Odious and Peculiar
Philology and esoterica: scribblings, ravings and mutterings.
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Tuesday, November 02, 2004
The System of the World, along with the previous two excellent books by Mr. Stephenson, ought to do a great deal to correct the injustice G. K. Chesterton perceived in how we think of Samuel Pepys:
Nine men out of ten in this country, above the most unlettered class,
--"And So To Bed", collected in The Spice of Life
UPDATE: The diary may be read here (which site Peculiar pointed out to me some time ago) in little snippets. The "cipher" Mr. Chesterton mentions was mostly just a system of shorthand, although Mr. Pepys also had a habit of throwing foreign languages into the mix when delicate subjects were... raised. I have been unable to find a decent online link to the shorthand system used, but I did, in my search, run across a neat notebook of Sir Isaac Newton. Which brings us back to the original topic of this post.
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