Wednesday 30 November 1664

Up, and with Sir W. Batten and Sir J. Minnes to the Committee of the Lords, and there did our business; but, Lord! what a sorry dispatch these great persons give to business. Thence to the ‘Change, and there hear the certainty and circumstances of the Dutch having called in their fleete and paid their men half-pay, the other to be paid them upon their being ready upon beat of drum to come to serve them again, and in the meantime to have half-pay. This is said. Thence home to dinner, and so to my office all the afternoon. In the evening my wife and Sir W. Warren with me to White Hall, sending her with the coach to see her father and mother. He and I up to Sir G. Carteret, and first I alone and then both had discourse with him about things of the Navy, and so I and he calling my wife at Unthanke’s, home again, and long together talking how to order things in a new contract for Norway goods, as well to the King’s as to his advantage. He gone, I to my monthly accounts, and, bless God! I find I have increased my last balance, though but little; but I hope ere long to get more. In the meantime praise God for what I have, which is 1209l.. So, with my heart glad to see my accounts fall so right in this time of mixing of monies and confusion, I home to bed.

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Mary   Link to this

"this time of mixing monies and confusion"

Oh dear, oh dear. Dangerous waters ahead for our friend, if he's not careful.

Paul Chapin   Link to this

Mary may be right, but what a gorgeous sentence that last one is.

jeannine   Link to this

Advice to Sam

In this time of confusion
It’s a foregone conclusion
Best not spend all your monies
On your too many honeys!
That rate of exchange you see
Will leave your pockets empty!

Linda F   Link to this

In December, 1660, L. 240 pounds was a princely sum; four years later, L.1209 is nice, but. . . more will be better; he hopes soon. Those grueling hours are taking their toll.

Robert Gertz   Link to this

With Bess hitting Unthankes like this and his own massive clothing upgrades I can see where 240Ls is not looking so good these days. Not to mention the constant home improvements, book purchases, and indulgence in things musical.

cgs   Link to this

wot's in your wallet?

" Stultum facit fortuna quem vult perdere."
Syrus Maxims

if fortune wants thee done in, it makes ye stupid.

[misuse of quote]

Linda F   Link to this

Yes: the increasingly high cost of Sam's keeping up with himself

Barry Reich   Link to this

Perhaps we could get the spelling of Wednesday corrected. This is literary blog.

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