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The Way We Were: from Boxing Day to New Year

What Samuel Pepys and George Orwell wrote in their diaries

By Ian Irvine  


26th December, 1662

Samuel Pepys writes in his diary:

“Up, my wife to the making of Christmas pies all day, and I abroad to several places. To the Wardrobe. Hither come Mr Battersby; and we falling into discourse of a new book of drollery in verse, called Hudibras, I would needs go and find it out, and met with it at the Temple, cost me 2s 6d. But when I came to read it, it is so silly an abuse of the Presbyter Knight going to the wars, that I was…

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