The Telegraph has an article about a million word journal kept by a puritan minister from 1677 to 1691. A relatively small part, 40,000 words, was, like Pepys’ diary, written in shorthand which has now been interpreted. It’s due to be published in 2005.

(This isn’t strictly Pepys related, and I was going to post this only to the discussion group, but I thought it might be of interest to everyone!)


Nix  •  Link

So -- once we get through ten years of Samuel we'll have another 14 of the Rev. Morrice?

I doubt that I'll live that long -- and I don't know that I want to spend my declining years contemplating the daily doings and inmost thoughts of a puritan divine. Give my Pepys the climber, the schemer, the lecher!

Marishka  •  Link

As a genealogist I spend a lot of time reading parish registers and the amount of un-christian invective that can be loosed by the most holy of ministers is truly remarkable - let's give Rev Morris a chance!

Anthony  •  Link

I wonder if there are any cross references to Pepys and Evelyn in the Entring Book? Probably not. I can't find a match to Morrice in the Evelyn diary.

Michael Robinson  •  Link

The Morrice "Entering Book" in print from Boydell & Brewer:-

"Introductory price until 31st December 2007: £495 / US$950 Thereafter price rises to £550 / US$1,050"

Detailed description from publisher's dedicated web-pages:-

See also another, recent, Telegraph story:-

Decoded Roger Morrice diary reveals dark days
By Jonathan Wynne-Jones, Sunday Telegraph
Last Updated: 1:44am BST 08/08/2007

Freak weather, prisoners held without trial, bishops behaving badly: it's the stuff of everyday news. Except these are not 21st-century reports, they are 17th-century ones.

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