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 1666.

Lay long in bed, and then up, and Mr. Car­casse brought me near 500 tick­ets to sign, which I did, and by dis­course find him a cun­ning, con­fi­dent, shrewd man, but one that I do doubt hath by his dis­course of the ill will he hath got with my Lord Mar­quess of Dorch­ester (with whom he lived), he hath had cun­ning prac­tices in his time, and would not now spare to use the same to his profit. That done I to the of­fice; whither by and by comes Creed to me, and he and I walked in the gar­den a lit­tle, talk­ing of the present ill con­di­tion of things, which is the com­mon sub­ject of all men’s dis­course and fears now-a-days, and par­tic­u­larly of my Lady Den­ham, whom every­body says is poi­soned, and he tells me she hath said it to the Duke of York; but is upon the mend­ing hand, though the town says she is dead this morn­ing. He and I to the ‘Change. There I had sev­eral lit­tle er­rands, and go­ing to Sir R. Viner’s, I did get such a splash and spots of dirt upon my new vest, that I was out of coun­te­nance to be seen in the street. This day I re­ceived 450 pieces of gold more of Mr. Stokes, but cost me 22 1/2d.

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