have it kept by my people in longhand

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The quotation comes from Samuel Pepys - The Last of Pepys's Diary

Quotation: And thus ends all that I doubt I shall ever be able to do with my own eyes in the keeping of my journall, I being not able to do it any longer.... I must forbear; and therefore resolve from this time forward to have it kept by my people in longhand, and must therefore be contented to set down no more then is fit for them and all the world to know; or if there be anything ... I must endeavour to keep a margin in my book open, to add here and there a note in short-hand with my own hand.
Hi everyone! I don't understand the bold part, especially the word "kept". What does it mean?
  • Cagey

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    We call writing regularly in a journal 'keeping' a journal. Now that Samuel Pepys is blind, can't write himself, and plans to ask his "people" -- his servants -- to write the journal for him. His journal will be kept by his people in longhand -- writing in script.
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