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From today's entry the following events are modelled:

  • Elizabeth tells Samuel of a theft.
  • Samuel and Elizabeth travel to Whitehall, and Samuel on to his cousin Thomas Pepys where they discuss Thomas's father's will. They encounter one Sir George Lane, who is interested in leasing the house (part of the estate).
  • Finally, Samuel travels around a bit, visiting the Wardrobe, Lady Jemima Montagu, popping back home, to the office, and finally back home again.

A busy day for my first entry as guest editor. The most interesting event is the discussion with Sir George Lane regarding a lease on Thomas Pepys' house. The house forms part of the estate of Robert Pepys, and is currently inhabited by Thomas. Originally I simply modelled this as a discussion between Thomas, Samuel and Lane regarding the estate (for which a topic has been previously created); however I decided to revise this and create a topic specifically for the house as it is the subject of a later lease, and is also the location of the surrounding events.

I added a "located near" association type as the house is near St Martins Lane, rather than actually on it. More specific proximity associations may be useful.

To model the theft, I created a theft event type, and dated an instance of it as "start before" the current date, as the actual date of the theft is not stated; this event was then used as the subject for a discussion between Elizabeth and Samuel.

At the end of the entry, Samuel learns that his servant Will Hewer also lost a clock in the theft (and is apparently "very glad" at this). As there are no details of who imparts this information, I have left it currently unmodelled.

New and updated topic map files:

Topic map for this entry.

Family relationships ontology.

Core diary ontology.

People in the diary.

Places in the diary.

Please welcome Stuart Brown of OxfordML as "guest editor" for the Pepys' topic maps. I'm going to be off on holiday from the end of next week and Stuart has very kindly agreed to take on the task of keeping up with the diary in my absence.

From today's entry the following events are modelled:

  • Samuel visits William Penn and William Batten - although it is not crystal clear from the text, I have modelled this as two separate visiting events.
  • Samuel goes to Westminster Hall, during which Samuel meets Ann Mitchell (a bookseller at Westminster).
  • A performance of the play "Brennoralt" at the Theatre Royal, attended by Samuel and also by Barbara Villiers (the King's mistress - a new association type 'lover-of' has been introduced to model this relationship).
  • A discussion between Samuel and his uncle Thomas about the estate of Robert Pepys.
  • Samuel meets meets with his aunt Mary Wight.

This last event is a little tricky as Samuel had intended to visit his uncle William Wight, but on finding him out stayed for a while with his aunt. The question is whether intention should be modelled in the topic map and if so, how. Alternatively (and the approach I have taken) we simply model the reported facts and not the reported intention - thus we can say that Samuel had an unintentional "meeting" with his aunt (if his uncle had been in, then the event would have been an intentional "visit").

Finally there is the mention of Pepys' sister "Pall" - however as this mention is not linked in to any particular event, I currently lack the means to model it. I could, of course, create a "mentioned" association between the topic representing "Pall" with a topic representing the diary entry, but then by extension every other person and place mentioned by the diary should also be associated in this way. For now my decision is to leave out the mention and continue to focus just on modelling the people, places and events reported in the diary and to leave out modelling of intentions or thoughts.

New and updated topic map files:

Topic map for this entry.

Family relationships ontology.

Core diary ontology.

People in the diary.

Places in the diary.