Friday 12 September 1662

Up betimes and to my office, and up to my workmen, which goes on slowly and troubles me much. Besides, my mind is troubled till I see how Sir John Minnes will carry himself to me about my lodgings, for all my fear is that he will get my best chamber from me, for as for the leads I care not a farthing for them. At my office all the morning, Mr. Lewes teaching me to understand the method of making up Purser’s accounts, which is very needful for me and very hard. Dined at home all in dirt, and my mind weary of being thus out of order, but I hope in God it will away, but for the present I am very melancholy, as I have been a great while. All the afternoon till 9 at night at my office, and then home and eat an egg or two, and so to my lodgings and to bed. This day, by letters from my father, I hear that Captain Ferrers, who is with my Lord in the country, was at Brampton (with Mr. Creed) to see him; and that a day or two ago, being provoked to strike one of my Lord’s footmen, the footman drew his sword, and hath almost cut the fingers of one of his hands off; which I am sorry for: but this is the vanity of being apt to command and strike.

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Pedro   Link to this

"I care not a farthing for them"

An example of inflation. In Sam's day a farthing, in Vincente's day they could not care tuppence. And now they care not a ????

Jeannine   Link to this

Pedro

Now they care not a well invested and highly diversifed portfolio.....

Australian Susan   Link to this

"dined at home all in dirt"
Anyone who has had lengthy home renovations done will know just how Sam is feeling and, yes, they *always* take far longer than you think (or longer than they told you...) He seems to have changed his mind about access to the leads, hasn't he? This whole entry seems to be from one very fed up young man. No wonder he can't concentrate on learning specialised accountantcy.

Glyn   Link to this

He may say that he doesn't care for the leads, but do we truly believe him? I think he's trying to convince himself of it because he expects to lose access to them. No more summer evenings out there with Elizabeth, watching passers by in the garden below.

Jeannine   Link to this

"but for the present I am very melancholy, as I have been a great while", interesting to note that he perceives himself to have been melancholy for a great while. Over the past few weeks he's had a flurry of activity, good visibility at work, etc. When I read this I got the feeling that perhaps most of all he just wants his home to be his home once again, and somehow got a hint of his missing Elizabeth (or am I reading into it?)

Glyn   Link to this

The rakish Captain Ferrers' diary would definitely be worth reading although he doesn't seem to me to be much of a literary man. Does this entry mean that the footman almost cut off Ferrers' fingers or the other way around?

There's rarely a dull moment when he's around anyway, and perhaps he's a reminder of Pepys' more dissolute past, ogling women and going to the theatres as much as possible - definitely a potentially bad influence to tempt the new, more conscientious Sam.

Anyway, people who haven't yet encountered Captain Ferrers (he's been off stage for a while) should click on his name and quickly skim through the dates at the bottom of his page - esp for May 19 and Dec 7).

Jeannine   Link to this

Well Glyn, if they were Ferrer's fingers that were cut off today, then his diary would probably end rather abruptly on Sept. 12, 1662!
Thanks for the references back in time- too funny -he seems like a character.

Tony Eldridge   Link to this

very melancholy, as I have been a great while.
Sam has been driving himself (and his workmen) hard, avoiding wine and theatres, playing politics and living in some discomfort without a caring wife and servants.
Now he has had a setback with Sir John and is feeling sorry for himself, wondering if the game is worth the candle. We've all been there.

A. De Araujo   Link to this

"which I am sorry for:but this is the vanity of being apt to command and strike"
Methinks the footman cut Ferrer's fingers or maybe not;
Tomorrow I am voting for his namesake for mayor of New York.

Terry F,   Link to this

Jeannine, if they were Ferrer's fingers that were cut off today, then his diary would probably end rather abruptly on Sept. 11, 1662!

Terry F   Link to this

"my fear is that [Sir John Minnes] will get my best chamber from me"

Can some more-than second-story person explain which chamber is in question here?

JWB   Link to this

See David Quidnunc's "Rooms in Pepys's Seething Lane Home" and take your pick.http://www.pepysdiary.com/encyclopedia/1023/

tonyt   Link to this

Pepys on TV. The UK digital station BBC4 is showing 'Mr Pepys Diary' tonight at 10.00 p.m. (and again at 1.10 a.m.). A 1 hour documentary described as 'Exploring the world portrayed by the writer, revealing his views of society'. Quite possibly a repeat of an old programme though my listings magazine does not say so.

Australian Susan   Link to this

Sir J's claim on the room - all will become clear........No spoiling!

Roger   Link to this

'I care not a Farthing for them'
I remember ny grandfather using a similar expression, but then, alas, there were still farthings about when I were a lad. I remember they had a Robin on the flip-side. These days I think the expression goes, 'I couldn't give a t***'.

Nix   Link to this

"my fear is that he will get my best chamber from me" --

Perhaps the Navy lodgings were all connected internally, so that an end room could be reassigned to the neigboring apartment? I seem to recall something about connecting doors back when Samuel was moving in.

Robert Gertz   Link to this

Ferrers left a diary? Interesting...

Robert Gertz   Link to this

And dear Creed was with him on the visit, eh?...

Robert Gertz   Link to this

To see good ole John...A courtesy call, huh? Just performing a minor duty for milord the noble cousin and patron...

How nice.

tc   Link to this

...the method of making up Purser's accounts...

Except for Oz Sue, no one has commented on Sam's (first?) attempts to decipher what will undoubtedly be among the most important skills he acquires- the ability to read purser's accounts, and see where and how all the money/goods/provisions Sam contemplates in bulk are actually used, wastefully, frugally or even criminally, on any ship in the fleet.

Pursers were, of course, responsible for keeping track of a ship's stores; but many were guilty of selling Navy goods over the side for personal gain- or of tapping the grog barrel!

Terry F   Link to this

Re purser's accounts see also http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1662/08/29/#c34689

Australian Susan   Link to this

Roger
It was a wren, not a robin! I too remember farthings..... (bet vincent does too)And it was only the last farthing, the George VIth one which had this. See http://www.tclayton.demon.co.uk/pics/farth.html for this farthing and ones Sam would have known.

Australian Susan   Link to this

Nix is onto it!

Roger   Link to this

Susan
Yes, of course, a Wren.
Shame Pepys didnt quite live long enough to see the new St.Pauls, designed by Christopher Robin!!
Anyway, I suppose the 5pence piece is the new farthing....

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