Friday 25 November 1664

Up and at my office all the morning, to prepare an account of the charge we have been put to extraordinary by the Dutch already; and I have brought it to appear 852,700l.; but God knows this is only a scare to the Parliament, to make them give the more money. Thence to the Parliament House, and there did give it to Sir Philip Warwicke; the House being hot upon giving the King a supply of money, and I by coach to the ‘Change and took up Mr. Jenings along with me (my old acquaintance), he telling me the mean manner that Sir Samuel Morland lives near him, in a house he hath bought and laid out money upon, in all to the value of 1200l., but is believed to be a beggar; and so I ever thought he would be. From the ‘Change with Mr. Deering and Luellin to the White Horse tavern in Lombard Street, and there dined with them, he giving me a dish of meat to discourse in order to my serving Deering, which I am already obliged to do, and shall do it, and would be glad he were a man trusty that I might venture something along with him. Thence home, and by and by in the evening took my wife out by coach, leaving her at Unthanke’s while I to White Hall and to Westminster Hall, where I have not been to talk a great while, and there hear that Mrs. Lane and her husband live a sad life together, and he is gone to be a paymaster to a company to Portsmouth to serve at sea. She big with child. Thence I home, calling my wife, and at Sir W. Batten’s hear that the House have given the King 2,500,000l. to be paid for this warr, only for the Navy, in three years’ time; which is a joyfull thing to all the King’s party I see, but was much opposed by Mr. Vaughan and others, that it should be so much. So home and to supper and to bed.

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Robert Gertz  •  Link

"...and I have brought it to appear 852,700l.; but God knows this is only a scare to the Parliament, to make them give the more money..."

Fools rush in where angels fear to tread. Watch it, Sam. And for heaven's sake make sure Batten, Penn, or Minnes' signature is on everything.

andy  •  Link

hear that Mrs. Lane and her husband live a sad life

and Mrs Bagwell and her husband?

Robert Gertz  •  Link

"...and Mrs Bagwell and her husband?"

Beginning to grumble at the slow pace of Will B's promised promotion.

Put not your trust in Princes...Or head-swelled CoAs.

Martha  •  Link

Is Sam's cooking of the books part of the source for his feeling that people have an opinion of him that is higher than he actually deserves?

Of course, he's cooking the books for the best of reasons, right?

A. De Araujo  •  Link

"that Mrs Lane and her husband live a sad life together.........She big with child"
It can be all that sad Sam.

Australian Susan  •  Link

Sad here may mean serious and non-frivolous, not how we usually mean sad today. Puritans used to be described (prior to Sam's time) as wearing sad garments - meaning drab ones.

A. De Araujo  •  Link

Thanks Susan

cgs  •  Link

Sad has had many meanings.

2 sad, a. and adv. * [Com. Teut.: OE. sæd = OS. sad, MDu. sat (Du. zat), OHG., MHG. sat (mod.G. satt), ON. sa{edh}-r (rare: superseded by sadd-r, pa. pple. of the derived verb se{edh}ja to satiate), Goth. sa{th}-s (pl. sadai):{em}OTeut. *sa{dbar}o- full, satiated:{em}WIndogermanic *s{schwa}tó- in *{ncircbl}-s{schwa}to-s, Gr. {alenisacu}-{alpha}{tau}{omicron}{fsigma} insatiate (cf. L. sat, satis enough, satur satisfied, full, OIrish sathech satiated); the word is a pa. pple. with suffix -tó- from the root *s{amac}- to satisfy; cf. Gr. {aasperacu}
{eta}{nu} (:{em}*s{schwa}-d{amac}m), enough. A parallel form from the strong grade of the root (with unaccented suffix) is Goth. s{omac}{th} (:{em}pre-Teut. *s{amacacu}to-m) satisfaction, whence gas{omac}{th}jan to satisfy.]

3 sad, v.

Samuell's entree:

8. a. Of colour: Dark, deep. In later use, influenced by sense 5: Not cheerful-looking; neutral-tinted, dull, sober.
The Ger. satt and MDu. sat (Du. zat) have the sense ‘dark’ or ‘deep’ as applied to colours, as a direct development from the primary sense ‘full’ (see sense 1 above).
1609 C. BUTLER Fem. Mon. (1634) 105 The second Summer, this light yellow is changed to a sad. 1658 ROWLAND tr. Moufet's Theat. Ins. 936 Long and slender shanks of a very sad black colour. 1686 PLOT Staffordsh. 201 First of a dark greenish colour, growing sadder by degrees as the plant decays, till it approaches a black.

b. Dark-coloured, sober-coloured. Obs.
1560668 PEPYS Diary 24 Aug., My wife is upon hanging the long chamber..with the sad stuff that was in the best chamber.


A. adj. I. Of persons and immaterial things.

1. Having had one's fill; satisfied; sated, weary or tired (of something). Const. of (in OE. gen.) or inf.

2. Settled, firmly established in purpose or condition; steadfast, firm, constant. Obs.
c1315 S
3. Strong; capable of resisting; valiant. Obs.
. Orderly and regular in life; of trustworthy character and judgement; grave, serious. Often coupled with wise or discreet. Obs.

s. 1632 LITHGOW Trav. II. 71 The solid, and sad man, is not troubled with the floods and ebbes of Fortune. 1665 POWELL in Wood Life (O.H.S.) II. 48 An old donation of the College to a sad priest that preaches on that day.

b. Of looks, appearance:

Dignified, grave, serious. Obs.

c. Profoundly or solidly learned (in). Obs.

d. Of thought, consideration: Mature, serious. Obs. exc. arch. in the phrase in sad earnest, which as now used belongs rather to sense 5.

5. a. Of persons, their feelings or dispositions: Sorrowful, mournful.
?a1366 CHAUCER
1667 MILTON P.L. x. 18 Th' Angelic Guards ascended, mute and sad For Man. 1678 BUNYAN Pilgr. I. 196, I was very sad, I think sader than at any one time in my life.

c. Of looks, tones, gestures, costume, etc.: Expressive of sorrow.
c1386 CHAUCER Knt.'s T.

634 MILTON Comus 235 Where the love-lorn Nightingale Nightly to thee her sad Song mourneth well. 1660 F. BROOKE tr. Le Blanc's Trav. 221 A sad pale countenance. 1671 MILTON P.R. I. 43 Them amidst With looks agast and sad he thus bespake.
d. Of times, places, actions, etc.: Characterized by sorrow, sorrowful.

1662 J. DAVIES tr. Mandelslo's Trav. 252 This was the saddest night we had in all our Voyage. 1667 MILTON P.L. XI. 478 Immediately a place Before his eyes appeard, sad, noysom, dark, A Lazar-house it seemd.

e. Morose, dismal-looking. Obs.
1593 SHAKES. Rich. II, V. v. 70 And how com'st thou hither? Where no man euer comes, but that sad dogge That brings me food, to make misfortune liue?

f. Causing sorrow; distressing, calamitous, lamentable. In early use partly fig. of sense 7, ‘heavy’.

1667 MILTON P.L. I. 135 With sad overthrow and foul defeat. 1688 S. PENTON Guard. Instruct. (1897) 22 It quickly appear'd how sad is the condition of a Gentleman without Learning.

. Firmly fixed. Obs. exc. dial.

d. Of soil: Stiff, heavy. ? Obs. exc. dial.

e. Of bread, pastry, etc.: That has not ‘risen’ properly; heavy. Now dial.
1688 R. HOLME Armoury III. 317/1 Bakers Terms in their Art... Sad, heavy, close Bread.

Brian  •  Link

Wow, the House has been in session for only two days and has already approved such a large sum?? Things were much more efficient in the old days . . .

Mary  •  Link

"can't be all that sad, Sam"


Being big with child doesn't necessarily contribute to the happiness of the family. Nor does it necessarily imply that the family was happy several months ago when the child was conceived. Sad, here, may indeed mean 'unhappy, dreary, distressed etc.' In earlier entries Sam has expressed the opinion that Mrs. Lane's marriage is proving far from contented, at least as far as she is concerned.

jeannine  •  Link

"Wow, the House has been in session for only two days and has already approved such a large sum?? Things were much more efficient in the old days …"

Perhaps I' a cynic here but maybe there was a more direct link of the payment of grafts so that the buying of votes was easier?

Also, I'd be curious to know the motives of the voters and where they were making their own investments. With some much money at stake in terms of trade, etc. and the 'ownership' of the sea, I'd guess that quite a few of the people doing the voting had personal benefit in mind.

cgs  •  Link

Remember , in order to vote for thy favourite candidate, one had to be of substance with an income of net 10 libre and have thine own house , not a rental, and to have sworn allegiance to thy religion of the Carlos II picking, all others take what be handed out.
It be good reading the minutes of the house, checking out those that got to sit at whose behalf.
The chads of the day be checked out by fellow established members of the sitting ones.
As most of the members be of the trading class, getting free goods from those that got in the way of cannon shot was very tempting , they forgetting that the other side would grabbing booty too.
Then it was cheep calico and spices now it be blk goo for heating.

language hat  •  Link

"“Wow, the House has been in session for only two days and has already approved such a large sum?? Things were much more efficient in the old days"

War fever is still efficient in getting sweeping/expensive measures passed quickly and efficiently. Plus ça change...

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