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Sa­muel Pepys ( 1633-1703) was the naval ad­min­is­tra­tor and first sec­re­tary of the Bri­tish Ad­mi­ralty. Here’s what he wrote on this day in 1665.

Up, and en­tered all my Jour­nall since the 28th of Oc­to­ber, hav­ing ev­ery day’s pas­sages well in my head, though it trou­bles me to re­mem­ber it, and which I was forced to, be­ing kept from my lodg­ing, where my books and papers are, for sev­eral days. So to my of­fice, where till two or three o’clock busy be­fore I could go to my lodg­ing to din­ner, then did it and to my of­fice again. In the evening newes is brought me my wife is come: so I to her, and with her spent the evening, but with no great plea­sure, I be­ing vexed about her putting away of Mary in my ab­sence, but yet I took no no­tice of it at all, but fell into other dis­course, and she told me, hav­ing her­self been this day at my house at Lon­don, which was boldly done, to see Mary have her things, that Mr. Har­ring­ton, our neigh­bour, an East coun­try mer­chant, is dead at Ep­sum of the plague, and that an­other neigh­bour of ours, Mr. Holl­wor­thy, a very able man, is also dead by a fall in the coun­try from his horse, his foot hang­ing in the stir­rup, and his brains beat out. Here we sat talk­ing, and af­ter sup­per to bed.

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