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The diary of Samuel peeps and historical entertainment produced by Radio Station KC You are FM at the University of Missouri at Kansas City. By 16 59 with Oliver Cromwell dead England was in a state of near Anarky and the forces that made way for the restoration of Charles second were gathering momentum. It was during this time of uncertainty that Samuel peeps a short plump young man a lowly clerk at the Exchequer began to keep a diary in which he was to write faithfully for nine years. The diary contains a million and a quarter words about politics and fashion court gossip and entertainments domestic crises and travel. He described the coronation of Charles Second the plague and the Great Fire of London in his long career he reorganized the administration of the Admiralty which ultimately enabled England to become an empire and he was the true father of the civil service. But it is his diary. A delightful intimate human document that keeps the name of Sammy.
Alive. The diary of Samuel peeps Chapter 2. In which Sam's wife Elizabeth runs a foot race and chooses her valentine. Sam watches the bonfires in the streets and has some good singing with Mr personal. The father of the great composer. Said fish were 8 16 and 60. Strange my morning draw off the top was and was told that the soldiers were all quiet on the promise of paved two white holes where in a god chamber I saw about 30 or 40 princesses of the city who were taken at 12 o'clock last night and brought prisoners through the fence to my office where I paid a little more money to some of the soldiers who held out the tower against the parliament. I saw in the Palace Yard how unwilling some of the old soldiers
were yet to go out of town without their money and swore that if they had it not in three days as they were promised they would do more mischief in the country than if they had stayed. And it's very likely the country being all discontented. The town and gods are already full of monks soldiers. It growing dark to take a turn in the park where the awful she was sent for for us to deny outran my wife and another poor woman that laid a pot of ale with me that she would outrun her 4th February discourse at an ale house about Marriott. The great eater so I was ashamed to eat what I could have done. I met Spicer in Lincolns in CT buying a hanging Jack to Rosebuds a poem my wife killed her turkeys that came out of Zealand with my Lord Montague and could not get her maid Jane to kill anything at any time.
6th February to Westminster where we found the soldiers all set in the Palace Yard to make way for General Monk to come to the house. I stood upon the steps and saw monk go by. He making observance to the judges as he went along. 7 February went to some polls school where my brother John came off as well as any of the rest in the speeches to the hole in the palace. I saw monks soldiers abuse billing and all the Quakers that were at a meeting place there and indeed the soldiers did use them very roughly and were to blame. Ninth February before I was out of my bed I heard the soldiers very busy in the morning getting their horses ready. But I knew not then their meaning in so doing in the hole. I understand how General Monk is this morning gone into London with his army. I
told Mr Harper's who told me how Monk had this day clapped up many of the Common Council and that the parliament had voted that he should pull down their gates and portcullis says their posts their chains which he do intend to do and do law in the city all night. 10th February Vista phage told me what Monk had done in the city how he had pulled down the most part of the gates and chains that they could break down and that he was now gone back to Whitehall the city looked mighty blank and cannot tell what in the world to do. 11 February we took coach for the city to Guild Hall where the hall was full of people expecting monk and the lord mayor to come thither and all very joyful met monk coming out of the chamber where he had been with the mayor an alderman but such a shout I never heard in all my life crying out God bless your excellence. I saw many
people give the soldiers drink and money and all along the streets cried God bless them and extraordinary good woods in Cheapside. There was a great many bonfires and bowl bells and all the bells in all the churches as we went home were ringing and sui went homewards being about tended not. But the common joy that was everywhere to be seen. The number of bonfires There were being 14 between Scn does the Temple Bar and the Strand bridge I could at one time tell 31 flares King Street 7 or 8 and all along burning and roasting and drinking for ramps there being ramps tied upon sticks carried up and down the butchers at the Maypole in the Strand rang a peal with the knives when they were going to sacrifice their romp on Ludgate Hill. There was one turning of the spit that had a romp tied upon it and another basting of it. Indeed it was past imagination but with the
greatness of the suddenness of it. At one end of the street you'd you'd think there was a whole lane of fire and so hot that we were fain to keep on the other side. 12 February Lord's day in the morning it being the Lord's day to Whitehall where Dr. Holmes preached. But I stayed not to hear but walked in the court after dinner I heard that Monk had been at polls in the morning and the people had shouted much of his coming out of the church walking with mystic curtains Apprentice during evening church and looking for a tavern to drink at but not finding any open to stop knock to my father's where Charles Glasscock was overjoyed to see how things are now. Who told me the boys had last night broke. Praise God. Bare bones windows. 14 February. My wife hearing Mr. Moore's voice in the dressing chamber
got herself ready and came down and challenged him for a valid dive. 21st February 16 60 in the morning. I saw many soldiers going towards Westminster Hall to admit the secluded members again. So to Westminster Hall and in Chancery I saw about 20 of them who had been at Whitehall with General Monk who came thither this morning and made a great speech to them and recommended to them a commonwealth and against Charles Stuart. Mr. Crewe saw me and bid me come to his house and dine with him which I did and he very joyful told me that the House had made General Monk general of all the forces in England Scotland and Ireland. He advised me to send for my Lord Montague forthwith and told me that there is no question that if he will he may now be employed again. Off to dinner and back to Westminster Hall with him and his coach here and I met with Mr.
Locke and Pursell Mosteller of music and went with them to the coffeehouse into a room next to the water by ourselves where we spent an hour or two till Captain Taylor come and told us that the House had voted the gates of the city to be made up again and the members of the city that are in prison to be set at liberty. Here we had a variety of brave Italian and Spanish songs and a cannon for eight voices which Mr. Locke had made here and out of the windows. It was a most pleasant sight to see the city from one end to the other with a glory about it so high it was the light of the bonfires and so thick round the city and the bells rang everywhere. 22nd February I observe this day how abominably praise God. Bare bones windows are broke again last night 23rd February. Thursday my birthday.
Twenty seven years 24th February I rose very early and taking horse at Scotland Yard I rode to Mr Pearce's. We both mounted and so set forth about seven of the clock the Puckeridge we baited the way exceeding bad from where ther then up again and as far as Foma within six miles of Cambridge. My mare being almost tired. Here we lay at the checkout. I lay with Mr Pearce who we left here the next morning upon his going to inching broke to speak with my Lord Montague before his going to London and we to come to Cambridge by eight o'clock in the morning to the Three Tuns where we drank pretty hard and many to the etc.. Then we broke up and I and Mr. Zanti went to maudlin college where a very handsome supper at Mr. Hill's chambers I suppose upon a club among
them where I could find that there was nothing at all of the old preciseness in the discourse especially on Saturday nights and misters and she told me that there was no such thing nowadays among them at any time. Twenty fifth February. My father brother and I to Mr. Whittington that Christ's College who received us very severely and cause my brother to be admitted. 26 February Sunday found Mr. Pierce at our in who told us that he had lost his journey for my lord was gone from hitching brook to London on Thursday last at which I was a little put to his tab. I went to Malden college to get the certificate for the college for my brother's entrance there that he might save his year. Twenty seventh break up by four o'clock. Mr. Blades and the diet too coarse and straight to Saffron Walden where at the White Hart we set up our horses and took the master of the house to show was Audley and House
who took us on foot through the park. And so to the house where the housekeeper showed us all the house in which the stateliness of the ceilings chimney pieces and form of the whole was exceedingly worth seeing. He took us into the cellar where we drank most admirable drink. Health to the king. Here I played my own my flageolet being an excellent echo. He showed us excellent pictures too especially those of the four Evangelists and Henry the eight in outgoing maligned Lord Carey does through a very old hospital or almost House where 40 poor people were maintained a very old foundation. They brought me a draft of their drink in a brown bowl tipped with silver which I drank off and at the bottom was a picture of the Virgin with the child in her arms done in silver. So we took leave the road pretty good but the weather radiated big.
Twenty eight break up in the morning and had some red herrings to our breakfast while my boot heel was mending by the same token the boy left the hole as big as it was before. Then to horse for London through the forest where we found the way good. But only in one path we found the shops all shut and the militia of the red regiment in arms at the old exchange among whom I found and spoke to Nick Osbon who told me that it was Thanksgiving Day through the city for the return of the parliament. But Paul's highlight Mr blatant holding my horse where I found Dr Reynolds in the pulpit and General Monk there. Who was to have a great entertainment at grocer's hole I found an old bond that you would deny glad to see me 29 February to my office. Mr Moore told me how my Lord has chosen general it see by the council and that it
is thought that Monk will be joined with him there. My cousin Morton gave me a brave couple of months. First I have a drag. In Chapter 3 of The Diary of Samuel peeps Sam hears that he may benefit from a Will makes his own. And goes to see as his cousin Lord Montagu's secretary. The diary of Samuel peeps was edited by Gloria Scott read by James Haas produced by Radio Station Casey you are FM of the University of Missouri at Kansas City and made available to the station by a national educational radio. This is the national educational radio network.
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The diary of Samuel Pepys
Chapter two
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This program presents dramatizations of portions of the diary of seventeenth century naval administrator, Samuel Pepys.
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This series dramatizes portions of the diary of Samuel Pepys, an English naval administrator who provided invaluable writings from the English Restoration period.
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Producing Organization: University of Missouri at Kansas City
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