CLERK OF THE ACTS AND SECRETARY TO THE ADMIRALTY
TRANSCRIBED FROM THE SHORTHAND MANUSCRIPT IN THE PEPYSIAN LIBRARY
MAGDALENE COLLEGE CAMBRIDGE BY THE REV. MYNORS BRIGHT M.A. LATE FELLOW
AND PRESIDENT OF THE COLLEGE
Samuel Pepys is an interesting fellow. I say is because even though Samuel Pepys wrote his diary over 300 years ago, it is being revived one day at a time by Phil Gyford with the text compliments of Project Gutengerg. There are some overview pages in the section the story so far. Here is a sample from the overiew:
Mountagu regains his old position of General at Sea, and Pepys agrees to accompany him to sea as his secretary. Pepys spends most of March preparing for the journey; this includes making his will and providing for his wife in case he should not return.
Mountagu and Pepys begin their journey on 23 March, sailing down the Thames and into the English Channel. Mountagu keeps Pepys occupied preparing commissions for members of the fleet, with a strategy of moving Anabaptists out of positions of power. When not working, Pepys fills the time with political gossip, religious debates, music and the occasional game of ninepins.
What I find wonderful is the extensive anotations that people have added. There is a wealth of historical nuances that is so powerful because you are seeing things through the eyes of someone at that time as they are seeing/experiencing them. This is just too cool!