Wednesday 8 June 1664

All day before dinner with Creed, talking of many things, among others, of my Lord’s going so often to Chelsy, and he, without my speaking much, do tell me that his daughters do perceive all, and do hate the place, and the young woman there, Mrs. Betty Becke; for my Lord, who sent them thither only for a disguise for his going thither, will come under pretence to see them, and pack them out of doors to the Parke, and stay behind with her; but now the young ladies are gone to their mother to Kensington. To dinner, and after dinner till 10 at night in my study writing of my old broken office notes in shorthand all in one book, till my eyes did ake ready to drop out. So home to supper and to bed.

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tel   Link to this

So Sandwich, in spite of appearing to have taken note of Sam's warnings, is still enjoying the strumpet Betty. And the war is approaching, and the relations with the Duke of York so delicate!
No wonder poor Sam is stressed.

cape henry   Link to this

"...who sent them thither only for a disguise for his going thither..." If true, a most callous use of one's daughters.

Robert Gertz   Link to this

"...before dinner with Creed, talking of many things..."

Oh, oysters...Come and walk with us.

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"No!"

"But, Pepys..."

"For the last time, Howe, no! You write the damned letter this time!!"

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Cumsalisgrano   Link to this

When besotted, thoust only see life thru thine rose tinted glasses

Miss Lizzy   Link to this

No word on Elizabeth. Does that mean she is better or that Sam is too caught up with 'My Lord' to tell us?

Terry F   Link to this

John Evelyn's Diary

June 8 I went to our Society, to which his Majestie had sent that wonderfull horne of the fish, which struck a dangerous hole in the keele of a ship, in the India Sea, which being broake off with the violence of the fish, & left in the timber, preserv'd it from foundring:

Surely the horn of a narwhal
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Narwhal

Cumsalisgrano   Link to this

Known range of the Narwhal be wrong for this incident, but on the other hand, may be some found the north west passage but never let on.

Terry F   Link to this

CSG, good point; and a fishy account of the origin of a curiosity wasn't unknown.

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