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"Humbler and More Private Memorials"

In his 1825 review of the recently deciphered diaries of Samuel Pepys, Francis Jeffrey appreciates that "those minute details...which History has so often rejected as below her dignity, are indispensable to give life, certainty, or reality to her delineations; and we should have little hesitation in asserting, that no history is really worth any thing, unless it relate to a people and an age of which we have also those humbler and more private memorials."

Francis Jeffrey