Pepys diary complete for the year 1665...
|Title||:||The Diary of Samuel Pepys, 1665|
|Number of Pages||:||204 Pages|
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The Diary of Samuel Pepys, 1665 Reviews
Want of money in the Navy puts everything out of order. Men grow mutinous. And nobody here to mind the business of the Navy but myself."-- 31 October 1665, Diary of Samuel PepysThe sixth volume (1665, with 121,000 words) has been one of the most eventful years of Pepys' diary. He sees his fortune triple, due largely to multiple roles he is playing in the government (Treasurer of Tanger, Surveyor of the Victuals) in addition to his day job as Clerk of the Acts to the Navy Board. His skill and work ethic have earned him not just the attention and favor of Lord Sandwich, but also the Duke of Yorke and occasionally the King. This year the plague hits London hard. Those who can move their families out of the city. The Plague peaks during the Summer and begins to pull back as Winter freeze comes on. Not much slows Pepys down, however, when it comes to the ladies. Sometimes I think the only reason Pepys learned basic French and Spanish was so he could write in code all the opportunities he takes to grope, fondle, kiss, and seduce the local wives and wenches. If there hasn't already been a PhD written on status, sex, and the mid-seventeenth century, Pepys' diary would be fertile ground for one. Although the various episodes of Pepys behaving badly do spice the diary up, it isn't the reason I keep getting drawn further into this massive work. Pepys is a perfect cipher for the times. He unlocks so much about the enlightenment, the native curiosity of the times, the post Cromwell rationality and bureaucracy that starts to creep into government. Every pages seems to hold amazing tidbits. For example, the following passage could have easily come out of Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations, but instead was given by Mr. Henry Slingsby (the Master of the Mint):27 January 1665 "...talking with Mr. Slingsby, who is a very ingenious person, about the Mint and the coinage of money. Among other things, he argues that there being 7000000l coined in the Rump time, and, by the Treasurers of that time, it being their opinion that the Rump money was in all payments, one with another, about a tenth part of all their money -- 'then,' says he (to my question), 'the nearest guess we can make is that the money passing up and down in business is 7000000l'To another question of mine, he made me fully understand that the old law of prohibiting bullion to be exported is, and ever was, a folly and an injury, rather than a good. Arguing thus -- that if the exportations exceed importations, then the balance must be brought home in money; which , when our merchants know cannot be carried out again, they will forbear to bring home in money, but let it lie abroad for trade or keep in foreign banks. Or if our importations exceed our exportations, then to keep credit, the merchants will and must find ways of carrying out money by stealth, which is a most easy thing to do and is everywhere done, and therefore the law against signifies nothing in the world -- besides, that it si seen that where money is free, there is great plenty; where it is restrained, as here, there is great want, as in Spain."Here are my other Pepys diary reviews:Vol 1: 1660, 117,000 wordsVol 2: 1661, 84,000 wordsVol 3: 1662, 105,000 wordsVol 4: 1663, 159,000 wordsVol 5: 1664, 132,000 wordsVol 7: 1666, 151,000 wordsVol 8: 1667, 201,000 wordsVol 9: 1668, 128,000 words; 1669, 52,500 words
15 Minute DramaFrom BBC Radio 4:Hattie Naylor's dramatisation of the 17th-century diaries. With Kris Marshall.I do love these series and the music is splendid.
A pretty sad year for Pepys, there is a lot of stress and foreign problems with the Dutch war not going very well and at home there is the awful threat of the Plague.Very moving and graphic in his descriptions of him seeing corpses being carried and houses locked up with the people who are infected inside.Such powerful writing and you feel such an immediacy you as a reader are transported back to that time.He loses many colleagues and also some relatives and friends too and he is in a panic about leaving his affairs unfinished in case the worst happens.A very melancholy year and this is reflected in his lifestyle changes, he still attends church but as for his hobbies, the most we hear of him pursuing them is his love of music when he has friends around and they play and sing.There is very little theatre going and he hasn't bought so many books.This may be subconciously to the fact of the plague he is worrying about his mortality, all in all a very bleak time for Pepys.Though to be fair there is a lot of amorous dalliances and he has started a sequence of his "erotic" passages in foreign languages to disguise his actions.This maybe due to shame or the fact he may suspect another person of finding or reading his diary if the worst happens with the high mortality rate this year.
This is the year the plague makes it to London. Pepys' description of the shops shut down, the red crosses on doors, meeting corpses in the street and the fear as the plague tally increases is chilling. I was preoccupied with this story line this year (more than 68 000 died of plague in 1665). Also this year, war with the Dutch, Pepys' preoccupation with work and the Tangier victuals and Lord Sandwich's downfall and ostracization to Spain (as ambassador). Despite this Pepys feels his year was positive and he kept up the womanizing during these times, now described in French.