Monday 8 July 1661

[Pepys wrote no diary entries from this date until 13th July. P.G.]

40 Annotations

First Reading

Pedro.  •  Link

Come back on the 13th.

Why did you not tell us earlier we could have booked up a holiday!

Bradford  •  Link

. . . who got it from Maureen, and passed it to Pauline and Jenny, who sent it to . . . at cyberspeed!

dirk  •  Link

And how are we supposed to survive that long without Sam's diary? We're all hopelessly hooked now! What about detox effects?

A. De Araujo  •  Link

And it came so sudden!...

Bob T  •  Link

8 - 13th July. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Sam is experiencing some difficulties that he had not foreseen, and they really put him off his cornflakes :-)

daniel  •  Link

No daily entry?......becoming hard to concentrate....lights growing dim......

vicente  •  Link

Theres the house of blahs dailey bill making, then there is Rev. Josslyn keeping us abrest of the daisys and the the all English problem of the weather. Of course There is J Evelyn telling us about boyls vacating aire frome the a viper, compessing Water, or playing with his marbles, polishing so with olive oil that it takes a 42 lb weight to separate them. Then Diving bell being tried out at Deptford. Oh! his a missing so much.

Ruben  •  Link

No daily entry
To all Pepys-addicts:
Try a stronger coffee. If your hands are still trembling, open "badkground information" in a systematic way. Open all the blue patches you find in your way. Not all the sites the same day!
Save some for other days without fat cows.
Try "Recent annotations", if you are addicted to chronological order.
Vicente probably and Pepys for sure would say: "Omnem movere lapidem",
"Turn every stone", try to make a maximal workout.
Remember that life yet exists (precariously so) in the XXI century, and most of all, remember that our hero will be back to tell us all after the following announcements from our sponsors...

adam w  •  Link

There's always something to learn here, even with Pepys away from his desk. Todd, what is a rawk?

BradW  •  Link


For a pronunciation example see _Nemo, Finding_, e.g. Crush: "Yew RAWK, dude." TOE-tally.

JWB  •  Link

6 days covered by one entry on the 13th. Why not bring it up? Sure we could spend that many days wrestling with probate and in-laws.

Glyn  •  Link

PG tips

Instead of the diary why not read this full-page article about Phil Gyford in yesterday's science section of "The Guardian":…

Apparently Phil is "a shining example of what is good about the internet" and the people who read this Pepys Diary site are "a large community of seasoned web surfers, enthusiasts and academics" (it says here).

Glyn  •  Link

Captain Scott, K2 and me

Doh! I see Todd and a lot of other people already got there before me, sorry.

cindy b  •  Link

Isn't this a spoiler?
Did Sam know that he wan't going to write anything until the 13th or did he just reach the end of the day without enough energy left to write?

What would Sam have thought if he could have known that 343 years after the fact people all over the world would panic at the knowledge that he took a few days off?

daniel  •  Link

i343 years later

i am sure that Sam would be quite taken aback.

Nix  •  Link

Settle down -- it's summertime.

If you really want to know what happens, go to the Project Gutenberg text. I'll be packing for vacation, carrying with me the good feelings from the recognition Phil has earned -- congratulations!

bardi  •  Link

This will be the longest week "ever in all my life."

ian  •  Link

Bear up folks, its only until Tuesday, Go away and enjoy the weekend, or alternatively find one of Phil's other sites (see Guardian article above for ideas) and get political.

Glyn  •  Link

Pepys' Walk in the City of London

Well, if anyone wants to take a self-guided Walk around the City of London based on Samuel Pepys, to take their mind off things, I've just finished finished writing one, with a lot of help from contributors to this site.

So click on my name, send me a message, and I'll e-mail it to you.

tc  •  Link

A respite...

...and back to the 21st century for a few days, a wonderful opportunity to thank Phil again for this wonderful diversion, the days of Sam.

And a good time to go sailing...with Sam in mind (like a fish I go...)

language hat  •  Link

By an amazing coincidence, I'm taking a vacation too!
Doesn't quite match (going to Calif tomorrow, coming back the 17th), but there's enough overlap I won't have too much to catch up with on my return...

And thanks for posting the Phil interview, Todd (and Glyn)!

dirk  •  Link


Maybe some of us could fill their empty time by trying to make brief summaries (some 10 lines per month) of the past months of Sam's diary - so that Phil may finally see the "Story so far" updated. I'm trying my hand at December 1660. Any other volunteers?

Coffee  •  Link

...err, can't wait that long! Can't we vote on this?? =)

kent kelly  •  Link

Well, this is jolly. I took a week's bicycling holiday and what with work and other things, it's now two weeks since I visited this site. I hated having to skip the annotations so I could catch up but had resigned myself to it. Thanks to Sam's break, I can read them.

vicente  •  Link

Just found an interesting tit bit, Sam borrows 10L on Monday 2 January 1659/60. it was in his impecunious days.
"...Then I went to Mr. Crew

Martin  •  Link

Are there any future gaps in the diary? If so I feel we ought to be told in good time, so that holiday arrangements etc. can be made!

Lorry  •  Link

Somehow there was a large "void" in this week but I'm sure like all of you - I will survive! Thank you, Glyn, for the self-guided walk in London.

Phil Gyford  •  Link

I guess this particular entry could be classed as a 'spoiler' - there's no evidence Sam planned not to write his diary in advance. To be completely authentic I could have just not posted an entry for several days. But then I'd have (quite rightly) received lots of emails from everyone wondering where the next entry was!

Ruben  •  Link

This lapse in SP's diary was bad for me, as I had an operation and a lot of time to spend at home.
I rented a very old movie, Captain Blood, and had the pleasure to see again,like in my childhood, a fictional Dr. Blood in the year 1685, pirates and the like. He is more or less a rebel against King James.
They are lot of anachronic blunders but it is only entertainment. You can see a nice trailer with a young Basil Rathbone in…
I did not know were to insert this background annotation. May be in "fictional Pepys"?

A. Hamilton  •  Link

Wishing to extend this already impressively long list of annotations, and ready to throw relevance to the winds, I am seizing on Ruben's last remark to tell two utterly unconnected stories. My wife's maiden name is Rathbone, of no known connection to Basil. My mother's maiden name is Verner, which as readers of Sherlock Holmes know, is the also the maiden name of the detective's mother. At one point, when my daughter was thinking of applying for membership in the Baker Street Irregulars, I advised her to claim that she was related to Holmes on both sides. As for the second anecdote, I'm told that Basil Rathbone's daughter for a time ran a catering service in New York City named "Forever Basil."

language hat  •  Link

Just for a little added value: in case you didn't know the derivations, Rathbone is from Welsh rhathbon 'field with stumps' and Verner is a variant of Warner, from Old French Guarnier, from Germanic warn- 'warn' + heri 'army, troop.'

Second Reading

Louise Hudson  •  Link

This would never have happened if Sam had email! :(

If he were on Facebook, his name would be MUD!

Paul  •  Link

Poor Sam. Yesterday's entry wistful and sad compared to his usual ebullient self. Uncle gone, property to Sam after Dad goes, a good sermon, a full day's ride from home, Aunt in a nasty ugly pickle, lots to reflect on

Chris Squire UK  •  Link

Heres the 2014 url of the 2004 article about our esteemed editor/moderator:…

‘Man of the moment: His innovative and practical websites - usually created in his spare time - have won Phil Gyford a loyal following. Bobbie Johnson went to meet him

Phil Gyford is not a name that trips off the tongue alongside those of internet visionaries such as Jeff Bezos, Sergei Brin or Larry Page. For Gyford's business - if you could call it that - is not big, and it doesn't make headline news. He would probably be the last person to describe himself as a guru, but Gyford has made a real mark on the net.

An unassuming freelance web designer by day, by night he's an amateur agitator, an unpaid online inventor with a track record of qualified, but recognisable, innovation. Gyford's wide range of pet projects combined with his no-nonsense approach to the net, continue to draw admiration from casual surfers and web experts alike.

His latest project,, was launched last month with the intention of bringing parliament closer to the British people. With a team of almost 20 volunteers, Gyford helped build the site, which provides information on members of parliament and a readable version of Hansard, the parliamentary record . . ‘

Thank you, Phil, both for this and for .

eileen d.  •  Link

thank you, Chris Squire UK, for updating the link about our much-admired founder.

as someone who spends way too much time thinking about cool ways to leverage the internet for the non-commercial user, I find Phil, and this site, a source of inspiration and joy.

Terry Foreman  •  Link

In the interim, some reading of what Parliament is up to:

Bills depending.

Mr. Pryn having made Report from the Committee to whom it was referred to see which of the Bills depending in the House, and which were committed to Committees, were of most Necessity to be proceeded in before the Adjournment.

Ordered, That these Bills following be proceeded in; viz.…

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