Thursday 9 August 1660

Left my wife at Mrs. Hunt’s and I to my Lord’s, and from thence with judge Advocate Fowler, Mr. Creed, and Mr. Sheply to the Rhenish Wine-house, and Captain Hayward of the Plymouth, who is now ordered to carry my Lord Winchelsea, Embassador to Constantinople. We were very merry, and judge Advocate did give Captain Hayward his Oath of Allegiance and Supremacy. Thence to my office of Privy Seal, and, having signed some things there, with Mr. Moore and Dean Fuller to the Leg in King Street, and, sending for my wife, we dined there very merry, and after dinner, parted. After dinner with my wife to Mrs. Blackburne to visit her. She being within I left my wife there, and I to the Privy Seal, where I despatch some business, and from thence to Mrs. Blackburne again, who did treat my wife and me with a great deal of civility, and did give us a fine collation of collar of beef, &c.

Thence I, having my head full of drink from having drunk so much Rhenish wine in the morning, and more in the afternoon at Mrs. Blackburne’s, came home and so to bed, not well, and very ill all night.

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vincent  •  Link

"Thence I, having my head full of drink from having drunk so much Rhenish wine in the morning, and more in the afternoon at Mrs. Blackburne’s, came home and so to bed, not well, and very ill all night."
Enough said 'tis the life. Who said history does not repeat it self?

chip  •  Link

L&M note that John Hayward was soon afterwards displaced from his command and the Plymouth prevented from setting off until early October. I don't know who said history does not repeat itself. But was it not Marx who said that it does, the first time as tragedy, the second time as folly? Pepys is learning to live the high life. Like most of us, a little sex and he is very merry.

chip  •  Link

First time as tragedy, second time as farse I remembered in bed last night. Still not sure who said it.

Alan Bedford  •  Link

"History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce." - attributed to Karl Marx in the Columbia Book of Quotations. You got it more-or-less correct, Chip.

Alan Bedford  •  Link

A bit more accurately, in the opening phrases of the Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte: "Hegel remarks somewhere that all great, world-historical facts and personages occur, as it were, twice. He has forgotten to add: the first time as tragedy, the second as farce."

That’s from the Columbia World of Quotations. On-line citation:

Judy  •  Link

"Thence I, having my head full of drink…" I wonder what was the ‘cure’ for a hangover? Poor Sam!

language hat  •  Link

"the second as farce"
I hope Phil will forgive the continued off-topicness, but I have to share one of my favorite Alex Cockburn quotes on this subject:

"In his 1973 NLR/Penguin edition, David Fernbach claimed that it is doubtful whether Hegel ever said any such thing. On the other hand, Engels had recently written Marx a letter in which he observed, 'It really seems as if old Hegel in his grave were acting as World Spirit and directing history, ordaining most conscientiously that it should all be unrolled twice over, once as a great tragedy and once as a wretched farce.' Marx obviously thought it was a bit more dignified to cite Hegel than to say 'Fred Engels was saying to me only the other day...'"

Terry Foreman  •  Link

Lords chided for failing to pass bills bearing i.a. on paying the Army, Navy and circuit judges.

Report of the Conference concerning the Desire of H. C. for the Bill of Indemnity, and other Public Bills, to be expedited; and about borrowing 100,000 £. of the City.

The Lord Chancellor reported the Effect of the Conference; which was, "That the House of Commons desired earnestly the keeping of a good Correspondency; and to impart unto their Lordships what is come to their Knowledge; videlicet, That the House of Commons having sent up several Bills, to charge the People of this Kingdom with Payments,...That they have this Day received a Message from the King, concerning providing of Money speedily for the Army and the Navy, who are in great Wants for Want of Money, there being Twentyfour Ships lately come into Harbour for Want of Provisions, which cannot be supplied without Monies. And, for Want of passing the Bill of Judicial Proceedings, the Judges cannot go their Circuits, whereby the Subjects suffer, in their Properties, Estates, and Lives. Therefore the House of Commons desires their Lordships would please to give all possible Expedition in the passing the aforesaid Bills."

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