Saturday 16 June 1660

Rose betimes and abroad in one shirt, which brought me a great cold and pain. Murford took me to Harvey’s by my father’s to drink and told me of a business that I hope to get 5l. by.

To my Lord, and so to White Hall with him about the Clerk of the Privy Seal’s place, which he is to have.

Then to the Admiralty, where I wrote some letters. Here Coll. Thompson told me, as a great secret; that the Nazeby was on fire when the King was there, but that is not known; when God knows it is quite false. Got a piece of gold from Major Holmes for the horse of Dixwell’s I brought to town.

Dined at Mr. Crew’s, and after dinner with my Lord to Whitehall. Court attendance infinite tedious. Back with my Lord to my Lady Wright’s and staid till it had done raining, which it had not done a great while.

After that at night home to my father’s and to bed.

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Christo   Link to this

Two typos: 'Coll.' should be 'Col'; 'same' should be 'some'.

Paul Brewster   Link to this

Two typos
The same/some confusion looks like a scanner error. Again both my copy of Wheatley and L&M have it as "some".
The "Coll." is straight from Wheatley. L&M has it spelled out as "Collonell"

M.Stolzenbach   Link to this

"Court attendance infinite tedious."

They wanted a King - now they've got one. And this goes with it, Sam!

Phil   Link to this

I've changed "same" to "some".

Frank G.   Link to this

“Court attendance infinite tedious.”

I read that as refering to Montague. He, I think, will be the one who has to attend court continuously, not Sam.

Todd Bernhardt   Link to this

"when God knows it is quite false"

Can anyone elaborate on this exchange? Is Thompson pretending to be "in the know" about something with Sam, while Sam (having been onboard the Nazeby with the King) knows this rumor is "quite false"?

Also, does anyone know more about this "business that I hope to get 5l. by"?

My thanks to all those who are working to keep what we see here as accurate as possible.

vincent   Link to this

" Court attendance infinite tedious. " Ah! the Ex(er)cutive life in that fast lane has not change one iota:(meetings, meetings. Oh! the snores? trust all that hand kissing was just gesture not lip touching "tissue's please" ) 'tis my thought

Glyn   Link to this

in one shirt, which brought me a great cold and pain

Serves you right Sam! It may be midsummer but that's no excuse for wearing only one layer of clothing. As I recall, he mentioned how hot the weather was a few days ago.

Is Sam still so busy that he is writing the journal a few days in arrears?

Paul Brewster   Link to this

Is Sam still so busy that he is writing the journal a few days in arrears?
We're in the rough-notes section of the diary until the 17th of June. We'll return to the more common format on the 18th. Reading ahead the difference in tone will be noticeable.
A sample of the rough-note format is shown in a photograph opposite page ci in L&M Volume I. It's contrasted with a photograph of the more common format opposite page xlv in the same volume.
The L&M description is helpful: "Blank pages are left in the manuscript at these points and foolscap sheets of shorthand notes, organised by days, are bound in. ... The shorthand on these sheets begins with accounts, and the accounting items are struck through and check-marked. In addition to short annotations written on the lines of the accounting items, general observations on the day's activities are appended. These general notes ... are cryptic in style, even though they have been copiously revised by excisions and insertions."

language hat   Link to this

in one shirt, which brought me a great cold and pain
I feel for Sam; I had the same problem the other day. We've been having a cold early summer here in NYC...

Emilio   Link to this

Pepys's rough note form

In response to Paul's great summary above, I have a slightly different reading. As I noted briefly on the 9th, my impression from L&M is that for 8-17 June, 1660, SP actually wrote his corrected rough notes onto the pages of the diary in shorthand. L&M don't say that the notes were bound into the book for this particular stretch of pp., although they do say so explicitly for a couple of other portions of the diary. They also provide a complete description of each of the physical volumes of the journal, which includes any blank pages or extra material bound in. The description of vol. 1 does not mention anything notable about this stretch of days.

We're all getting to know Sam's love of neatness and order, and L&M comment that he seemed to want to make the diary look as close to a 'published' book as he could: the lines of shorthand are all straight and even, and any corrections are small and neat. I think Sam's attitude toward his journal is still evolving - right now he's still early in the work, and to save time he's willing to just jot his rough notes straight into the book. Later on, however, he wanted the text itself more fleshed out, and became less willing to cut such corners. Thus he began to leave room for days he didn't have time for right away, in the hope that he could get back to them later.

Sorry to devote a longish entry to such a technical matter; I'm really interested in the clues that the form of the diary itself can give us to Sam's mind, so I like to try to get all the details to fit.

Bill   Link to this

Major Holmes is one interesting dude who we will meet often. Check out his encyclopedia entry: http://www.pepysdiary.com/encyclopedia/930/

Terry Foreman   Link to this

"does anyone know more about this "business that I hope to get 5l. by"?"

L&M know and say it was the grant of a naval commission for a friend. See Murford 4 and 5 days hence:
http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1660/06/20/
http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1660/06/21/

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