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November 02, 2013

Gunpowder

"This night my boy Wayneman, as I was in my chamber, I overheard him let off some gunpowder,'' wrote Samuel Pepys on this day in 1661.

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October 28, 2013

The Best Legs

"...a woman acted Parthenia, and came afterwards on the stage in men’s clothes, and had the best legs that ever I saw,'' write diarist Samuel Pepys on this day 352 years ago.

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October 25, 2013

Love And Honour

"...my wife and I to the Opera, and there saw again “Love and Honour,” a play so good that it has been acted but three times and I have seen them all, and all in this week; which is too much,'' wrote Samuel Pepys on this day in 1661.

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October 24, 2013

This Day He Has Not Spoken

Samuel Pepys fears for the life of a friend.

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October 18, 2013

A Devilish Tongue

"...I hope to hear of her, for I would not by any means go to law with a woman of so devilish a tongue as she has,'' wrote Samuel Pepys on this day in 1661.

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October 16, 2013

A Fin Of Ling

Samuel Pepys samples ling for the first time.

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October 14, 2013

The Fountain Tavern

"...he went out with us to the Fountain tavern and did give us store of wine,'' wrote Samuel Pepys on this day in 1661.

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October 11, 2013

A Cataplasm

Samuel Pepys takes to his bed with a cataplasm.

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A Cataplasm

Samuel Pepys takes to his bed with a cataplasm.

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October 09, 2013

La Belle

"...at home I found Mrs. Pierce, la belle, and Madam Clifford, with whom I was forced to stay, and made them the most welcome I could,'' wrote Samuel Pepys on this day 352 years ago.

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October 04, 2013

Suffolk Cheese

Samuel Pepys is vexed at having to eat Suffolk cheese.

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September 30, 2013

A Great Bustle Through The City

Samuel Pepys records fighting in the streets of London between Frenchmen and Spaniards.

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A Great Bustle Through The City

Samuel Pepys records fighting in the streets of London between Frenchmen and Spaniards.

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September 27, 2013

A Hampire Of Millons

Samuel Pepys samples millons - "the first that ever I saw''.

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September 25, 2013

Such Is The Power Of The Devil

Against his better nature, Samuel Pepys again visits a theatre.

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September 20, 2013

The Rogue That Had Betrayed Us

Diarist Samuel Pepys spends a day in court.

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September 17, 2013

A Pretty Mare

Samuel Pepys and his wife journey on horseback.

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September 11, 2013

Killing Cats

... Dr. Williams, who did carry me into his garden, where he hath abundance of grapes; and did show me how a dog that he hath do kill all the cats that come thither to kill his pigeons, and do afterwards bury them...

Samuel Pepys records another surprising day in his life.

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September 09, 2013

The King's Privy Kitchen

...and there we had a good slice of beef or two to our breakfast, and from thence he took us into the wine cellar where, by my troth, we were very merry...

Diarist Samuel Pepys enjoys a jolly day.

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September 06, 2013

No Countenance

Diarist Samuel Pepys's mind is much troubled pm account of his wife's "going abroad''.

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September 04, 2013

Oysters

"...there dined and had oysters, the first I have eat this year, and were pretty good,'' recorded diarist Samuel Pepys on this day 352 years ago.

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August 30, 2013

An Ill-Done Thing

Samuel Pepys sees a French comedy which is so ill-done it makes him feel sick in his mind.

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August 28, 2013

Advice From An Attorney

...he tells me absolutely that we shall not be forced to pay interest for the money yet. I do doubt it very much...

Samuel Pepys goes in search of an attorney.

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August 23, 2013

A Bit Of Mutton

"Dr. Williams and I to a cook’s where we eat a bit of mutton,'' wrote Samuel Pepys on this day on this day 352 years ago.

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August 21, 2013

A Wife For My Brother

Samuel Pepys writes about the possibility of an arranged marriage.

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August 16, 2013

A Sickly Time

Samuel Pepys tells of people falling ill with "a sort of fever''.

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August 15, 2013

The Witts

Diarist Samuel Pepys goes to the Opera.

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August 09, 2013

If He Should Die

...So I did promise to be a friend to his wife and family if he should die...

Samuel Pepys has a busy day.

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August 08, 2013

Which Made Me Mad

"...but my Lord comes not all the afternoon, which made me mad and gives all the world reason to talk of his delaying of business...'' wrote Samuel Pepys on this day in 1661.

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Which Made Me Mad

"...but my Lord comes not all the afternoon, which made me mad and gives all the world reason to talk of his delaying of business...'' wrote Samuel Pepys on this day in 1661.

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August 03, 2013

The High And The Mighty

Samuel Pepys hears of the way things are at Cambridge University.

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August 02, 2013

Cambridge Bound

Samuel Pepys sets out a-horseback for Cambridge.

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July 31, 2013

A Borrower

Diarist Samuel Pepys finds himself short of cash.

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July 26, 2013

A Broken Vow

Samuel Pepys is unable to stick to a vow to drink no wine for a week.

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July 24, 2013

Robbed

"This morning my wife in bed tells me of our being robbed of our silver tankard.'' wrote Samuel Pepys.

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July 17, 2013

Base Hypocritical Tricks

"My aunt continuing in her base, hypocritical tricks,'' wrote diarist Samuel Pepys.

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July 10, 2013

Breaking Brains

...nor his papers so well sorted as I would have had them, but all in confusion, that break my brains to understand them...

Samuel Pepys labours for days in sorting out his uncle's affairs.

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Breaking Brains

...nor his papers so well sorted as I would have had them, but all in confusion, that break my brains to understand them...

Samuel Pepys labours for days in sorting out his uncle's affairs.

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July 05, 2013

Venison Pasty

Diarist Samuel Pepys makes brief record of a merry day.

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July 03, 2013

Spanish Books

"...dined with my Lady, who is in some mourning for her brother, Mr. Saml. Crew, who died yesterday of the spotted fever,'' recorded diarist Samuel Pepys on this day in 1661.

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Spanish Books

"...dined with my Lady, who is in some mourning for her brother, Mr. Saml. Crew, who died yesterday of the spotted fever,'' recorded diarist Samuel Pepys on this day in 1661.

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June 28, 2013

Wrestling

Diarist Samuel Pepys sees the north countrymen wrestle the west countrymen.

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June 26, 2013

Musique

"...and so home to my musique and then to bed,'' wrote diarist Samuel Pepys after another busy day.

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June 21, 2013

Breaking Wind

Samuel Pepys plays the fool in water and gets a great cold.

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June 19, 2013

Negligence

"...I am now become the most negligent man in the world as to matters of news,'' wrote diarist Samuel Pepys on this day 352 years ago.

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June 14, 2013

A Great Cold

"...having got a great cold by my playing the fool in the water yesterday I was in great pain,'' wrote diarist Samuel Pepys on this dayin 1661.

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June 13, 2013

The Dutch Yacht

...and so we set sayle, and anon went to dinner, my Lord and we very merry...

Samuel Pepys records a jolly day among illustrious company.

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The Dutch Yacht

...and so we set sayle, and anon went to dinner, my Lord and we very merry...

Samuel Pepys records a jolly day among illustrious company.

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June 07, 2013

Toothache

Diarist Samuel Pepys has another late night.

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June 05, 2013

Very Near Fuddled

" I went home with Sir R. Slingsby to bowls in his ally, and there had good sport,'' wrote Samuel Pepys.

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May 31, 2013

Pettish

"...indeed my mother is grown now so pettish that I know not how my father is able to bear with it,'' wrote diarist Samuel Pepys.

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May 30, 2013

A Good Boat

"To the Wardrobe and there, with my Lord, went into his new barge to try her, and found her a good boat,'' wrote diarist Samuel Pepys on this day in 1661.

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May 24, 2013

An Uncertain Eye

...there I took one of the maids by the chin, thinking her to be Susan, but it proved to be her sister...

Diarist Samuel Pepys had an uncertain eye for the ladies.

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May 23, 2013

Falling Frogs

"...had very good discourse with Mr. Ashmole, wherein he did assure me that frogs and many insects do often fall from the sky, ready formed,'' wrote Samuel Pepys on this day in 1661,

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May 17, 2013

Singing Together

...my wife and I sat singing in my chamber a good while together...

Diarist Samuel Pepys had a tuneful day.

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May 15, 2013

A Surly Answer

"...there came two men with an order from a Committee of Lords to demand some books of me out of the office, in order to the examining of Mr. Hutchinson’s accounts, but I give them a surly answer, and they went away to complain,'' wrote diarist Samuel Pepys on this day in 1661.

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May 10, 2013

Rhenish Wine

"This afternoon came Mr. Blackburn and Creed to see me, and I took them to the Dolphin, and there drank a great deal of Rhenish wine,'' recorded Samuel Pepys on this day in 1661.

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May 08, 2013

An Old Fiddle

"To-day I received a letter from my uncle, to beg an old fiddle of me for my Cozen Perkin, the miller, whose mill the wind hath lately broke down,'' wrote diarist Samuel Pepys.

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An Old Fiddle

"To-day I received a letter from my uncle, to beg an old fiddle of me for my Cozen Perkin, the miller, whose mill the wind hath lately broke down,'' wrote diarist Samuel Pepys.

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May 03, 2013

Unmannerly Mr Creed

"...having nothing more of trouble in all my journey, but the exceeding unmannerly and most epicure-like palate of Mr. Creed,'' wrote diarist Samuel Pepys on this day in 1661.

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May 01, 2013

Bowls

"Here very merry, and played us and our wives at bowls,'' wrote diarist Samuel Pepys on this day in1661.

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April 26, 2013

A Quiet Day

Diarist Samuel Pepys thought it necessary to write about his days, even when nothing much happened.

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April 24, 2013

Chocolate

"...my head in a sad taking through the last night’s drink,'' wrote diarist Samuel Pepys.

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April 19, 2013

Mightily Troubled

...it being so foul that I could not go to Whitehall to see the Knights of the Bath made to-day, which do trouble me mightily...

Samuel Pepys records that bad weather interfered with his plans.

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April 17, 2013

A Vulgar Song

"I went to the Dolphin by appointment and there I met Sir Wms. both and Mr. Castle, and did eat a barrel of oysters and two lobsters,'' wrote diarist Samuel Pepys on this day in 1661.

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April 12, 2013

Good Friday

"...dined with Sir W. Batten, all fish dinner, it being Good Friday,'' wrote Samuel Pepys on this day in 1661.

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April 10, 2013

An Ugly Shift

"I was forced to dance too; and did make an ugly shift,'' recorded diarist Samuel Pepys.

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April 08, 2013

So Many Sorts Of Cheese

" Sir William telling me that old Edgeborrow, his predecessor, did die and walk in my chamber, did make me some what afeard,'' recorded diarist Samuel Pepys.

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April 05, 2013

The Weight Of People

Diarist Samuel Pepys wins a wager.

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April 04, 2013

Musique

"I went in to my Lord and there we had a great deal of musique,'' wrote Samuel Pepys on this day in 1661.

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March 29, 2013

Dirty

"...not knowing what to do, the house being so dirty, I went to bed,''wrote diarist Samuel Pepys.

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March 28, 2013

Rollo

"Then with Mr. Shepley to the Theatre and saw “Rollo” ill acted,'' wrote diarist Samuel Pepys on this day 352 years ago.

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March 22, 2013

A Merry Day

...we supped, and thence to bed, my head akeing mightily through the wine that I drank to-day...

Diarist Samuel Pepys has a merry day.

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March 21, 2013

Very Gallant

"This day I saw the Florence Ambassador go to his audience,'' wrote Samuel Pepys in his diary on this day in 1661.

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March 15, 2013

A Great Fish Dinner

Diarist Samuel Pepys enjoys a very merry day.

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A Great Fish Dinner

Diarist Samuel Pepys enjoys a very merry day.

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March 14, 2013

Amours

Diarist Samuel Pepys is asked for advice on matters of love.

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March 11, 2013

Love's Mistress

Samuel Pepys is well pleased with his wife's "new done'' teeth.

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March 08, 2013

Great Good Cheer

Diarist Samuel Pepys is almost overcome by drink.

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March 07, 2013

Playing The Fool

Samuel Pepys stays late in atavern, playing the fool.

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March 04, 2013

Good Discourse

... Then to dinner and so to Whitehall to Mr. Coventry about several businesses, and then with Mr. Moore, who went with me to drink a cup of ale, and after some good discourse then home...

Was there ever a man who enjoyed conversation as did diarist Samuel Pepys?

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March 01, 2013

The Bondman

"...saw “The Bondman” acted; an excellent play and well done.'' wrote Samuel Pepys on this day in 1661.

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February 25, 2013

Nettle Porridge

Diarist Samuel Pepys is told "one of he prettiest stories''.

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February 22, 2013

Silk Stockings And Garters

Diarist Samuel Pepys tells of a Valentine's Day gift.

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February 21, 2013

Good Books

Samuel Pepys enjoys conversation and some good books.

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February 19, 2013

The King's New Coyne

Samuel Pepys was not impressed by the appearance of the King's new coins.

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February 18, 2013

Rhenish Wine And Sugar

Diarist Samuel Pepys has a house party.

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February 15, 2013

Money

Diarist Samuel Pepys assesses his wealth.

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February 14, 2013

Valentine's Day

Diarist Samuel Pepys had fun on Valentine's Day.

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February 08, 2013

Tales Of Algiers

Diarist Samuel Pepys meets with sea captains and they tell tales of Algiers and the manner of the life of slaves there!

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February 01, 2013

A Furbished Sword

The reader guesses that Samuel Pepys was too tired to linger long of his diary on this day.

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January 31, 2013

Wronged By My Great Expectations

Diarist Samuel Pepys goes to the theatre, there to discover that yet again he has expected too much.

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January 28, 2013

The Spitting Lady

...and here I sitting behind in a dark place, a lady spit backward upon me by a mistake, not seeing me, but after seeing her to be a very pretty lady, I was not troubled at it at all...

Another day in the life of enduringly famous diarist Samuel Pepys.

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January 25, 2013

Canaries

"This night comes two cages, which I bought this evening for my canary birds,'' wrote diarist Samuel Pepys.

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January 21, 2013

Strange Weather

"It is strange what weather we have had all this winter; no cold at all; but the ways are dusty,'' wrote diarist Samuel Pepys on this day in 1661.

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January 18, 2013

Avoid Drinking Often

"...took Mr. Hollier to the Greyhound, where he did advise me above all things, both as to the stone and the decay of my memory (of which I now complain to him), to avoid drinking often, which I am resolved, if I can, to leave off.'' wrote diarist Samuel Pepys.

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January 17, 2013

Abominable Lodging

"...at supper my Lady and I entered into a great dispute concerning what were best for a man to do with his estate—whether to make his elder son heir, which my Lady is for, and I against, but rather to make all equall,'' wrote diarist Samuel Pepys.

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January 14, 2013

A Very Pretty House

"Thence I with Mr. Ackworth to his house, where he has a very pretty house, and a very proper lovely woman to his wife.'' wrote diarist Samuel Pepys on this day in 1661.

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January 11, 2013

Go Neat

"Dined at home, discontented that my wife do not go neater now she has two maids,'' complained diarist Samuel Pepys.

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January 07, 2013

Fanatiques

...in our way home we were in many places strictly examined, more than in the worst of times, there being great fears of these Fanatiques rising again...

Diarist Samuel Pepys tells of a "great stir'' in London.

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January 04, 2013

The Scornful Lady

Diarist Samuel Pepys goes to the theatre.

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January 03, 2013

Beggar's Bush

"...after that to the Theatre, where was acted “Beggars’ Bush,” it being very well done; and here the first time that ever I saw women come upon the stage.'' wrote diarist Samuel Pepys on this day in 1661.

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January 01, 2013

Constant Good Health

...Myself in constant good health, and in a most handsome and thriving condition...

Samuel Pepys optimistically welcomes the new year.

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December 28, 2012

Within

Diarist Samuel Pepys ejoys a day of quiet contentment.

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December 25, 2012

Happy Christmas

HERE'S A HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL OUR CONTRIBUTORS AND READERS.

Hope you have a jolly day.

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December 21, 2012

Walking Through The Dirt

Diarist Samuel Pepys makes his way through London's filthy streets.

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December 17, 2012

Gilding

Diarist Samuel Pepys looks after his workmen.

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December 14, 2012

Very Good Company

Diarist Samuel Pepys has a good chat about insects.

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December 13, 2012

Good Red English Wine

On this day in 1669 diarist Samuel Pepys had what was for him a quiet time.

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December 10, 2012

The Coffee House

...He and I in the evening to the Coffee House in Cornhill, the first time that ever I was there, and I found much pleasure in it, through the diversity of company and discourse...

Samuel Pepys records another new experience in his crowded life.

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December 07, 2012

Latin Examination

...Before dinner I examined Laud in his Latin and found him a very pretty boy and gone a great way in Latin....

Diarist Samuel Pepys displays another of his talents.

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December 04, 2012

The Silent Woman

... found some gentlemen with him (Sir W. Pen among the rest pretty merry with drink) playing at cards, and there I staid looking upon them till one o’clock in the morning...

Another day in the busy life of diarist Samuel Pepys.

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December 03, 2012

Early To Rise

Diarist Samuel Pepys makes visitors to his house very welcome with a bottle of very good sack.

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November 30, 2012

Sea Terms

Samuel Pepys hears of a scheme to deal with the growing national debt.

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November 29, 2012

Foul Water

Diarist Samuel Pepys deals with a domestic crisis.

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November 23, 2012

A New Door

Samuel Pepys spends more than enough time in public houses.

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November 21, 2012

Long Abed

Neibours come forth to hear Samuel Pepys play his lute.

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November 20, 2012

“Beggar’s Bush”

Diarist Samuel Pepys goes to the theatre.

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November 19, 2012

Muscadine

Samuel Pepys gives a friend a "morning draft'' of strong wine.

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November 16, 2012

Bottomry

Diarist Sameul Pepys finds himself at sea in the money world.

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November 15, 2012

Very Cold Upon The Water

Diarist Samuel Pepys drinks mulled white wine to warm himself up.

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November 13, 2012

A Peck Of Oysters

Diarist Samuel Pepys visits the Dog tavern.

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November 09, 2012

A Lesson Upon The Lute

Diarist Samuel Pepys has another busy day despite being late to rise.

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November 08, 2012

Merry Seamen

"So went forward in my walk with some men that were going that way a great pace, and in our way we met with many merry seamen that had got their money paid them to-day,'' wrote diarist Samuel Pepys on this day in 1660.

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November 02, 2012

Kissing The King

"...telling merry stories of the country mayors, how they entertained the King all the way as he come along; and how the country gentlewomen did hold up their heads to be kissed by the King,'' wrote diarist Samuel Pepys.

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October 29, 2012

Incomparable Good Claret

"I up early, it being my Lord Mayor’s day,'' wrote diarist Samuel Pepys.

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October 26, 2012

Foxing With Margate Ale

"My father and Dr. Thomas Pepys dined at my house, the last of whom I did almost fox with Margate ale,'' wrote diarist Samuel Pepys on this day 352 years ago.

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October 22, 2012

A Perfect Sceptic

"...talking of religion, I found him to be a perfect Sceptic,'' wrote Samuel Pepys after convensation with his Lord and master.

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October 19, 2012

Green Serge And Gilt Leather

"This morning Hacker and Axtell were hanged and quartered,'' wrote diarist Samuel Pepys on this day in 1660.

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October 18, 2012

A Scornful Letter

Samuel Pepys records the events in another crowded day.

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October 16, 2012

Addicted To Cards

Diarist Samuel Pepys finds his lord and master in a melancholy mood.

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October 12, 2012

A Venison Pasty

Diarist Samuel Pepys dines with very noble company.

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October 11, 2012

Pumping Water

"...to walk in St. James’s Park, where we observed the several engines at work to draw up water, with which sight I was very much pleased...'' wrote diarist Samuel Pepys on this date in 1660.

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October 09, 2012

Bawdy Songs

"...in our way had a great deal of merry discourse, and find him to be a merry fellow and pretty good natured, and sings very bawdy songs,'' recorded diarist Samuel Pepys.

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October 08, 2012

Golded Leather

... We love one another’s discourse so that we cannot part when we do meet...

Diarist Samuel Pepys chats with an old friend.

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October 05, 2012

Content

Samuel Pepys finds himself in great joy.

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October 04, 2012

A Little Alehouse

Diarist Samuel Pepys saw some "strange creatures'' in Westminster Abbey.

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September 28, 2012

Very Merry

Samuel Pepys counts himself lucky to meet with drolling workmen.

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September 25, 2012

A China Drink

"And afterwards I did send for a cup of tee (a China drink) of which I never had drank before,'' wrote diarist Samuel Pepys, a man for new experiences.

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September 24, 2012

Justice Of The Peace

"...we were sworn justices of peace for Middlesex, Essex, Kent, and Southampton; with which honour I did find myself mightily pleased, though I am wholly ignorant in the duty of a justice of peace,'' wrote diarist Samuel Pepys.

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September 21, 2012

Office Day

...saw the corpse of the Duke of Gloucester brought down Somerset House stairs, to go by water to Westminster, to be buried to-night...

Another memorable day in the life of diarist Samuel Pepys.

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September 20, 2012

Wine And Good Discourse

...From thence to Sir G. Downing and staid late there (he having sent for me to come to him), which was to tell me how my Lord Sandwich had disappointed him of a ship to bring over his child and goods, and made great complaint thereof...

Diarist Samuel Pepys mixed with the high and mighty.

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September 18, 2012

Parliamentary Questions

Diarist Samuel Pepys faces up to an impertinent and troublesome Parliamentary questioner.

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September 17, 2012

Drinking In The Cellar

Diarist Samuel Pepys goes to bed in a discontent.

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September 14, 2012

Out To The Mitre

Diarist Samuel Pepys enjoyed kissing the ladies.

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September 11, 2012

Our Morning Draft

Samuel Pepys attends to domestic matters.

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September 10, 2012

A Very Good Sermon

Diarist Samuel Pepys goes to church twice on one day and hears a very good sermon.

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September 06, 2012

Going Down The Wind

Diarist Samuel Pepys displays shrewdness in his dealings with a colleague.

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September 05, 2012

An Impatient Wife

Samuel Pepys buys his wife a necklace of pearl.

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September 03, 2012

Wine And Anchovies

Diarist Samuel Pepys takes care of money matters.

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August 31, 2012

Suddenly To Sea

Diarist Samuel Pepys faces up to a change of fortune.

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August 30, 2012

The Most Cunning Rogue

Diarist Samuel Pepys arrives home late at night.

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August 28, 2012

Teaching Music

"...at night spent a little more time with my wife about her music with great content,''wrote diarist Samuel Pepys.

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August 24, 2012

The Worst French That Ever I Heard

Diarist Samuel Pepys is critical of a doctor who converses in French.

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August 23, 2012

A Musk Melon

Diarist Samuel Pepys has a very merry time in the Dogg.

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August 21, 2012

Drunken Clergy

...where there dined one Mr. Hickeman, an Oxford man, who spoke very much against the height of the now old clergy, for putting out many of the religious fellows of Colleges, and inveighing against them for their being drunk, which, if true, I am sorry to hear...

Another day in the life of Samuel Pepys, a man at the heart of English life some 350 years ago.

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August 17, 2012

A Dish Of Sheep's Trotters

Diarist Samuel Pepys witnesses the strangest emotions.

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A Dish Of Sheep's Trotters

Diarist Samuel Pepys witnesses the strangest emotions.

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August 16, 2012

The Famous Singer

There's never a dull day for diarist Samuel Pepys.

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August 15, 2012

Going A Gossiping

Samuel Pepys tells of an early-rising king.

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August 13, 2012

The Rhenish Winehouse

Samuel Pepys writes of a day when he felt rich.

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August 10, 2012

How Busy My Head Has Been

Diarist Samuel Pepys assesses the busy life he leads.

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August 09, 2012

A Head Full Of Drink

Diarist Samuel Pepys imbibes too much Rhenish wine.

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August 07, 2012

Drinking Till 11 At Night

Diarist Samuel Pepys enjoyed strong drink and good conversation.

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August 03, 2012

A Comely, Proper Woman

Diarist Samuel Pepys is very much taken with a doctor's lady.

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August 02, 2012

Well Treated And Merry

...we stayed in the morning about ordering of money for the victuailers, and advising how to get a sum of money to carry on the business of the Navy...

Samuel Pepys has another busy day at the office.

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July 31, 2012

Late Home

"...had a great discourse about raising of money for the Navy, which is in very sad condition,'' writes Samuel Pepys.

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July 27, 2012

Tired Horses

"We got a coach, but the horses were tired and could not carry us farther than St. Dunstan’s,'' recorded Samuel Pepys in his diary on this day 412 years ago

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July 25, 2012

Monsieur L’Impertinent

Diarist Samuel Pepys meets a Welsh schoolmaster - "a good scholar but a very pedagogue''.

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July 24, 2012

Privy Seal

Diarist Samuel Pepys spends much time walking in White Hall Court.

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July 23, 2012

Very Pleasant And Pleased

"After dinner to my Lord, who took me to Secretary Nicholas, and there before him and Secretary Morris, my Lord and I upon our knees together took our oaths of Allegiance and Supremacym'' write diarist Samuel Pepys.

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July 20, 2012

A Venison Pasty

"I did this time show so much coldness to W. Joyce that I believe all the table took notice of it,'' writes diarist Samuel Pepys.

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July 19, 2012

A Dish Of Anchovies And Olives

Diarist Samuel Pepys stands treat at the Dog Tavern.

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July 17, 2012

A Quarter Of Lamb

"...sent my wife and Mrs. Hunt to buy something for supper; they bought a Quarter of Lamb, and so we ate it, but it was not half roasted,'' wrote diarist Samuel Pepys.

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July 16, 2012

Rain

Rain brings a quiet day for diarist Samuel Pepys.

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July 13, 2012

Bread And Cheese

Diarist Samuel Pepys has a busy business day.

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July 10, 2012

A New Silk Suit

"But, among all the beauties there, my wife was thought the greatest,

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July 09, 2012

A Collation

Diarist Samuel Pepys has a busy working day.

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July 06, 2012

A Coat Of Velvet

Diarist Samuel Pepys has a tuneful day.

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July 04, 2012

My Morning Draft

Diarist Samuel Pepys dines on a lobster and talks like a fool.

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July 02, 2012

Infinte Of Business

"Infinite of business that my heart and head and all were full,'' wrote diarist Samuel Pepys of this day in 1660.

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June 29, 2012

A Lame Wench

"This day or two my maid Jane has been lame, that we cannot tell what to do for want of her,'' wrote diarist Samuel Pepys.

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June 28, 2012

A Stingy Fellow

Diarist Samuel Pepys was busier than many a 21st Century City man.

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June 26, 2012

I Pray God Direct Me In What IDo

Diarist Samuel Pepys reaches a crisis point.

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June 25, 2012

My Old Friend Mr Kipps

Samuel Pepys would seem to have been one of the busiest men in England in his day.

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June 22, 2012

A Can Of Good Julep

Diarist Samuel Pepys managed to crowd more into a day than man a man did into a week.

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June 20, 2012

Suooer With The King

...and so to my Lord (who lay long in bed this day, because he came home late from supper with the King)...

Diarist Samuel Pepys rubbed shoulders with the greatest in the land.

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June 19, 2012

Importunity And Impertenance

Diarist Samuel Pepys was much offended by a parson called Mr Gullop.

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June 18, 2012

Clerk Of The Acts

Diarist Samuel Pepys hears of the possibility of a new title.

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June 16, 2012

A Piece Of Gold

Diarist Samuel Pepys finds Court attendance "eceeding tedious''.

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June 15, 2012

To The Dolphin

Diarist Samuel Pepys was a man who liked to pop into a tavern.

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June 11, 2012

L’Impertinent

Diarist Samuel Pepys knew how to fill a day.

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June 08, 2012

A Good Handsome Wench

Diarist Samuel Pepys kisses a good handsome wench.

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June 06, 2012

My Heart Is Troubled

"After dinner came Mr. Cooke from London, who told me that my wife he left well at Huntsmore, though her health not altogether so constant as it used to be, which my heart is troubled for,'' writes diarist Samuel Pepys.

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June 04, 2012

Drinking, Swearing And Debuachery

"This morning the King’s Proclamation against drinking, swearing, and debauchery, was read to our ships’ companies in the fleet, and indeed it gives great satisfaction to all,'' records diarist Samuel Pepys.

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June 01, 2012

22 Ducatoons

Diarist Samuel Pepys fools away an afternoon.

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May 30, 2012

A Dish Of Mackerel

Diarist Samuel Pepys brekfasts well while still at sea.

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May 29, 2012

The King's Birthday

Diarist Samuel Pepys has a bet with his boss.

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May 28, 2012

Sixty Ducats

Samuel Pepys receives sixty ducats from the King's money.

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May 25, 2012

A Royal Dog Which Dirted A Boat

...The King and the two Dukes did eat their breakfast before they went, and there being set some ship’s diet before them, only to show them the manner of the ship’s diet, they eat of nothing else but pease and pork, and boiled beef...

Diarist Samuel Pepys finds himself at sea with honoured company.

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May 22, 2012

Settled In My Wits Again

Diarist Samuel Pepys almost damages an eye in firing a ship's gun to salute the new King.

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May 21, 2012

Four Barrels Of Mallows Oysters

Diarist Samuel Pepys records an expected visit from the new King.

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May 18, 2012

A Pretty Sober Dutch Lass

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May 17, 2012

A Merry Mad Parson

Diarist Samuel Pepys travels to the Hague to meet royalty.

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May 15, 2012

Not Able To Stand

"We lay till past three o’clock, then up and down the town, to see it by daylight, where we saw the soldiers of the Prince’s guard, all very fine, and the burghers of the town with their arms and muskets as bright as silver,'' write diarist Samuel Pepys, enjoying his first visit to Holland.

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May 14, 2012

Kissing The Queen Of Bohemia's Hands

Diarist Samuel Pepys and an illustrious company of Englishmen arrive in Holland.

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May 11, 2012

A Very Pretty Man

Diarist Samuel Pepys experiences a windy night at sea.

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May 09, 2012

A Letter To The King

On a day when he was writing important letters of historic significance diarist Samuel Pepys still had time for a game of niepins.

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May 08, 2012

A Great Giving Of Salutes

Diarist Samuel Pepys tells of the declaration of a new King.

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May 07, 2012

Twelve Bottles Of Margate Ale

Diarist Samuel Pepys loses money in a game of ninepins.

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May 04, 2012

A Letter To The King

Diarist Samuel Pepys finds himself at the centre of historic events.

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April 30, 2012

Ninepins

Diarist Samuel Pepys goes to bed with drink eniugh inside his head.

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April 27, 2012

Ribbons On A Suit

Diarist Samuel Pepys records great doings in affairs of state.

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April 23, 2012

Pickled Oysters

There's games and music for diarist Samuel Pepys aboard a Royal Navy Ship,

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April 20, 2012

At My Command

Diarist Samuel Pepys begins to appreciate his authority.

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April 17, 2012

A Very Pleasant Afternoon

Diarist Sam Pepys is really enjoying life at sea.

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April 13, 2012

A Vessel Of Ale

Diarist Samuel Pepys experiences a wet and windy night at sea.

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April 11, 2012

A High Wind

Diarist Samuel Pepys adapted well to life at sea.

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April 10, 2012

Very Merry

Samuel Pepys dines with Royal Navy commanders.

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April 09, 2012

A Great Rattling Of Guns

Diarist Samuel Pepys is still at sea with the Royal Navy Fleet.

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April 06, 2012

Under Sail

Samuel Pepys walks in the moonlight on the quarter-deck of a Royal Navy vessel.

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April 04, 2012

Colonel Thomson With The Wooden Leg

Diarist Samuel Pepys dines alone "to prevent company''.

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Colonel Thomson With The Wooden Leg

Diarist Samuel Pepys dines alone "to prevent company''.

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April 02, 2012

A Concourse Of Commanders

Diarist Samuel Pepys, still at sea on a Royal Navy vessel, sees a large group of Navy commanders sit down to dine.

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March 30, 2012

Two Pieces Of Gold

Diarist Samuel Pepys is rewarded for past favours.

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March 29, 2012

A Great Whispering

Diarist Samuel Pepys hears whisperings of dissent.

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March 28, 2012

Conversation In Latin

Diarist Samuel Pepys drinks a bottle or two with a gentlemen who converses in Latin.

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March 27, 2012

Broken Windows

Diarist Samuel Pepys suffered from an abundance of gunfire whileat sea on a Royal Navy ship.

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March 23, 2012

The Swiftsure

Diarist Samuel Pepys embarks on The Swiftsure for a voyage to the Continent.

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March 20, 2012

A Short Melancholy Leave

Diarist Sameul Pepys prepares to go to sea.

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March 19, 2012

A Full Head

...All the discourse now-a-day is, that the King will come again; and for all I see, it is the wishes of all; and all do believe that it will be so...

Diarist Samuel Pepys records the great events of his day.

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March 16, 2012

A Neat's Tongue

Great events are taking place in London - but diarist Samuel Pepys still has time to give an account of what he eats.

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March 14, 2012

A Mind To Some Cabbage

Diarist Samuel Pepys manages to juggle affairs of state with attention to domestic matters.

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March 12, 2012

A Thing For My Cold

The great diarist Samuel Pepys finds that a recommended cold remedy does him some good.

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March 09, 2012

The Old Woman She Was Drunk

Diarist Samuel Pepys had an eye for every-day occurances, yet at the same time he was on the fringe of important matters of State.

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March 08, 2012

A General Damp Over Men's Minds

Despite being involved in great affairs of State diarist Samuel Pepys still found time to take his wife to buy material for a petticoat.

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March 05, 2012

By Water To Billingsgate

Diarist Samuel Pepys makes 17th Century life sound more interesting than 21st Century life.

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March 02, 2012

Great Is The Dispute In The House

Diarist Samuel Pepys finds himself involved in great affairs of State.

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February 29, 2012

Metheglin

Diarist Sameul Pepys samples metheglin for the first time.

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February 28, 2012

Red Herrings

Diarist Samuel Pepys crowded more activity into a day than many a man would into a month.

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February 27, 2012

Kissing The Pretty Daughter Of The House

Diarist Sam Pepys visits Saffron Walden.

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February 22, 2012

A Small Dish Of Powdered Beef

Here's another day in the busy life of Samuel Pepys.

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February 20, 2012

A Pretty While

It was a rare day which failed to see diarist Samuel Pepys drinking alcohol.

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February 18, 2012

Fly Boy, Fly Boy

Diarist Samuel Pepys has a musical day.

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February 15, 2012

Merry Pamphlets

Here's another day in the crowded life of diarist Samuel Pepys.

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February 13, 2012

A Bad Mouth

Diarist Samuel Pepys records his ailments.

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February 07, 2012

The Diseases Of The Stone

If you think life proceeded at a more sedate pace 350 years ago read the great diarist Samuel Pepys - and be diasabused!

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February 06, 2012

A Turkey From Denmark

Diarest Samuel Pepys visits a lady - "she being in her bed.''

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February 03, 2012

A Pint Or Two Of Wine

Wine helps another day along for the great diarist Samuel Pepys.

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February 01, 2012

Pease Porridge And Nothing Else

Diarist Samuel Pepys records another day in his crowded life.

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January 30, 2012

Great, Good And Just

The diarist Samuel Pepys wakes up in a musical mood.

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January 27, 2012

A Plenteous Brave Dinner

The great diarist Samuel Pepys was a man who enjoyed his food.

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January 24, 2012

A Great Deal Of Mad Stir

Diarist Pepys and his wife witness a great deal of fooling.

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January 23, 2012

In A Ditch

Accidents could happen on dark nights in the London of 350 years ago, as diarist Samuel Pepys reveals.

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January 19, 2012

A Little Stumbled

The diarist Samuel Pepys finds himself off-balance at the prospect of new responsibilities.

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January 16, 2012

My Morning Draft

...we had a very good dinner by Mr. Pinkny’s courtesy, and after dinner we had pretty good singing, and one, Hazard, sung alone after the old fashion...

There's rarely a dull day in the life of that wonderful diarist, Samuel Pepys.

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January 14, 2012

Overbalance Of Propriety

The great diarist Samuel Pepys tells of a day when there was nothing to do in the office.

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January 12, 2012

Where We Were Very Merry

Samuel Pepys tells of a jolly time at the Half Moon.

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January 11, 2012

A Very Great Loon

Here'sanother extract from the diary of Samuel Pepys, the most readable of all diarists.

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January 09, 2012

Troubling Debt

...For these two or three days I have been much troubled with thoughts how to get money to pay them that I have borrowed money of...

Samuel Pepys, writing 350 years ago, confirms that debt is not a new phenomenon.

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January 02, 2012

A Dozen Bottles Of Sack

...so went to Mr. Crew’s (my wife she was to go to her father’s), thinking to have dined, but I came too late, so Mr. Moore and I and another gentleman went out and drank a cup of ale together in the new market, and there I eat some bread and cheese for my dinner...

Even on a day when there was nothing to do in the office, Samuel Pepys was still able to record significant events.

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January 01, 2012

Dined At Home In The Garret

On January 1, 1660. the great Samuel Pepys began his diary - the work that was to become the most famous diary ever written.

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December 24, 2011

Hurray For Sam Pepys!

Milions of people worldwide keep diaries. Most diarists stay recording their days on January 1st, then run out of steam before January 31.


Samuel Pepys began his diary on January 1st, 1660, sticking to the task for a decade - and right glad we are that he did so. His daily record of his life has brought rich entertainment to discriminating readers down the years. In this 21st Century it continues to do so.

Beginning on January 1, 2012, Open Writing will regularly publish selected entries from the greatest diary ever written.

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