The Soul of Samuel Pepys

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PEPYS AND HIS OFFICE

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DURING the Diary years, at any rate, Pepys's main occupation and engrossing interest was naturally his naval duties. These were altogether peaceful and, as we have seen, in the main confined to the land service. As a sailor, he was perhaps hardly more efficient than Sir Joseph Porter, and while he made occasional longer or shorter sea-excursions, his sea-legs could not be entirely relied on: "The ship (though the motion of it was hardly discernible to the eye) did make me sick, so as I could not eat anything almost."1

But on land and in the routine of the naval establishment he was a most important figure, and even so early as 1663 the King exclaimed, on meeting him, "Here is the Navy Office."2 His functions were evidently of a varied character. Perhaps the most prominent of them were in connection with money. The general course of the accounting seems to have been subject to his vigilance, which was patient and unceasing: "Up early, my mind full of business, then to the office, where the two Sir Williams and I spent the morning passing the victualler's accounts."3

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface ix
  • Contents xiii
  • Illustrations xv
  • Chronology xvi
  • I- The Man and the Diary 1
  • II- Pepys and His Office 37
  • III- Pepys and His Money 71
  • IV- Pepys and Humanity 105
  • V- Pepys and His Intellect 140
  • VI- Pepys and His Wife 176
  • VII- Pepys and God 210
  • Notes 241
  • Index 257
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