Monday 31 May 1669

Up very betimes, and so continued all the morning with W. Hewer, upon examining and stating my accounts, in order to the fitting myself to go abroad beyond sea, which the ill condition of my eyes, and my neglect for a year or two, hath kept me behindhand in, and so as to render it very difficult now, and troublesome to my mind to do it; but I this day made a satisfactory entrance therein. Dined at home, and in the afternoon by water to White Hall, calling by the way at Michell’s, where I have not been many a day till just the other day, and now I met her mother there and knew her husband to be out of town. And here je did baiser elle, but had not opportunity para hazer some with her as I would have offered if je had had it. And thence had another meeting with the Duke of York, at White Hall, on yesterday’s work, and made a good advance: and so, being called by my wife, we to the Park, Mary Batelier, and a Dutch gentleman, a friend of hers, being with us. Thence to “The World’s End,” a drinking-house by the Park; and there merry, and so home late.

And thus ends all that I doubt I shall ever be able to do with my own eyes in the keeping of my journal, I being not able to do it any longer, having done now so long as to undo my eyes almost every time that I take a pen in my hand; and, therefore, whatever comes of it, I must forbear: and, therefore, resolve, from this time forward, to have it kept by my people in long-hand, and must therefore be contented to set down no more than is fit for them and all the world to know; or, if there be any thing, which cannot be much, now my amours to Deb. are past, and my eyes hindering me in almost all other pleasures, I must endeavour to keep a margin in my book open, to add, here and there, a note in short-hand with my own hand.

And so I betake myself to that course, which is almost as much as to see myself go into my grave: for which, and all the discomforts that will accompany my being blind, the good God prepare me!

And so, the diary comes to an end.

[P.G.]

91 Annotations

Terry Foreman   Link to this

Duchess of Ormond to the Duke
Written from: Kilkenny
Date: 31 May 1669

On leaving Dublin, the Duchess was escorted part of the way towards Kilkenny, by all the persons of quality then in town, who testified the greatest concern at His Grace's leaving the Government.

Found this place [Kilkenny Castle] in very good condition, and at Dunmore found the greatest improvements in planting which she ever saw made in so brief a time.

Purposes to go to Carrick, and thence to Thurles, before embarking for England.

Fears that Lord Ossory will be somewhat discontented to find that whatever is retrenched from his allowance [mentioned elsewhere as £3,000 a year] is to go to his second brother, who now enjoys "the full advantage of his Lady's portion". ...

http://www.rsl.ox.ac.uk/dept/scwmss/projects/ca...

Judith Boles   Link to this

Good-bye Sam. My eyes seem to be bothering me today, too.

djc   Link to this

a so to bed.

I will miss this daily routine.

Michael L   Link to this

I have been reading this since the first month. It has been an enjoyable daily ritual, and I have learned a lot.

Thanks so much, Phil! Your dedication through the years to maintaining this is much appreciated.

Robert Gertz   Link to this

CHORUS.

Thus far, with rough but able pen,
Our bending author hath pursu'd the story,
In little room confining both mighty men and small,
Bringing forth by his work the full course of their glory.
Small time, but, in that small, most greatly lived
Our star of England. Fortune made his life and career;
By which the world's success he achieved,
And through it left his Nation an imperial fleet.
Which, in other hands crown'd Britannia soverign of the seas
Whose Empire in due course of time was lost but whose courage left
Europe freed with honor immortal.
Joy made his world live and love of life his theme
Bringing those to us long dead yet as real and vibrant as living
Which oft stage hath shown and will; and, for their sake,
In your fair minds let this acceptance take.

(Heaven...
"What?" Bess stares... "You're getting all sorts of tributes and you'll even get fireworks courtesy Cosimo de Medici."

"There could have been music...I mean, mine.")

Grahamt   Link to this

For nine years and some months I have read the journal betimes the morn after its writing with my morning draught of coffee. This day being of note, I make an exception, it being the best entry that I ever read in my life before.
Enough of the Pepysian hyperbole; what will we do now? It is a shame that he self-censored his longhand entries in his future journals.
Fare ye well Sam, Elizabeth, Will, Jane, Deb and the rest of Restoration Britain that has stepped off the screen and into our lives these too few years. I will miss you.
Now to read Jeannine's Next Chapter - and so to bed.

Paul E   Link to this

I've been a reader (off and on) for six years. Thanks for this great site. One of my favorite diary entries was Jan 1, 1668, where Sam describes his visit to a gambling parlor.

Robert Gertz   Link to this

(From Vivian Ellis' "Bless the Bride")

Bess:"This is our lovely day...It is the day I shall remember the day I'm dying. They can't this away. It will be always mine, our carriage so fine, the seabirds crying...

All happiness must pay...And who can tell if Fate means well or the sky is lying. Sam'l, just look at me and say...You will remember too, that this was a lovely day."

Sam:
"I'll remember...I'll remember...When the time does come for happiness to pay. (After all, my Diary..."

Bess and Sam: "Yes, when I'm dying...I'll be smiling...As I remember how we loved our lovely day...

Our lovely day..."

Charles, Jamie, Cathy, Anne, Sandwich, Lady Jemina, Creed, Elizabeth Creed ("Why are we here, John?"), Povy, Jane Edwards, Will Hewer, John Minnes, Admiral Sir Will Penn, Margaret Penn, Will Jr, Howe, Sir Will Coventry, Peter Pett, Anthony Deane, Betty Martin, Doll Lane, Diana Crisp, the Bagwells, Robert Hooke, John Evelyn...etc, etc...in Chorus...

"Our lovely...Days..."

Thanks, Phil from Gay and me.

Elma   Link to this

Joining the chorus of lurkers who have been here from the start, I want to thank Phil and the annotators. I have had my daily Pepys with coffee, every morning. I don’t know what I will do now. Thanks again.

Linda F   Link to this

Should have foreseen that, with his usual thoroughness, Sam did not simply stop writing, but reported that fact and formally concluded the Diary.

Again, endless thanks to Phil and to all, and particularly to Jeannine, whose article linked above truly provides, as some say, "closure" -- which here at the end of this remarkable run is a great gift.

Australian Susan   Link to this

Well, here we are again, gathered together in this place for the last time. Whence and whither?

Nice to see Sam in true character mixing it up as usual - family accounts with the loyal and patient Mr W.H., meeting with DofY and furtive fumblings with one of his amours. Do we believe the No More Deb? Not sure, not sure. Will there be others?
Did he ever take a confidante, now he no longer has the journal to confide in?

It's a good life, isn't it? : "...Thence to “The World’s End,” a drinking-house by the Park; and there merry, and so home late...."

Although we are all sad at this ending, I don't think I could have bourne reading Sam's Diary entries (and I think he would have written them) about the last illness and death of Elizabeth. I like to imagine him, in church in the years to come, in the Navy Office gallery looking across at his memorial bust of his beloved and smiling.

Andrew Hamilton   Link to this

"And here je did baiser elle, but had not opportunity para hazer some with her as I would have offered if je had had it....Thence to “The World’s End,"

There is a tavern in the town, in the town
And there my true love sits him down, sits him down,
And drinks his wine as merry as can be,
And never thinks of keeping up his diaree.

Says he,

Fare thee well, for I must leave thee,
Do not let this parting grieve thee,
And remember that the best of friends
Must part, must part.

Adieu, adieu kind friends, yes, adieu
I can no longer stay with you, stay with you,
I'll hang my harp on the weeping willow tree,
And may the world go well with thee.

Ramona in Idaho   Link to this

Robert Gertz,
You must post the video farewell that you and Gay
prepared. I've been waiting for it all afternoon!

Eric Walla   Link to this

Oh I forgot those closing lines--"And so I betake myself to that course, which is almost as much as to see myself go into my grave ..."--words made all the more poignant after having consumed the diary day by day for all these past years. Thank you Phil! Sam has been truly alive for us in "real time," and having the diary come to a close we must ourselves awake and remember how Sam has been gone from us for these centuries. But as with all those passed from the Earth, with a diary or without, as long as we still remember, we may yet bring them to mind, at whatever age and in whatever humour we fancy, to live before us once more. And we will live our lives as best we can before we join our friends in the eternal dance.

Bob   Link to this

Came to the diary far too late, but enjoyed what I saw very much. I feel regret that Mr. Pepys had such an affliction that caused him to stop his diary.

If we readers were to emulate him, what would others, several centuries hence have to say, I wonder?

lisaschamess   Link to this

Many thanks for this, these many years.

Chris Squire   Link to this

Samuel will live on for another 34 years; his death was recorded by his friend, John Evelyn:

“26th May, 1703. This day died Mr. Samuel Pepys, a very worthy, industrious and curious person, none in England exceeding him in knowledge of the navy, in which he had passed through all the most considerable offices. Clerk of the Acts and Secretary of the Admiralty, all which he performed with great integrity.

When King James II. went out of England, he laid down his office, and would serve no more; but withdrawing himself from all public affairs, he lived at Clapham with his partner, Mr. Hewer, formerly his clerk, in a very noble house and sweet place, where he enjoyed the fruit of his labors in great prosperity. He was universally be-loved, hospitable, generous, learned in many things, skilled in music, a very great cherisher of learned men of whom he had the conversation.

His library and collection of other curiosities were of the most considerable, the models of ships especially. Besides what he published of an account of the navy, as he found and left it, he had for divers years under his hand the History of the Navy, or Navalia, as he called it; but how far advanced, and what will follow of his, is left, I suppose, to his sister's son, Mr. Jackson, a young gentleman, whom Mr. Pepys had educated in all sorts of useful learning, sending him to travel abroad, from whence he returned with extraordinary accomplishments, and worthy to be heir.

Mr. Pepys had been for near forty years so much my particular friend, that Mr. Jackson sent me complete mourning, desiring me to be one to hold up the pall at his magnificent obsequies; but my indisposition hindered me from doing him this last office.”

http://archive.org/stream/diaryofjohnevely02eve...

Thank you Phil for having the idea and the skill and the character to create this wonderful website: I look forward to hearing about whatever you get up to next. I would welcome a republication of the diary as a blog so that my RSS aggregator would pick it up automatically evey evening for me to read when I stagger home from the pub . .

Murasaki_1966   Link to this

Thank Phil, for this labour of love, and thanks, Sam, for sharing your life with us across the centuries. I will be visiting your Library in October.

languagehat   Link to this

Thanks to Phil and to all of you, and of course to Sam for providing us with the occasion for our revels. Ave atque vale!

nix   Link to this

What a beautiful and fitting conclusion.

Thank you Samuel, thank you Phil, and thank you all.

Robert Watson   Link to this

I am sorry that I, as many others, found this site only comparatively recently. I hadn't made a note of it, but I think I have been following Pepys' diary here for perhaps almost two years. During that time I had a heart attack --late Feb 2011--- and before that had some other health problems. Reading the Dairy was something to hold onto, and has been a daily read and a mental exercise.

I have always had an interest in history since my childhood. I loved "old things" ---playing my grandmother's 78s on her Victrola when I was 5 or 6 yrs old. I first hear of Pepys' Diary when I was in my teens, and I thought it was the writings of an old man. I realised later that he was comparatively young and very much aware of the happenings of the day. I am 51 now. I wish I had found this site when the Diary began.

Tomorrow I will begin to look at the archives, as a daily discipline.

Best wishes to all the annotators!

Katherine   Link to this

The names of the annotators to this post are perhaps even more familiar to me than the plethora of characters we've met over the past nine years. I will miss seeing your names and your annotations, which have helped immeasurably in filling out the history of the diary. Many, many thanks from Kay in California.

M   Link to this

Thank you so much for a daily routine I have been following since the very beginning.

Not sure what I am going to do with this small bit of reclaimed time, now...

I agree with others above! Start over again tomorrow!

Robert Watson   Link to this

I do find it interesting, that up to the end of the Diary, Samuel is feeling up women. What a man! And he feels the need to include it in his final entry. At least he is honest.

Larry Bunce   Link to this

I first read excerpts of Pepys' Diary in my high school reading anthology, and saw the Pepys display at the Museum of the City of London in '79, but never could have read the whole diary without this site. All of us here owe Phil an enormous debt of gratitude. I also thank my former English teacher, Charles Harkin, for introducing me to Pepys. He unfortunately did not live to visit pepysdiary.com, but he was given the L&M edition as a retirement gift. I will miss all of my fellow posters. Saying goodbye is the price of all relationships. Farewell, Sam, and everyone else here.

Robert Watson   Link to this

Also interesting that his last entry has a reference to Deb. (Besides his other paramour.) He must have been very infatuated/in love with her. A sort of sadness there, I think. A genuine affection in that he was fully intending to be ending his writing and yet he made mention of Deb -- and Betty, too. I am not so judgemental as some are here.

mary k mcintyre   Link to this

Thanks to Phil, for his patience, tenacity and great labours on our behalf.

And thanks to my fellow Pepysians, lurkers and posters alike, for the fellowship and insights of the past 9 years.

See you in the Yahoo group!

Mary

Jim Mullins   Link to this

Another lurker, let me add my profound thanks to Phil and the Annotators (sounds like a great band!).

Ever since my community theater performed a show at All Hallows by the Tower - at one end of Seething Lane, where Sam climbed to watch the fire - and I stayed in a 16th century house on Crutched Friars - at the other end of the lane - I've been a good friend of Sam's. Thanks, Phil, for bringing us together again.

Get some rest, Phil!

Joe Phelan   Link to this

Along with so many, let me add my thanks to Mr. Gyford and the eloquent regulars for bringing Samuel Pepys' diary to life these last nine years.

It's been a beautiful demonstration of what «duce et utile» means.

Margaret   Link to this

Thank you, Phil, for giving us this gift for nearly ten years.

And thanks to Chris Squire for giving us John Evelyn's words--very touching.

And so to bed.

Bryan M   Link to this

What a wonderful, enriching experience it's been. The Diary comes to an end but the memories will be treasured for many more years. Thanks Phil, best wishes for the future to you and all the annotators and lurkers.

Snow   Link to this

As a reader from the beginning I shall miss my morning ritual of opening this site (though I'm sure I'll do it out of habit for a while). My sincere thanks to Phil for his sterling efforts and to Terry Foreman, Robert Gertz and all the other regular annotators who enlightened me on the details I'd missed/didn't understand. Bye bye, Sammy, bye bye.

Hamish Mack   Link to this

Thanks for all your work Phil. Pepys is an engaging person, much as I deplore his cheating on Elizabeth. I hope his later years were good and I hope he stayed interested until the end.

martinb   Link to this

This was a well-conceived and beautifully executed idea which has obviously made a difference to many people's lives.

By way of special thanks, I'd like to propose Messrs Gyford, Foreman and Gertz for honorary online knighthoods for their extraordinary services to Samuel Pepys. Arise Sirs Phil, Terry and Robert!

James Warnock   Link to this

An amazing achievement from the first day, and the internet at its best. Thanks for entertainment and enlightenment to all annnotators (both the ingenious and the prating buffleheads - my favourite word in the whole diary); and awestruck thanks and congratulations to Sir Phil.

ONeville   Link to this

The best entry ever, for me. His words come across the centuries as if he was speaking directly to us, knowing that sooner or later his diary would be read by someone. Although he did things that he was not particularly proud of, he was willing to let his record stand or fall. Altogether a warm, kind and intelligent man to whom the Nation owes a debt of gratitude and who has lit up my mornings over the years.

I second the honorary knighthoods proposed by martinb with, of course, one real one for Sam, who showed what can be achieved by merit and sheer energy.

Tony Eldridge   Link to this

Well done Sam, to finish on a day containing work (of course), kissing one of his paramours (of course) and trips to the park and the inn to be merry (of course).

His moving final paragraph would be heart-breaking if we did not know that he did not go blind - something that must have been terrifying him at the time.

Thanks again to everyone.

Teresa Forster   Link to this

It was a fitting place for Sam to end, though, with an exciting journey and holiday coming up. I hope he took comfort from the fact that he gave Elizabeth this great adventure before her untimely death.

Thank you Phil, and all contributors and indeed lurkers. It was nice to know that this wonderful experience was shared with you all, unseen yet empathic.

Murray   Link to this

For 9 years and a few months this lurker has enjoyed the diary and the comments.
To Phil, your work has brought so much pleasure to so many people – thank you.
To Sam, if only your eyes were better. If only you had kept writing. If only you’d started earlier. If only Elizabeth hadn’t caught that fever. If only….

Stan Oram   Link to this

And as another prolific writer has said 'parting is such sweet sorrow'. It's a bit like hearing of a close friends passing.
As others here have hinted this gives just a glimpse of what the internet might be used for in the future. I doubt I will see the day but I can foresee the day when all the written records on Earth are searchable on line - what a feast for historians, genealogists and scholars all when that day dawns.

Well done Phil and thanks.

Glyn   Link to this

"and, therefore, resolve, from this time forward, to have it kept by my people in long-hand, and must therefore be contented to set down no more than is fit for them and all the world to know"

Ye Saga Continueth! Watch with Pepys at the hanging of Du Vall, the romantick highwayman! Stand with him as he is imprisoned in the Tower! Shudder as he sets sail through pirate infested waters!

http://tinyurl.com/bsf38qj

Actually, it's pretty dull stuff as he kept his promise about only setting down innocuous stuff - even Robert Gertz couldn't make it interesting.

Andrew Hamilton   Link to this

I second all the thanks reflected above, and agree that Phil, Terry and RGertz deserve special honors. I could name, as well, Jeannine, Mary, Glyn, Australian Sue, Language Hat, Pauline, the irrepressible Vincent man of many names, Carl in Boston, Todd Bernhardt, Nix, the Jennys and others who have enlivened my journey. Especial thanks today go to Chris Squire for posting John Evelyn's moving obituary note for Sam. Goodbye, all.

Mike   Link to this

Phil,

Many thanks for this wonderful trip back in time.
Now to start over with day 1...
:-)

James Streit   Link to this

Sam ends the diary in his inimitable style, with work, companionship, a drink and hope for what's to come. I hope we can all share the same. I've looked forward to these postings each day since the beginning. Over the years, I've wondered what each of the annotators were really like -- almost like that ancient of concepts, "pen pals." Especially, in the early days, trying to decipher the Geordie/Latin musings of Vincent/cum grano salis. Thank you Phil and all the annotators. It's been wonderful.

Bill   Link to this

I've been lurking on this site since some time in its second year; it's been my home page all this time, so that Sam's daily entry is the first thing I see in the morning. I have no idea what I'll replace it with. Thanks to Phil for doing this, and to all those whose annotations made it more interesting.

john   Link to this

"to set down no more than is fit for them and all the world to know"

And we are grateful for what came before.

What a labour of love from all, especially Sam(uel) and Phil. I purchased the L&M before Phil began; I dipped in it but without Phil, I would not have read it all.

(The ending seems personal to me. I can understand his concern with blindness. When I lost the sight in one eye and the other suddenly changed, I had the same sentiments.)

Clement   Link to this

I add my great thanks and praise to Phil and all of our contributors and fellow lurkers. My life has been wonderfully enriched by this site, which has been my "home page" for more than eight years.

I've enjoyed sharing special moments with family and friends, and exposing others to the site when I lead web-based training for work and "accidentally" leave my diary page up for viewing for extended periods.

Phil, I know you're a young man still, but no matter what great work you have yet to contribute this gift of your time and talent to us has been enormous.

And thanks to Sam, whose perhaps unique contribution to literature has opened a window, both internal and external, like no other.

Barry P. Reich   Link to this

Wonderful finish to the Diary. Especially glad to see the familiar "baiser elle" and "para hazer" in the final entry. I will miss you all.

Betty Birney   Link to this

I will miss Sam and the whole cast of characters. Thanks to him. And thanks to you, Phil, for all your work and for keeping Sam alive.

kim oliver   Link to this

Thanks to you all. You have enriched my life. You will all be missed, especially Sam, Elizabeth and Phil.

Can the Queen be petitioned to make Sam a knight?

Again, thank you.

So to bed.....

Michiel van der Leeuw   Link to this

I've been following the diary from the beginning "with great pleasure".

Phil, thank you ever so much for sharing it with us in this delightful way. May this site from now on become an encyclopedia for London life in the 1660's.

Thanks again!

Trevor   Link to this

I have been a long time lurker reading Sam's diary nearly every day. I want to send out a huge thank-you to Phil for bringing this site to the world, and to all the annotators- thank you for making the 1660's more real to me with your in-depth knowledge and links to further articles, images and books. I will miss my time here incredibly.

arby   Link to this

I said my goodbyes earlier, but I'd like to thank Jeaninne for The Next Chapter. Again, thanks to Phil and the whole gang, it's been wonderful. rb

DiPhi   Link to this

What a treat these years have been! I could never have plowed through the diary on my own, but in daily bits and augmented by the erudition and wit of the whole community, it has been a deep and lasting pleasure.

I love Sam. I love him for being the first modern civil servant, pursuing his responsibilities earnestly and capably. I love him for taking such delight in the pleasures of his life, licit and illicit. I love him for living and writing in such a rich, exciting time and sharing it with us in all its muddy, royal glory.

I couldn't make it to any of the get togethers, but I myself plan to raise a pint in Sam's honor tonight. I'll toast Sam, and Phil, and all of you! I'll miss you!

To quote Sam himself, "Thus was this entertainment over, the best of its kind, and the fullest of honour and content to me, that ever I had in my life: and shall not easily have so good again." (January 23, 1668/69)

Dinah from Santa Cruz, CA

Matt Lee   Link to this

Well now, I guess I need a new homepage. Yes, the diary has been my home page for the past nine years. It has always been a wonderful way to end the day -- seeing the new entry. Thank you Phil for being an amazing webmaster. One who truly cares about having a top quality site. Thank you to the regular and irregular annotators, who allowed me to lurk most of the time, mostly because you came up with the same comment I would have, but with far more research and care. You have made this site a truly wonderful experience.

laura k   Link to this

Many, many thanks to Phil, to all the annotators, and to Samuel Pepys. It's been grand.

jeannine   Link to this

The was a man named Samuel Pepys
A Diary Samuel did keep
He recorded his life
I’ll miss him and his wife
But all of you my dear friends, I will keep……

Many thanks to the world’s most wonderful host, Phil Gyford, all of the annotators and lurkers who’ve shared the adventure. It’s been a wonderful community to share each day.

Paul Chapin   Link to this

And so the time machine that let us witness daily life for more than nine momentous years in London has come to rest. Although Sam won't be telling us about them, great things lie ahead in his lifetime. Jeannine's must-read essay about Sam's life after the diary gives us a well researched and beautifully written look at that life. Let me mention here just a few particularly significant events.

1685: J.S. Bach and G.F. Handel are born
1687: Newton publishes _Principia Mathematica_, with the imprimatur of S. Pepys, President of the Royal Society
1688: The Glorious Revolution establishes Parliament as the supreme political authority in England
1690: John Locke (SP's exact contemporary) publishes _Treatises on Government_, laying the philosophical foundation for the Declaration of Independence and the American Revolution

Many have amply and justly lauded Phil for making this adventure happen, and Terry for filling in so many blanks. In farewell to our happy band of time travelers, I'd like to give a shout out to a few annotators who have not been so widely mentioned, but who have added immensely to the pleasure of this journey and its value as a learning experience:

- Michael Robinson, bibliographer extraordinary
- Mary, whose brief contributions revealed her wealth of historical and linguistic knowledge
- Language Hat, with whom I had the fun of debating several issues that only linguists could love
- Australian Susan, for buoyant good humor and vast understanding of the religious milieu of SP's life
- Glyn, whose walking tours were my guides during my visit to London at the diary's midpoint
- Jeannine, for her wonderful sidebar essays
- Our inimitable (in the strictest sense of the word) man of many monikers, Michael Vincent (CGS, IAS, etc., etc.), who shared with us his experiences of a world in some ways closer to Sam's than our own, in a delightfully eccentric prose style. Language Hat aptly said of him, "I may not understand all the words, but I sure like the music."

Thanks to all for an experience I'll never forget. And now, adieu.

Todd Bernhardt   Link to this

What a moving entry, both because of its poignant closing paragraphs, and because the entry up to that point is, as others have mentioned, Classic Sam.

Can't add much more here that hasn't already been said, both on this page and on the "Roll Call" page ( http://www.pepysdiary.com/about/archive/2012/05... ), so I'll just thank Phil once more (we really can't thank him enough for this monumental achievement) and, to all assembled, sign off with a hearty and optimistic "See ya later." It's been grand.

Carl in Boston   Link to this

Alas, poor Samuel, I knew him well.

MaggieNY   Link to this

Thank you so much Phil for bringing Sam and Elizabeth into our lives everyday for nearly 10 years. I plan to go and read the continuing story and then,...back to the beginning. Reading this every day for years is such a part of me now I can't let it go...
And a special thank you to Robert Gertz for all the laughs.

Robert Gertz   Link to this

So who (besides our Sam and Bess of course) would you most like to spend a dinner evening with among our cast? While John Evelyn and Robert Hooke are obvious choices, I'd rather fancy a night with the Pierces...There's a neat mix of urbane sophistication, wit, and shrewdness about James and Betty. I like James' quiet support of Betty's independence that seeps through Sam's comments and Betty is a hoot...Beautiful, elegant, and so cleverly able to hold Sam off via constant pregnancy and strategic placement of her numerous offspring, yet able to appreicate his charm. And of course her hardheaded, practical management of the Pierce family interest during the prize goods affair is priceless. While James is an endless source of interesting tales about the Court...

Maurie Beck   Link to this

I'd like to spend time with William Coventry.

Like Sam, my eyesight went south. Unlike Sam, modern medicine restored it. As my eyesight dimmed from cataracts, I began to understand in a more visceral sense what I was losing. When I got it back it was like receiving the greatest toy; every day was a new view.

I'm looking forward to reading Jeannine's essay and much more about Sam's life. The whole diary experience that Phil has allowed everyone to create has been downright remarkable; living breathing alive.

markv   Link to this

Thanks, Phil, for the wonderful job you've done over the years.

Brian   Link to this

I have thoroughly enjoyed Sam Pepys diary. I have lurked for several years, I may have to go back and read the earlier entries. Thank you Phil.

Raymond   Link to this

Thank you so much Phil for all your efforts it has been great, you have done a fantastic job, it has been really appreciated, you brought it all to life so well , very very well done.

Sinclair   Link to this

Thank you Phil for 9 years of your time; reading the diary and the annotations from contributors was both beguiling and educational and I didn't miss a day.

Nick Hedley   Link to this

I should also like to thank Phil also for the brilliant original idea of posting daily Pepys blogs and allowing annotations that have without fail been funny, knowledgeable or insightful (and frequently all three). You have really attracted a wonderful group of followers who have been great companions during this stroll through the diary.

Although sad for us that the diary has stopped, it is perhaps for the best that he has bowed out at the top of his game, wielding substantial influence, with money in the bank (or in the strong room), with good friends to dine and be merry with and most of all with Elizabeth still with him. I personally would have loved to hear of his time as president of the Royal Society but alas that is not to be.

I shall now take a break (mourning) and start again in January since there is something particularly satisfying with knowing what Samuel was doing on this day 343 years ago or 353 years ago when I start again. I hope that Phil’s much deserved break will allow him to contemplate what a great and good thing he has constructed and I further hope that he can be persuaded to allow further annotations since they will surely be even more funny, knowledgeable and insightful for having passed that way before.

jean-paul   Link to this

Thank you, everybody. Unforgettable…

Steve Shervais   Link to this

Thanks for a job well done. Since 2005 this diary has been the first item on my Internet reading list. I shall miss it.

Marta Vinhais   Link to this

I read Isabel Coutinho's article at "Publico" and found it so interesting I decided to read it.
I just read the last entry, but I will check the archives.
Thank you.
Marta Vinhais (Porto, Portugal)

roboto   Link to this

Thanks for the journey. I enjoyed every entry over the entire time.

-roboto

Scott Fletcher   Link to this

Thank you all for this wonderful gift! I have only been reading the online diary since February of this year, after beginning Tomalin's biography for the second time. It is an almost daily ritual for me and even though I cannot 'speak' to you all since the posts and annotations I am reading are now 10 years old, I enjoy them immensely and am learning so much because of them. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Spin2Win   Link to this

This will really be missed! I followed daily in our Toronto newspaper, but heard about the end on NPR.

I do hope that the diary is replayed, but it will be for another generation to enjoy. We have too much invested in this to start over again immediately!

Peter Easton (PHE)   Link to this

Thank you Phil for all the work in managing the site. And thank you Mr Pepys for your endless entertainment. One of the most underrated and misrepresented characters in English history. When I have saved up enough, I will buy a bottle of Haut Brion and drink to you. We all feel we know you personally, despite the 350 year gap, and regret we can never share a 'merry' dinner with you. You were vain, and knew it, but knew you were only human. You would appreciate the respect and affection you still have from strangers centuries later.

Australian Susan   Link to this

Sat down at my laptop this Monday morning, coffee to hand, cat on lap and then realised - no Diary entry to read before settling to work. Feeling really bereft.

Dan Jones   Link to this

It's hard for me to believe that 10 years have gone by. Thanks so very much Phil and an amazing cast of commentators and annotators.

Ruben   Link to this

A diary is an account of life, and as such, one day it ends. In Sam's case, thanks to Phil, his diary received the best treatment possible: being read by many, single day after single day.
This diary is so full of information, that I may assure you that you probably do not remember most details. So those that got the habit of reading an entry, can go back to the first day and read again, with the added benefit of the annotations, already in place. Still better, Phil assured me last week that the blog wil be there for us, so may be, something new may be annotated that escaped our attention the first time or were shy to annotate. I intend to continue to organize something in Facebook, where I already posted some 70 images concerning the diary (mostly not from Wikipedia). You are all invited to enter my facebook album at "Ruben Lenger" and I would like to read comments and have more photos to add. When in London I visited young Samuel Pepys at the National Portrait Gallery. I also find there a bust of James II and Charles, etc. I took some pictures and I will add them to the album in a few days.

Linda F   Link to this

Yes, bereft. Still checking in to see further postings, while really appreciating what we have had here.

Spin2Win   Link to this

Yikes! The National Post has started the diary over again - today's paper had the June 4 entry from 1660. Looks like we're going in again!

Robert Watson   Link to this

The National Post's version is not very user-friendly. It doesn't seem to be a daily feature.
I Googled it, and took a look at what came through and it is not something we could look at as we have been on this site. Maybe I am confused by it all, but that is the point. It isn't done in the same way as Phil's site, so it is useless.

Katherine   Link to this

Still checking in every day, hoping to see posts from dearly loved annotators. Should I be checking the Yahoo group instead? I don't think I'll be able to stand the silence.

vanderleun   Link to this

What a wonderful, wonderful roll it has been. My appreciation and applause to all.

Robert Gertz   Link to this

I wonder if anyone has mapped out Sam and Bess' trip?

Heartbreaking as the end of it was, we can always note that in an infinite multiverse where every possible timeline can exist, surely there's one where one of us or our descendants hotwired a time machine and got some antibiotics/antivirals back to Bess...Or better yet, brought our beloved couple to that alternate future to reside immortality with History's most famous #nice and pretty nice# people.

Linda F   Link to this

Katherine (and All),
Yes, do check the Yahoo group. There are related posts and links and a nascent project to present the diary of Sir John Evelyn -- seeking volunteers.

Linda F   Link to this

Correction: It is John Evelyn, and not Sir John Evelyn, who is the diarist and Pepys's frequent correspondent.

Mary   Link to this

Plain 'John' indeed. Though quite unlike Pepys in character, Evelyn was another diarist and dedicated public servant (viz. his work for wounded and destitute military and naval veterans) who failed to be recognised with a knighthood.

TIM DAY   Link to this

After reading the " The shorter Pepys" some years ago, I came across this site which I would vist nearly every day or catch up a few days missed.
I would just like to a big Thank You to all concerned for this wonderful site, I will miss it deeply, it's akin to losing an old friend.
Thank You

andy   Link to this

I've been away travelling in Pridnestrovye and Ukraine (= poor internet connections# and just got back to read Sam's final entry - a quick kiss with a beautiful woman, a trip to the tavern, a little political business and a dignified, formal conclusion to his audience.

Perhaps he could be seen as a #Lermontov) Pechorin of a man?

An amazing feat for Phil to have achieved. Thank you.

Ryan   Link to this

After reading the ” The shorter Pepys” some years ago, I came across this site which I would visit nearly every day or catch up a few days missed. Thanks for updating me with all the wisdom of that great book.

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