Thursday 3 March 1663/64

Up pretty early and so to the office, where we sat all the morning making a very great contract with Sir W. Warren for provisions for the yeare coming, and so home to dinner, and there was W. Howe come to dine with me, and before dinner he and I walked in the garden, and we did discourse together, he assuring me of what he told me the other day of my Lord’s speaking so highly in my commendation to my Lord Peterborough and Povy, which speaks my Lord having yet a good opinion of me, and also how well my Lord and Lady both are pleased with their children’s being at my father’s, and when the bigger ladies were there a little while ago, at which I am very glad. After dinner he went away, I having discoursed with him about his own proceedings in his studies, and I observe him to be very considerate and to mind his book in order to preferring himself by my Lord’s favour to something, and I hope to the outing of Creed in his Secretaryship. For he tells me that he is confident my Lord do not love him nor will trust him in any secret matter, he is so cunning and crafty in all he do. So my wife and I out of doors thinking to have gone to have seen a play, but when we came to take coach, they tell us there are none this week, being the first of Lent. But, Lord! to see how impatient I found myself within to see a play, I being at liberty once a month to see one, and I think it is the best method I could have taken. But to my office, did very much business with several people till night, and so home, being unwilling to stay late because of my eye which is not yet well of the rheum that is fallen down into it, but to supper and to bed.

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Pedro   Link to this

"and also how well my Lord and Lady both are pleased with their children's being at my father's, and when the bigger ladies were there a little while ago, at which I am very glad."

Out in the sticks Sam's poor father gets an earful from Mrs P...

"Now write a proper letter, send that dog back, and tell your tight-fisted son that entertainment does not come out of the 50 nicker allowance!"

Todd Bernhardt   Link to this

"and I hope to the outing of Creed in his Secretaryship"

Really, Sam? This same Creed whom you recently re-befriended?

I'd be careful with Howe, my friend. I'd bet he's been learning at Creed's knee...

Cactus Wren   Link to this

Poor Sam -- finally he's ready to let himself attend a play, but there are none to attend! It's like taking a day off your diet and finding all the restaurants closed and nothing in the house but frozen succotash and Bisquick.

Terry F   Link to this

"a very great contract with Sir W. Warren for provisions for the yeare coming"

Spoiler -

A fateful morning: the alliance that will prosper and later threaten Pepys's career is cemented. (See Pauline's annotation to "W. Warren" for details.)

Michael Robinson   Link to this

a very great contract with Sir W. Warren

Warren's gift a month ago:-

" ... a payre of white gloves for her and forty pieces in good gold, which did so cheer my heart, that I could eat no victuals almost for dinner for joy to think how God do bless us every day more and more, ..."

http://www.pepysdiary.com/diary/1664/02/02/

Robert Gertz   Link to this

I wonder if Pepys means timber provisioning for the year or if Sir Will W. is branching out. If so he'd shortly be stepping on a few toes of Pepys' other "friends", so I would guess it's strictly timber.

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