Monday 13 August 1660

A sitting day at our office. After dinner to Whitehall; to the Privy Seal, whither my father came to me, and staid talking with me a great while, telling me that he had propounded Mr. John Pickering for Sir Thomas Honywood’s daughter, which I think he do not deserve for his own merit: I know not what he may do for his estate.

My father and Creed and I to the old Rhenish Winehouse, and talked and drank till night. Then my father home, and I to my Lord’s; where he told me that he would suddenly go into the country, and so did commend the business of his sea commission to me in his absence. After that home by coach, and took my 100l. that I had formerly left at Mr. Rawlinson’s, home with me, which is the first that ever I was master of at once. To prayers, and to bed.

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language hat   Link to this

A sitting day at our office:
OED: sitting-day, a day on which a legislative or deliberative body sits.
But how does this apply to the bureaucratic side of things? Wouldn't Pepys's office be in permanent session, as it were?

Pauline   Link to this

"Wouldn't Pepys's office be in permanent session”
It hasn’t appeared so these past few days. He has had a lot of time to pursue his Privy Seal privileges. Perhaps the Clerk of Acts office (or the Navy Board) has days set aside when all must show up (a fair chance to find each other in) and they call it “sitting day” as a useful term borrowed from the legislative/deliberative lingo.

Paul Brewster   Link to this

he told me that he would suddenly go into the country, and so did commend the business of his sea commission to me in his absence
Yet another puzzling turn of phrase. L&M aren't particularly helpful with the following note:
"The Admiral's warrant for the issue of a commission to Sandwich as Vice-Admiral had been made out on 28 July."

What sends Montagu out of town in such a hurry?
SP as a Vice-Admiral?

Mary   Link to this

"SP as Vice-Admiral?"
Surely not. Sam is Sandwich's executive PA, in modern terms, and so entrusted to run the day to day business of the office whilst the latter travels outstation

We'll have to wait and see what prompted this sudden trip.

JonTom Kittredge   Link to this

"A Sitting Day"
I agree with Pauline, though, since the Board is a kind of deliberative body itself, the use of the term doesn't seem like a stretch to me. I assume that "sitting day" refers to when the full Board meets to transact business.

apthorp   Link to this

Is the "business of his commision" the selling of what we would now call an appointment? To keep the ship of state afloat, our boy has the opportunity to pick up the odd pound by selling an active duty assignment? (captain, first mate? staff job?)

George   Link to this

What sends Montagu out of town in such a hurry?
One suspects that this may be the start of "My Lord's" fall from grace. There is surely a lot more to come but avoid the temptation to look too far ahead.

Terry Foreman   Link to this

What of Pepys's Clerk of the Acts position's monetary value to him? Has he reported talking to Sandwich about it? Apparently all is settled?!

Bill   Link to this

It was a small world: In 1668 John Creed would marry John Pickering's sister Elizabeth: http://www.pepysdiary.com/encyclopedia/7294/

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