Tuesday 11 March 1661/62

At the office all the morning, and all the afternoon rummaging of papers in my chamber, and tearing some and sorting others till late at night, and so to bed, my wife being not well all this day. This afternoon Mrs. Turner and The. came to see me, her mother not having been abroad many a day before, but now is pretty well again and has made me one of the first visits.


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vicenzo  •  Link

organising.."...all the afternoon rummaging of papers in my chamber, and tearing some and sorting others till late at night, ...".

JWB  •  Link

"my wife being not well all this day"
Strategic illness with wash day and visit of the precocious The.?

Vincent Bell  •  Link

Yes, I also independently came to the same 'I suspect she's conveniently ill conclusion' regarding Elizabeth - for the same reasons - but where these is work to be done it’s also so easy to be simply cynically wrong about these things.

Xjy  •  Link

"rummaging"
Lovely word! Apparently has its roots in medieval merchant shipping. C14 from Old French (probably from German) for loading a ship's hold.

Sasha Clarkson  •  Link

I notice that Vincent annotated the entry on Theophila Turner to mention that her mother Jane had married her husband John in Kirkleatham, in the North Riding of Yorkshire.

This means that Pepys' Turners are related to Mr Turner the draper mentioned on 11th January, who was in fact Alderman Sir William Turner, later Lord Mayor of London. I would guess that John is Sir William's brother as their father bought the Kirkleatham estate. Sir William was a great philanthropist, both in London and Yorkshire. He died without issue, but his collateral heirs built upon his wealth. Sir Charles Turner, possibly Jane's descendent, gained a baronetcy in 1782. The Turners, like the Pepyses, were a yeoman family on the rise. This is another example of why Lord Braybrooke's snidery, quoted on 2nd March, was so misplaced.

http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1662/01/11/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Turner_%28...

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

Bill  •  Link

"all the afternoon rummaging of papers"

To RUMMAGE, to remove any Goods or Luggage from one Place to another, to clear a Ship's Hold of Goods.
---An Universal Etymological English Dictionary. N. Bailey, 1675

Chris Squire UK  •  Link

OED has:

‘rummage, v. < Middle French arrumage . .
1. trans. Naut. a. To arrange or rearrange (cargo) in the hold of a ship.

. . 4. (a) To search thoroughly but unsystematically or untidily in (a place) or among (an accumulation of things) . .
. . 1622 J. Mabbe in tr. M. Alemán Rogue ii. vi. 55, I rummaged every corner about mee that I could suspect it [sc. the key] to be in, but all to no purpose . . ‘

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