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?
Robert Watson • Link
This short entry makes me think of the shortest verse in The Bible. "Jesus wept."
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 1669:...as 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.
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 .
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.
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 https://www.pepysdiary.com/encycl…
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).
TRAVELS OF COSMO THE THIRD, GRAND DUKE OF TUSCANY,
DURING THE REIGN OF KING CHARLES THE SECOND (1669)
TRANSLATED FROM THE ITALIAN MANUSCRIPT
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.
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...
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 https://www.british-history.ac.uk…) notes that my lord had already been paid £19,253 7s. 4d.