This morning the carpenter made an end of my door out of my chamber upon the leads.1 This morning we met at the office: I dined at my house in Seething Lane, and after that, going about 4 o’clock to Westminster, I met with Mr. Carter and Mr. Cooke coming to see me in a coach, and so I returned home.
I did carry it to my mother, where I had not been a great while, and indeed had no great mind to go, because my father did lay upon me continually to do him a kindness at the Wardrobe, which I could not do because of my own business being so fresh with my Lord. But my father was not at home, and so I did leave the venison with her to dispose of as she pleased. After that home, where W. Hewer now was, and did lie this night with us, the first night.
- Jacques Casanova’s narration of his escape from prison in Venice refers to “under the leads” in the attic of the Palace of Doges. (The roof being plates of lead.) Perhaps Pepys “door” was an access to the roof? A few thousand pages may clear this. D.W. ↩