Friday 13 June 1662

Up by 4 o’clock in the morning, and read Cicero’s Second Oration against Catiline, which pleased me exceedingly; and more I discern therein than ever I thought was to be found in him; but I perceive it was my ignorance, and that he is as good a writer as ever I read in my life. By and by to Sir G. Carteret’s, to talk with him about yesterday’s difference at the office; and offered my service to look into any old books or papers that I have, that may make for him. He was well pleased therewith, and did much inveigh against Mr. Coventry; telling me how he had done him service in the Parliament, when Prin had drawn up things against him for taking of money for places; that he did at his desire, and upon his, letters, keep him off from doing it. And many other things he told me, as how the King was beholden to him, and in what a miserable condition his family would be, if he should die before he hath cleared his accounts. Upon the whole, I do find that he do much esteem of me, and is my friend, and I may make good use of him. Thence to several places about business, among others to my brother’s, and there Tom Beneere the barber trimmed me. Thence to my Lady’s, and there dined with her, Mr. Laxton, Gibbons, and Goldgroove with us, and after dinner some musique, and so home to my business, and in the evening my wife and I, and Sarah and the boy, a most pleasant walk to Halfway house, and so home and to bed.

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Bradford   Link to this

"Upon the whole, I do find that he do much esteem of me, and is my friend, and I may make good use of him."

Get those priorities straight.

Dan Jones   Link to this

The World's Famous Orations.
William Jennings Bryan, Editor-in-Chief
Francis W. Halsey, Associate Editor

IV. The Second Oration Against Catiline
Cicero (106 B.C.-43 B.C.)
(63 B.C.)

http://www.bartleby.com/268/2/12.html

dirk   Link to this

"that he did at his desire, and upon his, letters, keep him off from doing it"

Anybody feels like clarifying this passage? I must admit that I haven't got the slightest idea what Sam is talking about.

Cumgranissalis   Link to this

Doth I see a change in Sam's evaluation of the Feud ?[it be the pennies] from this Kikero, Sam is made aware of the traps that have set.

daniel   Link to this

"Up by 4 o'clock in the morning, and read Cicero's”

My oh, my! How inspiring! I must try that tomorrow morning. Forget the gym!
well, I best be off to bed then.

Pauline   Link to this

"that he did at his desire, and upon his, letters, keep him off from doing it."
Carteret saying that how dare Coventry pick a contention with him after he (Carteret) had done Coventry the "service" of supporting him (and producing necessary documents/"letters") against Prin's charge that Coventry took money for places [that vague and muckish land between being paid as a civil servant and obligated to extract a fee as you went along].

Ken   Link to this

Goldgroove?
Seems to be mistake (the link leads to Mr Goldgroome), but quite a good one for a musician!

GrahamT   Link to this

"Up by 4 o'clock in the morning, and read…”
sunrise is at 03:40ish (allowing for transit times and innaccurate 17th century time keeping) on this day, just two days after the solstice, so he wouldn’t even need to light a candle to do his reading.
He has 16 hours 42 mins of daylight (plus a long twilight) to do his daily business, and have plenty of time for a pleasant walk to Half-way House. The joys of midsummer.

john o goyo   Link to this

Cicero at dawn: Surely he would have read an original (vide http://www.thelatinlibrary.com/cicero/cat2.shtml ) rather an English translation, would he not?

Stolzi   Link to this

"The World's Famous Orations.
“William Jennings Bryan, Editor-in-Chief”

No mean orator, himself.

A. De Araujo   Link to this

"Cicero's against Catilina"
I did not go beyond "quousque tandem abutere Catilina patientia nostra"
Until when,Catilina,are you going to abuse of our patience.

JWB   Link to this

Cicero
Sam ruminating on fate of Harry Vane?

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