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 to this

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 to this

"..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 to this

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 to this

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 to this

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?

Michael Robinson   Link to this

For a description and discussion of the Postal Service in London and parts beyond in the C 17th. see:-

http://homepages.ihug.co.nz/~awoodley/Letter2.html

dirk   Link to this

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 to this

Thanks, Michael - fascinating site!

Sasha Clarkson   Link to this

'Fumifugum': John Evelyn's book about the problem of air pollution in London, with suggested causes and remedies.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fumifugium

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