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 √ Century of ExperienceEvidenceName of Reader / Listener / Reading GroupAuthor of TextTitle of TextForm of Text
1600-1699'Thence to the Temple and sat there till one a-clock, reading at Playford's in Dr Ushers "Body of Divinity" his discourse of the Scripture; which is as much, I believe, a...Samuel Pepys James UssherA body of divinitiePrint: Book
1600-1699'and then by water down to Greenwich and thence walked to Woolwich, all the way reading Playfords "Introduction to Musique", wherein are some things very pretty.'Samuel Pepys John PlayfordA brief introduction to the skill of musickPrint: Book
1600-1699'but we had breakfasted a little at Mr Gawdens, he being out of town though; and there borrowed Dr Taylors Sermons, and is a most excellent book and worth my buying'Samuel Pepys Jeremy TaylorA collection of polemical discourses, wherein the ...Print: Book
1600-1699'I went up vexed to my chamber and there fell examining my new "Concordance" that I have bought with Newmans, the best that ever was out before, and I find mine altogethe...Samuel Pepys [Samuel] [Newman]A concordance to the Holy ScripturesPrint: Book
1600-1699'This day I read (shown me by Mr Gibson) a discourse newly come forth, of the King of France his pretence to Flanders; which is a very fine discourse, and the turth is, h...Samuel Pepys [unknown]A dialogue concerning the rights of His Most Chris...Print: Book
1600-1699'He gone, I down by water to Woolwich and Deptford to look after the despatch of the ships, all the way reading Mr Spencer's book of Prodigys, which is most ingeniously w...Samuel Pepys John SpencerA discourse containing prodigies; wherein the vani...Print: Book
1600-1699'and then up and to my chamber with a good fire and there spent an hour on Morly's "Introduction to Music", a very good but inmethodical book.'Samuel Pepys Thomas MorelyA plaine and easie introduction to practicall musi...Print: Book
1600-1699'...and with them to Marshes at Whitehall to drink, and stayed there a pretty while reading a pamphlet, well-writ and directed to Generall Monke in praise of the form of ...Samuel Pepys Roger L'Estrange [? probably]A plea for limited monarchy, as it was established...Print: Pamphlet
1600-1699'In the evening to the office, where I fell a-reading of Speeds geography for a while.'Samuel Pepys John SpeedA prospect of the most famous parts of the worldPrint: Book
1600-1699'And by coach home, where I spent the evening in reading Stillingfleetes defence of the Archbishop, that part about Purgatory, a point I had never considered before what ...Samuel Pepys Edward StillingfleetA rational account of the grounds of Protestant re...Print: Book
1600-1699'I sat down and read over the Bishop of Chichesters sermon upon the anniversary of the King's death - much cried up but methinks a mean sermon.'Samuel Pepys Dr Henry KingA sermon preached the 30th of January...1664Print: Book
1600-1699'Up betimes and fell to reading my Latin grammer, which I perceive I have great need of, having lately found it by my calling Will to the reading of a Chapter in Latin an...Samuel Pepys William LilyA short introduction of grammar... of the Latine t...Print: Book
1600-1699'And so went home, taking Mr Leigh with me; and after drunk a cup of wine, he went away and I to my office, there reading in Sir W Pettys book, and so home - and to bed'Samuel Pepys [anon]A treatise of taxes and contributionsPrint: Book
1600-1699'after dinner I and my boy down by water to Redriffe; and thence walked to Mr Evelin's, where I walked in his garden till he came from church, with great pleasure reading...Samuel Pepys Sir Thomas RidleyA view of the civile and ecclesiasticall lawPrint: Book
1600-1699'Walked back again, reading of my civil law book.'Samuel Pepys Sir Thomas RidleyA view of the civile and ecclesiasticall lawPrint: Book
1600-1699'I walked both going and coming, spending my time in reading of my Civill and Ecclesiastical law-book.'Samuel Pepys Sir Thomas RidleyA view of the civile and ecclesiasticall lawPrint: Book
1600-1699'And so walk and by water to White-hall, all our way by water, both coming and going, reading a little book said to be writ by a person of Quality concerning English Gent...Samuel Pepys [unknown]A vindication of the degree of gentry in oppositio...Print: Book
1600-1699'It being cold, Mr Lee and [I] did sit all the day, till 3 a-clock, by the fire in the Governors house; I reading a play of Flechers, being "A wife for a month" - wherein...Samuel Pepys John FletcherA wife for a monthPrint: Book
1600-1699'and so up to my study and read the two treatys before Mr Selden's "Mare Clausum"; and so to bed.'Samuel Pepys [unknown]Additional evidences... relating to the reigns of ...Print: Unknown
1600-1699'and so up and by the fireside we read a good part of the "Advice to a Daughter", which a simple Coxcombe hath wrote against Osborne; but in all my life I never did nor c...Samuel Pepys John HeydonAdvice to a daughter in opposition to the advice t...Print: Book

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