SAMUEL PEPYS?

Had you been living in London in the days of the Stuart kings you would have been sure to meet, at some time or another, one Samuel Pepys, for this gentleman found time, as Lord Jeffry says, " to go to every play, execution, procession, fire, concert, riot, trial, review, feast, wedding, christening, and bull-baiting that he could hear of." All the news and all the scandal reached his ears. In his hours of leisure Samuel Pepys confided to a diary the events and gossip of the day, and his own impressions thereon. Since he wrote in cipher he felt at liberty to be absolutely free and outspoken, so that when, a hundred years after his death, the journal was discovered and deciphered it proved to be one of the most intriguing documents ever penned. Pepys had been educated at Cambridge, and later held responsible posts at the Admiralty office. He was, therefore, well acquainted with the important people of his period, and the Diary is a valuable historical commentary, as well as an entertaining autobiography.