Samuel Pepys and the World He Lived in

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Bickers and Son, 1880 - Authors, English - 311 pages

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Page 198 - Mings, and have now done the last office of laying him in the ground. We would be glad we had any other to offer after him, and in revenge of him. All we have is our lives; if you will please to get His Royal Highness to give us a fireship among us all, here...
Page 32 - Lord! what can I do? I am spent: people will not obey me. I have been pulling down houses; but the fire overtakes us faster than we can do it.
Page 222 - That the stage is now by his pains a thousand times better and more glorious than ever heretofore. Now, wax-candles, and many of them; then, not above 3 Ibs. of tallow: now, all things civil, no rudeness anywhere; then, as in a bear garden: then, two or three fiddlers; now, nine or ten of the best: then, nothing but rushes upon the ground, and every thing else mean; now, all otherwise...
Page 208 - Up, and put on my coloured silk suit, very fine, and my new periwig, bought a good while since, but durst not wear, because the plague was in Westminster when I bought it; and it is a wonder what will be the fashion after the plague is done, as to periwigs, for nobody will dare to buy any hair, for fear of the infection, that it had been cut off the heads of people dead of the plague My Lord Brouncker, Sir J.
Page 90 - I would needs go find it out, and met with it at the Temple : cost me 2s. 6d. But when I come to read it, it is so silly an abuse of the Presbyter Knight going to the wars, that I am ashamed of it ; and by and by meeting at Mr. Townsend's at dinner, I sold it to him for I8d. To the Duke's house, and saw the
Page 206 - From this place, during our progress through the most western parts of the kingdom, we fancied ourselves in king Charles the second's reign, the people having made very little variations in their dress since that time. The smartest of the country squires appear still in the Monmouth cock...
Page 204 - This day the King begins to put on his vest, and I did see several persons of the House of Lords and Commons too, great courtiers, who are in it; being a long cassocke close to the body, of black cloth, and pinked with white silk under it, and a coat over it, and the legs ruffled with black riband like a pigeon's leg: and upon the whole I wish the King may keep it, for it is a very fine and handsome garment.
Page 19 - Roman government was not a settled government, and so it was no wonder that the balance of propriety ' (ie, property) was in one hand, and the command in another, it being therefore always in a posture of war ; but it was carried by ballot, that it was a steady government, though it is true by the voices it had been carried before that it was an unsteady government; so to-morrow it...
Page 60 - The greatness of his behaviour, in his long and sharp tryall before his death, was in every respect answerable to his great life ; and I believe no man ever went out of this world with greater contempt of it, or a more lively faith in every thing that was revealed of the world to come.
Page 205 - Committee,"1 a merry but indifferent play, only Lacy's part, an Irish footman, is beyond imagination. Here I saw my Lord Falconbridge,2 and his lady, my Lady Mary Cromwell, who looks as well as I have known her, and well clad : but when the house began to fill, she put on her vizard,3 and so kept it on all the play; which of late is become a great fashion among the ladies, which hides their whole face.

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