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Alan Maitland reads from the diaries of Samuel Pepys

The Story

In this clip, Alan Maitland, as Fireside Al, reads How Mr. Pepys Spent Christmas, giving us a peek at how a man of wealth and position passed Christmas Day over the years between 1662 and 1668.  His eloquent descriptions of the days summon visions of mince pie, crisp mornings and cozy warmth.

Medium: Radio
Program: Fireside Al
Broadcast Date: Dec. 24, 1976
Narrator: Alan Maitland
Duration: 3:51

Did You know?

• Samuel Pepys was born Feb. 23, 1633 in London, and died there May 26, 1703.

• Pepys came from humble beginnings, but managed to attain the status of a wealthy, upper-class man through his various careers.  He was England's secretary of the admiralty, a member of Parliament, president of the Royal Society and confidant to Charles II and James II. His circle of friends included Christopher Wren, Sir Isaac Newton and John Dryden. 

• Pepys (which is pronounced peeps) began keeping a detailed diary on Jan. 1, 1660, and it has provided readers with a comprehensive view of life in London until May 31, 1669.



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