Re: [pepysdiary] February 29th, 1659. (Leap Year)
The source of that is http://www.pepysdiary.com/about/faq/
It's not really 1659, but 1659/60.
On Sat, Oct 8, 2011 at 5:44 PM, terry foreman <terry.foreman@...> wrote:
On Sat, Oct 8, 2011 at 12:59 PM, theforestofdean <ericmills1936@...> wrote:
- Why do some years appear like 1659/60 instead of just 1660?
- In Pepys’ time the new year officially began on 25 March, but in practice many people tended to take 1 January as the first day of the year. Thus in the official style 1 February 1659 is 1 February 1660 to most people. Pepys wrote such dates in his diary along the lines of “1 February 1659/60”. You can read more on this subject on the Calendar topic of the Encyclopedia.
I am very new at this.
The entry for 29th February, 1659 starts:
29th. To my office, and drank at Will's with Mr. Moore, ...
At first reading, I thought Samuel had had a bit too much to drink with Mr. Moore. (Leap Year on an Odd Numbered Year). But then I got to thinking ... As I perceive it there were three annual calendars in force at the time.
a) the common or garden variety starting 1st January;
b) the Civil Legal calendar ... 24th March, I think - but correct me if I'm wrong;
c) the Fiscal year - April, 5th/6th.
Now, ignoring the problems inherent in the (tri)chotomy, my question is:
Is this particular 29th Feb part of that web of possible dates or just a bit of booze talking ? ... or some other reason.
I really am interested.
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