PEPYS’ DIARY

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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 very be­times by six o’clock at Dept­ford, and there find Sir G. Carteret, and my Lady ready to go. By wa­ter to the Ferry, where, when we come, no coach there; and tide of ebb so far spent as the horse-boat could not get off on the other side the river to bring away the coach. So we were fain to stay there in the un­lucky Isle of Doggs, in a chill place, the morn­ing cool, and wind fresh, above two if not three hours to our great dis­con­tent. Anon the coach comes: in the mean time there com­ing a News thither with his horse to go over, that told us he did come from Is­ling­ton this morn­ing; and that Proc­tor the vint­ner of the Miter in Wood-street, and his son, are dead this morn­ing there, of the plague.

So to din­ner, and very merry we were; but yet in such a sober way as never al­most any wed­ding was in so great fam­i­lies: but it was much bet­ter. Af­ter din­ner com­pany di­vided, some to cards, oth­ers to talk. At night to sup­per, and so to talk; all of us to prayers as usual, and the young bride and bride­groom too and so af­ter prayers, soberly to bed.

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