The Diary of Samuel Pepys - Vol. 9, Part 1

The Diary of Samuel Pepys - Vol. 9, Part 1

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The Diary of Samuel Pepys - Vol. 9, Part 1

The Diary of Samuel Pepys - Vol. 9, Part 1

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THIS volume of Pepysiana, as its title implies, consists of odds and ends of information, but I hope it will not be thought that it needs excuse on this account. Much more might have been written upon most of the subjects dealt with, but I have tried to bear in mind the rule which I set myself at the outset, that nothing should be inserted which did not illustrate directly either the life or the work of Samuel Pepys. This is not so easy a rule to follow as it might seem at first sight, for in carrying it out interesting particulars occasionally have had to be rejected. I hope that the notes here collected will be found to throw some light upon a few previously unsolved difficulties.

In dealing with a wide field of inquiry such as the present, it is impossible to do much without the unstinted help of friends. It is a great pleasure, therefore, to find how kind these friends are in helping with information at the cost of much trouble to themselves. I have mentioned in the body of this volume all those who cordially assisted, but I must here particularly thank a special few. My sincere thanks are due to Mrs. William Cockerell, Mrs. Frederick Pepys Cockerell, Miss Cockerell, Lady Alice Archer Houblon, and the Countess of Jersey; to the Master of Magda-

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