Tuesday 26 January 1663/64

Up and to the office, where we sat all the morning. At noon to the ‘Change, after being at the Coffee-house, where I sat by Tom Killigrew, who told us of a fire last night in my Lady Castlemaine’s lodging, where she bid 40l. for one to adventure the fetching of a cabinet out, which at last was got to be done; and the fire at last quenched without doing much wrong. To ‘Change and there did much business, so home to dinner, and then to the office all the afternoon. And so at night my aunt Wight and Mrs. Buggin came to sit with my wife, and I in to them all the evening, my uncle coming afterward, and after him Mr. Benson the Dutchman, a frank, merry man. We were very merry and played at cards till late and so broke up and to bed in good hopes that this my friendship with my uncle and aunt will end well.

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Clement   Link to this

"...where she bid 40l. for one to adventure the fetching of a cabinet out..."

Papers, clothes or jewels? (Or the bloke she was hiding when Charles knocked on the door, causing milady to upset the lantern?)

Robert Gertz   Link to this

"... so broke up and to bed in good hopes that this my friendship with my uncle and aunt will end well."

Hmmn...

And Napoleon will win a brilliant success in Russia.

cumgranosalis   Link to this

This must give Tom thought for a scene in his next friday nite skit: Ye who rites the tales tall, has a man of the meaner sort say "what the bejevers be in this old wardobe, Cromwells head?" "...Where I sat by Tom Killigrew, who told us of a fire last night in my Lady Castlemaine's lodging, where she bid 40l. for one to adventure the fetching of a cabinet out, which at last was got to be done; and the fire at last quenched without doing much wrong...."

Robert Gertz   Link to this

"...where she bid 40l. for one to adventure the fetching of a cabinet out..."

Would Sam have done it?

Hmmn 40ls...Blazing death.

"Bess? Lady Castlemaine's offering 40s to anyone who'll fetch out her cabinet...If you're game, I'll split it with you."

jeannine   Link to this

"where she bid 40l. for one to adventure the fetching of a cabinet out"
I have read that Lady Castlemaine always kept letters that Charles wrote to her during his more "passionate moments" which she would use to blackmail him with over time. My guess (and it's just a guess) is the perhaps these would be more valuable than any jewels, etc. that she owned as they could ensure her future.

Martin   Link to this

Benson must not have sung, this time.

cumgranosalis   Link to this

Everyone be on hi, or too merry be to hear discordant sounds."...Benson must not have sung, this time..."

dirk   Link to this

The Rev. Josselin's weather report for today (from his diary)...

"...very cold weather since Jan: 23 in the morning, snow after the nights frost."

Australian Susan   Link to this

40 pounds is an enormous amount of money for those days (though the amount may have been embellished in the telling!). My supposition is that the cabinet held letters and other papers which Milady held on to as future security: worth investing 40 pounds for.

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