Thursday 10 July 1662

Up by four o’clock, and before I went to the office I practised my arithmetique, and then, when my wife was up, did call her and Sarah, and did make up a difference between them, for she is so good a servant as I am loth to part with her. So to the office all the morning, where very much business, but it vexes me to see so much disorder at our table, that, every man minding a several business, we dispatch nothing. Dined at home with my wife, then to the office again, and being called by Sir W. Batten, walked to the Victualler’s office, there to view all the several offices and houses to see that they were employed in order to give the Council an account thereof. So after having taken an oath or two of Mr. Lewes and Captain Brown and others I returned to the office, and there sat despatching several businesses alone till night, and so home and by daylight to bed.

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Terry Foreman   Link to this

"despatching...businesses...till night, and so home and by daylight to bed."

This recurrent turn of speech says to me that the suggestion that "night" = too dark to read, and "daylight" = something like dusk, with enough light to forego a link, is correct.

Terry Foreman   Link to this

" before I went to the office I practised my arithmetique"

I wonder how he did that? Recite the multiplication tables, then check the answers? I can't recall how I learned them when I was 10, over a half-century ago.

Stolzi   Link to this

What sort of oaths
would he take?

Australian Susan   Link to this

If Sam in practising his arithmetique really was chanting "six sixes are thirty-six, seven sixes are forty-two, eight sixes are forty-eight" as I used to do aged about six - even if he was muttering, must have made the other inhabitants of the(rather cramped?) office ropable.

Australian Susan   Link to this

Bet the clerks at the Victuallers office were jumpy! Sam's reputation as a stirerr-upper has almost certainly preceeded him. Interesting that Batten is getting involved in this "new broom" business.

Nix   Link to this

Oaths --

Perhaps Samuel was requiring people to swear to the accuracy of claims and accountings being submitted to him for approval and payment.

Australian Susan   Link to this

Oaths
I think this is more likely to be oaths of loyalty. Anyone with L&M have any notes on this?

dirk   Link to this

oaths

Could these be the "Oaths of Supremacy and Allegiance"?
See:
http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1660/10/02/#c7617

Sam has told us what he thinks about these oaths in his diary entry for Saturday 11 February 1659/60:

"...many in the House that do press for new oaths to be put upon men; whereas we have more cause to be sorry for the many oaths that we have already taken and broken."

Cumgranissalis   Link to this

Sam be a JP, and now that Parliament et al., want only loyal Crown supporters , no RC's, no Presby's, Shakers or Quakeing ones, or tother disagreeable ones to participate in spending of the monies wrought by chimneys places and other methods of bringing revenues to the crown, they only be for the use of mistresses, and princely toy Yachts . Returning to the old ways, oh! how easily one forgets the power of the previous freespending ways self rightous ones.

Terry Foreman   Link to this

The Victualing Office occupied a complex of storehouses, slaughterhouses, bakeries etc. in East Smithfield. On 2 July the Council had ordered the Navy Board to inspect them, and in August almost £1000 was directed to be spent on their repair. (L&M note)

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