Saturday 14 September 1661

At the office all the morning, at noon to the Change, and then home again. To dinner, where my uncle Fenner by appointment came and dined with me, thinking to go together to my aunt Kite’s that is dead; but before we had dined comes Sir R. Slingsby and his lady, and a great deal of company, to take my wife and I out by barge to shew them the King’s and Duke’s yachts. So I was forced to leave my uncle and brother Tom at dinner and go forth with them, and we had great pleasure, seeing all four yachts, viz., these two and the two Dutch ones. And so home again, and after writing letters by post, to bed.


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Eric Walla  •  Link

Oh sorry, Uncle, but I just can't refuse a request by Sir Slingsby, now could I?

Wasn't it a pre-arranged appointment this time, Sam? I am afraid I must agree that our boy is shirking his responsibility here.

RexLeo  •  Link

"..thinking to go together to my aunt Kite’s that is dead; but before we had dined comes Sir R. Slingsby and his lady, and a great deal of company, to take my wife and I out by barge to shew them the King’s and Duke’s yachts..."

Let the dead bury the dead. P is off with the living to have a jolly good time with his wife.

Ruben  •  Link

comes Sir R. Slingsby
You can not refuse the Comptroller of the Navy invitation if you do not want to risk your job!
Aunt is dead already and she will stay like that for eternity, so she will be honored another day...

helena murphy  •  Link

Sam's being shown the king's and the duke's yachts should also help his future promotional opportunities.There are times when he has to see after himself by putting his self interests before a deceased aunt,who was herself left financially secure in life through marriage to a successful butcher.

Lawrence  •  Link

The letter I assume is to his Father in Brampton, I think he has to have them in by midnight, and it will cost him 2d, unless of course they go by express, would Sam have used a local shop to dispatch them?, I just wondered what time the local shops would have shut?

dirk  •  Link

John Evelyn's diary today:

"I presented my "Fumifugium" dedicated to his Majestie who was pleased I should publish it by his special Command; being much pleasd with it:"

Australian Susan  •  Link

Thanks, Michael - fascinating site!

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