Monday 8 July 1661

[Sam didn’t write the next diary entry until 13th July… so come back then (11pm UK time)! PG]

8 Jul 2004, 11:04 p.m. - Pedro.

Come back on the 13th. Why did you not tell us earlier we could have booked up a holiday!

8 Jul 2004, 11:10 p.m. - Todd Bernhardt

Well then, let's talk about our esteemed moderator, shall we?,3605,1255869,00.html Phil, you rawk. I hope *you're* taking a holiday! (Props to Bradford, who alerted me to this story...)

8 Jul 2004, 11:12 p.m. - Bradford

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

8 Jul 2004, 11:17 p.m. - dirk

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

8 Jul 2004, 11:44 p.m. - A. De Araujo

And it came so sudden!...

8 Jul 2004, 11:55 p.m. - Bob T

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 :-)

9 Jul 2004, 12:08 a.m. - daniel

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

9 Jul 2004, 1:12 a.m. - vicente

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.

9 Jul 2004, 4:16 a.m. - Ruben

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...

9 Jul 2004, 9:20 a.m. - adam w

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

9 Jul 2004, 10:33 a.m. - Ruben

Rawk? At my own risk I checked at: urbandictionary and found it is "like rock but cooler" see at

9 Jul 2004, 11:59 a.m. - Todd Bernhardt

Rawk on, Ruben! :-)

9 Jul 2004, 1:59 p.m. - BradW

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

9 Jul 2004, 3:23 p.m. - JWB

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.

9 Jul 2004, 3:57 p.m. - Glyn

PG tips Instead of the diary why not read this full-page article about Phil Gyford in yesterday's science section of "The Guardian":,3605,1255869,00.html 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).

9 Jul 2004, 4:10 p.m. - Glyn

Captain Scott, K2 and me Doh! I see Todd and a lot of other people already got there before me, sorry.

9 Jul 2004, 5:10 p.m. - cindy b

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?

9 Jul 2004, 6:23 p.m. - daniel

i343 years later i am sure that Sam would be quite taken aback.

9 Jul 2004, 7:24 p.m. - Nix

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!

9 Jul 2004, 7:26 p.m. - bardi

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

9 Jul 2004, 8:04 p.m. - ian

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.

9 Jul 2004, 8:55 p.m. - Glyn

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.

9 Jul 2004, 10:09 p.m. - tc

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...) ~~~~_/)~~~~

10 Jul 2004, 1:14 a.m. - language hat

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)!

10 Jul 2004, 3:52 a.m. - dirk

Suggestion? 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?

10 Jul 2004, 3:04 p.m. - Coffee

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

11 Jul 2004, 3:44 a.m. - kent kelly

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.

11 Jul 2004, 3:46 a.m. - vicente

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

11 Jul 2004, 10:56 a.m. - Martin

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!

11 Jul 2004, 11:25 p.m. - Lorry

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.

12 Jul 2004, 11:44 a.m. - Phil Gyford

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!

13 Jul 2004, 8:43 a.m. - Ruben

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"?

13 Jul 2004, 10:10 p.m. - A. Hamilton

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."

21 Jul 2004, 12:47 a.m. - language hat

Rathbone/Verner: 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.'

9 Jul 2014, 1:17 a.m. - Louise Hudson

This would never have happened if Sam had email! :( If he were on Facebook, his name would be MUD!

9 Jul 2014, 1:35 a.m. - Irishyankee

And so, to Bed.

9 Jul 2014, 2:10 a.m. - Paul

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

10 Jul 2014, 11:39 p.m. - Chris Squire UK

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 .

11 May 2017, 1:16 p.m. - eileen d.

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.

10 Sep 2017, 2:09 a.m. - Terry Foreman

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.