Sunday 25 April 1669

(Lord’s day). Up, and to my Office awhile, and thither comes Lead with my vizard, with a tube fastened within both eyes; which, with the help which he prompts me to, of a glass in the tube, do content me mightily. So to church, where a stranger made a dull sermon, but I mightily pleased to looks upon Mr. Buckworth’s little pretty daughters, and so home to, dinner, where W. Howe come and dined with us; and then I to my Office, he being gone, to write down my journal for the last twelve days: and did it with the help of my vizard and tube fixed to it, and do find it mighty manageable, but how helpfull to my eyes this trial will shew me. So abroad with my wife, in the afternoon, to the Park, where very much company, and the weather very pleasant. I carried my wife to the Lodge, the first time this year, and there in our coach eat a cheese- cake and drank a tankard of milk. I showed her this day also first the Prince of Tuscany, who was in the Park, and many very fine ladies, and so home, and after supper to bed.

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Will Norton  •  Link

I know this has been said before, but is there any chance that we can start again from the beginning when then diary ends?

Personally I am going to miss the daily entries very much. I know that I can buy a copy of the diary, but I don't think it will have the same impact as a post online each day.

Would Phil accept to run the website for another few years?

Will Norton  •  Link

Thanks Jeannine, I had not seen that page.

Horace Dripple  •  Link

Twelve days' worth of journal entries? In my own diary many years ago, I found myself making entries at greater and greater intervals before stopping them altogether. Which leads me to suspect that Sam ends the diary not only because of his eye problems, but because of insufficient interest or boredom.

Bob  •  Link

A tankard of milk and cheese-cake.
Pepys apparently was not lactose intolerant.

JWB  •  Link

Sources differ, but only about 5% of northern Europeans are discomforted after eating dairy products.

Maurie Beck  •  Link

Like almost all dairying cultures, Northern Europeans have a mutation in the regulatory region upstream of the lactase (the enzyme that turns lactose in glucose) gene that keeps the gene on, producing lactase in adults. Similar mutations have occurred independently at least 2 other times in dairying cultures. The mutations were not identical, but all up-regulated the lactase gene and increased to high frequency in each culture.

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