Tuesday 18 September 1660

At home all the morning looking over my workmen in my house. After dinner Sir W. Batten, Pen, and myself by coach to Westminster Hall, where we met Mr. Wayte the lawyer to the Treasurer, and so we went up to the Committee of Parliament, which are to consider of the debts of the Army and Navy, and did give in our account of the twenty-five ships. Col. Birch was very impertinent and troublesome. But at last we did agree to fit the accounts of our ships more perfectly for their view within a few days, that they might see what a trouble it is to do what they desire. From thence Sir Williams both going by water home, I took Mr. Wayte to the Rhenish winehouse, and drank with him and so parted.

Thence to Mr. Crew’s and spoke with Mr. Moore about the business of paying off Baron our share of the dividend. So on foot home, by the way buying a hat band and other things for my mourning to-morrow. So home and to bed. This day I heard that the Duke of York, upon the news of the death of his brother yesterday, came hither by post last night.

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Paul Miller   Link to this

"by the way buying a hat band and other things for my mourning to-morrow".
-- weeper's hat: heavy hatband of black worn at funeral's

Paul Brewster   Link to this

Mr. Wayte that belongs to the Treasurer
L&M: "that belongs" replaces "the lawyer"

Paul Brewster   Link to this

paying of Baron
L&M: "of" replaces "off" and add the footnote: "Privy seal fees, divided between the clerks and the Lord Privy Seal."

Paul Brewster   Link to this

Collonell Birch was very impertinent and troublesome
L&M footnote: "John Birch long remained a vigorous critic of Pepys and of the government's naval administration (e.g. in the debates of 1677-8)."

vincent   Link to this

"This day I heard that the Duke of York, upon the news of the death of his brother yesterday, came hither by post last night." 'post', by horse. we now use(maybe) poste haste - in A RUSH

Terry Foreman   Link to this

The Duke apparently used whatever post horses he could find.

post′ horse`
n.
(formerly) a horse kept for the use of persons carrying the post or for hire by travelers.
[1520–30] http://www.thefreedictionary.com/post+horse

Dick Wilson   Link to this

I believe Vincent was on the right track. Mail was delivered to a post office which frequently was at the bar of a local tavern or some such establishment. There it would sit until the next time the addressee happened to visit. But if a sender wrote HASTE-HASTE-HASTE above the address, then the landlord might send a boy to tell the addressee that he had important mail to be collected, or he might send a boy to deliver it, in hopes of a modest tip.

Gerald Berg   Link to this

"Those Post-horses will seem too slow,
though they should fly as swiftly as the gods,
when they ride behind that postboy,
Opportunity."

Henry Fielding Tom Thumb the Great

Chris Squire UK   Link to this

‘post-horse, n. A horse kept at a post-house or inn for the use of post-riders*, or for hire by travellers.
. . 1617 F. Moryson Itinerary iii. 61 In England.., Post-horses are established at every ten miles or thereabouts, which they ride a false gallop after some ten miles an hower.
. . 1688 T. D'Urfey Fool's Preferment iii. iv. 47 Tell 'em, I expect their Attendance. Go, take up Post-Horses, and make haste . . ‘

* ‘n. now hist. a person who carries letters and other mail by horseback; one who rides express with news.’

[OED]

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