Wednesday 13 June 1660

To my Lord’s and thence to the Treasurer’s of the Navy, with Mr. Creed and Pierce the Purser to Rawlinson’s, whither my uncle Wight came, and I spent 12s. upon them. So to Mr. Crew’s, where I blotted a new carpet1 that was hired, but got it out again with fair water.

By water with my Lord in a boat to Westminster, and to the Admiralty, now in a new place.

After business done there to the Rhenish wine-house with Mr. Blackburne, Creed, and Wivell.

So to my Lord’s lodging and to my father’s, and to bed.

  1. It was customary to use carpets as table cloths.

13 Annotations

Colin Gravois   Link to this

It is heartening to see that with all the official toing and froing, Sam is finally able to sandwich in (no pun intended) a visit to his old digs at the Rhenish wine-house with some of his pals. No doubt he savored the moment after being away for so long, but what is the madame doing all this time, not many mentions?

vincent   Link to this

from another diary on this day did say Wednesday 13 June 1660

A time wherein great armies are on foot, and yet an actual cessation of fighting in all Europe, except some thing between the Moscovite and Pole. the Turk and the Transilvanian, after this calm perhaps some very sudden storm
from:-http://linux02.lib.cam.ac.uk/earlscolne/diary/70012480.htm
and Mr J. Evelyn did say "....I was all this weeke too & fro at Court, about businesse...." earlier in the monthe did say (4 th june) "...not as yet presenting myselfe to his majestie by reason of the infinite concourse of people: It is indeed intollerable, as well as unexpressable, the greedinesse of all sorts, men, women & children to see his majesty & kisse his hands, inso much as he has scarce leasure to Eate for some dayes, coming as they did from all parts of the Nation:..." finally got a private audience via James(The Duke no less )'..I was carried to his Majestie when he was alone, & very few noble-men with him, and kissed his hands, being very gratiouly receivd: ...'

mw   Link to this

Vincent: your post raises a curio,
Some time ago Pepys suffered from being very tired. His sleep pattern was mightily disturbed. Upon waking Pepys was not sure of which day it as. What interested me was the way that sensation has happened to me once but now I glance at my watch and all is solved!

Diary writing as part of our common culture is not common. Did dairy writing form a different social function in the same way that my watch solved another of Pepys' dilemmas?

Can anyone build my picture of the social mileu and the role of diary writing in the time of Pepys?

vincent   Link to this

At that age of 27 one does do 18 hr days: I get the feeling that the Atmosphere is very highly charged: so many things to do: Every body getting the proverbial paper towel out ;so many Irons to keep warm: He's barely able to note down the who and when, not the how and the why and the what: which he is one of the few master's of succinct to the point commentaries not "_bl****_" essays of waffle;
As to Making notations and commentary by using the hi tech notetaking of de jour he can keep abreast of the doings: Looking back on those days of scrambling, The diary format would have been tremendous aid, there by not completely relying on a dubious memory for the days activities:
Just an uneducated guess: from beneath the scupper:

vincent   Link to this

"blotted a new carpet (1) "carpet on the table: two Vermeer paintings demonstate
Veemeer Music Lesson 1662 : http://www.artchive.com/vermeer/vermeer1.html
and Glass of wine http://www.abcgallery.com/V/vermeer/vermeer9.html

Henk   Link to this

blotted a new carpet (1) "carpet on the table

These are still a common sight in most Dutch households, as seen over here:
http://www.eurogros.nl/index1.htm

Alan Bedford   Link to this

In order to see what Henk means, click on 'Smyrna', which is listed under 'Tafelkleden' on the left part of the page. The Dutch definitely use classic rug patterns on tablecloths!

Retearivs   Link to this

Delicious!

"tafelkleed", rather like "table dress".

Thanks, Henk and Alan!

Daniel Baker   Link to this

The Admiralty got moved to a new place? Where was it before? Is this when it moved to the spot on the western side of Whitehall between Charing Cross and Horse Guards, where I find it on my 1790s map? (See http://www.oldlondonmaps.com/horwoodpages/horwo...).

Terry Foreman   Link to this

Where is what

"To my Lord’s and thence to the Treasurer’s of the Navy"

L&M note His office was then in Leadenhall Street.

"to the Admiralty, now in a new place."

L&M note it had moved from Derby House in Cannon Row, Westminster(where it had been since January 1655), to Whitehall Palace, on the Duke of York's taking office as Lord High Admiral.

Bill   Link to this

"fair water"

A very common expression through the 19th century but surviving only as a technical term in the 20th. It seems to mean clear, pure water. A little disconcerting to think about the alternative.

Dick Wilson   Link to this

It is hard to tell from these sketchy notes, but is Pepys living in his own home, or are he and Elizabeth sleeping at his father’s house? If so, why?

Chris Squire UK   Link to this

‘fair adj. . . III. Free from blemish or disfigurement.
. . 8.b. Of water: Clean, pure. Now rare . .
c1340 Cursor M. (Fairf.) 20212 Ho..wasshed hir bodi in faire water.
. . 1727 A. Hamilton New Acct. E. Indies II. xxxvi. 43 A Dish of Rice boiled in fair Water . . ‘ [OED]

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