Wednesday 21 October 1663

Up, and by and by comes my brother Tom to me, though late (which do vex me to the blood that I could never get him to come time enough to me, though I have spoke a hundred times; but he is very sluggish, and too negligent ever to do well at his trade I doubt), and having lately considered with my wife very much of the inconvenience of my going in no better plight, we did resolve of putting me into a better garb, and, among other things, to have a good velvet cloake; that is, of cloth lined with velvet and other things modish, and a perruque, and so I sent him and her out to buy me velvet, and I to the Exchange, and so to Trinity House, and there dined with Sir W. Batten, having some business to speak with him, and Sir W. Rider. Thence, having my belly full, away on foot to my brother’s, all along Thames Streete, and my belly being full of small beer, I did all alone, for health’s sake, drink half a pint of Rhenish wine at the Still-yard, mixed with beer. From my brother’s with my wife to the Exchange, to buy things for her and myself, I being in a humour of laying out money, but not prodigally, but only in clothes, which I every day see that I suffer for want of, I so home, and after a little at my office, home to supper and to bed. Memorandum: This morning one Mr. Commander, a scrivener, came to me from Mr. Moore with a deed of which. Mr. Moore had told me, that my Lord had made use of my name, and that I was desired by my Lord to sign it. Remembering this very well, though understanding little of the particulars, I read it over, and found it concern Sir Robt. Bernard and Duckinford, their interest in the manor of Brampton. So I did sign it, declaring to Mr. Commander that I am only concerned in having my name at my Lord Sandwich’s desire used therein, and so I sealed it up after I had signed and sealed the deed, and desired him to give it so sealed to Mr. Moore. I did also call at the Wardrobe this afternoon to have told Mr. Moore of it, but he was not within, but knowing Mr. Commander to have the esteem of a good and honest man with my Lord Crew, I did not doubt to intrust him with the deed after I had signed it. This evening after I came home I begun to enter my wife in arithmetique, in order to her studying of the globes, and she takes it very well, and, I hope, with great pleasure, I shall bring her to understand many fine things.

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Terry F   Link to this

"we did resolve of putting me into a better garb, and...to have ..a perruque"

pe·ruke n.

A wig, especially one worn by men in the 17th and 18th centuries; a periwig. [French perruque, from Old French, head of hair, from Old Italian perrucca.]
http://www.thefreedictionary.com/Peruke

An illustration of one à la mode Louis XIV http://www.costumes.org/history/leloir/vol10/34...

Recall it was Louis' premature balding that led him to wear and popularize wigs.

Todd Bernhardt   Link to this

"and my belly being full of small beer, I did all alone, for health's sake, drink half a pint of Rhenish wine at the Still-yard, mixed with beer"

Sounds absolutely foul ... still, if it's "for health's sake," then our boy is justified in breaking his vows, I suppose...

Bradford   Link to this

Todd, precedent may be found (as for all things) in Scripture: "Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach's sake and thine often infirmities."---I Timothy 5:23.

(This is not Timothy's advice to somebody else, but St. Paul's advice to him, and who would dispute Paul's word?)

(Speaking of precedent, wanna bet the next entry will point out that Paul was probably not the author of I Timothy?)

Xjy   Link to this

Ah, what better student than one's loving childwife? And she can snuggle as close as she likes...

Bob T   Link to this

The thought of Sam and Elizabeth studying her globes, conjures up a mixed picture in most minds I'm sure.

JWB   Link to this

"...enter my wife in arithematique'"

Perhaps Sam's become an evangelical Pythagorean. Would explain last week's difficulties, eschewing beans.

Todd Bernhardt   Link to this

Bradford, I believe it was also Paul who counseled, "Mix not the hops and the grape, for thy head shall ake mightily afterward..."

Or maybe not.

And Bob T, glad to see I'm not the only one in the group with a dirty mind...

Terry F   Link to this

Elizabeth's course of study would qualify her being called by Marjorie Hope Nicolson "to some extent a virtuosa."

"After Samuel Pepys had engaged a tutor to teach him arithmetic which, like a majority of his contemporaries, he had never learned, he noted on October 21, 166[3], when a pair of globes had been delivered to him: 'This evening ... I begun to enter my wife in arithmetic, in order to her studying the globes, and, I hope, I shall bring her to understanding many fine things.' He noted on February 15, 1663: 'After prayers to bed, talking long with my wife and teaching her things in astronomy.' On August 13, 1664 Pepys bought a microscope, through which he and Mistress Pepys attempted to observe, encountering characteristic beginners' problems: 'my wife and I with great pleasure, but with great difficulty before we could come to find the manner of seeing anything.' http://etext.virginia.edu/cgi-local/DHI/dhi.cgi...

Pedro   Link to this

On this Day

Sir Robert Moray presents the report to the Royal Society on the results that Holmes had duly submitted on his return from the first Guinea expedition..."An account of the Going of two watches at sea from 28th April to 4th September 1663."

He had experimented with a pendulum watch as a means for determining longitude at sea. From a copy preserved in Huygen's papers the results seem to have been encouraging.

(Man of War...Ollard)

Kevin Peter   Link to this

Notice how Sam puts emphasis on his drinking wine alone for his health, as if to emphasize that this does not violate the spirit of his vows (although it perhaps violates the letter of them). His vows, after all, are to keep him from becoming too wrapped up in pleasure at the expense of business.

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