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In the week of July 13, 1665, 700 people died of the plague in the city of London, according to Samuel Pepys, who also had a merry discussion with Lady Slaning about their mutual fondness for brown bread and cream.
July 14, 2008 at 10:27 AM | Permalink
I'll have to try that (the brown bread and cream, not the plague). I just brought home some just-milked cream this morning! And some cherries and strawberries It's calling me...
(Doesn't that sound like a sort of 17th century version of strawberry shortcake anyhow?)
July 15, 2008 at 07:42 PM
Pepys is teh awesome! He's like a messenger sent from the 17th Century to tell us that people were human then in the same measure that they are now! Much of fun to listen to on a well read books-on-tape recording.
July 16, 2008 at 10:07 PM
Yeah. My favorite is the one where his neighbor's toilet has been emptying out into his basement. Everybody has had "home improvement" moments like that. Although possibly not quite that gross.
July 16, 2008 at 10:17 PM
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