The Diary and Correspondence of Samuel Pepys

The following extracts are taken from the Diary and Correspondence of Samuel Pepys, F.R.S   Secretary to the Admiralty in the reigns of Charles II and James II.

Sixth Edition – in four volumes Published in 1858 by H G Bohn, York Street, Covent Garden.

23rd February, 1659-60
I rose very early, and taking horse at Scotland Yard, at Mr Garthway’s stable, I rode to Mr Pierce’s: we both mounted, and so set forth about seven of the clock; at Puckridge we baited, the way exceeding bad from Ware thither.

Volume i – p.27

18th September, 1661

Up early, and begun our march: the way about Puckridge very bad, and my wife, in the very last dirty place of all, got a fall, but no hurt, though some dirt. At last, she begun, poor wretch, to be tired, and I to be angry at it, but I was to blame; for she is a very good companion as long as she is well.

Volume i – p. 218

9th October, 1662

We got to Ware before night: and so I resolved to ride on to Puckeridge, which we did, though the way was bad, and the evening dark before we got thither; by help of company riding before us ; among others, a gentleman that took up at the same inn, his name Mr Brian, with whom I supped, and was very good company, and a scholar. He tells me, that it is believed the Queen is with child, for that the coaches are ordered to ride very easily through the streets.

10th October, 1662

Up, and between eight and nine mounted again; but my feet so swelled with yesterday’s pain, that I could not get on my boots, which vexed me to the blood, but was forced to pay 4s. for a pair of old shoes of my landlord’s* and so rid in shoes to Cambridge

Volume i – p 332

* The landlord at the Crown & Falcon

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