Samuel Pepys  

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"After I had done it [read L'École des filles] I burned it, that it might not be among my books to my shame […]." -Samuel Pepys

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Samuel Pepys (23 February 1633 – 26 May 1703) was an administrator of the navy of England and Member of Parliament who is most best-known for the diary that he kept for a decade while still a relatively young man. The detailed private diary that Pepys kept from 1660 until 1669 was first published in the 19th century and is one of the most important primary sources for the English Restoration period. It provides a combination of personal revelation and eyewitness accounts of great events, such as the Great Plague of London, the Second Dutch War, and the Great Fire of London.

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