Saturday 29 May 1669

The King’s birth-day. To White Hall, where all very gay; and particularly the Prince of Tuscany very fine, and is the first day of his appearing out of mourning, since he come. I heard the Bishop of Peterborough preach but dully; but a good anthem of Pelham’s. Home to dinner, and then with my wife to Hyde Park, where all the evening; great store of company, and great preparations by the Prince of Tuscany to celebrate the night with fire-works, for the King’s birth-day. And so home.

34 Annotations

Donald  •  Link

At this penultimate post, may I unlurk and thank Phil and all the commentators for this nine year adventure; I shall miss my daily dose of Sam, Elizabeth and the wacky gang at Seething Lane and Whitehall.

Robert Gertz  •  Link

Fireworks?...Very thoughtful of Cosimo III and unknowingly quite appropriate.

Kent Kelly  •  Link

It's been a glorious ride. My thanks to all and, to steal a closing line, Goodnight Mr Pepys, wherever you are.

Allen Appel  •  Link

I can't think yet what I'm going to do. Pepys was wonderful, of course, but it is the annotations that have made the ride what it is. I can only echo the others. Thanks, thanks to all.

Don O'Shea  •  Link

I, also, will miss the daily adventures and misadventures of Sam and Elizabeth and the cast of characters from commoner to king. The comments were a great addition to the daily entries.

I regret I didn't pose more questions. Like… How much do these people eat and how does one anticipate drop-in diners? Approximately how far did Sam walk/travel each day?

Wouldn't it have been great to have a Sam's movements through London plotted on a map.

Finally, thank you Phil, it was a helluva ride!

Dorothy Willis  •  Link

I am very sorry I didn't find this group until so late in the read-through. I have a set of the L&M edition and would have enjoyed having such a congenial group to read it with! I will do the next best thing and start reading the Archives, which I understand will still be available, but it is not as good as real live people!

Peter Taylor  •  Link

Many thanks to all involved in presenting this. Reading the daily entry was one of the first things I did after booting up the computer in the morning.
How about starting it from scratch again?

Adam  •  Link

Many thanks too - time to reset the blog back to the beginning, perhaps with new comments but leave the notes alone!

John Mesure  •  Link

Thanks to all who brought Sam and his life to my morning coffee. I'll miss it. I hope it starts anew January 1, 2013.

John Goldin  •  Link

I will miss this as the start of my day. I am an avid blog reader, and I was delighted when I discovered that Pepys had a blog. I joined in around 1665. Phil, will you re-start the diary from the beginning or will I need to go back to the early entries on my own?

Shirley Stallard  •  Link

What a great idea this was.
Thank you Phil for making it all happen and also to all the annotators for their contributions.
I would never have read the whole diary without you and I have learned so much. I have been with you all from the beginning and will miss your company each day.

Don McCahill  •  Link

> How about starting it from scratch again?

Phil has done a massive amount of work keeping this thing going, and has said he needs a rest.I think we all have to agree that it is well deserved.

But maybe in a year or two? we can beg again.

andy  •  Link

Good to meet you all, thanks for all the comments and debates, and thank you Phil for the inspiration: I'd never have read the whole diaries without you.

Highlights for me include Jane falling into the boat, Mrs Bagwell, and the great varnish experiment!

languagehat  •  Link

What definitely won’t happen

The front page of the site won’t immediately “start again” by beginning to show diary entries in sequence from the first year of the diary (1660).
The RSS feed won’t immediately start again with 1660’s diary entries (it won’t be updating at all).
The daily emails won’t immediately start again with diary entries from 1660.
@samuelpepys on Twitter won’t immediately start tweeting 1660’s events.

After running this site for nearly a decade I’m looking forward to a break from having to pay it attention (even if only a small amount at times!) so often.

Also, it seems more appropriate that we should accept that Pepys has stopped writing. It was a big event for him, and it should be a big event for us — re-starting things immediately diminishes the effect I think.

What might happen

I might turn off the ability to add new annotations at some point after the diary ends — I expect there won’t be many new ones added after a while. But the site still has to filter an awful lot of spam annotations and, eventually, it may be simpler to accept no new annotations at all.

When 2013 starts, I might start showing the diary again, in order, on the front page, in the RSS feed, and by email, from 1st January 1660. If so, it might be a “read-only” experience, with annotations turned off. As I’ll already have all the diary entries in the system, with all their links, this shouldn’t require much of my time once it’s set up.

At the start of 2013 I might also start @samuelpepys on Twitter again, from 1660. I’d like to see this happen, because I enjoy his tweets, but it would be more work — I only have the final few years of the diary already prepared in tweet form from this time around.

Nate  •  Link

I too have been having morning coffee and Pepys since not long after this blog started and I'll miss it.

Thanks, Phil

Buck Calabro  •  Link

Thank you Phil for the labour of love.
Thank you, you wonderful annotators for your amazing talent to debate, discuss and enlighten.

This just might be the best thing the Internet has ever done.

steven sutton  •  Link

I too owe you and the annotators a debt of gratitude.
I've been lurking since the beginning and have enjoyed it immensely.
Steve Sutton

Andrew Hamilton  •  Link


Please let me add my profound thanks for your gift of years of daily stimulation and for attracting a great group of faithful annotators.


James in Illinois  •  Link

I too have mainly been a lurker. Like others, this has been the first thing I check on my computer every day. Thanks for the excellent and informative posts.

Phil: You have done a serious service that many people will remember fondly for years to come.


Dick from California  •  Link

I echo all of the sentiments and thank you's to Phil. Great job and my mornings will be incomplete.

laura k  •  Link

Readers who have come out of lurking might want to answer the Roll Call, here:…

Hopefully we can all deeply appreciate the amount of work Phil has put into this project without asking him to repeat the entire endeavor. Now The Diary and the annotations are online for all to read, whenever and however often we like.

arby  •  Link

So long, my thanks to you all, it's been a fun ride. rb

bill  •  Link

SP Has touched our lives from many years in the past , aided by PG in the present. My thanks to both for the journey

Ralph Berry  •  Link

In addition to all the sentiments and thanks already expressed to Phil I would like to add my appreciation to Terry Foreman for his contributions, instantly coming in each day with added information, particularly those little bits missed out in the ellipses.
Bye all, from Central North Island, New Zealand

ticea  •  Link

Many, many thanks to everyone who made this site possible, educational and entertaining! Phil Gyford, Terry Foreman, Robert Gertz, and ALL of you out there who clarified, contributed and otherwise enlightened us. I will definitely miss Sam & Bess. Thank you!

Georgiana Wickham  •  Link

I'll miss this. Thanks so much, Phil - I raise a mug of ale in your general direction. Thanks, too, to all annotators - you all added to my pleasure. Ah, well, nothing more to read or say, except "and so to bed".

Maurie Beck  •  Link

Bittersweet and so much richer.

Thanks Phil.

Jim (in California)  •  Link

Thank you Phil !
It has been a delightful journey.

languagehat  •  Link

Thanks, laura k -- I'd somehow missed the Roll Call, and I've added my thoughts there.

Mel Smith  •  Link

I just happened on this site for the first time just as it is closing down. :((

For years I've been reading the daily summaries of Samuel Pepys's diary in Canada's National Post newspaper.

They too have said they have run out of entries and will now re-cycle starting shortly.

I wish I had happened on this site and group years ago.

Good Luck to you all !

--Mel Smith

Autumnbreeze Movies  •  Link

I've been reading the diary (sometimes several entries at a time) and the comments with great delight. I found this site late and was trailing at least three years behind the interactive group of annotators but I occasionally wrote a comment, though doubtful if it would ever be read. However, such is the power and lure of this site that I believe new readers will continue to discover it, read the diary and benefit from the added information. Thank you, Phil, Terry, Mary, Australian Susan and all the other contributors. Teresa from Australia

Terry Foreman  •  Link

"Fireworks?...Very thoughtful of Cosimo III and unknowingly quite appropriate."

The display (by 'a machine with...fanciful artificial fireworks and squibs') was given in front of the house of the Earl of St Albans where the Prince lodged. Casks of Italian wine and beer were distributed, 'which caused increased applause'. Megalotti, p. 371. (L&M note)

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