Tuesday 13 December 1664

Lay long in bed, then up, and many people to speak with me. Then to my office, and dined at noon at home, then to the office again, where we sat all the afternoon, and then home at night to a little supper, and so after my office again at 12 at night home to bed.

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Rex Gordon  •  Link

Wrong diary?

This is what an entry in "The Diary of Rex Gordon" might look like. Except for the working-until-midnight part... once I'm home for supper the office will just have to get through the night on its own.

Terry Foreman  •  Link

On behalf of Dirk Van de Putte: Pepys has an off-day, while elsewhere someone writes (as recorded in the Carte Calendar):

William Coventry to Sandwich
Written from: [St James's]

Date: 13 December 1664

Shelfmark: MS. Carte 75, fol(s). 279
Document type: Holograph

Notifies that the sending away of the Dutch seamen may be deferred as the Duke expects that some new resolution will be taken in Council tomorrow. Adds that H.R.H. is very jealous that the Dutch Squadron at the Willings (which consists of 26 sail) may attempt to pass the Channel, either to convoy their ships, or to meet the Smyrna Fleet.

Terry Foreman  •  Link

"at the Willings"

I assume this means something like "willing and able"...or?

language hat  •  Link

“at the Willings”

This is clearly a place name, but apparently anglicized; somebody familiar with 17th-century Holland would have to tell us what the original was (Willens?).

Pedro  •  Link

The Wielings

The channel leading to Flushing from the south-west.

(The Journal of Edward Montagu edited by Anderson)

Pedro  •  Link

The Wielings.

The above of course may still be an anglicized version.

Robert Gertz  •  Link


"That's it?"

"What? I suppose it wasn't the most thrilling day...But I was true to the facts."

"Oh, yeah."

"Sorry it's not a French novel with me storming a castle, dueling Count D'whatever, or surrounded by beautious mistresses."

"Now, Sam'l...It's just...Well, the first year was so exciting with the Restoration and all and whether we'd all survive. And then your gamboling up the success ladder..."

"Well...I'm still gaining ground steadily. I believe we touch 1,200Ls soon."


"Well, what do you want? I'm a naval administrator in an office."

"Oh, but you made it exciting those first years...I couldn't put it down. Then..."


"Well...Every entry now is 'Up betimes...or lay long...'"

"I consider the 'lay long' quite exciting..."

"Thank you. '...Sat at the office all day, went home for dinner, sat at the office, went home for supper, sat at the office, home to bed.' You could at least say, 'made passionate love to my adoring, exquistite half-French, possibly of noble descent, girl."

"They're not all like that. Well, I ask again...What do you suggest?"


"You need a mistress. Maybe two. One very complaisant, the other...Bit reluctant."

"What? Bess?"

"For the drama."

"Drama? If I had a mistress on top of my work, I'd be dead...Even not counting what you'd do to me."

"Leave it to me. I've always wanted to try my hand at writing...Course I'll have to change a few past entries."

"Bess? Historical accuracy?"

"You want to be accurate or the subject of endless conjecture and fascination?"

Hmmn... "Two mistresses you say?"

Terry Foreman  •  Link

The Wielings

Thanks, Pedro. I actually spent a good bit of time looking for a place on what were evidently the wrong maps of the Flushing/Vlissingen area.

Paul Chapin  •  Link

jealous (in Coventry's letter to Sandwich)
Another word that had meanings in the 17th century that are lost to us today. Coventry's use of the word lies somewhere in these two OED definitions:

5. Suspicious; apprehensive of evil, fearful. Const. of, or with subord. clause. Now dial.
c1532 G. Du Wes Introd. Fr. in Palsgr. 921 A man doutfull and suspect of jelous (soupeconeus). 1593 Shakes. Lucr. 800 Let not the iealous daie behold that face. 1607 Middleton Five Gallants i. i, My master is very jealous of the pestilence. 1622 Wither Mistr. Philar. in Arb. Garner IV. 420 Never did the jealous 'st ear Any muttering rumour hear. a1639 Wotton in Reliq. (1651) 524 The jealous Trout, that low did lie, Rose at a wel-dissembled Flie. 1755 B. Martin Mag. Arts & Sc. III. xiii. 398, I am jealous of some baneful Experiment to follow. 1868 Atkinson Cleveland Gloss., Jealous, apprehensive, ready to anticipate something+more or less unpleasant in its nature.

6. Suspiciously vigilant against, or to prevent, something (expressed or understood); vigilant in scrutinizing.
1601 R. Johnson Kingd. & Commw. (1603) 215 They are very iealous to shew themselves fearefull or base minded in worde or deede. 1632 J. Hayward tr. Biondi's Eromena 51 The Princesse+was jealous lest her griefe [for her brother's death] should grow to be displeased with her, for adventuring her selfe to the gust of a curious sight. 1709 Strype Ann. Ref. I. l. 499 They were very jealous of any Popish prince to become her husband. 1797 Mrs. Radcliffe Italian lxi. (1824) 641 He examined with a jealous eye the emotions he witnessed. 1843 Poe Purloined Let. Wks. 1864 I. 268 The most jealous scrutiny of the microscope. 1866 Rogers Agric. & Prices I. xxi. 549 Measures [of weight, etc.] were subject to jealous supervision.

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