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Thus ends the year, with great happiness to myself and family as to health and good condition in the world, blessed be God for it!

Only with great trouble to my mind in reference to the public, there being little hopes left but that the whole nation must in a very little time be lost, either by troubles at home, the Parliament being dissatisfied.

And the King led into unsettled councils by some about him, and divisions growing between the King and Duke of York or else by foreign invasion, to which we must submit if any, at this bad point of time, should come upon us, which the King of France is well able to do.

@samuelpepys are you not the famously lauded author of 'The History of Fishes'?

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