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Quotations from Diary of Samuel Pepys   By: (1633-1703)

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Confusion of years in the case of the months of January (etc.) Else he is a blockhead, and not fitt for that imployment Fixed that the year should commence in January instead of March He knew nothing about the navy He made the great speech of his life, and spoke for three hours I never designed to be a witness against any man In perpetual trouble and vexation that need it least Inoffensive vanity of a man who loved to see himself in the glass Learned the multiplication table for the first time in 1661 Montaigne is conscious that we are looking over his shoulder Nothing in it approaching that single page in St. Simon The present Irish pronunciation of English

DIARY OF SAMUEL PEPYS, JAN 1659/60 [sp03g10.txt]

A very fine dinner Gave him his morning draft Much troubled with thoughts how to get money My wife was making of her tarts and larding of her pullets My wife was very unwilling to let me go forth Put to a great loss how I should get money to make up my cash This day I began to put on buckles to my shoes

DIARY OF SAMUEL PEPYS, FEB 1659/60 [sp04g10.txt]

Dined with my wife on pease porridge and nothing else Do press for new oaths to be put upon men Hanging jack to roast birds on Kiss my Parliament, instead of "Kiss my [rump]" Mottoes inscribed on rings was of Roman origin My wife and I had some high words Petition against hackney coaches Playing the fool with the lass of the house Posies for Rings, Handkerchers and Gloves Some merry talk with a plain bold maid of the house To the Swan and drank our morning draft Wedding for which the posy ring was required Went to bed with my head not well by my too much drinking to day

DIARY OF SAMUEL PEPYS, MAR/APR 1659/60 [sp05g10.txt]

Cavaliers have now the upper hand clear of the Presbyterians Resolve to have the doing of it himself, or else to hinder it Strange thing how I am already courted by the people

DIARY OF SAMUEL PEPYS, MAY 1660 [sp06g10.txt]

An exceeding pretty lass, and right for the sport And in all this not so much as one Bought for the love of the binding three books Drinking of the King's health upon their knees in the streets Fashionable and black spots He and I lay in one press bed, there being two more He is, I perceive, wholly sceptical, as well as I He that must do the business, or at least that can hinder it He was fain to lie in the priest's hole a good while If it should come in print my name maybe at it In comes Mr. North very sea sick from shore John Pickering on board, like an ass, with his feathers Made to drink, that they might know him not to be a Roundhead My Lord, who took physic to day and was in his chamber Presbyterians against the House of Lords Protestants as to the Church of Rome are wholly fanatiques

DIARY OF SAMUEL PEPYS, JUN/JUL 1660 [sp07g10.txt]

A good handsome wench I kissed, the first that I have seen Among all the beauties there, my wife was thought the greatest An offer of L500 for a Baronet's dignity Court attendance infinite tedious Did not like that Clergy should meddle with matters of state Dined upon six of my pigeons, which my wife has resolved to kill Five pieces of gold for to do him a small piece of service God help him, he wants bread. Had no more manners than to invite me and to let me pay How the Presbyterians would be angry if they durst I pray God to make me able to pay for it. I went to the cook's and got a good joint of meat King's Proclamation against drinking, swearing, and debauchery L100 worth of plate for my Lord to give Secretary Nicholas Most of my time in looking upon Mrs. Butler My new silk suit, the first that ever I wore in my life Offer me L500 if I would desist from the Clerk of the Acts place Sceptic in all things of religion She had six children by the King Strange how civil and tractable he was to me The ceremonies did not please me, they do so overdo them This afternoon I showed my Lord my accounts, which he passed To see the bride put to bed We cannot tell what to do for want of her (the maid) Where I find the worst very good Which I did give him some hope of, though I never intend it Woman that they have a fancy to, to make her husband a cuckold

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