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The Diary of Samuel Pepys

Samuel Pepys was born on 23 February 1633. He was one of 11 children but as so often happened at that time most the children did not survive. By the time he was 7 only three of his siblings remained. He was well educated finally getting a degree from Cambidge in 1654. His first job was as Secretary to Edward Montegu in London and in 1655 he married Elizabeth St Michel. It was in 1660 that he first started writing his diaries. Pepys loved music, the theatre and women. His love of the social lfe of London gave him some rich material for his writings as well of course did the political turmoil of the time. Pepys' diaries give us a rich image of life in the capital at a time of great political upheaval and environmental disaster. His recording of the mundane adds colour and life to an interesting time. His position as Clerk of the Acts also gave hime access to the decision makers of the time. His diaries cover 1660 to 1664 and there are 25 references to Slingsbys. The blue links below take you to www.pepysdiary.com which has all the diaries available for reading.

Friday 8 March 1660/61 (Colonel) Sir Robert Slingsby was appointed Comptroller of the Navy in 1660.

Thursday 28 March 1661 Went to see Sir Rober Slingsby (he being newly maister of that title by being made a Baronett) to discourse about Mr. Creed's accounts to…

Monday 15 April 1661 .......there met Mr. Coventry and Sir Robt. Slingsby, but did no business,........

Friday 26 April 1661 ......to order my business so as to go to Portsmouth the next week with Sir Robert Slingsby .

Tuesday 21 May 1661 Up early, and, with Sir R. Slingsby (and Major Waters the deaf gentleman, his friend, for company's sake) to the Victualling-office.........

Thursday 30 May 1661 To the office , where Sir R. Slingsby was, and he and I into his and my lodgings to take a view of them........

Wednesday 5 June 1661 .......I went home with Sir R. Slingsby to bowls in his ally, and there had good sport.......

Monday 10 June 1661 So home and at night to bed, where we lay in Sir R. Slingsby's lodgings in the dining room there in one green bed,...........

Wednesday 12 June 1661 Home to supper, and then to Sir R. Slingsby , who with his brother and I went to my Lord's at the Wardrobe

Thursday 13 June 1661 .....and at the stairs was met by Sir R. Slingsby , who there took his leave of my Lord,........

Monday 29 July 1661 Sir R. Slingsby and I went to Sir R. Ford's to see his house.......

Monday 9 September 1661 Here was Sir R. Slingsby , Holmes , Captn. Allen , Mr. Turner , his wife and daughter , my Lady Batten , and Mrs. Martha , &c., and an excellent company of fiddlers;

Saturday 14 September 1661 ....but before we had dined comes Sir R. Slingsby and his lady , and a great deal of company.....

Monday 16 September 1661 This morning I was busy at home to take in my part of our freight of Coles, which Sir G. Carteret , Sir R. Slingsby ,.......

Wednesday 25 September 1661 .....and then meeting Sir R. Slingsby in St. Martin's Lane , he and I in his coach through the Mewes, which is the way that now all coaches are forced to go,......

Tuesday 22 October 1661 ....and at night to visit Sir R. Slingsby , who is fallen sick of this new disease, an ague and fever.

Wednesday 23 October 1661 .......calling by the way to see Sir Robert Slingsby , who continues ill

Thursday 24 October 1661 ......went to see Sir Robert [Slingsby] , who continues ill, and this day has not spoke at all......

Saturday 26 October 1661 and in the evening news was brought that Sir R. Slingsby , our Comptroller (who hath this day been sick a week), is dead;

Wednesday 30 October 1661 and at Sir W. Batten's heard how he had been already at Sir R. Slingsby's , as we were all invited.......

Monday 24 November 1662 ....but Mr. Slingsby did show the King, and I did see, the stamps of the new money......

Monday 9 March 1662/63 There dined with us to-day Mr. Slingsby , of the Mint, who showed us all the new pieces both gold and silver.........

Tuesday 19 May 1663 Mr. Slingsby , and Mr. Howard , Controller of the Mint, we were shown the method of making this new money, from the beginning to the end...........

Thursday 13 August 1663 .....so that most of the money he sold his pension of 500 l. per annum for, to Sir Arthur Slingsby , is believed is gone.

Monday 28 December 1663 ....so I down to the new Tennis Court ; and saw him and Sir Arthur Slingsby play against my Lord of Suffolke and my Lord Chesterfield .

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