Friday 15 June 1660

All the morning at the Commissioners of the Navy about getting out my bill for 50l. for the last quarter, which I got done with a great deal of ease, which is not common.

After that with Mr. Turner to the Dolphin and drunk, and so by water to W. Symons, where D. Scobell with his wife, a pretty and rich woman. Mrs. Symons, a very fine woman, very merry after dinner with marrying of Luellin and D. Scobell’s kinswoman that was there. Then to my Lord who told me how the King has given him the place of the great Wardrobe.

My Lord resolves to have Sarah again. I to my father’s, and then to see my uncle and aunt Fenner. So home and to bed.

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Paul Brewster   Link to this

L&M and Wheatley say L50 not L650.
Seems to be another Gutenberg transcription problem. L&M goes on to say "For Pepys's entertainment (and that of his clerk) as secretary to the Generals of the Fleet for the past 91 days. Bill registered at the Navy Treasury on the 18th ... the Commissioner's office was the Navy Office in Seething Lane."

Paul Brewster   Link to this

L&M translate the phrase: "After that with Mr. Turner to the Dolphin and drunk"
as "After that with Mr. Turner to the Dolphin and drank" ... Sounds more likely. The result may have been the same but I'm not sure SP would have described it as such.

Paul Chapin   Link to this

Who is Sarah?
And does "My lord resolves to have Sarah again" mean what it sounds like?

vincent   Link to this

"and drunk" maybe meaning "and got drunk" : No wonder Bar tabs can be paid??? Now he can pay off all those "iou's" warrants etc. Thanks Paul
"My Lord resolves to have Sarah again"
This could mean a nice piece of scandal in the works: Long time!! at sea, and now with new titles and FUNDS to support the Ego:
Claire T in her Book, does mention that there is viper around, but I cannot find the name of this Distraction from work:

Mary   Link to this

The remark about Sarah

is not what Paul thinks it sounds like and I doubt Mountagu would have confided as much to Pepys even if it were. Sarah, according to L&M, was a former housekeeper who had been in trouble for misbehaviour (unspecified) in 1657 but who was, apparently being given a second chance.

alan   Link to this

About the 650. This appears to be a transcription error. 650 shillings would be written 650/-, so I wonder if the forward slash has been transcribed as an italicized 'l' and the dash transcribed as a period? Just a thought, but it would make the amounts discussed, more realistic.

Paul Brewster   Link to this

It seems more likely the 6 is entirely an invention of Gutenberg. The Wheatley (at least in my printing) has the text as 50 preceded by the single ornate script pound symbol. The L&M has the 50 followed by a single lower case italic "l". L&M make the following comment in their introduction: "Pepys's practice with sums of money and large numbers is retained ... the monetary sign for pounds, here represented as [italic] l, is placed after the figure." The first time the 6 seems to appear is in the scanned version online. It would clearly seem to be a problem with the scanner that went uncorrected.

Phil   Link to this

That seems the most likely explanation Paul. I've corrected the error now and, assuming I remember, I'll delete these comments on the topic in a day or two. Thanks, as ever, for the eagle eyes!

helena murphy   Link to this

As well as being appointed master of the Wardrobe, the Earl of Sandwich becomes Vice-Admiral of the fleet, and a member of The Privy Council which consists of Royalists and former Parliamentary leaders. This body of appointments involves lesser posts for him to disribute to those whom he favours .

Glyn   Link to this

Is he paying money to people on behalf of the Commissioners of the Navy; or is he getting money from them that's due to him? We know that the Navy is very short of cash, so his surprise at getting the money so easily is understandable.

"a very fine woman, very merry after dinner with marrying of Luellin" Not an actual wedding - a game between men and women that we've come across before.

Chris Squire UK   Link to this

Phil: NB your comment of 16.06.03 above.

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