Tuesday 7 August 1660

This morning to Whitehall to the Privy Seal, and took Mr. Moore and myself and dined at my Lord’s with Mr. Sheply. While I was at dinner in come Sam. Hartlibb and his brother-in-law, now knighted by the King, to request my promise of a ship for them to Holland, which I had promised to get for them. After dinner to the Privy Seal all the afternoon. At night, meeting Sam. Hartlibb, he took me by coach to Kensington, to my Lord of Holland’s; I staid in the coach while he went in about his business. He staying long I left the coach and walked back again before on foot (a very pleasant walk) to Kensington, where I drank and staid very long waiting for him. At last he came, and after drinking at the inn we went towards Westminster.

Here I endeavoured to have looked out Jane that formerly lived at Dr. Williams’ at Cambridge, whom I had long thought to live at present here, but I found myself in an error, meeting one in the place where I expected to have found her, but she proved not she though very like her.

We went to the Bullhead, where he and I sat and drank till 11 at night, and so home on foot. Found my wife pretty well again, and so to bed.

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chip   Link to this

L&M say this is Sir John Roder, knighted on the 5th of August. The second note mentions the Holland House, built in 1607. Sam Hartlibb, jun., was a council clerk. Claims were now being made on the Crown by the administration of the late Earl's estate. CSPD 1660-1 p.66.

vincent   Link to this

"...Here I endeavoured to have looked out Jane that formerly lived at Dr. Williams’ at Cambridge, whom I had long thought to live at present here, but I found myself in an error, meeting one in the place where I expected to have found her, but she proved not she though very like her ..."
any opinions:

Pauline   Link to this

"any opinions:"
Either Dr. Williams mentioned her or Sam thought of her because of her past connection with Dr. Willimas when he consulted Dr. Williams yesterday about the ointment and plaster. Now Sam is interested in looking her up. Now she may be an elderly woman of interesting conversation, but I would surmise that Sam is interested in at least a little flirting and embracing.

Interesting: "meeting one in the place where I expected to have found her, but she proved not she though very like her." This starts to sound like an area or building where women of a certain sort will be found -- whether actual ladies of the night or just girls without respectable protection.

Paul Brewster   Link to this

"Holland House, the fine old mansion still standing at Kensington, was greatly added to and improved by Henry Rich, Earl of Holland, who was beheaded, March 9th, 1649. His house was afterwards successively occupied by Generals Fairfax and Lambert, but subsequently it was restored to the earl's widow; she seems to have let a portion of the house."
Per Wheatley

Mary   Link to this

Holland House
remained one of the grandest of London houses until WW2; George VI and Queen Elizabeth attended a grand ball there shortly before the outbreak of the war. In 1940 the house was largely demolished in an air-raid. One wing still stands, and this is nowadays used as a student hostel.

Arbor   Link to this

... bit more than a student hostel. It is actually one of the Youth Hostel (YHA) hostels in London. Anyone (of whatever age) can stay there IF a member of the International YHA. Great 'stamp' to have in ones membership booklet.

Barbara   Link to this

Holland Park (the former grounds of Holland House) is run by the local council as an open space and is much valued. Each summer there is open-air theatre/opera on what would have been the forecourt to the house. Next week: As you Like It and Hamlet.

Barbara   Link to this

It is still a very pleasant walk from Holland House to Kensington (which would have been by the junction of High Street Kensington and Kensington Church Street) though these days it is through residential property, not countryside. There is at least one pub to drink and wait in.

vincent   Link to this

My opining thought is that he was a little maudlin, and was thinking of the good old days on the "backs" under the old willow tree, and when he went to his old Alma Mater, he was given the sad news that the wench (still under 30? )had moved. and the data given had proven to be out of date.(so sad)

Glyn   Link to this

Is Pepys really going around with the Mr Hartlibb who is in his 60s and probably older than Pepys' own father; or is it a younger relative? Is the biography linked to the correct man?

Terry Foreman   Link to this

Glyn, rest assured: Pepys is hanging out with Samuel Hartlib the younger, with whom he "clubbed" when they were fellow-clerks.

Gerald Berg   Link to this

Yesterday people were wondering what Sam might of meant by being a little impatient with Liz's condition. Today he pays a visit in hope to find Jane. Wonder no more!

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