Monday 2 July 1660

Infinite of business that my heart and head and all were full.

Met with purser Washington, with whom and a lady, a friend of his, I dined at the Bell Tavern in King Street, but the rogue had no more manners than to invite me and to let me pay my club. All the afternoon with my Lord, going up and down the town; at seven at night he went home, and there the principal Officers of the Navy, among the rest myself was reckoned one. We had order to meet to-morrow, to draw up such an order of the Council as would put us into action before our patents were passed. At which my heart was glad.

At night supped with my Lord, he and I together, in the great dining-room alone by ourselves, the first time I ever did it in London. Home to bed, my maid pretty well again.

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vincent  •  Link

Purser(pusser) are well known to get good deals ' tis their nature;

Sir George Carteret , John, Lord Berkely (of Stratton) divided up New Jersey
Officers and commissioners all big wheeler dealers:

chip  •  Link

How curious that 3 of 8 names on the list go on to found two colonies in the states, next to one another! Although I believe it is William Penn's son that stands on the top of city hall in Philadelphia, facing east by the way.

Paul Brewster  •  Link

to draw up such an order of the Council as would put us into action before our patents were passed
L&M: "These orders were issued by the Privy Council on 4 July, and had the effect of bringing the existing (temporary) Admiralty commissions to an end, of empowering the new Navy Board to act, and of having all papers delivered to Pepys."

Paul Brewster  •  Link

to let me pay my club
from the OED, club n.
10. a. A combination of contributions to make up a total sum, e.g. to defray the expense of an entertainment. Obs.

Mary  •  Link

let me pay my club

I wonder if Pepys misunderstood his invitation or whether Purser Washington phrased it badly? Until comparatively recently in UK (at least in London) an invitation to eat WITH someone in a public place meant that one's meal would be paid for, but an invitation to JOIN someone for a meal meant that one paid one's own way. Has anyone any idea how far back this distinction was recognised?

Grahamt  •  Link

Club in this sense is not as obsolete as OED says:
It is still common to say to "club together" to pay for something in common.

A. De Araujo  •  Link

"to invite me and to let me pay" It is called "Dutch Treat" in New York and I believe in the english speaking places in general

Susanna  •  Link

Also North and South Carolina

Sir George Carteret and John, Lord Berkeley, who as Vincent noted would become the proprietors of the New Jersey colony, were also among the Lords Proprietors of the Carolina colony (the future North and South Carolina). Both Sir George and Lord John are still remembered in the names of counties in the Carolinas, Carteret in North Carolina and Berkeley in South Carolina.

The other Lords Proprietors of Carolina, by the way, were our old friend Sir Anthony Ashley Cooper, Earl of Shaftesbury; John Colleton of Barbados; Edward Hyde, Earl of Clarendon; the kingmaker himself, George Monck, Duke of Albemarle; Sir William Berkeley (Lord John's brother); and William, Lord Craven.

Jay Sames  •  Link

For the record, I'm almost certain that the statue of William Penn atop Philadelphia's City Hall faces south, down Broad Street.

Terry Foreman  •  Link

Wm. Penn the younger's statue spinning?

"The statue actually faces northeast, towards Penn Treaty Park in the Fishtown section of the city, which commemorates the site where William Penn signed a treaty with the local Native American tribe."

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