Site News: Temperature and politics
I have added a bit of extra contextual information in the sidebar
next to every diary entry. You can now see:
* The average temperature for that month (daily data isn't available
until 1772) as recorded by Gordon Manley of the Royal Meteorological
Society. You can view the full dataset on the Met Office's website
* Links to the relevant daily Journals for the House of Commons
<http://www.british-history.ac.uk/source.aspx?pubid=113> and House of
Lords <http://www.british-history.ac.uk/source.aspx?pubid=37> from
British History Online. These will hopefully give some context to
Pepys' more political activities.
My thanks to Terry Foreman for finding both these sources of
information that help bring Pepys' world alive. If anyone can suggest
anything else, do let me know.
- Thanks for this great info, Phil and Terry! I'm esp. interested in the temperature data for 1683 and 1684, as I'm interested in the Great Frost which began Dec. 15 1683 and ended Feb. 5 1684. Does anyone happen to know of anything Pepys wrote during that period? I've looked at his published correspondence with Evelyn, and there's nothing relevant. It's almost incredible that he wouldn't have penned a line about coaches plying the frozen Thames, the Frost Fair on the river, etc. to SOMEone. Kit