Thursday 10 April 1662

To Westminster with the two Sir Williams by water, and did several businesses, and so to the Wardrobe with Mr. Moore to dinner. Yesterday came Col. Talbot with letters from Portugall, that the Queen is resolved to embarque for England this week. Thence to the office all the afternoon. My Lord Windsor came to us to discourse of his affairs, and to take his leave of us; he being to go Governor of Jamaica with this fleet that is now going. Late at the office. Home with my mind full of business. So to bed.

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Mary K McIntyre   Link to this

"I cannot down with their dull company..."

Sorry to be so tardy w/my $0.02, but it was a v busy week. There is a variant on this usage in current urban speak: "I'm down with that," i.e. to agree with another's statement or proposal.

It's long been observed that regional or dialectical speech in Canada and the US resembles 16th-18th c BritSpeak. This is a kind of cool example, yes?

language hat   Link to this

Not a "variant" but a coincidental similarity.
Still, a fun coincidence, as long as we don't let it influence our interpretation of Pepys' usage (which still seems mysterious to me).

Mary K McIntyre   Link to this

L Hat, we may have to take this into another room... but why just a coincidence?

language hat   Link to this

There's no plausible connection between a late-20th-century usage and a rare 17th-century one.

vicenzo   Link to this

Windsor did the correct move by coming to the Horses mouth as Penn was the Admiral who removed Jamaica from Spanish Care."...he being to go Governor of Jamaica with this fleet that is now going..."

[Sir William Penn was well fitted to give this information, as it was he who took the island from the Spaniards in 1655.]

http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1661/03/20/
I'm under the impression that Capt Batten was also on this hunt back '55

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