Samuel Pepys in the Diary

Samuel Pepys in the Diary

Samuel Pepys in the Diary

Samuel Pepys in the Diary

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Never excuse, Shakespeare wrote. I do not know that he ever wrote, Never explain.

In these papers are many dates. They rain down continually. They are here because it seemed to me the time when anything was said or done gave meaning to the statement or the act, and because I hoped someone might read in the Diary what I only touched. Quotations are constant because Pepys wrote exactly and freshly, and because a quotation is firsthand authority, not just an opinion. The repetition from paper to paper comes mainly because each paper was written to be read by itself.

The explanations are personal, but--to quote again--The purpose of the writing of this book was for my own enjoyment, to the which I was ever much inclined. (Jean Froissart, 1333-1419.)

These papers are based on the Diary.

Percival Hunt, 1958 . . .

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