|| "I have not felt justified in following the lead of Pepys's
editors by giving an antique spelling to the transcription from
shorthand, and so have thought it better to regularize the whole. I
have not interfered, however, with the variant grammatical forms; and,
except for the few words in square brackets, I have not filled in the
occasional omissions of pronouns, etc. The shorthand does not provide
punctuation marks; so the punctuation, which has been kept to a minimum,
and the paragraphing are mine, too" (Williams 1939:viii-ix).