Saturday 14 July 1660

Up early and advised with my wife for the putting of all our things in a readiness to be sent to our new house. To my Lord’s, where he was in bed very late. So with Major Tollhurst and others to Harper’s, and I sent for my barrel of pickled oysters and there ate them; while we were doing so, comes in Mr. Pagan Fisher; the poet, and promises me what he had long ago done, a book in praise of the King of France, with my armes, and a dedication to me very handsome. After him comes Mr. Sheply come from sea yesterday, whom I was glad to see that he may ease me of the trouble of my Lord’s business.

So to my Lord’s, where I staid doing his business and taking his commands. After that to Westminster Hall, where I paid all my debts in order to my going away from hence. Here I met with Mr. Eglin, who would needs take me to the Leg in King Street and gave me a dish of meat to dinner; and so I sent for Mons. L’Impertinent, where we sat long and were merry.

After that parted, and I took Mr. Butler [Mons. L’Impertinent] with me into London by coach and shewed him my house at the Navy Office.

And did give order for the laying in coals. So into Fenchurch Street, and did give him a glass of wine at Rawlinson’s, and was trimmed [?? D.W.] in the street. So to my Lord’s late writing letters, and so home, where I found my wife had packed up all her goods in the house fit for a removal. So to bed.

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Paul Brewster   Link to this

... and was trimmed [?? D.W.] in the street
L&M have the same text so no real answer to Mr. Widger. L&M's Select Glossary defines trim as "to shave". Couldn't find any references to being shaved in the street. Maybe this is an ancestor of Sweeney Todd operating as a "gypsy" barber.

Glyn   Link to this

Paul: Type trim into the search box on the top right of this page, and you'll see several instances where Sam used this term.

At this point in time, most London shops were wooden buildings without glass windows, that you just walked into. Sales were made on the ground floor (including barbering); and people lived at the back or maybe upstairs, or rented the top floors to the many people flooding into the town looking for work. At the moment it's a boom town, which is one reason why there are so many places to eat out. Lots of single men and women with no facilities to cook for themselves.

Paul Brewster   Link to this

" comes in Mr. Pagan Fisher; the poet, and promises me what he had long ago done
This seems to be a favorite trick of Mr. Fisher: “The patron of literature still existed, and rendered good service in its cause … and the dedication of a book might, occasionally, still be a substantial aid, though the pursuit of patrons and rewards-in-advance was not often carried to such a fine art as that to which the unscrupulous Payne Fisher had previously succeeded in bringing it. “
From http://www.bartleby.com/221/1412.html

vincent   Link to this

moving by carrier: Pickfords was the name:1630 Will Pickford, carrier, working in the area of Adlington, south of Manchester (no known connection with the company).
http://www.pickfords.co.uk/html/11.html

vincent   Link to this

"where I paid all my debts in order to my going away from hence. " So he had tabs running with the locals, trust none with bookies; my thinking, mostly of the taverns and cook shops?
Book advance: tres interessante:
Ah! our SP So happy after last few anxious days: Now for grub aux expensive and fine company in lieu of yesterday's bread and cheese.

Paul Brewster   Link to this

So into Fenchurch Street, and did give him a glass of wine at Rawlinson's, and was trimmed [?? D.W.] in the street.
Maybe I was barking up the wrong tree here. It may simply be that SP was trimmed at some barber’s establishment on Fenchurch Street. That clearly seems a more likely reading. No real reason to assume that the shave occurred out of doors. Perhaps I’m reading too much into DW’s question marks. After all, the two characters give us little or no hint as to the reason for his confusion.

chip   Link to this

Tomalin describes this move more like an invasion. The old tenant, was it Willougby? is not quite out but Sam, an impetuous 26, wants to get his foot in, and does, apparently before others claim his digs. Stay tuned, should be an eventful couple of days... Most heartedly agree, Vincent, the cuisine is decidedly improved today. Pepys is positively pickled with himself.

chip   Link to this

Glyn, so sorry I did not thank you. I had never used that little box in the top right hand corner. What an illuminating little tool!

Mary   Link to this

..my wife had packed up all her goods...

Elizabeth is no less keen than Sam to make the move and is ready in short order. I like the specification 'her goods' here; no doubt Sam wants to make special provision for his own precious books and musical instruments, not to mention the expensive clothes that he's splashed out on recently.

Bullus Hutton   Link to this

"..sent for my barrel of pickled oysters.." Phew, nice to see our lad finally gets something to eat, after nothing but a bit of cheese and a bready butty in bed last night (not that after all the stuff he hoovers down, he couldn't last on his hump for a while!) but the oysters.. shurely not the ones he got back on May 21? Would they work after all that time?

Dave Bell   Link to this

Here in Britain, Michael Wood is presenting a series of programmes, "In Search of Shakespeare", and one of the extant records shows that Shakespeare once moved house without paying the taxes owed on the old property. (At this time in Sam's life, there would be old people alive who could remember Shakespeare's plays when they were fresh and new.)

I wonder if there is any of this in Sam's debt-paying, making sure that he is all-square with the Parish.

Is his new home in the same parish?

Arbor   Link to this

Couple of things. Seething Lane is miles from Axe Yard... so a very different parish. Outdoor barbering? Perhaps it was hot. Even today in London much takes place outside when the weather is like it is at present (30+C)... Even live Radio and TV progs were broadcast from outside over last weekend and yesterday.

David A. Smith   Link to this

Sam's rush to move in ...
... is probably more than just youthful impetuosity. We are in an unpredecented time (perhaps the earliest non-violent regime change in history?). The Royalists need to establish their lines of authority, and those within the Royalist camp are scrambling to secure their personal positions (political musical chairs). In short, there are no rules governing how the rules are being set up. In such environments -- and doubtless observing the behavior of his betters, including Montagu/ Sandwich -- Sam is quite properly making it clear there is a new sheriff in town, and staking his position.

J A Gioia   Link to this

and was trimmed in the street

a common difference i've noted between Americano (as the italians call our version of the mother tongue) and English is that, in Blighty, shops are 'in' the street rather than 'on'. maybe Sam is only noting a new, for him, barber shop in his new neighborhood.

one also gets a sense that he's standing his pal to a drink in a much classier establishment than usual. wine at Rawlinson's sounds oh-so-much finer than a draught at the Leg.

Nix   Link to this

The fluid situation --

David Smith makes an excellent point. The situation is easier to envision if one thinks of Russia immediately following the collapse of the Soviet Union: those who had power are scrambling to change their ideological coloration while holding onto their positions, and everyone else with ambition is dashing in to grab what they could.

Glyn   Link to this

Chip: You mean thanks to Phil, not me, and I fully agree with you. This site's search engine is an amazingly powerful tool.

Nix: "The situation is easier to envision if one thinks of Russia immediately following the collapse of the Soviet Union" Or maybe, if one thinks of American immediately following the collapse of the Clinton Administration? :-)

vincent   Link to this

"King is dead, long live the king" So what is new. Bishop Tutu, must have studied this little bit of this period of History. With my minimum knowledge of histoire, Revolution overthrow usually begets more letting of blood, But at this time the ordinary people have been worn out by the strife, Hoping (Hope thats the word every one wants,when thats gone then...) for a Father Figure to give them the Good Life, Look at all the music written, poetry, News sheets, the Hobbes, The Preachers et al.

vincent   Link to this

"In the street" Very country English "wheres so and so?" Oh!He is in the High street next to blah.

Nigel Pond   Link to this

"In the street"

But "I bought it at that trendy shop on the Kings Road" is also common usage in English English. One of my pet peeves with Americano is the "he went to the hospital" usage. Brits just say "to hospital".

Barbara Green   Link to this

I think Sam's haste to move in was to prevent someone else, perhaps more entitled to this level of accommodation, laying claim to his particular house, which he had chosen so carefully.

The more I think about "Americano" and English the more I find I use both languages: I say "to hospital" and "to the hospital"; "in Queensway" and "on Bayswater Road".

vincent   Link to this

"In and on " The Romans had only one word. "in". I do believe for into/onto in/on/upon/over/among/before /under. No wonder there is a bit of confusion. Takes time so sort this out.(Plus case sensativity)
Ref: a little Latin dictionary

Terry Foreman   Link to this

"comes in Mr. Pagan Fisher; the poet, and promises me what he had long ago done, a book in praise of the King of France, with my armes, and a dedication to me very handsome." He styled himself Paganus Piscator.

The (brief) book: *Epinicion: vel Elogium fælicissimi, serenissimi, fortitissimi Lodovici XIIIIti:
Galliæ, & Navaræ regis, &c. pro nuperis passim victoriis, in Flandria; præcipuè pro desideratissimâ reductione Dunkirki, capti, redactique sub Confœderatis auspiciis Franco-Britannorum* http://books.google.com/books?id=pnZYewAACAAJ&d...

"It was a usual habit of the poet's to put different dedications to such of his works as might court the favour of the rich and powerful." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Payne_Fisher#Works

Terry Foreman   Link to this

This day Commons passes *An Act for the speedy Provision of Money, for disbanding and paying off the Forces of this Kingdom, both by Land and Sea*. http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?co...

Note the desire there be no standing Army nor Navy. The Bill is sent to Lords, etc.

Dick Wilson   Link to this

Pepys had arms? When did that happen? A few months back, he was tickled to be addressed as "Esquire". He is entitled to a coat-of-arms, but I would assume that getting one would require a bureaucratic run-around with the College of Heralds certain to be mentioned in the diary.
As for being "trimmed in the street" - Consider the lighting available in shops of that era. Having a shave and a haircut in the open-front of a barber shop would give the barber enough light to see what he was doing. Sure, Sam might have meant that he was trimmed at a barber shop in Fenchurch Street -- but he could also mean that he was trimmed out-of-doors, in the street, where the barber had decent light.

Bill   Link to this

There is an encyclopedia entry for "leads" http://www.pepysdiary.com/encyclopedia/1262/

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