Thursday 20 March 1661/62

At my office all the morning, at noon to the Exchange, and so home to dinner, and then all the afternoon at the office till late at night, and so home and to bed, my mind in good ease when I mind business, which methinks should be a good argument to me never to do otherwise.

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Jesse   Link to this

"my mind in good ease when I mind business, which methinks should be a good argument to me never to do otherwise."

While I certainly can sympathize, what kind of diary would that make?

vicenzo   Link to this

The House of Commons is busy putting bills together to reduce fraud in Customs [& Excise] and in Publick Accompt[accounts] although he be not saying, he is making sure all his "els" "es" "dees" and farthings be all lined up and dotted .
http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.asp?com...

Clement   Link to this

"good ease when I mind business"
Agreed, Jesse, and it seems to me that he's becoming a bit compulsive about mentioning this "virtuous" behaviour.

I'm not sure if these recently frequent fillers occur because nothing has happened worthy of mention, and that he's obsessively making daily journal entries with throw-away lines of fluff, or if he's affirming a change in direction he'd like to see in his own character. Speaking of lines of fluff, I'll avoid further comment on this.
I appreciate the background stories and links from Vincenzo and others on days like this.

Wim van der Meij   Link to this

It is beginning to sound as a sort of mantra, the intended sticking to work and no more play. I think Sam is aware that he will often stray from the straight path.

Eric Walla   Link to this

I seem to remember a conversation we had early on about the origins of diaries in the pre-Restoration period as being religious in nature, often involving reflections on the daily sins committed by the diarist.

Do I remember correctly? If so, Sam seems to be pursuing this same line, albeit in reverse.

nick sweeney   Link to this

Yes, the relationship between diaries and Protestant 'conduct manuals', as they were known, is fairly well-established. Although in this case, I'm reminded more of Samuel Johnson's comment that "There are few ways in which a man can be more innocently employed than in getting money."

It may also be worth noting that we're headed to the financial New Year for our dear diarist, so there's likely work to be done...

Australian Susan   Link to this

March 25th is Lady Day and end of financial year, so it had occurred to me as nick sweeney mentions, there will be lots of work to be done and proably many clerks all around are hard at it and there is not much opportunity for temptation as there is no-one around to do the tempting!

Nix   Link to this

"my mind in good ease when I mind business" --

Have we figured out whether he is in Lent, with his mind concentrated on virtue and piety? I don't recall him passing through Ash Wednesday yet, but I may have missed it.

Mary   Link to this

Ash Wednesday and Lent.

Sam is indeed working his way through Lent at present. Ash Wednesday has not been pointed up; it would probably have seemed a rather High (even Popish) church observation at this point in England's ecclesiastical history

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