It’s possible that many regular readers of this site aren’t aware that there’s a related email discussion group. It’s been running for some years on Yahoo Groups but isn’t very prominently advertised here, which I’ll try to fix. However, because Yahoo is deleting all its groups’ archives the Pepys’ Diary group has now moved over to

The group is for any discussion of Pepys and related topics that don’t fit neatly into the places we have here — annotations on diary entries and Encyclopedia topics for example. Much of it is the sterling work of Terry Foreman posting many interesting links to articles of interest to readers of this site, although there is discussion on various subjects too and contributions from others.

If someone gets in touch with me with a question related to Pepys or his era that I can’t answer, I usually suggest they join the group and ask its knowledgable members!

So, if you’re not yet a member and what a bit more Pepys-related history discussion in your life, feel free to join the group. (Your account on that site is entirely separate to the account used to sign in to this site, if you have one.)


Second Reading

David Annis  •  Link

Over the last two years or so I have become a great fan of Samuel and the period covering the 17th century. I have acquired a number of books on all these subjects and the more I delve I see that living in these ever changing times makes our Brexit look like a WI committee meeting. There are many questions I would like to ask. The first one I will try is the accounts that are being checked by Samuel and his colleagues, Mr Creed's accounts proved difficult. Am I right in thinking that these accounts are expenses claims spent on behalf of the navy or do they claim payment for working for the Navy office.?

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

David ... sorry I didn't see this question before.

Pepys spends a lot of time reviewing Tangier, Victualing, Muster Masters, Chatham Chest and general accounts (to name what I can think of without research) in the Diary. If you could post this question on the page for the date you are referring to, we would have a better hope of answering your question in context.

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