Friday, January 12, 2007

Charlie Is My Darling

Pepys' Diary: Monday 11 January 1663/64

This morning I stood by the King arguing with a pretty Quaker woman, that delivered to him a desire of hers in writing. The King showed her Sir J. Minnes, as a man the fittest for her quaking religion, saying that his beard was the stiffest thing about him, and again merrily said, looking upon the length of her paper, that if all she desired was of that length she might lose her desires; she modestly saying nothing till he begun seriously to discourse with her, arguing the truth of his spirit against hers; she replying still with these words, “O King!” and thou’d him all along.

Oh, dear. It appears Charles II was as ribald as cinematic and literary portrayals would have it, and slightly less witty.

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