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The main event in today's entry is the christening of Catherine Montague. This is modelled using a new event type "christening" subclassed from "church-service" (although it actually takes place at the Wardrobe and not in a church).

Two other events require extensions to the ontology.

Samuel takes delivery of some furniture from Richard Howells - using the existing "purchasing" event type for this does not work as there is no exchange of money at this point.

The other event is Sam's argument with his mother. The "argument" event type is subclassed from the "discussion" event type. I've added an occurrence to this event that gives Samuel's side of the story at least.

New and updated topic maps:

Topic map for today.

Core ontology for the diary.

People in the diary.

The entry for today is quite a long one, although much of it describes rumour and gossip which at present we are not modelling in the topic map.

The events that are modelled are as follows:

  • Samuel has a discussion with his cousin Thomas about is uncle Thomas (presumably something to do with the will of Robert Pepys, as cousin Thomas is the executor of the will, but this is not made explicit).
  • Samuel goes to the chambers of the Privy Seal (who is not there).
  • Sam meets Mr Battersby in Fenchurch Street and the pair share some wine at the chambers of the King's Apothecary (presumably just for medicinal purposes then ;-).
  • The pair then take a boat to Blackfriars Stairs where Samuel disembarks and proceeds to the King's Great Wardrobe for dinner. He does not say who he dines with.
  • After dinner Samuel and Captain Ferrers return to Whitehall and meet Mr. Pickering at Westminster Hall.
  • This trio then go off drinking at a wine house called Prior's.
  • Samuel and Pickering stroll around Westminster Hall, Samuel gets gossip from Pickering which is modelled simply as a discussion event for now.
  • Samuel takes his leave and goes to the Mitre where he meets the Wight's.
  • Samuel returns home and writes another spoof letter to William Penn about the stolen tankard in which he demands a ransom for the tankard's return.

This entry also relates two events involving Elizabeth Pepys. She meets the "Ladies of the Wardrobe", by which I have assumed Pepys means Jemima Carteret and Paulina Montague, at the Royal Exchange. She also meets Thomas Somerset, a son of Lord Somerset (and possibly the man from 30th August?) who gives her a bracelet as a gift.

New and updated files:

Topic map for today's entry.

People in the diary.

Places in the diary.

Two entries posted today.

In the entry for 31st August, Samuel describes his visit to Bartholomew Fair. The fair is an extended event starting on 23rd August and ending on 6th September. Within the span of this event, today describes a number of separate events that involve Samuel directly. To model this, I have created one recreation-event topic for the fair itself covering the complete 23/8-6/9 timespan. Then each event that occurs at the fair is created as a "subevent" of the fair event. This requires a new association type for relationship between an encompassing event and the events that it encompasses (which I've called superevent and subevent as a shorthand).

For example a performance by dancing monkeys (no, really) at the fair is modelled as:

[event-16610831-06 : performance = "Performance by dancing monkeys at Bartholomew Fair (31st August 1661)";"16610831-06"]

occurs(event-16610831-06 : event, today : on)

superevent-subevent(event-16610831-06 : subevent, bartholomew-fair : superevent)

This type of relationship could also be useful for other spanning events, and could be treated as hierarchical. For example a war could be a spanning event (superevent) with each battle as an encompassed event (subevent). Then within the battle, each charge or manoeuver could be modelled as a subevent of the battle event.

Another slightly odd construct in the topic map for 31st August is the modelling of Samuel buying a bauble for each of three ladies in his company at Christ's Hospital. This is modelled as a single purchasing-event where three separate items are purchased, followed by three separate gift events, each with one of those purchased items and a different recipient:

[event-16610831-09 : purchasing-event = "Samuel buys baubles for the ladies (31st August 1661)";"16610831-09"]

occurs(event-16610831-09 : event, event-16610831-07 : during)

participation(event-16610831-09 : event,

samuel-pepys : purchaser,

bauble-1 : purchased,

bauble-2 : purchased,

bauble-3 : purchased)

[bauble-1 : bauble = "A bauble for Jemima Carteret"]

[bauble-2 : bauble = "A bauble for Paulina Montague"]

[bauble-3 : bauble = "A bauble for Mlle Le Blanc"]
[event-16610831-10 : gift-event = "Samuel gives a bauble to Jemima Carteret (31st August 1661)";"16610831-10"]

occurs(event-16610831-10 : event, event-16610831-07 : during)

participation(event-16610831-10 : event,

bauble-1 : gift,

samuel-pepys : giver,

jemima-carteret : recipient)


In the entry for 1st September, an interesting revalation is made. The tankard that was stolen from William Penn and which Sam wrote a joke confessional for a few days ago, was actually stolen as a joke by William Batten. So we have a bit of new information to add to the theft-event that was created in the topic map for 28th August 1661. To do this, I have added a subject indicator to the original theft event so that it can be imported into the topic map for 1st September. I can then use that imported topic to create a new association and an occurrence that describes the theft in Sam's own words. Although the topic map standard does allow me to simply refer to the address of the original event topic rather than do this import trick, using a full URI subject indicator is a bit more robust and won't break if the files are moved into different relative paths (e.g. split into separate directories for each month).

New and updated topic maps:

Topic map for 31st August 1661

Topic map for 1st September 1661

Modified topic map for 28th August 1661

Core ontology

Artifacts in the diary.

Culture in the diary.

Dates in the diary.

People in the diary.

Places in the diary.

TEASER: Look out for another month-end merged topic map tomorrow!