Wednesday 10 December 1662

This morning rose, receiving a messenger from Sir G. Carteret and a letter from Mr. Coventry, one contrary to another, about our letter to my Lord Treasurer, at which I am troubled, but I went to Sir George, and being desirous to please both, I think I have found out a way to do it. So back to the office with Sir J. Minnes, in his coach, but so great a snow that we could hardly pass the streets. So we and Sir W. Batten to the office, and there did discourse of Mr. Creed’s accounts, and I fear it will be a good while before we shall go through them, and many things we meet with, all of difficulty. Then to the Dolphin, where Sir J. Minnes, Sir W. Batten, and I, did treat the Auditors of the Exchequer, Auditors Wood and Beale, and hither come Sir G. Carteret to us. We had a good dinner, cost us 5l. and 6s., whereof my share 26s., and after dinner did discourse of our salarys and other matters, which I think now they will allow. Thence home, and there I found our new cook-mayde Susan come, who is recommended to us by my wife’s brother, for which I like her never the better, but being a good well-looked lass, I am willing to try, and Jane begins to take upon her as a chamber-mayde. So to the office, where late putting papers and my books and businesses in order, it being very cold, and so home to supper.

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Terry F   Link to this

"We...did discourse of our salarys"

L&M note that what we in the USA call an annual COLA (cost of living adjustment) was now in the purview of the Auditors of the Exchequer for the Navy Office officers and others, and that Pepys was now in line for this on a regular basis.

Terry F   Link to this

An annual cost of living adjustment of Officers's salaries UP must mean there is inflation at court, since the are [a very] few who will go over to the competition {the Dutch, the French or the Spanish, e.g.). Is this a hint of Government profligacy? Stay tuned, folks.

Terry F   Link to this

Mr Pepys shows his value as a member of a committee --

Given two views "one contrary to another," whose proponent are unaware of each other's proposals, he talks to the more powerful one, "being desirous to please both," -- to mediate, and, sure enough, he decides "I think I have found out a way to do it" -- .

How interesting it would be to know what issues were at stake, since there seems to have been no precedent for "our letter to my Lord Treasurer", or else some boilerplate would long since have solved the Composition Quandary.

In what respects do Sir G. Carteret and Mr. Coventry differ? Are these dueling paradigms? ("The Letter should be more like an Invoice" vs. "more like a legal case"?)

In a note to 11 Dec., L&M say there are copies and a synopsis of it in the archives.

in Aqua Scripto   Link to this

"...and after dinner did discourse of our salarys and other matters, which I think now they will allow..." Inflation there be, but the major increase would be in the allowances provided for outlay on the their trips to the boon docks, Samuell could save the cost by walking, rather than take a coach and exercise his shooting the bridge. The coach trip and feeding and sofening up the suppliers be eating into the pocket of Sam and even the Sir wills. The expense sheet was one of the marvels of working in the service.

in Aqua Scripto   Link to this

"...We had a good dinner, cost us 5l. and 6s., whereof my share 26s., ..." 6 persons be a stuffing themselves, be there 4 payees : [106 bob/ 4 = 26.5 [extra tanner each.] who paid the 2 bob ????. and did this amount truly come out of Sam's Pocket or be it from the till next week or at the end of the year.

in Aqua Scripto   Link to this

"...I found our new cook-mayde Susan come, who is recommended to us by my wife’s brother, for which I like her never the better, but being a good well-looked lass, I am willing to try, ..."
" My Wife's brother"
Oh! Samuell! you be frit to say what be you thinking, I dothe think. Anything for a quiet life.
That long suffering intake of breath, I can hear it in the shorthand.

Robert Gertz   Link to this

Bess loves that brother, no doubt about it...For Balty's sake lets hope Susan actually can cook.

"Cook? Balty, you got me hired as a cook? I've never cooked in me life."

"So? What is there to it, ma chere? One cracks an egg, lights a fire, sticks a roast on a spit, and voila."

I notice once again B-boy has chosen a well-favored girl for his brother-in-law's household. I guess our hero's interest in the opposite sex is rather transparent...

dirk   Link to this

Inflation

I made some calculations, on the basis of the retail purchasing power of the £ as provided by
http://eh.net/hmit/ppowerbp/

Setting the value of the pound's purchasing power at 100% for 1662, the value of £1 in terms of purchasing power would have been:
1650 ... 91.66% or £0.92
1651 ... 109.23% or £1.09
1652 ... 118.68% or £1.19
1653 ... 132.82% or £1.33
1654 ... 141.63% or £1.42
1655 ... 144.83% or £1.45
1656 ... 137.57% or £1.38
1657 ... 125.66% or £1.26
1658 ... 119.04% or £1.19
1659 ... 109.86% or £1.10
1660 ... 112.43% or £1.12
1661 ... 118.68% or £1.19
1662 ... 100.00% or £1.00

This means that the purchasing power of the £ was at its lowest since 1651. So maybe salary adjustment was overdue...

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