Monday 21 October 1661

Early with Mr. Moore by coach to Chelsy, to my Lord Privy Seal’s, but have missed of coming time enough; and having taken up Mr. Pargiter, the goldsmith (who is the man of the world that I do most know and believe to be a cheating rogue), we drank our morning draft there together of cake and ale, and did make good sport of his losing so much by the King’s coming in, he having bought much of Crown lands, of which, God forgive me! I am very glad. At Whitehall, at the Privy Seal, did with Sir W. Pen take advice about passing of things of his there that concern his matters of Ireland. Thence to the Wardrobe and dined, and so against my judgment and conscience (which God forgive, for my very heart knows that I offend God in breaking my vows herein) to the Opera, which is now newly begun to act again, after some alteracion of their scene, which do make it very much worse; but the play, “Love and Honour,” being the first time of their acting it, is a very good plot, and well done. So on foot home, and after a little business done in my study and supper, to bed.

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J A Gioia   Link to this

and so against my judgment and conscience ... to the Opera, which is now newly begun

'my name is sam, and i'm a theater-holic.'

Rex Gordon   Link to this

"he having bought much of Crowne lands"

L&M explain: Crown and church lands were now, after the confiscations of the revolution, restored to their legal owners without compensation to their purchasers. The goldsmith was John Pargiter, sen., who had purchased Crown lands in Buckinghamshire: S.J. Madge, Domesday of Crown lands, p. 403. He was several times fined by the Goldsmith's Company for bad workmanship, and in March 1668 his name was removed by the Court of Aldermen from the list of nominees for the office of alderman. He may have been the Pargiter prosecuted in 1669 for coin clipping: PRO, SP 29/256, no. 17. If he was, Sam's assessment of his business character was astute indeed.

Wim van der Meij   Link to this

'Love and Honour' is a tragi-comedy by Sir W. Davenant, first acted at the Blackfriars.

David A. Smith   Link to this

"I do most know and believe to be a cheating rogue"
Paste the smile in place, quaff the beer, then escape his presence, go home, close the door, and in quiet candlelit privacy let your feelings rip in precise encrypted shorthand.
We have all felt this way ...

David A. Smith   Link to this

"of which, God forgive me! I am very glad"
Here is why we love to read Sam:
Believing Pargiter to be a rogue, and having established that he was an opportunist who cheerfully capitalized on others' misfortune, Sam now quite understandably rejoices (silently) at the confiscation of Pargiter's treacherous profits.
And then, as if crossing himself before the padre, he interjects a "God forgive me!" with an exclamation point.
So we have scene, character, and the dichotomous nature of emotional doublethink -- all in nine words.

David Ross McIrvine   Link to this


According to T.W. Craik, in Volume V of *The Revels History of Drama in English*, Charles II lent his Coronation robes to Betterton for a performance of *Love and Honour*. Whether it was the performance Sam is at, I'm not sure, but as we know Betterton has already begun to perform at Lincoln's Inn Fields in August, when Sam saw *Hamlet*.

Pedro.   Link to this

On this day..

100 men who formed the Tangier Horse were paraded at St.George's Field in Southwalk. On return to England they became the 1st Royal Dragoons.

andy   Link to this

man of the world

what a phrase, that has survived centuries.

And I think we can allow Sam a few furtive vists to the theatre and opera!

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