Saturday 10 October 1668

[In this part of the “Diary” no entry occurs for thirteen days, though there are several pages left blank. During the interval Pepys went into the country, as he subsequently mentions his having been at Saxham, in Suffolk, during the king’s visit to Lord Crofts, which took place at this time (see October 23rd, host). He might also probably have gone to Impington to fetch his wife. The pages left blank were never filled up. — B.]

[On this day Pepys and his wife returned to London from Impington. — P.G.]

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Joseph London  •  Link

What do you think happened in those blank days, did he enjoy himself during those travels or were they just for business?

Don McCahill  •  Link

Most likely the omissions were due to Pepys growing concern about his vision. He eventually will quit writing. Perhaps this was a "test" to see how it would go if he left off for a couple weeks. He clearly planned to go back and fill the blank pages, if the diary was to be continued, but never did.

The ending of the diary is a major loss to history. Pepys comments during the period of James reign and removal would have provided a great deal of information for historians.

Jim  •  Link

October 10. 1668 is the 13th anniversary of Samuel and Elizabeth's wedding.
They had a religious ceremony on this date in 1655, and a cilvil ceremony on December 1, 1655.

It seems fitting that Sam went "to Impington to fetch his wife" enabling them to return to London together on their anniversary.

Australian Susan  •  Link

As well as Sam stopping his diary being a major loss of a primary source to historians, it is also to be regretted that Sam and Bess never had children - we would have had an intimate portrait of 17th century child-rearing : a great loss to social historians.

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