"the time of Samuel Pepys"
Samuel Pepys (1666)
Public DomainSamuel Pepys (1666) - Credit: John Hayls (1600-1679)

 Samuel Pepys (1633-1703) was a politician and naval administrator, best remembered for the diary he kept as a young man.

Beginning in 1660, Pepys kept his diary for almost a decade, using a method of shorthand known as Tachygraphy (devised by Thomas Shelton).

The diary was first published in transcribed form in 1825; the original manuscripts may be viewed in the Pepys Building at Magdalene College, Cambridge.