Saturday 27 February 1668/69

Up, and at the office all the morning, where I could speak but a little. At noon home to dinner, and all the afternoon till night busy at the office again, where forced to speak low and dictate. But that that troubles me most is my eyes, which are still mighty bad night and day, and so home at night to talk and sup with my cozens, and so all of us in mighty good humour to bed.


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psw  •  Link

Poor guy, 36 years and eyes so bad.

Terry Foreman  •  Link

"all the afternoon till night busy at the office again, where forced to speak low and dictate."

A search of the diary for "dictate" shows Pepys has both given and taken dictation throughout: https://www.pepysdiary.com/search/?q=dictate We are not always told to whom he dictates,' but when we are old, Will Hewer is the person he most often dictated to. Other passages tell me dictation was taken in shorthand.

Terry Foreman  •  Link

"so home at night to talk and sup with my cozens"

L&M: Roger Pepys's daughters, Bab and Betty, who had been staying with Pepys since 18 February.

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