Monday 17 October 1664

Rose very well and not weary, and with Sir W. Batten to St. James’s; there did our business. I saw Sir J. Lawson since his return from sea first this morning, and hear that my Lord Sandwich is come from Portsmouth to town. Thence I to him, and finding him at my Lord Crew’s, I went with him home to his house and much kind discourse. Thence my Lord to Court, and I with Creed to the ‘Change, and thence with Sir W. Warren to a cook’s shop and dined, discoursing and advising him about his great contract he is to make tomorrow, and do every day receive great satisfaction in his company, and a prospect of a just advantage by his friendship. Thence to my office doing some business, but it being very cold, I, for fear of getting cold, went early home to bed, my wife not being come home from my Lady Jemimah, with whom she hath been at a play and at Court to-day.

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Robo   Link to this

Not a hint of jealousy at the antics of the dirty stop-out?

Andrew Hamilton   Link to this

"Rose very well and not weary"
"it being very cold, I, for fear of getting cold, went early home to bed"

I think in this passage Sam by "weary" means having sore and stiff muscles. His overall fatigue from the four-day, 150-mile horseback journey to Cambridgeshire, with perhaps 25 hours of riding, may explain his uncharacteristic decision to seek bed at an early hour.

Michael Robinson   Link to this

"... a prospect of a just advantage by his friendship."

'Just advantage'- is this an interesting new euphemism for cash contributions to the Pepys' benefit fund?

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