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 all the morn­ing at the of­fice, busy, and at noon to the King’s Head tav­erne, where all the Trin­ity House dined to-day, to choose a new Mas­ter in the room of Hurle­stone, that is dead, and Cap­tain Crispe is cho­sen. But, Lord! to see how Sir W. Bat­ten gov­erns all and tram­ples upon Hurle­stone, but I am con­fi­dent the Com­pany will grow the worse for that man’s death, for now Bat­ten, and in him a lazy, cor­rupt, doat­ing rogue, will have all the sway there. Af­ter din­ner, I parted, and to Glanville’s, where I knew Sir John Robinson, Sir G. Smith, and Cap­tain Cocke were gone, and there, with the com­pany of Mrs. Pen­ing­ton, whose fa­ther, I hear, was one of the Court of jus­tice, and died pris­oner, of the stone, in the Tower, I made them, against their res­o­lu­tions, to stay from houre to houre till it was al­most mid­night, and a fu­ri­ous, darke and rainy, and windy, stormy night, and, which was best, I, with drink­ing small beer, made them all drunk drink­ing wine, at which Sir John Robinson made great sport.

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