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In the entry for 6th December 1661, the following events are modelled:

  • Samuel meets friends at Westminster hall.
  • Samuel and friends drink wine at The Dog.
  • Samuel, Penn and Batten dine as guests of George Carteret at his lodgings in Whitehall Palace. According to L&M, this would be the lodgings granted to Carteret by his position as Vice Chamberlain, hence the location topic is named "Lodgings of the Vice Chamberlain". The lodgings are not within the confines of Whitehall Palace as shown in L&M, but are instead in the Great Court which adjoins the palace.
  • Signing of a contract. This is a charter granted to the East India company by the Crown. Pepys only says that the East India Company is represented by "govenors", but there are no names nor any numbers. For now I have only modelled the people that we know to be present (Pepys, Penn, Batten and Carteret as witnesses). The charter itself is modelled as an item (in the artifacts topic map) and is made the subject of this event and of the following discussion event.
  • A discussion with the King. Pepys, Penn, Batten and Carteret have a discussion with the King and the Duke of York in the Kings Closet. The Kings Closet is part of Whitehall Palace and so its location is modelled using a located-in relationship.
  • Samuel and the others return to Carteret's lodgings to complete their business. This is modelled as a working event.
  • Samuel speaks with the Lord Privy Seal in the Council Chambers. This is also modelled as a working event. Again the Council Chambers are a part of Whitehall Palace.
  • Pepys returns home by coach with Penn and Batten.

Topic map for 6th December 1661

Artifacts in the diary.

People in the diary.

Places in the diary.

Three more topic maps posted today covering the period from 3rd to 5th December 1661.

Events modelled for 3rd December 1661

  • Samuel sits for Mr. Savill
  • Samuel visits the Wardrobe
  • Samuel and Henry Moore go to the Temple to work on Pepys' legal business. I have assumed here that this is the Chancery bill against Tom Trice.
  • Samuel dines with Lady Montagu and Lady Wright.
  • Samuel travels to the Navy Office by boat.
  • Sam returns home.

Events for 4th December 1661:

  • Samuel travels to Whitehall with Williams Batten and Penn. Samuel reports seeing the body of a man who drowned the previous day. This is recorded as a separate death event.
  • Samuel goes to the Temple to deal with the surrender of Sturtlow.
  • Samuel and others dine at the 3 Tuns.
  • After dinner, Sam takes a boat to Cheapside to meet his wife at Mr. Savills. This gives us evidence for the location of the painter's workshop which is now recorded as being on Cheapside.
  • Elizabeth sits for Mr. Savill.
  • Samuel and Elizabeth return home by coach.

Events for 5th December 1661:

  • Samuel sits for Mr. Savill
  • Samuel and William Batten work on Navy business at the Treasury Office
  • William Batten dines at home.
  • Batten returns to the Treasury Office.
  • William Penn dines with Pepys at his home.
  • Penn, Pepys and his wife travel to the Opera by coach.
  • Penn travels on to Whitehall by coach.
  • Samuel and Elizabeth attend a performance of Hamlet at the Opera.
  • The pair visit Jane Turner at her home.
  • Samuel and Elizabeth return home.

New and updated topic maps:

Topic map for 3rd December 1661.

Topic map for 4th December 1661.

Topic map for 5th December 1661.

Cultural artifacts in the diary.

Places in the diary.

Dates in the diary.

Although short, the entry for 2nd December 1661 results in quite a few separate events.

  • An initial sequence in which Samuel goes to Mr. Savills; finds him out; meets Henry Moore on the way home and the pair then return to Seething Lane. This results in the following sequence of events in the topic map:
    • Samuel travels from Seething Lane to Mr. Savills place of business.
    • Samuel travels from Mr. Savills place of business and stops at some unamed place en-route to his home.
    • Samuel meets Henry Moore that the unamed place where the previous travelling event ended.
    • Samuel and Henry Moore travel from the meeting point to Pepys home.
  • Pepys and Moore talk at Pepys home.
  • Henry Moore dines with Samuel Pepys.
  • Henry Moore takes his leave to do some work at the Lord Privy's office. This is modelled simply as a working-event taking place at the Lord Privy chambers with Moore as the worker.
  • Clement Sankey and Mary Archer call on Samuel Pepys at home.
  • All three go to the Opera by coach.
  • A performance of 'The Mad Lover' attended by Pepys, Clement Sankey and Mary Archer.
  • Clement Sankey and Mary Archer dine with Pepys at his home.

You might notice that in some cases the travelling has been modelled in more detail than in other cases. For example, Sam's return home from Mr. Savill is modelled as having two legs, but this is in some way necessary to model his meeting Henry Moore (the alternative being to simply model the meeting with Moore as being an event that occurred during the journey from Savill's to Pepyp's home). On the other hand the trio of Clement Sankey, Mary Archer and Samuel Pepys must have travelled back from the Opera in order to participate in the final dining-event at Pepys' home, however I have chosen not to model this particular travelling event at all as the fact that they all changed location can be deduced from the location of the performance event and the subsequent dining event and we have no additional information (such as mode of transport) to convey.

This question of the level of detail of the modelling is something that occurs in many places in the work on the diary. Another good example is the modelling of event sequencing. Right now there is an implicit event sequencing that uses sort names for the events so that they sort into (approximately) chronological order. A more explicit way to model this would be to specify the start and end points of events relative to each other (e.g. event A starts after event B). At the moment, the choice to not model this information is a question of balancing the additional manual effort against the additional information conveyed. Some helpful tooling could quite possibly change my mind...

New and updated topic maps:

Topic map for 2nd December 1661.

Cultural artifacts in the diary.

Places in the diary.