Monday 26 September 1664

Up pretty well again, but my mouth very scabby, my cold being going away, so that I was forced to wear a great black patch, but that would not do much good, but it happens we did not go to the Duke to-day, and so I staid at home busy all the morning. At noon, after dinner, to the ‘Change, and thence home to my office again, where busy, well employed till 10 at night, and so home to supper and to bed, my mind a little troubled that I have not of late kept up myself so briske in business; but mind my ease a little too much and my family upon the coming of Mercer and Tom. So that I have not kept company, nor appeared very active with Mr. Coventry, but now I resolve to settle to it again, not that I have idled all my time, but as to my ease something. So I have looked a little too much after Tangier and the Fishery, and that in the sight of Mr. Coventry, but I have good reason to love myself for serving Tangier, for it is one of the best flowers in my garden.

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jeannine  •  Link

"Journal of the Earl of Sandwich" edited by R.C. Anderson

26th Monday. Went ashore to Tichfield (my Lord Treasurer's house). His stables have 20 stalls for horses 6 foot in breadth each stall. Above the rack up to the hay loft is ceiled so that the hay drops down without any dust falling on the horses. They say the Great Park is 5 mile about it, so it contains 1272 acres, and they say they have 1400 deer in it. The lesser park they say is 3 miles about.

Cum grano salis  •  Link

nice phrase "...but I have good reason to love myself for serving Tangier, for it is one of the best flowers in my garden...."

A. De Araujo  •  Link

"best flowers in my garden"
He is thinking about Florins,not Flowers.

Patricia  •  Link

" mouth very scabby..." Cold sores, do you think?

cape henry  •  Link

This self examination, like the new year's resolutions many undertake, show Sam struggles to maintain his industry and perseverance as many do.

I agree with His Serene Salinity on the aptness of that phrase regarding the garden.

Jesse  •  Link

"looked a little too much after Tangier ... in the sight of Mr. Coventry"

Continuing from a couple days ago, I'm inclined that there's remorse more for neglected duties rather than over ethics on receiving 'commissions'. Neglected duties are probably why he can still find "good reason to love myself" while tending his "garden."

Cactus Wren  •  Link

Cold sores, possibly -- but at the line "my mouth very scabby", I thought of the dreadful chapped nose and lips I always get when I have a cold (and poor Sam didn't even have Kleenex, much less the kind with lotion).

Robert Gertz  •  Link

"Remember Pepys, I count on you. The fleet's survival and perhaps the Nation's in this war will depend on the care and efficiency of our office in the next months."

"Yes, Mr. Coventry."
"So, Penn...Where's our little Cato the Censor?"

"Tangier Committee and the Fishery, Sir Will."

Ah, Batten happily eyes the pile of fresh new contracts...

"So. We need rope and masts, I see... Well, let me deal with this."


Six months later...The fleets clash...

"Pull those ropes tight, boys! My God!! The damned stuff's old rotted and tarred!"

"Sir! The masts must have been inferior, they're cracking like matchsticks!!"

"We are undone!!! Save yourselves, lads!!!"

"The Englander fleet is helpless!! We are victorious!!! Hoot Mann!!!"


Andrew Hamilton  •  Link

Hoot Mann?

You mean my homeboy Hootie?

Pedro  •  Link

"but I have good reason to love myself for serving Tangier, for it is one of the best flowers in my garden."

(SPOILER) And 19 years and 7 days later...

Evening. (19th September) Rode with Mr. Sheres to the Mole, and on the shore: harp, guitar, and dance, with Mr. Sheres, in his garden, with mighty pleasure. Night. On chairs, hands and face covered, yet neck, eyes, and other places bitten.

(Tangier Papers)

Todd Bernhardt  •  Link

re: cold sores?

As someone who occasionally suffers from this (herpes simplex), I think this is exactly what Sam is talking about, Patricia. It would explain his description about his palate being "down," for example -- I sometimes even get them inside my mouth, along the gumline, and almost always get swollen lymph glands under my jaw and a low-grade fever when they're first coming out. The condition is s probably also combined with an illness/cold ... I know that stress or illness will bring them on for me.

Thank goodness for modern anti-virals, which make quick work of the horrible things.

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