Saturday 8 June 1667

Up, and to the office, where all the news this morning is, that the Dutch are come with a fleete of eighty sail to Harwich, and that guns were heard plain by Sir W. Rider’s people at Bednallgreene, all yesterday even. So to the office, we all sat all the morning, and then home to dinner, where our dinner a ham of French bacon, boiled with pigeons, an excellent dish. Here dined with us only W. Hewer and his mother. After dinner to the office again, where busy till night, and then home and to read a little and then to bed. The news is confirmed that the Dutch are off of Harwich, but had done nothing last night. The King hath sent down my Lord of Oxford to raise the countries there; and all the Westerne barges are taken up to make a bridge over the River, about the Hope, for horse to cross the River, if there be occasion.

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Robert Gertz   Link to this

Uh-oh.

Robert Gertz   Link to this

"So to the office, we all sat all the morning, and then home to dinner, where our dinner a ham of French bacon, boiled with pigeons, an excellent dish."

Caught fresh outside, no doubt...

Oh, well, with disaster a stone's throw away, might as well enjoy a good boiled pigeon.

Terry Foreman   Link to this

Pigeons?

(The Pepys's meal as a metaphor.)

Andrew Hamilton   Link to this

that the Dutch are come with a fleete of eighty sail to Harwich,

Spoiler. Bad intelligence, Sam, as tomorrow will reveal.

JWB   Link to this

''The wife dies and the husband wants to know what's in those pages—..any infidelity,"'

"Do You Know, Offhand, Anyone Who Knows Shorthand?
As a Skill Fades, Translators Are in Demand; Ms. Sanders Charges 20.5 Cents a Word"(plus 0.20/minute)
Barry Newman, today's page 1, Wall Street Journal

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