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Samuel Pepys and his Moon Compass

From an entry in Samuel Pepys’ diary on Saturday 19th August 1665:

So to Stanes and there by this time it was dark night, and got a guide who lost his way in the forest, till by help of the moone (which recompenses me for all the pains I ever took about studying of her motions,) I led my guide into the way back again; and so we made a man rise that kept a gate, and so he carried us to Cranborne.

H/T Rupert Lancaster

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