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About Wednesday 23 October 1667

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I was most amused with Pepys's words concerning Pett. " I would not have the man suffer what he do not deserve, there being enough of what he do deserve to lie upon him." On first reading one got the impression that Sam was being sympathetic towards Pett.

About Monday 7 October 1667

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This Cottenham would be the place from which the Pepys family would take the title of their earldom a 170 years later. Incidentally a new heir to the current earl of Cottenham was born a few days ago, so the Pepys family is thriving.

About Saturday 5 October 1667

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So Samuel almost gets to see Nell in the buff, but takes little joy of it. A pity we can never know his wife's thoughts on the matter.

About Tuesday 17 September 1667

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Bagwell would indeed not have been an innocent victim, she knew there was something to be had by accomodating Pepys. In fact in it was probably likely that Sam was the only person of some influence Bagwell knew.

About Wednesday 21 August 1667

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"I took a little pleasure with Mrs Martin and her sister" the two of them sound like veritable jades and Sam himself a damnable rogue.

About Monday 29 July 1667

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This must be the longest entry so far and with so much gossip. Or should I say information.

About Saturday 27 July 1667

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Barbara Villiers was a commanding beauty and it is easy to see why the king fell for her. Just such a shame he allowed her to wrap him round her little finger.

About Saturday 13 July 1667

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As this Lacy didn't die until 1681 so Sam's information about him dying from the pox was wrong. Perhaps this is the reason why he rejected the 'ghostly' advice.

About Wednesday 10 July 1667

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Credit to Sam's mayde Mary, who obviously realised that if she wanted to have a decent life, then it wasn't going to be found in the Pepys' household.

About Sunday 16 June 1667

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Interesting that in today's entry the town of Cottenham was mentioned, it will be the the title of the earldom conferred on the Pepys family in the middle of the 19th century. This branch of the family pronounce their name Pepis.

About Monday 6 May 1667

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Pepys was quite right to worry about those water men, who knows what they could get up to.

About Friday 12 April 1667

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It was probably a bit extreme giving giving the maid a kick, but remember if Sam had lost his property through her present and possible future carelessness. Then too whom would he have had course for recompense? The kick therefore seemed the cheaper option.

About Wednesday 3 April 1667

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What a wonder turn of phrase we have here from Sam, it's almost Joycian in character. 'Dr. Crew did make a very pretty, neat, sober, honest sermon; and delivered it very readily, decently, and gravely, beyond his years:'