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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Samuel Pepys

Yesterday (Feb 23) was the birthday of the famous English diarist Samuel Pepys. His 9 years of personal diary entries give us a fascinating look into 17th century England.

Pepys (pronounced peeps) first mentioned tea in his diary entry for September 25, 1660. He wrote that he had been discussing foreign affairs with some friends, 'And afterwards did send for a Cupp of Tee (a China drink) of which I never drank before'. Since Pepys was a member of the wealthy and fashionable London set, his failure to mention tea earlier suggests that it was still unusual at this time. You can search his entire diary online for other tea entries here.

Wouldn't Samuel Pepys have been amazed (nay, speechless!) to know that his diary would not only endure for hundreds of years, but also one day be available to the entire world with just a few simple keystrokes.


chucker said...

As he would often end an entry "..and so to bed."

Angela McRae said...

What a great link! Thanks so much for sharing this!

Denise@UniquelyTea said...

Hello Chuck and thanks for stopping by! Angela, you're welcome!

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