Perhaps Times Never Change

From Samuel Pepys’ Diary 6 June 1663

“By and by comes Sir John Hebden, the Russia Resident, to me, and he and I in his coach to White Hall, to Secretary Morrice’s, to see the orders about the Russia hemp that is to be fetched from Archangel for our King, and that being done, to coach again, and he brought me into the City and so I home…………………..Hebden, to-day in the coach, did tell me how he is vexed to see things at Court ordered as they are by nobody that attends to business, but every man himself or his pleasures.”

Sir John Hebden was my 8th Gt Grandfather and it is slightly chilling to read his view of the way the country was being governed then. Sounds mighty familiar.

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