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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 1668.

So to bed about two o’clock, and then up about seven and to White Hall, where read over my re­port to Lord Ar­ling­ton and Berke­ley, and then af­ter­ward at the Coun­cil Board with great good lik­ing, but, Lord! how it trou­bled my eyes, though I did not think I could have done it, but did do it, and was not very bad af­ter­ward. So home to din­ner, and thence out to the Duke of York’s play­house, and there saw “The Guardian;” for­merly the same, I find, that was called “Cut­ter of Cole­man Street;” a silly play. And thence to West­min­ster Hall, where I met Fitzger­ald; and with him to a tav­ern, to con­sider of the in­struc­tions for Sir Thomas Allen, against his go­ing to Algiers; he and I be­ing de­signed to go down to Portsmouth by the Coun­cil’s order, and by and by he and I went to the Duke of York, who or­ders me to go down to-mor­row morning. So I away home, and there be­speak a coach; and so home and to bed, my wife be­ing abroad with the Mercers walk­ing in the fields, and upon the wa­ter.

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