Sunday 2 August 1668

(Lord’s day). Up and at home all the morning, hanging, and removing of some pictures, in my study and house. At noon Pelling dined with me. After dinner, I and Tom, my boy, by water up to Putney, and there heard a sermon, and many fine people in the church. Thence walked to Barne Elmes, and there, and going and coming, did make the boy read to me several things, being now-a-days unable to read myself anything, for above two lines together, but my eyes grow weary. Home about night, and so to supper and then to bed.

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jeannine  •  Link

"being now-a-days unable to read myself anything, for above two lines together, but my eyes grow weary"

How very sad, and I imagine scary too.

A. De Araujo  •  Link

"unable to read myself anything"
At your age almost everybody needs reading glasses Sam.

Robert Gertz  •  Link

This could lead to problems in philandering, Sam.

"Ah, my dear pretty girl...Here we are...In a dark coach..."

"Sam'l? That's so sweet, thanks. But not in front of Deb, please..."

Madox  •  Link

I put reading glasses at the age of 40. It really depends on the person. Some people have perfect eyesight till they get elderly.

Terry Foreman  •  Link

I was already "four-eyes" ("The better to see you with!") at age 9.

Dick Wilson  •  Link

This is my 1st post. I am a 71 year old retired lawyer in Louisville Kentucky. Sam's eyesight is failing, and his diary will soon close. I cannot let that happen without expressing appreciation to all whose annotations have made daily reading so interesting. I have been "lurking" for about 5 years now, reading without annotating. When the diary ends I shall miss Sam, and you, too. Thank you.

Mary  •  Link

Thank you too, Dick, and welcome out of the shadows. I'm sure that many other annotators wonder, as I do, how many lurkers the site has. It's always good to hear from one who has enjoyed his reading.

Off-topic: my husband, who mediates a couple of internet fora, is frankly envious of the decorum and civility shown by members of the Pepys site. Our lurkers seem to be equally courteous.

Ken  •  Link

Like Mr. Wilson, I have been lurking for a few years and this is my first post. I read the Diary at work so I can't normally post to the site. I, too, appreciate the annotations, observations,humour, and civility of this site.

Before the advent of the internet I had actually read the Pepys diary (with much difficulty). This site brought the Diary to life and filled in so many of the cyphers that I couldn't figure out when reading the hard copy.

Again, thanks to all.

Allen Appel  •  Link

I'm going to pile on here. I've posted a couple of times over the years, but am mostly a lurker. My day is not complete without my Pepys and the smart, funny comments. One of you guys is going to have to figure out something for us to do when this is all over. I know, start from the beginning and do it again.

Clive Foden  •  Link

I, too, have been lurking for a few months {with one (inaccurate!) observation about powdered beef}.
Sam has been a hero of mine for a number of years. His humanity shines through his words and I realise how little human beings are different then and now. His glorious frailty and ambition is so similar to my other hero, Sir Gawain. Thanks to all you annotators who bring Sam to life!

Terry Foreman  •  Link

"One of you guys is going to have to figure out something for us to do when this is all over. I know, start from the beginning and do it again."

Allen Appel, facing this situation too, methinks it may make sense to do what you suggest: since 2003 many more resources have gone online -- more complete and better Wikipedia article, Google books, British History Online, the Hooke Folio from Pepys's initiation in the Royal Society to where it was first posted, etc.; and having now been immersed in the times and personae as long as we have, the early diary would now make more sense. At some point Phil may weigh in on this.

Idaho Lurker  •  Link

I think we should all, readers, commentators and
lurkers alike, meet in London near St. Olaf's church
on May 31, 2012 next year...especially you Robert

Paul Chapin  •  Link

I'll second that motion. May is a great time to be in London, and there's a lovely little park with a bust of Samuel in it right across Seething Lane from St. Olave's. Good place to gather.

MaggieNY  •  Link

I too have "lurked" for years here. And thru these years have enjoyed every bit of the diary and most especially the annotations from all who participated. Mostly informative and some so humorous I laughed out loud at work. (Thank you Robert!!!) It was great to get to know Sam and everyone that he was connected to. By writing this diary he gave us a look into the past that we may never have known about otherwise. Thank you Sam. And a big THANK YOU to all those responsible for getting the diary online and to all of you who added thoughts and comments.

Teresa Forster  •  Link

And in comes I, yet another lurker; posted only once before. Found this site back last winter and raced to catch up with you. Worth the effort - it's fascinating to read through daily comments and they add so much to the diary. I live near Brampton but am saving that visit till last - have done the Pepys trail in Cambridge and London (thanks for hints about what to see and how to go about it). Oh, do let's all meet up next May!

Ruben  •  Link

everyone coming out of the there is more room now for me there.

Jenny  •  Link

Teresa, how can you live near Brampton and not have made the journey yet? I would have to go there - I couldn't wait! I'm from New Zealand and one of my long held ambitions is to travel to London to do the "Pepys Trail".

Terry Foreman  •  Link

"my eyes grow weary"

and the "journall" entries grow shorter, on average.

Teresa Forster  •  Link

Jenny - I'm trying to spin it out and always have something in reserve to see for the duration of the diary. The Pepys family owned a bit of land in Buckden and I've visited that, and I've explored Huntingdon pretty thoroughly. Also, towards the beginning of the diary, Pepys went to Portsmouth, which is my home town. That gave me a shivery feeling, I can tell you.

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