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I've started working backwards as well as forward, so here's 29th June and 30th June 1661.

On the 29th, Samuel receives a letter from the Duke of York (James Stuart, the brother of the King), complaining about a delay in a fleet. As a result, Pepys goes with William Penn and William Batten to Deptford, where he examines the boats. He then goes to a tavern, the Bell, and meets friends (from ‘our old club’) with whom he stays and drinks; James Chetwind recommends a book.

On the 30th Samuel and wife go to church, and then dine at home. Samuel then goes with ‘Sir Williams both’ to Whitehall where they meet the Duke of York, and relay to him the cause of the above delays. Pepys then walks in Gray's Inn Walk, and appreciates the ladies.

Pepys also comments on his wife being unwell, the Portuguese Ambassador visiting the King prior to returning to Portugal (the Queen, Catherine of Braganza is in Portugal and arrangements are being made for her coming over), and on his father going to Brampton to visit the ill Robert Pepys.

22nd August later today.

The letter from the Duke is the ‘cause’ of some subsequent events, but it occurs to me that we should break the cause-result association into more fine-grained subclasses. I can think of three types of cause and effect:

  • elective results, such as the above, in which an individual has chosen to act in a certain way as a result of another event;
  • imperative results, in which an event follows on from another by virtue of social or legal unavoidability, but is not physically necessary; such as an execution order leading to the death of the individual; and
  • necessary results – those that are a result of nature and have no human agency, such a Robert Pepys' illness leading to his death.

Does this seem a reasonable or necessary breakdown? Comments on a popup, please.

New and updated topic map files:

Topic map for 29th June 1661.

Topic map for 30th June 1661.

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I'm back; Kal and I have decided to alternate weeks of updating to lighten the load.

In today's entry, the following events are modelled:

  • The birth of Catherine Montagu (on or before today).
  • The engagement of Thomas Pepys (the brother) to a Miss Whately (before today).
  • Samuel visits his father, and together they visit Dr Williams (but he is out), Mrs Terry (Miss Whately's sister, with whom they discuss the engagement), and William Joyce.
  • They drink in a tavern with Joyce.
  • They visit Mrs Whately (the mother), but she is just going out, so they go to Whitehall, where they receive the news of the birth.
  • They revisit Mrs Whately and discuss the engagement.
  • They return to Samuel's father's house.
  • Samuel dines at the Wardrobe with the Montagu's (older) daughters.

I created an event type of engagement; this is for the whole period, the event of being engaged. The actual bended-knee occasion would be a proposal event; I haven't created this yet, as we have no details of it.

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Topic map for this entry.

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You can take the boy out of editorial, but you can't take editorial out of the boy. A frenzy of correcting and updating means that all the entries for July have been updated, mainly changing events to more suitable types introduced subsequent to the first version.

1st July 1661

  • Added Samuel working at the office.

2nd July 1661

  • Added the letter from John Pepys to Samuel concerning his uncle's illness, and created an instance of illness for this.
  • Added Samuel writing to Montagu.

3rd July 1661

  • Added occurs associations.

4th July 1661

  • General tidying. Also, the travelling of John Pepys to Brampton which so offends William Wight is not, I think an event occuring today but is the trip reported by Samuel on 30 June (John Pepys is definitely in London on 4th and 6th July, and trip to Brampton takes a couple of days); so I've added that day as the start of the retrospective entries, and amended this entry accordingly.
  • Added John Battersby's profession (apothecary) to pepys-diary-people, as this is relevant to his discussion with Pepys.

5th July 1661

  • Changed Samuel's visit to the office to the working-event type added by Kal recently.

6th July 1661

  • Added a cause-result association to document Robert Pepys' illness causing his death.
  • Added a news-event of Samuel receiving the news of his uncle's death.

7th July 1661

  • As Robert Pepys' estate is a topic in its own right, and is the subject of many discussions in the following month, I have added the reading of the will in the garden as an event.

8–13 July 1661

  • Added the news of Tom Trice's caveat to the estate, as this is discussed later.

14 July 1661

  • Just added the description of Hinchingbroke Hall.

15 July 1661

  • A few corrections only.

16–19 July 1661

  • No changes, mainly because the entry is a bit confused.

20 July 1661

  • Added Pepys' mention of his swollen hand.

21 July 1661

  • Added Samuel putting his papers in order as working events.

22 July 1661

  • Corrections.

23 July 1661

  • Added the news of Paulina's idleness.

24 July 1661

  • Changed the news of the theft to a news event.
  • Added a description of Lady Montagu.
  • Changed the office visit to a working-event.

25th July 1661

  • Corrections.

26th July 1661

  • Added a description of Robert Pepys' estate.

27th July 1661

  • Changed the 'unnamed residence of Montagu daughters' to the the Montagu's London residence.

28th July 1661

  • No changes.

29th July 1661

  • Changed the visit to the office to a working event.
  • Add illness topics for the reported illnesses in the news event.
  • John Glascock dies of his illness at an (unspecified) date, so this death has been added to pepys-diary-people.

30 July 1661

  • Changed the office visit to a working event.

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