A most horrid malicious bloody flame? It made me weep to see it.
1666 Observing the Great Fire of London. Diary entry, 2 Sep.
This day, much against my will, I did in Drury Lane see two or three houses marked with a red cross upon the doors, and "Lord have mercy upon us" writ there; which was a sad sight to me, being the first of the kind that, to my remembrance, I ever saw. It put me into an ill conception of myself and my smell, so that I was forced to buy some roll-tobacco to smell to and chaw, which took away the apprehension.Samuel Pepys
Boys do now cry 'Kiss my Parliament!' instead of 'Kiss myarse!'so great and general a contempt is the Rump come to among all men, good and bad.Samuel Pepys
A silk suit, which cost memuchmoney, and Ipray God to make me able to pay for it.Samuel Pepys
I see it is impossible for the King to have things done as cheap as other men.Samuel Pepys
My wife, who, poor wretch, is troubled with her lonely life.Samuel Pepys
Most of their discourse was about hunting, in a dialect I understand very little.Samuel Pepys
The people die so, that now it seems theyare fain to carry the dead to be buried by daylight, the nights not sufficing to do it in. And my Lord Mayor commands people to be within at 9 at night, all (as they say) that the sick may have liberty to go abroad for ayre.Samuel Pepys
Music and women Icannot but give way to, whatever my business is.Samuel Pepys
Poorpeoplestaying intheir houses aslong astill thevery fire touched them, and then running into boats or clambering from one pair of stair by the waterside to another. And among other things, the poor pigeons I perceive were loath to leave their houses, but hovered about the windows and balconies till they were some of them burned, their wings, and fell down.Samuel Pepys
Hardly one lighter or boat in three that had the goods of a house in, but there was a pair of virginalls in it.Samuel Pepys
Music [is] a science peculiarly productive of a pleasure that no state of life, publick or private, secular or sacred; no difference of age or season; no temper of mind or condition of health exempt from present anguish; nor, lastly, distinction of quality, renders either improper, untimely, or unentertaining.Samuel Pepys
But Lord! to see the absurd nature of Englishmen, that cannot forebear laughing and jeering at everything that looks strange.Samuel Pepys
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