Thursday 19 September 1661

Up early, and my father and I alone into the garden, and there talked about our business, and what to do therein. So after I had talked and advised with my coz Claxton, and then with my uncle by his bedside, we all horsed away to Cambridge, where my father and I, having left my wife at the Beare with my brother, went to Mr. Sedgewicke, the steward of Gravely, and there talked with him, but could get little hopes from anything that he would tell us; but at last I did give him a fee, and then he was free to tell me what I asked, which was something, though not much comfort. From thence to our horses, and with my wife went and rode through Sturbridge but the fair was almost done. So we did not ‘light there at all, but went back to Cambridge, and there at the Beare we had some herrings, we and my brother, and after dinner set out for Brampton, where we come in very good time, and found all things well, and being somewhat weary, after some talk about tomorrow’s business with my father, we went to bed.

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Mark Ynys-Mon   Link to this

"we all horsed away to Cambridge"

lovely construction :)

The fair at Sturbridge is Stourbridge Fair, one of the great Fairs of Europe, only finally abolished, after a long long decline, in 1933.

There is a wonderful entry in Defoe on the Fair "which is not only the greatest in the whole nation, but in the world" :

http://www.stirbitch.com/cantab/resources/stour...

RexLeo   Link to this

I am surprised that P can stay so long away from his office. Is somebody acting or substituting for him at the office?

Australian Susan   Link to this

Sam away from the office
Presumably Will Hewer is doing some of his work.

daniel   Link to this

perhaps the work just waits.
As busy as Sam seems, there never is a clear time-table in our modern sense of when something should happen or not.

adam w   Link to this

'but at last I did give him a fee, and then he was free to tell me what I asked'
This sounds like what we would call a bribe. Given that the Steward of Gravely is not (yet) an employee of the Pepys family, a little money is needed to oil the wheels of co-operation. Not unknown even today.

Michiel van der Leeuw   Link to this

The steward of Gravely
Sounds like a novel by Sir Walter Scott!

john lauer   Link to this

re adam's "bribe" -- why is this not simply a "retainer" for expert advice in a professional relationship, i.e., aboveboard and proper?

vicente   Link to this

"I am surprised that P can stay so long away from his office. Is somebody acting or substituting for him at the office?"

He was not employed by the hour, by the day or week, just by the month, as long it got done, no time studies then to see wot ye were serfing at the pub. 'Twas a more tollerant life for the management. Time to enjoy the view from the corner window, Sam and his ilke did their thing at their own pace [except when Charlie or Jamie did beckon.

vicente   Link to this

Nobody but nobody, does ought for nougt, 'tis THE rule of life."...but at last I did give him a fee, and then he was free to tell me what I asked

Terry Foreman   Link to this

L&M; note there were two Bear Inns in Cambridge: the Black Bear, off Sidney St, opposite Holy Trinity Church (part of its yard surviving as Market Passage), and the White Bear off Trinity St (on the site of the modern Whewell's Court of Trinity College). The former was usually known as 'The Bear.'
On this map, "Market Passage" is one block north of "Market Street" running one block off Sidney Street.
https://www.openstreetmap.org/?mlat=52.2059&mlo...

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