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About Friday 15 May 1668

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Probably the reason for the extinction of the dukedom of Buckingham, his grace's appropriation of another man's wife.

About Saturday 9 May 1668

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Indeed at that time and perhaps until the start of the 20th century, the Lords was more important. The majority of prime ministers in the 18th and 19th centuries sat in the Lords. The third marquis of Salisbury being the last, dying in office in 1903. Incidentally the Commons in the 18th & 19th centuries was dominated by younger sons of peers. This subsequently began to change with the Reform Act of 1832 and the advent of universal sufferance after Viscount Palmerston's death in 1865.

About Wednesday 6 May 1668

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There has never been a marquess of Windsor, an earldom of Windsor held by the marquesses of Bute.

About Tuesday 5 May 1668

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What a delight it must have been for Sam to be in such close proximity o all those fine ladies. I wonder if he's still in awe of Castlemaine's beauty? A beauty that he gave such high praises to when he saw her portrait at the painter's.

About Thursday 26 March 1668

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Such wise and apt words from Sam: and I did, as I love to do, enjoy myself in my pleasure as being the height of what we take pains for and can hope for in this world, and therefore to be enjoyed while we are young and capable of these joys.

About Thursday 5 March 1667/68

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A great day for Sam, in the 6 part BBC Classic Serial dramatisation of the diary, this entry is one of the highlights of the whole series.

About Sunday 12 January 1667/68

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Elizabeth is right to not want her father in law to live with her, I would only lead to greater disputes between her and Sam.

About Monday 6 January 1667/68

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A full and exciting day and night. I liked how Sam complains of spending money on oranges and a box, at the theatre, it being full. Hard to believe that it's been over a year since we saw Mrs Bagwell.

About Tuesday 24 December 1667

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Start of Advent tomorrow, I hope Sam I going to be enjoying Christmas in Heaven despite his transgression in the church.

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.