Wednesday 13 August 1662

Up early, and to my office, where people come to me about business, and by and by we met on purpose to enquire into the business of the flag-makers, where I am the person that do chiefly manage the business against them on the King’s part; and I do find it the greatest cheat that I have yet found; they having eightpence per yard allowed them by pretence of a contract, where no such thing appears; and it is threepence more than was formerly paid, and than I now offer the Board to have them done. We did not fully end it, but refer it to another time. At noon Commr. Pett and I by water to Greenwich, and on board the pleasure-boats to see what they wanted, they being ordered to sea, and very pretty things I still find them, and so on shore and at the Shipp had a bit of meat and dined, there waiting upon us a barber of Mr. Pett’s acquaintance that plays very well upon the viollin. Thence to Lambeth; and there saw the little pleasure-boat in building by the King, my Lord Brunkard, and the virtuosoes of the town, according to new lines, which Mr. Pett cries up mightily, but how it will prove we shall soon see. So by water home, and busy at my study late, drawing a letter to the yards of reprehension and direction for the board to sign, in which I took great pains. So home and to bed.

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dirk   Link to this

Today the official foundation of the "Royal Society" - Evelyn's diary:

"To Lond. Our Charter being now passed under the Broad-Seale, constituting us a Corporation under the Name of the Royal-Society, for the improvement of naturall knowledge by Experiment: to Consist of a President, Council, Fellows, Secretaries, Curators, Operators, Printer, Graver & other officers, with power to make laws, purchasse land, have a peculiar Seale & other immunities & privileges &c: as at large appears in our Graunt, was this day read, & was all that was don this afternoone, it being very large:"

dirk   Link to this

"they having eightpence per yard allowed them by pretence of a contract, where no such thing appears; and it is threepence more than was formerly paid"

It appears the flagmakers granted themselves a raise. Comes along that annoying man from London...

Terry F.   Link to this

"how it will prove we shall soon see."

L&M note: "The Jemmy (25 tons); for her race again the Dutch yacht [Bezan] see [September 5]. She was built by Commissioner Pett. The Royal Society [of "virtuosos"] appears to have had no part in this enterprise."

Cumgranissalis   Link to this

"...Shipp ..." be a pub or be it afloat?

Terry F.   Link to this

"...Shipp..." be a pub or “tavern” methinks (rhymes with…)

There be two in the Background info now that are so-named, but I donno Greenwich well enough to know whether either or them be this: http://www.pepysdiary.com/background/?c=taverns

Cumgranissalis   Link to this

for those of enquiring mind, J.Evelyn can be found 'ere:
http://www.geocities.com/Paris/LeftBank/1914/ed...

Mary   Link to this

Flagmakers, hemp suppliers, timber merchants, dockyards.....

Pepys is energetically pursuing his role as the new broom. He must be feeling very sure of his position to be stirring up so many potential hornets' nests at the same time.

Tony Eldridge   Link to this

John Evelyn.
Thanks for the link, Grain o' salt. Another character in our 17th century soap opera.

Tony Eldridge   Link to this

Pleasure boats.
Does anyone have any information on these? They sound a bit like a Ferrari - a combination of status symbol and performance - with the former being the most important.

A. Hamilton   Link to this

"drawing a letter to the yards of reprehension and direction for the board to sign"

Meaning? I take "yards" to mean shipyards, and "reprehension" to suggest that the yards are being warned against paying more than the market price for goods, and being warned to test offerings for quality. But who knows?

Terry F.   Link to this

Pleasure boats.

Tony Eldridge, check here for general info about "yachts" (including the "Jamie/Jemmy"): http://www.pepysdiary.com/encyclopedia/2703/

(the helpful notes by vincent/cumgrannissalis are rather obscurely hid)

Terry F.   Link to this

A. Hamilton your take on "drawing a letter to the yards of reprehension and direction for the board to sign" sounds almost right ro me, save reprehension also means “rebuke: an act or expression of criticism and censure,” http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&c2coff=1... pretty strong stuff from the Navy Office, perhaps an indication that remedies (orders for repayment and more) are on tap.

Robert Gertz   Link to this

Hmmn. Sam's offering the board his own flagmaking deal, eh? Interesting. Not that I'm suggesting it wouldn't be a better deal than the current one for the Navy. I wonder who would be turning them out? Dad? Some lucky 'friend' of Sam's?

Image of Elisabeth, Jane, and a truly pissed Will Hewer...Damn there was not a thing about sewin' flags in my clerkship papers...Diligently sewing away at Pepys.

"Letters of reprehension..." The dynamic Sam and Mr. Coventry did find things very amiss the other day, the letters could include a stiff rebuke on that score-negligence and sloth, as well as the others mentioned above.

Robert Gertz   Link to this

"And the money came rolling in...From everywhere..."

"Sam's little arms reached out and they reached wide...Now, you may think the flag deal should have been opened to the best bid. But that's not point my friend..."

"When Duty is being done, you don't ask questions. You can tell our boy's done well by Coventry's approving looks. Now you may think a little of the cash might go...astray. But that's not the point, my friend..."

(If you don't tell Lloyd Webber, I won't...)

Australian Susan   Link to this

Isn't Sir William B going to have a lot to talk over with Sir William P when he returns from Ireland!

Robert Gertz   Link to this

And wouldn't one like to be there to see Sir Will P's cherubic face turn beet red?

David A. Smith   Link to this

"I do find it the greatest cheat that I have yet found"
The righteousness of the young and newly empowered. I think the diary serves in part to allow Sam to vocalize to himself what things really are, or what he thinks they are, without having to mind his language. That's part of what makes it so fresh.

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