke on the 6th of July, 1661 to the news his uncle Robert had died at Brampton the previous night. Samuel rode to Brampton where, according to his diary entry… My uncle’s corps in a coffin standing upon … Continue reading

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Samuel Buys a Chest of Drawers

Samuel Pepys’ diary entry for Monday the 1st of July, 1661: This morning I went up and down into the city, to buy several things, as I have lately done, for my house. Among other things, a fair chest of … Continue reading

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Say, have you read this?

In Samuel Pepys’ diary entry for the 21st of June, 1661, he mentions purchasing some ‘say’: “…having bought some green Say for curtains in my parler”. Say is one of several archaic names for baize, a fabric commonly employed for … Continue reading

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Samuel Pepys

The English diarist Samuel Pepys was born in London on February 23rd, 1633. Born into a humble family, Pepys was appointed about 1659 as a clerk in the office of the Exchequer, where on January 1st 1660, he began the … Continue reading

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