Saturday 22 May 1669

Dined at home, the rest of the whole day at office.

19 Annotations

First Reading

jeannine  •  Link

Wow, I wonder if this is the shortest entry in the Diary?

Clement  •  Link

If he had added "God good in His manifold blessings," it could have been a John Evelyn diary entry.

Pauline  •  Link

Pray this doesn't begin a countdown, one less word a day until no word!
What would the last word be?

Terry Foreman  •  Link

Or if he had added “God good in His manifold blessings,” it could have been a Diary of Ralph Josselin entry.


Robert Watson  •  Link

This short entry makes me think of the shortest verse in The Bible. "Jesus wept."

Louise H  •  Link

A quiet day. Maybe an occasion to reminisce about favorite diary entries?

Hands down, mine is 9 January 1662/63,…. Such an astonishing range of emotions, astonishingly honestly laid out. Far better than fiction. Sam, I'll miss you!

Robert Gertz  •  Link

May 31, 1669


(Well it was good enough for Poldy Bloom, his spirit brother)

JWB  •  Link

That's girlie stuff Louise H. How about this:
"...that the Fanatiques were up in arms in the City. And so I rose and went forth; where in the street I found every body in arms at the doors. So I returned (though with no good courage at all, but that I might not seem to be afeared), and got my sword and pistol, which, however, I had no powder to charge; and went to the door..."…

Ramona in Idaho  •  Link

It's hard to choose favorites but two of mine would be
his great feast for Lord Sandwich in January noble as any man need to have I think, at least all was done in the noblest manner that ever I had any, and I have rarely seen in my life better anywhere else."
And secondly, his incomparable address to Parliament
which brought tears of joy to my eyes for our boy.

Terry Foreman  •  Link

What are your favourite diary moments?

Phil has posted this:

As we approach the end of the diary it would be great to read what your favourite moments from the diary are. Any particular phrases or events that have stuck in your head? Any especially memorable descriptions? If it’s a brief snippet, post it in a comment below, with a link to the diary entry. If you have an entire entry that you want to share, just post a link to it and tell us why you love it.

Thanks to Pauline Benson on the discussion list for this idea!…

My hope is these nifty memories posted above will be reposted there.

Geoff Hallett  •  Link

Louise H- must have joined Diary just after this entry. It is quite incredible. I have printed a few favourites off in the past and so with this. The annotators contributions to it are remarkable in depth and understanding. Such contributions are what makes the forthcoming end of our journey so much the harder. Thanks to you all.

Linda F  •  Link

Louise, thank you for the link to this entry -- I well remembered it, but not the date. It was like tearing up her heart. Definitely the most vivid entry.

chris  •  Link

I cherish the memory of burying the cheese to protect it from the Great Fire

Craig Nicol  •  Link

Phil , I have read a shortened version of the diary and only caught up with you on line about 9 months ago , it has been fantastic and thank you for your dedication and hard work , sorry it is coming to end , hope to get up to St Olaves sometime this year , a word of caution to others, visited there last August but it was closed for the whole of the month .

Second Reading

Neil Wallace  •  Link

Oh dear, seems like yesterday that the Diary finished for the first time. Second time round, I have been a more regular reader - one lockdown breakfast habit that stuck.
Now that we are at the Season Finale, here's hoping that Phil unveils a Third Series or I'll have to dust off my printed set.

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

To give you something more to read on a short day, Cosmo, the future Grand Duke of Turin, made this entry for today.

I've standardized the spelling of names I know, corrected scanning errors I could figure out, and increased the number of paragraphs. Sometimes I got confused making the N.S./O.S. date conversions, so I apologize if they are wrong:

Cosmo and his retinue started the day with a visit to Samuel Cooper's studio. For the report, see…

After dinner he went out to pay visits;

towards the close of the day repaired to Hyde Park,

and in the evening adjourned to the palace.

The Duke of Ormonde, formerly Viceroy of Ireland, in return for the honor of having been entertained at the table of his highness, was desirous of an opportunity of paying him a similar attention at his own; and having transmitted his earnest wish to that effect through Colonel Gascoyne, the prince obligingly accepted his invitation, and appointed that day for the visit.


The afternoon visits were often to the wives of noblemen who had called on Cosmo socially. They seem to have regularly kept open houses for this purpose.

The visit to Hyde Park was a regular thing for the late afternoon in the Spring, see…

And, according to Cosmo's travelogue, Happy Hour seems to have been a regular thing at the Palace for the nobility in 1669 (Pepys was never invited that I have seen).


His highness, Cosmo, must be considered only as a traveler. Under his direction, the narrator of the records was Count Lorenzo Magalotti, afterwards Secretary to the Academy del Cimento, and one of the most learned and eminent characters of the court of Ferdinand II.

Nicolas  •  Link

One of my favorite diary entries is that of 1 Jan 1667/1668 where Pepys visits a gambling house to observe, not to play, and describes at length the odd behavior of the players.…

Jeremy Buck  •  Link

Just to say that I enjoyed a guided visit to the Pepys Library, Cambridge last week. Great to see Sam's books in their original bookcases. One volume of the diary is on display, open at a random page in March...forget which year. Very feint writing....would recommend a visit! Book a place first...

Stephane Chenard  •  Link

We're pleas'd to report, as all is made neat and tidy before the End of the World, that after weeks of careful cross-examination and auditing the Treasury Commission has today enter'd a minute of a "Privy seal for £6,313 to the Earl of Sandwich in full of his ordinary and extraordinaries in his embassy to Spain". Let's hope that Sam isn't my lord's only creditor, or is first in line. The minute (at…) notes that my lord had already been paid £19,253 7s. 4d.

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