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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 with Sir J. Minnes and Sir W. Pen to White Hall in the latter’s coach, where, when we come, we find the Duke at St. James’s, whither he is lately gone to lodge. Thence with my Lord Bruncker and Creed by coach to White Hall. Creed and I walked into the Parke till 9 or 10 at night, it being fine moonshine, discoursin­g of the unhappines­se of our fleete, what it would have been if the Prince had not come in, how much the Duke hath failed of what he was so presumptuo­us of, how little we deserve of God Almighty to give us better fortune, how much this excuses all that was imputed to my Lord Sandwich, and how much more he is a man fit to be trusted with all those matters than those that now command, who act by nor with any advice, but rashly and without any order. Thence by water home, and to supper (my father, wife, and sister having been at Islington today at Pitt’s) and to bed.

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