Saturday 20 December 1662

Up and had 100l. brought me by Prior of Brampton in full of his purchase money for Barton’s house and some land. So to the office, and thence with Mr. Coventry in his coach to St. James’s, with great content and pride to see him treat me so friendly; and dined with him, and so to White Hall together; where we met upon the Tangier Commission, and discoursed many things thereon; but little will be done before my Lord Rutherford comes there, as to the fortification or Mole. That done, my Lord Sandwich and I walked together a good while in the Matted Gallery, he acquainting me with his late enquiries into the Wardrobe business to his content; and tells me how things stand. And that the first year was worth about 3000l. to him, and the next about as much; so that at this day, if he were paid, it will be worth about 7000l. to him. But it contents me above all things to see him trust me as his confidant: so I bid him good night, he being to go into the country, to keep his Christmas, on Monday next. So by coach home and to my office, being post night, and then home and to bed.


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Australian Susan  •  Link

First mention of Christmas!!

Robert Gertz  •  Link

"...if he were paid..."

"Jamie, look. Sandwich sends holiday greetings and his request to be paid for two years at the Wardrobe."

"And I take it you are going to honor this debt to our dear benefactor in full, Charles. Where we would be without our favorite turncoat?"

"In full of course, certainly."

The boys eye each other...Hmmmphf...Ha, ha, ha! Charles tossing the note, then kicking it off into the nearby fireplace.

in Aqua Scripto  •  Link

"...if he were paid, it will be worth about 7000l..." and how much doth you owe 'me' lord to thy creditors. Is there not some other problem with those monies that ye brought with thee from Lisbonne?

Todd Bernhardt  •  Link

"So by coach home and to my office, being post night..."

What is "post night"?

Also, "Monday next" -- is Sandwich celebrating Xmas on the 22nd or 29th? (Why not the 25th?)

Peter  •  Link

Todd, I took it to mean that there was going to be a collection of post that evening.... Presumably he needed to prepare some letters in time for the collection.

JonTom Kittredge  •  Link

"Monday next"
I think he means that Lord Sandwich is *leaving* on the coming Monday, the 22nd, to spend Christmas at Hinchingbroke.

Lynn  •  Link

I read it as ".... he being to go into the country on Monday next, to keep his Christmas."

Todd Bernhardt  •  Link

Ah, both things are now clearer. Thanks, Peter, JonTom, and Lynn.

jeannine  •  Link

Question about Sam's "usual" Christmas celebration with Elizabeth--for the past 2 years I couldn't find any mention of his giving a gift to Elizabeth - any idea what would be the norm for them (or other couples) in this area???

Stolzi  •  Link

A proper English Christmas in those days should last for twelve days - until "Twelfth Night," the eve of the Epiphany, celebrated Jan. 6.

You want to be wary of a Wardrobe - it might have a Lion in it! (little seasonal/topical note, there)

in Aqua Scripto  •  Link

"post night" Each day except Sunday]the [Royal? at least Palmer gets her upkeep ?] mail will leave from differring Post Houses on differing days for the Post road of choice, it be like how thee would say market day, it be depending on the Town ye be talking about. So "Post night" be the night of handing over mail for "X" town. That be my version of the reading.

in Aqua Scripto  •  Link

"...I walked together a good while in the Matted Gallery...", so called because it be matted [not dull] with reeds, along with sweet smelling fragranced brushes from the country side along withe scrubs of wormwood for killing of the lice [ escapees from passers bye]. A titbit lifted from E.Picard Elizabeths London. [Then everything be recycled]

celtcahill  •  Link

" Up and had 100 L. brought me by Prior of Brampton in full of his purchase money for Barton’s house and some land. So to the office...."

THAT was easy. Around here it'd take the rest of the day to sign and initial the forms....

in Aqua Scripto  •  Link

Celtcahil. The "in full' final monies, [already has received somw monies], took a few entries of negotiation, over a year, this be the last signature.

celtcahill  •  Link

Ah! I wondered. I didn't think the beaurocracy that generated Domesday would have fallen down on the job.

Terry Foreman  •  Link

"my Lord Sandwich...acquainting me with his late enquiries into the Wardrobe business to his content; and tells me how things stand. And that the first year was worth about 3000l. to him, and the next about as much; so that at this day, if he were paid, it will be worth about 7000l. to him."

These years included the coronation, which would make his profits (based mostly on poundage) abnormally high. The average was later reckoned at less than £1000 p.a. (L&M note)

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