Monday 28 August 1665

Up, and being ready I out to Mr. Colvill, the goldsmith’s, having not for some days been in the streets; but now how few people I see, and those looking like people that had taken leave of the world. I there, and made even all accounts in the world between him and I, in a very good condition, and I would have done the like with Sir Robert Viner, but he is out of towne, the sicknesse being every where thereabouts. I to the Exchange, and I think there was not fifty people upon it, and but few more like to be as they told me, Sir G. Smith and others. Thus I think to take adieu to-day of the London streets, unless it be to go again to Viner’s. Home to dinner, and there W. Hewer brings me 119l. he hath received for my office disbursements, so that I think I have 1800l. and more in the house, and, blessed be God! no money out but what I can very well command and that but very little, which is much the best posture I ever was in in my life, both as to the quantity and the certainty I have of the money I am worth; having most of it in my own hand. But then this is a trouble to me what to do with it, being myself this day going to be wholly at Woolwich; but for the present I am resolved to venture it in an iron chest, at least for a while. In the afternoon I sent down my boy to Woolwich with some things before me, in order to my lying there for good and all, and so I followed him. Just now comes newes that the fleete is gone, or going this day, out again, for which God be praised! and my Lord Sandwich hath done himself great right in it, in getting so soon out again. I pray God, he may meet the enemy. Towards the evening, just as I was fitting myself, comes W. Hewer and shows me a letter which Mercer had wrote to her mother about a great difference between my wife and her yesterday, and that my wife will have her go away presently. This, together with my natural jealousy that some bad thing or other may be in the way, did trouble me exceedingly, so as I was in a doubt whether to go thither or no, but having fitted myself and my things I did go, and by night got thither, where I met my wife walking to the waterside with her paynter, Mr. Browne, and her mayds. There I met Commissioner Pett, and my Lord Brunker, and the lady at his house had been thereto-day, to see her. Commissioner Pett staid a very little while, and so I to supper with my wife and Mr. Shelden, and so to bed with great pleasure.

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Terry Foreman   Link to this

"my natural jealousy that some bad thing or other may be in the way"

jealousy = "fear" or "fearfulness" (L&M Select Glossary)

Michael Robinson   Link to this

"so that I think I have 1800l. and more in the house, and, blessed be God! no money out but what I can very well command and that but very little, ... But then this is a trouble to me what to do with it, ..."

That perennial Pepys'anxiety!

Martin   Link to this

"I met my wife walking to the waterside with her paynter, Mr. Browne...and so to bed with great pleasure."

Evidently, Liz's strolling with the her paynting master does not stir in Sam the kind of jealousy occasioned in the past by mere sightings of Pembleton, his wife's dancing master.

CGS   Link to this

"... This, together with my natural jealousy that some bad thing or other may be in the way, did trouble me exceedingly, so as I was in a doubt whether to go thither or no, but having fitted myself and my things I did go, and by night got thither, where I met my wife walking to the waterside with her paynter, Mr. Browne, and her mayds...."
I think it not be 6 but ??
lifted from OED in all its variations.

[a. OF. gelosie, jalousie (= Pr. and It. gelosia), f. gelos JEALOUS: see -Y.]

The quality of being jealous.

1. Zeal or vehemence of feeling against some person or thing; anger, wrath, indignation. Obs.
c14000

2. Zeal or vehemence of feeling in favour of a person or thing; devotion, eagerness, anxiety to serve. Obs.
1436 P

3. Solicitude or anxiety for the preservation or well-being of something; vigilance in guarding a possession from loss or damage. 1378

4. The state of mind arising from the suspicion, apprehension, or knowledge of rivalry:

a. in love, etc.: Fear of being supplanted in the affection, or distrust of the fidelity, of a beloved person, esp. a wife, husband, or lover.
1303
b. in respect of success or advantage: Fear of losing some good through the rivalry of another; resentment or ill-will towards another on account of advantage or superiority, possible or actual, on his part; envy, grudge.
c1425

c. In biblical language, attributed to God: see JEALOUS a. 4c, and quot. 1860 below.
a1225

5. Suspicion; apprehension of evil; mistrust. Now dial. {dag}to have in jealousy: to be suspicious of, suspect, mistrust (obs.).

6. = JALOUSIE.

[F., = jealousy; also as here.]

A blind or shutter made with slats which slope upwards from without, so as to exclude sun and rain, and admit air and some light.

Robert Gertz   Link to this

So the Mercer era, Bess' longest time with a companion to-date, appears to be coming to an end. Sam no doubt has been fairly blind to signs of trouble when he visited. Still, it seems a bit sudden...

"Mrs. Pepys?!! Mr. Browne?!!!"

"You're through!!!"

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So Pepys has decided to abandon London. Poor city, it will miss him.

Todd Bernhardt   Link to this

"just as I was fitting myself, comes W. Hewer and shows me a letter which Mercer had wrote to her mother..."

Is Will intercepting Mercer's mail as an agent of Elizabeth and Sam? Or did he do it on his own initiative? Did Mercer ask him (and trust him) to mail it, and he got out the 17th century equivalent of ye olde steame kettle to open it and read it without her permission or knowledge? Interesting social dynamic here...

Michael Robinson   Link to this

Is Will intercepting Mercer’s mail as an agent of Elizabeth and Sam?

Who knows, but this perhaps explains why Hewer is involved:-
"Her [Mercer's] mother (probably a widow by 1664) lived on the n. side of Crutched Friars (? in French Ordinary Court), where Will Hewer lodged with her."
http://www.pepysdiary.com/encyclopedia/7761/

Mary   Link to this

In that case (thanks for the reminder, MR) it's possible that Mrs. Mercer showed her daughter's letter to Will in a state of some distress/anger/ indignation, hoping that he would alert Sam to the dispute and so effect either a reconciliation or at least a rational conclusion.

Wim van der Meij   Link to this

Here an article on Alexander Browne with a description of the making of mezzotints. Scroll through that for a text on 'Samual Pepys and Alexander Browne': http://www.npg.org.uk/live/mellon.asp#anchor97257
A bit of a spoiler: on September 30 Sam's jealousy is going to be raised because of Elizabeth's dealings with Browne.

Jesse   Link to this

"natural jealousy that some bad thing or other may be in the way"

My guess is that Pepys may be concerned about what situations a Mercerless Elizabeth out at Woolwich may get into. What w/Mr. Browne (as noted above) and most likely others about.

Terry Foreman   Link to this

John Evelyn's Diary (in lieu of Dirk)

28 The Contagion growing now all about us, I went my Wife & whole family (two or three of my necessary Servants excepted) to Wotton to my Brothers, being resolved to stay at my house my selfe, & to looke after my Charge, trusting in the providence & goodnesse of God.
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CGS   Link to this

Samuell , just be glad that Elizabeth not be jealous, because she has just the tools to half tone thee.

see tools of the trade at

http://www.npg.org.uk/live/mellon.asp#anchor97257

Carl in Boston   Link to this

Half tone print making from mezzo tints
This is a fascinating process. Thank you Wim and CGS for the links.

dirk   Link to this

From the Carte Papers, Bodleian Library
http://www.bodley.ox.ac.uk/dept/scwmss/projects...

Clarendon to Sandwich

Written from: Salisbury
Date: 28 August 1665

Thanks the Earl for a letter of August 13. Believes that Sir Thomas Clifford will bring the pending matter therein mentioned to a good issue. Congratulates the Earl upon his new son [Philip Carteret], who must bring great comfort - if he prove worthy of his own parentage - to his new family. Ralph Montagu will probably succeed his deceased brother Edward, in the latter's place, but the writer advises him to be wholly governed by his father; "and to be sure not to lose Boughton, for an office in Court"...

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Arlington to Sandwich

Written from: Sarum
Date: 28 August 1665

The Earl's letter, brought by Sir Thomas Clifford, increases the writer's satisfaction at the happy circumstance of his having been the means of making the Earl and Sir Thomas acquainted with each other. Clifford will need a good nimble frigate to carry him on the mission [to Copenhagen and to Stockholm], which he has received from the King; and may be safely trusted in all that he may tell; but in nothing more than in any assurances he may make of the writer's faithful service to his Lordship. ...

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Manchester to Sandwich

Written from: Salisbury
Date: 28 August 1665

Assures the Earl that the sooner he can put to sea, the more it will be to his advantage. If the Dutch get back to their own harbours, without some blows, there are, the writer finds, some [at Court] "that will make discourses." ...

Pedro   Link to this

On this day…

Sandwich calls a Council of the Flags and having taken into the Fleet about 15 days of beer and beverage (Dry provisions having sufficient until November), finding more supplies would not come as fast as expected, and principally considering the opportunity to meet the Dutch on their return from Norway, he weighed anchor.

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