Tuesday 1 November 1664

Up and to the office, where busy all the morning, at noon (my wife being invited to my Lady Sandwich’s) all alone dined at home upon a good goose with Mr. Wayth, discussing of business. Thence I to the Committee of the Fishery, and there we sat with several good discourses and some bad and simple ones, and with great disorder, and yet by the men of businesse of the towne. But my report in the business of the collections is mightily commended and will get me some reputation, and indeed is the only thing looks like a thing well done since we sat. Then with Mr. Parham to the tavern, but I drank no wine, only he did give me another barrel of oysters, and he brought one Major Greene, an able fishmonger, and good discourse to my information. So home and late at business at my office. Then to supper and to bed.

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Terry F   Link to this

Dirk absent, here is a Carte Calendar entry

William Coventry to Sandwich
Written from: St James's

Date: 1 November 1664

Shelfmark: MS. Carte 75, fol(s). 239
Document type: Holograph. Addressed to the Admiral at Portsmouth.

Notifies the progress of the manning of the ships at home. Sends a list of those which, it is expected, will be ready to sail at the end of the week. Adds in a Postscript, that "there are various reports in Holland about De Ruyter's being gone, & wages laid upon it".
http://www.bodley.ox.ac.uk/dept/scwmss/projects...

Pedro   Link to this

“there are various reports in Holland about De Ruyter’s being gone, & wages laid upon it”.

On the 29th Sam says...All the talke is that De Ruyter is come over-land home with six or eight of his captaines to command here at home, and their ships kept abroad in the Straights; which sounds as if they had a mind to do something with us.

The gossip in Amsterdam is reliable enough to put your shirt on

cgs   Link to this

"...he brought one Major Greene, an able fishmonger,..."
OH! how one likes to be known by thy highest title obtained to date. The foibles of the human psyche.
There be Sam in his best bib and tucker trying to out dress the sitters at the office and be noticed by the super betters the other day.

So many means and ways to disguise our failings.

Robert Gertz   Link to this

"...and there we sat with several good discourses and some bad and simple ones, and with great disorder, and yet by the men of businesse of the towne."

Scary, isn't it, Sam? And from Cicero to you to Henry Adams to present day commentators, it never changes... Maybe the amazing thing in the end is how much actually does get done.

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